Women for Conservation

Projects

Protecting Choco’s Biodiversity

Location: Choco, Colombia

Key Species: Golden-ringed tanager, Black-and-gold tanager

Habitat: Pluvial Rain Forest

Primary Threats: Climate change and deforestation of habitat as a result of mining, cattle ranching, poaching, and timber.

Conservation Actions: Educational workshops to raise awareness about local endangered wildlife; Basic English classes to facilitate communication with foreign tourists and the identification of bird species. Educational workshops on reforestation and restoration of habitat, the importance of the Chocó region and basic geography. The development of alternative income sources by facilitating Ecotourism training and forest guard training.

Saving the Spectacular Biodiversity of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Location : Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

Key Species : Santa Marta Parakeet (EN), Santa Marta Toro (CR), San Lorenzo Harlequin frog (EN), Santa Marta Sabrewing (EN)

Habitat :Montane Cloud Forest

Primary Threats :Climate Change and deforestation

Conservation Actions:Educational workshops to raise awareness about local endangered wildlife; reforestation and restoration of habitat using tree nurseries; development of alternative income sources including production of natural candles, soaps, and jewelry; provision of information and access to family planning

Empowering Women to Save the Blue-billed Curassow

Location: Magdalena Valley – Colombia

Key Species:Blue-billed Curassow (CR), Magdalena Spider Monkey (CR), Magdalena Lowland Tapir (VU), Spectacled Bear (VU), Jaguar (NT).

Habitat:Rain forest

Primary Threats:Habitat loss

Conservation Actions:Participatory agreements to prevent hunting; introduction of fuel-efficient cook stoves; training in sustainable production of jewelry from Tagua seeds; provision of access to voluntary family planning and health clinics

Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods Through Artistry in Northcentral Colombia

Location: Serranía de las Quinchas, northcentral Colombia

Key Species: Blue-billed Curassow (CR), Magdalena Spider Monkey (CR), Magdalena Lowland Tapir (VU), Spectacled Bear (VU), Jaguar (NT)

Habitat: cloud forest and tropical rainforest

Primary Threats: habitat loss, timber extraction, hunting

Conservation Actions: workshops training women in sustainable production of jewelry and artisan crafts

Renovating EcoCenter Revitalizes Community Learning and Conservation in the Chocó

Location: Ñambí River basin, near Junín, central Colombia

Key Species: Long-wattled Umbrellabird (VU), Banded Ground-cuckoo (EN), Baudo Guan (EN), Chocó Vireo (EN)

Habitat: Tropical rainforest and premontane rainforest

Primary Threats: Illegal hunting and logging, animal trafficking, gold mining, illegal drilling into pipelines causing oil spills

Conservation Actions: Community gathering space, ecology courses and professional classes, promotion of sustainable livelihoods