The is working hard to buy 110 acres of Colombian tropical forest.
The Rainforest Trust is on the verge of purchasing and protecting 110 vital acres of Colombian tropical forest.
The tropical forests are endangered themselves as farms expand and other developments take place. They are the only place on the planet where you'll find cotton-top tamarins - whose numbers have gone down 80% in just 20 years.
They have blocked the creation of a clear-cutting cattle ranch.
Now they are working with the Rainforest Trust to secure more land. The land is critical becuase it will give the animals safe passage - a corridor - between protected areas. It will give the animals the vital space they need to recover and survive.
We can all help the Rainforest Trust achieve this goal.
Its community forest programme there has gained momentum, as the Bamasobha community has been granted their community forest! This secures 29,142 hectares! Find out more about it here.
There are now over 100 community forests which are either established or applied for, in the world’s second largest rainforest. They total over 2 million acres!
Rainforest Foundation UK works in the two largest rainforests, the Congo Basin and the Amazon. The forests are spread over billions of acres but as we all know, they are threatened by illegal logging and mining. Destroy the forest habitats, and you also undermine the livelihoods of locals living there. You also destroy eco systems.
ForestLink fights illegal activities in the forest
So communities are important in the fight against illegal activities, and the Rainforest Foundation UK’s ForestLink monitoring system enables communities to send low-cost alerts about illegal logging. It’s been so effective that it’s been expanded to the Ivory Coast!
There was also a landmark conviction of eco-guards for human rights abuses which were committed in the Salonga National Park. It sends a strong message that abuses won’t be tolerated.
Rainforest Foundation UK says that much needs to be done to address the risks from a poorly designed UN plan to double protect areas within the next decade. It is working to “amplify the voices of those on the frontline of deforestation on the international stage” as the climate summit in Glasgow approaches.
The World Land Trust has launched the first appeal for this year and this one is in Eastern Africa.
The coastal forests there did cover an area larger than the UK – now, they would fit into half of Scotland.
There are 400 forest fragments from Somalia to Mozambique and biodiversity islands that are full of endemic life.
The Appeal Target: £360,000
The Trust is working to raise £360,000. With help from these donations, their partner the â¯Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) can save a crucial wildlife corridor. Elephants, leopards, lions and other animals are counting on us all to save this land for them.
Roads are bringing cashew plantations closer and closer. The animals need their wildlife corridor to be saved.
About the Rondo Appeal
The Rondo Plateau is a 900 metre table-top mountain. It is a microclimate of misty forests, chameleons and bush baby primates whilst below it, big cats, butterflies and elephants roam.
And with all our help, the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group is going to create a huge protected belt around this ancient landscape.
The donations will help safeguard a crucial wildlife corridor between the Rondo Forest Reserve and the Nyerere National Park. 49,000+acres (20,000 ha) of land will be protected. The corridor will come in the form of 10 Village Land Forest Reserves, each under the stewardship of a village, and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group will work with them closely.
Which animals will the appeal help?
These animals are examples of those who need the Ronda route:
Elephants who need space to roam and who need their migration routes,
The African Lion and African leopard manage prey species – they must do this or animals such as the African Bush Pig would go unchecked, and devastate local farms.
The lions in the area need the land between the forest and shrubland to hunt or they would become extinct in the area
Leopards need forests so that they can store their kills up in the trees where other animals can’t get them.
The dwarf galago is a tiny endangered primate, who lives in trees and who needs the connectivity the Ronda land will give it.
The bearded pygmy chameleon is very vulnerable to habitat disruption – even the loss of a few trees could be one loss too many for some
The chequered elephant shrew’s population is very fragmented because of habitat loss so the subspecies is under real pressure