Today, March 3, we at the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) join with the United Nations to celebrate World Wildlife Day. We have a long history of supporting organizations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean working in a wide variety of ecological settings and crafting imaginative solutions to guarantee the coexistence of wildlife and people.
Here are a few examples of our grantee partner alums that have worked in environmental sustainability:
Reef Check Dominican Republic (RCDR) is a grantee partner alum that promoted ecotourism services in La Caleta Marine Protected Area for visitors coming to enjoy its pristine waters. RCDR also supported some 60 artesanal fishers in the nearby town of La Caleta, just east of Santo Domingo, through its “Cometé un león” (“Eat a lion”) campaign aimed at improving the local market for consumption of lionfish, a non-native and voracious predator that threatens the Dominican Republic’s reef ecosystem.
Fundación Neotrópica (FN) in Costa Rica is a grantee partner alum that worked to develop a rural tourism plan to promote low-impact, community managed tourism with seven community associations in the Corredor Biológico Pájaro Campana (CBPC) that extends from Monteverde’s cloud forest to the Gulf of Nicoya on the Pacific. Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is home to gorgeous views as well as astounding biodiversity consisting of thousands of plant and animal species.
Cooperativa Agricola de Credito y Servicios Juan Ramon Rodriguez Perez (CJRRP) in Managua, Nicaragua is a grantee partner alum that worked with six communities in the buffer zone surrounding the El Chocoyero-El Brujo Nature Reserve focusing on institutional strengthening, Reserve infrastructure, environmental education and support for agricultural and ecotourism- initiatives.
Ayllu Yupaychay (Yupay) in Peru’s Cusco region used the visual arts to further educational development of children between the ages of 3 and 8 in rural Quechua communities. Incorporating their culture’s reverence for the natural world, children draw birds, flowers and mountains as a means of developing cognitive and motor skills as well as self-esteem and an appreciation of wildlife and the natural world. Yupay’s methodology incorporating indigenous language and culture, developed over two decades through its work with rural Andean communities, has been adopted by Peru’s Ministry of Education.
Photo credits: Reef Check, Paul Zimmerman, Mark Caicedo, Jefry Andres Wright.