On November 5th, the World Land Trust (WLT) and Argentine project partner Fundación Frontera Verde (FFV) attended a reception held for the Governor of Misiones at the Argentine Ambassador's residence in London.
Governor Maurice Closs, accompanied by Mario Malajovich of FFV, was on a visit to the UK to attend the World Travel Market in London to promote the tourist attractions that the Misiones Province of Argentina has to offer. Misiones Province is where WLT and FFV are working to protect an important remnant of the Atlantic Rainforest, by purchasing and protecting nearly 10,000 acres (3,764 hectares) within the Yabotí Biosphere Reserve: one of the last strongholds of the Atlantic Rainforest. The Misiones Province incorporates an incredible range of wildlife and natural wonders for nature lovers, not least the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, situated on the Argentine-Brazilian border. Environmentally sensitive tourism might therefore have a role to play in providing an income stream for the proposed reserve.
The reception at the Ambassador's residence proved an inspiring occasion, illustrating how the government of the Misiones Province, local communities and organisations such as FFV and WLT are working in partnership to protect some of the last Atlantic Rainforest of Misiones. John Burton (CEO of the WLT) and Governor Closs gave presentations about the work that WLT and FFV are doing in Misiones and the reception ended with a musical celebration of the collaboration through Chamamé, folk music typical of the indigenous Guaraní communities.
To learn more about the Misiones Rainforest Corridor Project and find out how you can help, visit our project page Missiones Rainforest Corridor, Argentina.