Dr. Claudio Valladares-Padua
Earth Institute Contact: Dr. Claudio Valladares-Padua
This project focuses on the practical aspects of the use of this theory to save a critically endangered species. Based on the results of almost two decades of conservation research with the black lion tamarin, both in captivity and in the wild, we are applying management techniques to create a minimum viable metapopulation for the species. We also compare the approaches we use to some other endangered species conservation initiatives, as we intend to disseminate the lessons learned. Despite the overall success of this measure, the mere fact of becoming officially protected does not ensure the protection of these fragments effectively. Much on the contrary some landowners might destroy it to avoid the implementation of the Ecological Station. This is very much possible because there are many protected areas in Brazil that only exist on paper. The aims are to: Create a small infrastructure to guard the Station; Hire a warden for a period of one year until IBAMA is structured to protect the Station; Equip the warden with a motorcycle and a cellular phone; Promote meetings among IPÊ, IBAMA, the Forestry Institute of São Paulo, local landowners and other stakeholders involved with the four forest fragments are located; Disseminate the existence of the new Ecological Station; Demarcate the reserved territories boundaries and place signs indicating of its existence; Monitor the effect of its creation and seek local support for its conservation.
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