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Dec 9, 2015

Buy an Acre campaign video launched

A video promoting our Buy an Acre campaign to save an area of Yungas forest in Argentina was recently launched at the inaugural BIAZA Field Programme Conservation Conference.

BIAZA and WLT have worked together to support overseas conservation projects since 2006. In 2015 and 2016 the focus for this partnership is to save an area of threatened forest in northern Argentina - El Pantanoso.

Collaboration was the theme of BIAZA’s first conservation conference, and the BIAZA-WLT partnership is an excellent example of a long-standing collaboration that has supported several important conservation projects.

The Yungas forest urgently needs protection. It is home to one of Argentina’s few remaining populations ofJaguars, and is at serious risk from the spread of agriculture, illegal logging and hunting.

With the support of BIAZA members, WLT is raising funds to create El Pantanoso Reserve to protect an area of some 10,900 acres (4,400 hectares) of Yungas forest. The land purchase is being arranged in partnership with Fundación Biodiversidad-Argentina (FBA), one of WLT’s three partners in Argentina.

When funds are raised and the property is secure, FBA is planning a conservation programme both to ensure income for the long term protection of the property and also to engage the local community. The programme will encourage small scale enterprise and job creation in research, ecotourism and eco volunteering.

A JustGiving page has also been created for members of the public who wish to support the fundraising effort. Click here if you would like to make a donation. 

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