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in the wild isn't easy, and more difficult still to photograph
the encounter. But, if you are very lucky it is occasionally possible
to catch a glimpse of the big cat in the semi-open habitat of the Pantanal.
And this is what the WLT's group of staff and supporters visiting the
Chaco-Pantanal Reserve in Paraguay this week are
Read more about jaguars in the Pantanal »
* New land purchases in Ecuador and Paraguay
* Birdwatching in Brazil at REGUA – report provides maps and advice
* Just Walk - and raise money for conservation
* WLT and WLT-US strengthen partnership
* News in brief
In the last issue of the eBulletin, we reported that our partners at Fundación EcoMinga had been able to snatch and save some land adjacent to the Río Candelaria reserve from right under the eyes of potential loggers.
This month saw another WLT Ecuadorian Partner, Fundación Jocotoco, prevent a similar thing happening close to the Yanacocha Reserve (pictured).
When funds are available WLT and its project partners are able to act immediately to prevent the destruction and to save tropical forests.
In Paraguay, WLT partner organisation Guyra Paraguay are managing to secure new areas of land to add to two of their reserves; 600 ha at San Rafael and 3,000 ha in the Dry Chaco.
Lee Dingain and Rachel Walls, former volunteers for REGUA in Brazil, made a return visit last October. Their subsequent report provides excellent information on the Atlantic Rainforests, and staying at the Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, and includes a map of the wetlands which have been recreated and restored over recent years. This is a great resource for visitors to the area and gives an insight into the reserve's wildlife.
To learn more about visiting the REGUA reserve and the birds you are likely to, see their trip report.
On 10th May 2008, walkers will be heading for the South Downs to take part in the second Just Walk charity fundraising event. If your New Year resolution was to spend more time out of doors why not join them and raise money for the World Land Trust?
One walker has signed up already and we would love to see more of our supporters taking part.
Mark Gruin, representing WLT recently attended a WLT-US board meeting, in New Hampshire. It seems that the worst ice storm of the season, and a long back-country road, provided an extreme bonding exercise for the group while planning the next year's work in the neotropics!
One of the topics for discussion was how to expand the offsetting of carbon in the US by increasing collaboration across the Atlantic. In the UK, World Land Trust is a leader in voluntary carbon sequestration, especially in the relatively new but sensible strategy of avoided deforestation, but the US is trailing way behind in its commitment to carbon reduction.
One of the benefits of the partnership has been that both organisations have been able to benefit from the Wilson Challenge Fund for land acquisition at the American Bird Conservancy. This fund has provided a 3:1 match for funds raised to make important acquisitions in Ecuador and Brazil.
Must Succeed in Keeping Soybeans Out of Amazon Rainforest. This
alert encourages the Brazilian government to end soy production dependent
upon rainforest destruction.
(Rainforest Portal petition)
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