WLT and Fundacion Biodiversa Colombia (FBC) are working together to save 642 acres (260 hectares) of lowland forest and wetlands in the Barbacoas of the middle-Magdalena valley.
With your help, we are raising £295,000 to ensure these precious habitats are safe. This region has suffered extreme deforestation and degradation, with up to 90 per cent of the original forests lost. Protecting the Barbacoas ensures that the remaining forests and wetlands survive.
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From the water’s edge to the heart of the forests of ancient and rare trees, live many endangered and endemic species. West Indian Manatee and Magdalena River Turtle’s swim in the lakes, Lowland Tapir, Jaguar and a wealth of monkeys including White-footed Tamarin, Brown Spider Monkey and Varied White-fronted Capuchin, inhabit the land and trees. But this area is at imminent threat from logging. We need to help FBC secure its future now.
All donations to Saving The Barbacoas’ Forests and Wetlands will go towards securing 642 acres (260hectares) of a total 7,863 acres (3,182 hectares) of land available for FBC to purchase, extending the existing Rancho Verde and creating forest corridors to connect with reserves at El Silencio and Selva Verde.
“It is clear that the preservation of this unspoiled landscape and its exceptional biodiversity is critical,” says WLT CEO, Dr Jonathan Barnard. “With the generous help of our supporters, we will be able to protect wonderful endangered and endemic species, ensuring their survival. FBC have a wonderful track record of conservation projects, and under their management the Barbacoas wetlands and forests will flourish.”
What will my donation do?
Land purchase for conservation ensures the survival of healthy, biodiverse habitats.
This is not only critical for safeguarding the future of plant and animal species; it is also vital for the health of local communities and the wider implications for climate change.
Supporting this campaign immediately protects an area that will otherwise suffer deforestation, clearing the forests for cattle ranching and agriculture.
Wetlands are also vital stores of carbon, rich with plant species that store greenhouse gases. In fact, while wetlands now cover just 6 per cent of Earth’s surface, they store 35 per cent of its carbon (source:UN/Ramsar).