Friends and colleagues,
In December, we close the year working for the protection of our natural wealth. Thanks to the joint work between WWF and other organizations, Colombia declared a new protected area in the department of Chocó. In Peru, the experience "Adding value to the natural standing forest of Shiringa", supported by WWF, won the National Environmental Award. Eight projects supported by WWF will reduce the use of plastic bags in Chile. In Paraguay, the ParLu (Paraguay Land Use) project was completed with the implementation of the Zero Deforestation Law, among other achievements. WWF-Guatemala / Mesoamerica implemented a project to transfer knowledge from Guatemala to Honduras on forest fires control and prevention. At the regional level, WWF-LAC and its Amazon Coordination Unit launched an updated website about WWF's work in the Amazon. Finally, the actions to reverse the global loss of biodiversity concentrated in Latin America, where the COP13 on the Convention on Biological Diversity concluded in Cancún, Mexico. Enjoy the reading,
Vice President and Regional Director, WWF-LAC
Colombia Declares New Protected Area To Preserve One of the Country’s Most Important Rivers
The Alto Atrato region, located in the Colombian department of Chocó, is home to one of the country’s most valuable ecosystems. It is also the source of one of the Nation’s greater rivers, the Atrato. Thanks to the joint effort of WWF, Codechocó, the municipality of El Carmen de Atrato and the Constructores de Paz foundation, a 18,000-hectare DMI (Integrated Management District) protected area was declared. This will allow us to restore and preserve priceless ecosystems of paramo and subparamo, as well as high Andean and Andean forests in the beautiful Pacific region.
"Adding Value to the Standing Natural Forest of Shiringa" Receives National Environmental Award
The experience "Adding value to the natural standing forest of Shiringa" won the National Environmental Award in the category "Action against variability and Climate Change". WWF-Peru has supported this initiative in the different processes, helping them formulate a Business Plan to improve their competitiveness through the implementation of technological and operational improvements in the use of Shiringa latex.
Projects Supported by WWF Chile Will Reduce Use of Plastic Bags in the Country
Eight projects to reduce the use of plastic bags in Chile will be executed this year, thanks to a grant fund created by WWF Chile with the support of Walmart Chile and the sponsorship of the Ministry of Environment. The initiatives selected in the REDUCE + fund are focused on innovation and environmental education, with a maximum budget close to US$ 3,000 per project.
Paraguay Recently Finished ParLu Project (Paraguay Land Use) and Starts New Challenges in the Regions of Chaco and Pantanal
Some of the achievements of the project, finished in 2016; “Protecting Forests for the Beneﬁt of Climate, People and Nature in Paraguay” (Paraguay Land Use) or ParLU, are: the implementation, validity and extension of the Zero Deforestation Law, as it is known in Paraguay, and the proposal since the beginning of a participatory and inclusive design of REDD+ in the National Strategic Plan, the assistance to approximately 400 families in 5 Municipalities and the active participation of authorities in successive COP / CMPs of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The German Government already have announced they will work with WWF again in a new project called "International Climate Initiative" (IKI), in order to continue working in the benefit of Chaco and also Pantanal.
Knowledge Sharing to Prevent and Control Forest Fires
WWF Guatemala / Mesoamerica implemented a project to transfer knowledge from Guatemala to Honduras on forest fires control and prevention. The 20-years’ experience from Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza (FDN), one of the main partners of WWF in Guatemala, was transferred to the institutions in charge of the management of the Merendón Reserve Zone in Honduras. During the last 5 years, in Sierra de las Minas, Guatemala, FDN was able to reduce forest fires from 20,000 to 1,200 hectares per year. With this capacity building project, executed by WWF, in coordination with Fundación Cervecería Hondureña and SAB Miller, the Honduran forest fires fighting brigades were trained and equipped.
The Amazon, Explore a Record-breaking Region
WWF-LAC and its Amazon Coordination Unit launched an updated WWF site in Spanish about its work in the Amazon. The new site highlights the work of WWF, the Amazon conservation challenges, its incredible nature and the cultures that inhabit it.
CBD COP13 Closes in Cancun
On the occassion of the closing of COP 13 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico, Adrian Dellecker, WWF International, Director of Global Policy and Advocacy (a.i.), said:
The success of Cancun lies in the bold decision taken to deepen the integration of biodiversity values into other sectors. Delegates also decided on a clear process through 2020, including the consideration of energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and health in decision making in the 2018 Conference of Parties in Egypt.
In the Media
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Data: December 4-19, 2016