Rediscovered Critically Endangered Amphibian after 36 years: Lynch’s Colombian tree frog

Last seen 36 years ago, Lynch’s Colombia Tree Frog (Hyloscirtus lynchi) was considered extinct after many unsuccessful searches by hundreds of researchers over recent decades. After 9 months of searching for this species, Fundación ProAves researcher Elson Meneses finally located the first Lynch’s Colombia Tree Frog individual after 36 years in a new location of the edge of its suspected range. We suspect that the species has disappeared from its original habitat and now located at a higher elevation suggesting the effects of climate change have pressured it to gradually seek cooler climes higher in the Andes, but where very little natural habitat remains.

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Nubian Giraffe Conservation in Uganda

Uganda is home to one of the most threatened subspecies of giraffe: the Nubian giraffeOnce free ranging across western Kenya, western Ethiopia, southern South Sudan and Uganda, the Nubian giraffe has been largely eliminated from much of its former range. GCF and UWA’s collaborative effort to conserve giraffe in Uganda is guided by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed by both parties in 2014 to formalise this important partnership. As part of this partnership, the National Giraffe Conservation Strategy & Action Plan for Uganda (2020-2030) was developed to identify conservation priorities. Nubian giraffe conservation in Uganda is an important programme for GCF and we are currently focusing on three national parks that host giraffe, namely Murchison Falls (northern and southern bank), Kidepo Valley and Lake Mburo National Parks, as well Pian Upe Game Reserve, where giraffe were reintroduced in 2019.

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Khomas Environmental Education Programme

The Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP) team continues to host over 2,000 students and 85 teachers for a fun and educational day in the field. In addition, the KEEP team reached students from around the world via Zoom and through the eight-part environmental education series that was aired Africa-wide on DSTV. The new school year has now started in Namibia and our KEEP team has never been busier. For many children their KEEP excursion is the first time ever to see giraffe or any other wildlife.

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Healthy Wetlands for the Cranes and People of Uganda

The population of Grey Crowned Cranes in East Africa has declined by over 80 percent in the last 25 years, largely due to increasing pressure on wetlands.
In partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Rugarama Hospital, the Margaret Pyke Trust and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, we are implementing a Population, Health and Environment project in southwest Uganda. The ICF goal is to empower local communities to conserve their cranes and manage wetlands while also meeting the communities’ health and economic needs.

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Permaculture and Cranes

The Drakensberg Crane Conservation Project’s priority community engagement work is focused on conservation agriculture and capacity building, public awareness and education, and health and environment. International Crane Foundation project communities, such as KwaMkhize, are predominantly unemployed and surviving mainly on social grants and agricultural products. Even though agriculture is seen as key in addressing food security in communities along the Drakensberg, the extent of alien plant infestation, soil erosion, overgrazing and poor soil quality continue to be impediments to enhancing food security in the area. To find a lasting solution to the issue, the project facilitated training on permaculture gardening. Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Much like no-till farming, permaculture protects the soil structure of the ground and allows the carbon sequestration capability to remain intact, benefitting the environment.

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Farmers lead the way in cultivating solutions to climate change

A milestone for the environment in South Africa! The country’s first landowner has signed a carbon project development contract. South Africa’s Carbon Tax Act creates a market for those who can sequester or trap carbon, such as those with suitable farmlands – and habitat for cranes – to receive payment from polluters in carbon credits.

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International Day of Action for Rivers 2021

The 24th Day of Action for Rivers will take place on March 14, 2021. The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day dedicated to solidarity – when diverse communities around the world come together with one voice to say that rivers matter. That communities having access to clean and flowing water matters. This past International Day of Action for Rivers on March 14, 2020, thousands of river stewards, defenders, and allies took action both in-person and online. Despite the health and safety challenges faced by many countries around the world with the COVID-19 pandemic, over 50 direct actions were registered across 23 countries/nation-states with hundreds more joining in via social media and digital outreach. The outpouring of solidarity with #RiversUniteUs during this time is a testament to the commitment of so many communities and individuals around the world to protecting vital freshwater. The International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life was adopted by the participants of the first International Meeting of People Affected by Dams, March 1997 in Curitiba Brazil. Representatives from 20 countries decided that the International Day of Action would take place on March 14 – Brazil’s Day of Action Against Large Dams. Our aim on this International Day of Action for Rivers, is to raise our voices in unison against destructive water development projects, reclaim the health of our watersheds, and demand the equitable and sustainable management of our rivers.

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IACACT is proud to announce the launch of its new and innovative initiative dedicated to biodiversity: “22.92 – Conservation Project” aims to raise awareness, create dialogue and establish partnership with schools, organizations and general audience. Biodiversity is important to most aspects of our lives because it includes not only species considered rare, threatened, or endangered but also every living thing, from humans to organisms such as microbes, fungi, and invertebrates. Over the last century, humans have come to dominate the planet, causing rapid ecosystem change and massive loss of biodiversity across the planet.

“22.92 – Conservation Project” will work through online classes, 2.0 workshops and webinar in order to share useful information to foster proactive behaviors and best practice among youth. «We are very excited – said Daniele Mariani, founder of IACACT – because it is very important not stopping educational programms on topics like environment and biodiversity especially during these hard times in order to keep chasing the sustainable development goals».

IACACT in parthership with Psyco Prod. released the promo video for the launching campaign of  “22.92- Conservation Project” at .

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Continue Fighting for Sea Turtles

Eddie Peng, the China Sea Turtle Conservation Alliance and WildAid launched a new campaign in China to inspire public action on saving sea turtles. In the new campaign, popular actor Eddie Peng encourages the public to become “sea turtle warriors” by taking simple actions that can help reduce threats to sea turtles and other marine wildlife. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a mixed fate to sea turtles around the world. The steep decline in crowds on beaches from Brazil to Thailand has resulted in increased numbers of nesting turtles. However, exponential increases in disposable plastic consumption from food delivery and protective equipment are adding to already high levels of plastic debris in the oceans, posing threats to marine life that mistake it as food, especially sea turtles. Of the seven species of sea turtles, five are found in Chinese waters. The primary active nesting sites in China are now in the remote Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. The Huidong Sea Turtle Nature Reserve in Guangdong had around 500 nesting turtles 70 years ago but by 2012 only 2 nesting turtles were counted.

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WILDAID Launches Campaign to End Wildlife Consumption in Vietnam

To emphasize and warn of the dangers of wildlife consumption to public health, WildAid and CHANGE launched The Host campaign, an innovative effort featuring MC/Journalist Trac Thuy Mieu and MC Phan Anh, among others.The four campaign videos urge the public to stop consuming wildlife in order to help prevent similar pandemics in the future. They highlight the public health hazards associated with the wildlife trade that supplies consumers and specialty restaurants, as many species can carry pathogens which pose a danger to humans when transmission occurs. In a recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, coronavirus prevalence rates and risk of infection in field rats sold into the wildlife trade in Vietnam increased from 20% to 55% as the rats became increasingly stressed as they moved through the supply chain from initial seller to market to restaurant.

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