World Land Trust Partnership
BIAZA has been working with the World Land Trust (WLT) since 2007 when we embarked on a project to raise funds for the purchase of 1,651 acres (668 hectares) of Atlantic forest in Brazil with WLT’s conservation partner in Brazil, Reserva Ecológica de Guapi Assu (REGUA). The aim of Phase 1: BIAZA Reserve Project was to allow zoos and aquariums, who do not have the capacity for large conservation projects, to become part of a larger group of zoos collectively working together and to highlight how much more we can achieve when we collaborate with other organisations.
Following on from this success, between 2010 and 2012 BIAZA members progressed on to Phase 2 of the WLT partnership, with their donations funding two reserve rangers to protect the BIAZA Reserve and the wider Guapi Assu Reserve.
In 2013 the development of Phase 3: the BIAZA Keepers of the Wild programme was extended to include support for rangers in reserves in Armenia, Borneo, Brazil and Mexico.
This spring WLT and BIAZA launched Phase 4 of our partnership: BIAZA ‘Buy an Acre’. In 2014, we are concentrating our fundraising efforts on protecting land in Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in Central Mexico. We shall be working in partnership with WLT and Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG), WLT’s conservation partner in Mexico.
Photo credit: Roberto Pedraza