Symposium Participants

The following organisations will be participating in the symposium:

Each participant was asked to submit information relevant to the Symposium covering the following points:

  1. Brief summary of organization
  2. Funding sources
  3. Break down of costs
  4. Developments since last Symposium
  5. Problems since last Symposium
  6. Future plans

Aves Uruguay

This Uruguayan organisation was founded in 1994, with a mission to research and monitor birds and their habitats throughout Uruguay. They produce a wide range of educational materials, including bird books, bulletins, multimedia material and media articles and are involved in the distribution of this information through courses and conferences. They are also involved in the development of a database on species, identification of Important Bird Areas, and species research.
Representative: Agustín Carriquiry

Fundación EcoMinga (Ecuador)

This Ecuadorian foundation was started in 2005 by a group of 11 Ecuadorian and international biologists, educators, and environmentalists, with the main purpose to identify and protect Ecuadorian forests with exceptional concentrations of unique and endangered species. The foundation’s focus has been on endemic plants, which often have very small ranges in Ecuador, but with reserves also protecting several endangered mammals and birds as well. A secondary objective of the foundation is environmental education and training of local people, as well making efforts to educate foreign students and assist working scientists to develop new methods for measuring and analyzing areas of high biodiversity such as those being protected.
Representative: Javier Robayo

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Fundación Frontera Verde (Argentina)

This Argentine organisation was set up in 2007, with the specific objective to protect one of the last relics of the Selva Paranaense (sub-tropical rainforest) eco-region, located in Misiones Province, Argentina, an area which remains largely undisturbed compared to the neighbouring areas of Southern Brazil, Western Paraguay and Central Argentina, and containing 20% of the remaining 7% of the critically endangered Atlantic Rainforest. The organisation aims to co-operate with the government of the Province of Misiones, undertaking objects set out by academic institutions, in particular, the Marcio Ayres Research Station, as well as undertaking conservation and educational objects, and representing the rights of indigenous people living within the forest, allowing the latter to utilize the environment in a sustainable manner.
Representative: Mario Malajovich
Website: (not currently available)

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Fundação O Boticário de Proteção à Naturaza (Brazil)

The Fundação O Boticário de Proteção à Natureza (O Boticário Foundation for Nature Protection) is a Brazilian non-profit organisation created in 1990, resulting from the O Boticário Group’s commitment to make an effective contribution toward the conservation of nature. Headquartered in Curitiba, the capital city of the state of Paraná in southern Brazil, the Fundação O Boticário is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. Its mission is to promote and take actions to conserve nature. Through its Nature Conservation Incentives Program, the Fundação O Boticário has supported more than 1,100 initiatives so far throughout Brazil. These initiatives are helping to save plants and animals endangered of extinction, to protect relevant natural areas and to sensitize the population to environmental issues.
Representative: Maria Lourdes Nunes

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Fundacion Pro-Bosque (Ecuador)

Fundación Pro-Bosque was created by a Ministerial decree in 1992. Its institutional mission is to “Be a private organization with broad experience in the management of protected areas with an emphasis on reforestation, agroforestry, investigation, environmental education and ecotourism programs, in order to support biodiversity conservation of the dry tropical forests of coastal Ecuador, through the capacity of its and inter-institutional cooperation”. Pro-Bosque works in two areas, private protected area management and reforestation, the latter focusing on native species of the dry forest. It administers the 6.078 ha Cerro Blanco Protected Forest, on the outskirts of the City of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city with a population of approximately 1.9 million inhabitants.
Representative: Eric von Horstman

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FUNDAECO (Guatemala)

The Foundation for Ecodevelopment and Conservation (FUNDAECO) in Guatemala was created in June 1990, with a mission to “protect the integrity, beauty and stability of nature through the creation and management of Protected Areas, the sustainable use of their natural resources and the improvement of the quality of life of its local inhabitants”. Fundaeco’s projects focus on the protection of the Caribbean Rainforest Corridor of Guatemala, the establishment of the Ecological Metropolitan Belt of Guatemala City and on supporting the protection and restoration of the Biological Corridor of the South Coast of Guatemala. The purchase and management of private reserves is an important instrument in reaching the goals of these projects.
Representative: Marco Cerezo

Guyra Paraguay

Guyra is a Paraguayan non-government organisation, established in 1997, with a mission to:

  • Lead, promote and coordinate progress towards the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, with a special focus on birds, through advocacy, research, public awareness and active community participation;
  • To become an authority on Paraguayan biodiversity, with a particular focus on birds and their habitats, and to act as a catalyst for increased community participation in nature conservation;
  • To promote research and sustainable development, as mechanisms to achieve a better quality of life for the population.

Guyra’s strategic objectives focus on: developing key databases in order to identify species conservation priorities; identifying and prioritizing sites of greatest conservation importance in Paraguay; monitoring the fragmentation of the principal eco-regions in Paraguay including Atlantic Rainforest, Cerrado, Misiones’ Grasslands, Pantanal and Chaco; integrating socio-economic development with ecological requirements in areas of conservation importance; and undertaking environmental education and advocacy throughout Paraguay.
Representative: Alberto Yanosky

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LEAP Conservancy (Malaysia)

LEAP (Land Empowerment Animals People) Conservancy, based in Malaysian Borneo, was initiated in 2006, with the mission to: “facilitate projects, partnerships and exchanges that provoke sustainable ecological co-existence amongst groups, communities, nations and regions of the world.”  The organisation focuses on creating bridges of communication and effective action between local and international stakeholders. Its existing projects, located in East Malaysia, include: lake and forest restoration projects; the development of community based tourism; facilitation of economic mechanisms for indigenous communities; and the establishment of a rehabilitation centre for Malayan Sun-Bears. LEAP has also successfully carried out land purchase project to secure plots linking forest fragments in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (LKWS).
Representative: Cynthia Ong

