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Eco-Index Award for ProAves Conservation Program

 

The project, for which Foundación ProAves achieved this important award, began in 2003. Since then ProAves launched an intensive search and monitoring campaign nationwide to identify key areas and habitats for the most threatened migratory birds.

The results and the analysis of years of field data provided crucial insights into the distribution and threats facing migratory birds and facilitated the publication of “Conservation Plan for Colombian Migratory Birds” in 2009 and the “Plan for the Conservation of the Non-Reproductive Cerulean Warblers” in 2010. Both are integrated conservation strategies aimed at key target areas and actions for migratory birds classified as of Conservation Concern.

Based on these data and plans, we have built a strategic network of protected areas that, to date, has protected 30,000 hectares throughout Colombia, including 23 bird reserves owned by ProAves, the largest network of bird reserves in the Neotropics.

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 Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve

The research and monitoring program of migratory birds refines distribution models, evaluates population trends and is vital for identifying new priority sites requiring urgent conservation actions. Ecotourism initiatives and sustainable development programs focused on these protected areas involve and benefit local communities. We continue to enhance the profile of Neotropical migratory birds in the media and in local communities across Colombia through the National Day of Migratory Birds.

This project is carried out with the support of the Neotropical Migratory Birds Conservation Act (NMBCA ) of the Fish and Wildlife Service of the United States of America.

Eco-Index is the main directory of conservation projects in the Neotropics. Rainforest Alliance launched the Eco-Index® in 2001 to provide, quickly and easily, information of interest to conservationists. Since its launch in 2001, more than 1,250 profiles have been added for almost 900 projects implemented by NGOs, governments and universities and about 20 new projects are added each month. Visit eco-index.org

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