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Protecting key habitat for Fuertes’s Parrot

Thursday 30 April 2009.

The Municipality of Génova, Department of Quindío, and ProAves celebrated an agreement to continue a further five years protecting and managing the El Mirador Municipality Reserve which is key for the survival of the Critically Endangered Fuertes’s Parrot.

“The signing of this agreement allow us to continue the activities carried out there with the Threatened Parrots of Central Cordillera project supported by Fundación Loro Parque”, said Lina Eugenia Daza, legal advisor of ProAves. “The renewed agreement for a further five years is in recognition of the good management implemented by ProAves at the site.”

Both in the reserve and its regional headquarters in the beautiful town of Génova, ProAves has conducted an extensive environmental education, conservation and research program.

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Initially, ProAves was confronted by many problems managing the municipality land, as over 150 head of cattle had to be relocated off the municipality land to allow reforestation. This created tensions with cattle owners that depended on the public lands, but ProAves has worked closely with the community and now over 1000 acres of pasturelands are being recovered to critical cloud forest habitat.

ProAves is extremely grateful to the Mayor of Génova by the trust for the renewal of this agreement and support of Fundación Loro Parque.

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Génova (Quindío).

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