 NCI, (Ecuador)

Since 1997, Nature and Culture International is dedicated to the conservation of biological and cultural diversity in Latin America by working primarily at the level of local communities. In Ecuador, their work focuses on the protection of tumbesian tropical dry forests, Andean cloud forests, upper Amazon rainforests and watersheds.
NCI’s mission is focused around three main aims:

  • Saving rainforests and endangered ecosystems: NCI works to achieve this by buying land to create private reserves, and by working with governments and communities to create protected areas.
  • Sustaining local communities by empowering local people and improving livelihoods within a framework of conservation of threatened ecosystems.
  • Acting in collaboration with local experts to build strong relationships with the local people.

Representative: Renzo Paladines

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Programme for Belize

Programme for Belize (PfB) is a non-profit organization, established in 1988, to promote conservation of the natural heritage of Belize and responsible use of its natural resources. The Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA) is its flagship project where PfB seeks to demonstrate practical applications of its principles focused on linking conservation of tropical forest with the development of sustainable land uses. On the Rio Bravo, PfB implements several programs: scientific research, environmental education, professional training and promotes environmental awareness amongst visitors. The organisation is committed to the goal of earning sufficient revenue from its economic activities to support the conservation of the RBCMA. To this end, PfB has carried out major research on the land and its resources to arrive at sustainable development plans which include: ecotourism, sustainable timber extraction, carbon sequestration, agroforestry and extraction of non-timber products.
Representative: Edilberto Romero

ProVita (Venezuela)

In 1987, a group of undergraduates in the School of Biology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela founded Provita. Since then, the non-profit, non-governmental organisation has devoted its efforts to environmental conservation in its widest sense, with special emphasis on threatened species and ecosystems. Twenty years later, guided by their slogan “Innovation in Conservation,” Provita has become a fundamental reference for biodiversity conservation in Venezuela and Latin America. Provita also has implemented projects directly, most notably on Margarita Island, located in northeastern Venezuela. The Yellow-shouldered Parrot (Amazona barbadensis), Blue-headed Conure (Aratinga acuticaudata neoxena) and the four species of marine turtles that nest on the island (Dermochelys coriacea, Chelonia mydas, Caretta caretta and Eretmochelys imbricata) have been the principal foci of research, management interventions, public awareness campaigns and environmental education programs. Among the most important achievements of this work are the increase of the parrot population from 700 birds in 1987 to more than 1600 at present, and the successful implementation of a new management technique for Parrot and Conure populations threatened by poaching, known as “partial captive breeding.”
Representative: Franklin Rojas

Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu (REGUA, Brazil)

Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu (REGUA) is a non-governmental organisation with a mission to protect the forests of the upper catchment of the Guapiaçu river basin, located within Rio de Janeiro state, which is part of one of the biggest fragments of the Atlantic rainforest (Mata Atlantica) left in Brazil. REGUA has an active land purchase policy, and its protection and conservation strategy can defined through: employment of  local (ex) hunters as the first line of defense against poaching and habitat destruction; biodiversity monitoring; habitat restoration, including reforestation and re-creation of previously existing wetlands; and species re-introduction, with the Red-billed Curassow and Black-fronted piping Guan successfully re-introduced to date.
Representative: Raquel Locke

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Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental (SPVS, Brazil) society for Wildlife Research and Environmental Education)

SPVS was founded in 1984 in Curitiba, in Paraná, and is recognized as one of the most important non-governmental organizations working for wildlife conservation in Brazil. As its mission, SPVS focuses on the conservation of nature through protection of native ecosystems, environmental education, and development of solutions for sustainable development.

SPVS manages carbon sequestration and avoided deforestation projects, environmental education projects, and has worked on many initiatives to help protect remaining tracts of Atlantic rainforest in Southern Brazil. Current work is taking place to protect endangered Araucaria forests and major remnants of the Atlantic rainforest in Guaraqueçaba.  In particular, SPVS has been working on a project to save the Red-tailed Amazon parrot (Amazona brasiliensis) from extinction.

Representative: Guilherme Zaniolo Karam

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Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania

Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to conserve Tanzania’s wildlife and environment for the benefit of mankind. WCST works in a range of different regions throughout Tanzania including Ulugurus, Kilimanjaro and Usambaras.

They are involved with:

  • Conservation of forests
  • Protection and conservation of various animal and plant species focusing on birds and their habitats
  • Education and awareness raising pertaining to the protection and conservation of the environment
  • Advocacy and lobbying including campaigns for Lake Natron and the Lesser Flamingo
  • Working to halt the illegal bird trade
  • Production of environmental and conservation education materials such as leaflets, booklets, calendars, fliers etc.
  • Extremely active in monitoring of species and habitats
  • Ecological Services
  • Tourism includes training young guides, publication of guide books and development of tourist trails are some of the activities that WCST are carrying out

Representative: Lota Melamari

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Wildlife Trust of India

Wildlife Trust of India is a non-profit conservation organisation, committed to urgent action that prevents destruction of India's wildlife. Its principal concerns are crisis management and the provision of quick, efficient aid to those areas that require it the most, whilst in the longer term it hopes to achieve, through proactive reforms, the conservation of India's wildlife and its habitats. In addition to its efforts to secure and manage private nature reserves, WTI’s multifaceted programmes address issues and needs such as: wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, enforcement of laws against wildlife crime, raising awareness and outreach, as well as community involvement.
Representative: Vivek Menon