In Brazil, strengthened protection for the Amazon, communities and the Little Blue Macaw
From the establishment of the Extractive Reserve (Resex) Baixo Rio Branco-Jauaperi, between the states of Roraima and Amazonas, to the Wildlife Refuge (Revis) and Environmental Protection Area (Apa) of Ararinha Azul (Cyanopsitta spixii / Spix´s Macaw), in the state of Bahia, the announcement is expected to help protect the habitats of species such as the puma, ocelot, anteater and manatee and preserve fish stocks and other natural resources for local indigenous communities in the Amazon. In addition, the creation of the two protected areas in the Caatinga biome mark the first step of ambitious efforts to bring back the Little Blue Macaw or Spix's Macaw to the wild.
Miles away in the Amazon, the new Resex Rio Branco-Jauaperi will also help protect the home of a great diversity of plants, fish and animals – and communities. Studies indicate the presence of at least 42 mammal species in the region, at least ten of which are listed in the official list of mammals threatened with extinction in Brazil. Established at the confluence of the Branco and Jauaperi rivers, whose waters are known to vary from crystal clear to white and almost black in the Rio Negro, the park will also help protect vital fish stocks for the Amazonian communities who face increasing pressures due to predatory and commercial fishing.
Mauricio Voivodic, executive director of WWF-Brazil, celebrated the creation of the new protected areas, underlining the challenge of implementing and consolidating the areas. ”The signing of the decrees is the important initial step. WWF-Brazil will continue to support the effort to consolidate protected areas, their sustainable use and the protection of biodiversity," he said.
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