For many of us the vaccine has restored “normal” in our lives. But not in the Global South where access to vaccines is limited; COVID-19 continues to stretch resources and put new pressures on fragile ecosystems and at-risk local communities.
Last year, COVID-19 circled the globe causing hardship and death. Rainforest Trust’s field based partners saw rising threats in the reserves, including poaching and illegal logging. We asked for your help to ensure our conservation work would not falter, and you responded and made a gift to the COVID-19 Emergency Conservation Fund. Together, we achieved the following:
- In Guatemala, FUNDAECO has been working to establish protection to the Maya Forest. When the pandemic caused hardship on local communities, they looked to the natural resources in the forest reserves. To prevent this and keep communities healthy, FUNDAECO distributed masks, food, personal hygiene supplies and important COVID safety information.
- The Bura East Conservancy was established in Kenya by Rainforest Trust and Hirola Conservation in 2016 to save the Critically Endangered Hirola from extinction. Your support helped increase patrols and surveillance. Now, our efforts are paying off. Recently, while monitoring herds, rangers came across a newborn Hirola. Since the species is so rare, a new birth is a hopeful sign for the future.
- In Nepal, Red Panda Network continued their forest patrols and deployed camera traps to record illegal activities and monitor biodiversity. Recently, they learned their protection is working after capturing footage of the rare and elusive Vulnerable Clouded Leopard in one of their reserves.
Thanks in part to you, our partners were able to meet new challenges head on.
Rainforest Trust will continue to accept gifts to the COVID-19 Emergency Conservation Fund to help our partners continue to meet emerging needs. Please, continue to stand with us as we create a safer future for our reserves and endangered species.