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Considered the most biologically diverse region in the world, the tropical Andes cover less than 1% of the world’s land area, yet are home to nearly one-sixth of all plant species on the planet, and more species of amphibians, birds, and mammals than any other equivalent region.

Large-scale habitat conversion and degradation, along with alarming biodiversity loss, is progressing rapidly across Latin America. Protected areas as part of the Land and Seas approach are a proven strategy to protect biodiversity, mitigate climate change, improve water security, and support community adaptation to climate change through nature-based solutions. Conserva Aves will contribute to national commitments under the biodiversity and climate conventions.

Conserva Aves offers a unique perspective on conserving endemic and threatened biodiversity by incorporating the priorities of migratory birds – many of which are seriously degraded. By focusing on the conservation of migratory birds, Conserva Aves Partners increases habitat connectivity, tapping into a variety of other species and mobilizing support from a variety of international actors by focusing on breeding North American bird species that depend on the tropical Andean region of the world. the bulk of their life cycles.

The national implementation of Conserva Aves will be carried out by a consortium of effective conservation organizations, environmental trusts in each country part of the Network of Environmental Funds for Latin America and the Caribbean (RedLAC) and National BirdLife Partners Asociación Armonia (Bolivia), Aves y Conservación (Ecuador) ), Asociación Calidris (Colombia), ECOAN (Peru), as well as the Jocotoco Foundation (Ecuador) and ProAves (Colombia).

The second investment of the Bezos Earth Fund $5 million will help map and conserve some of Earth’s most important but lesser known biodiversity hotspots and carbon sinks.

BirdLife, on behalf of the Key Biodiversity Areas Partnership (KBA), has received $5 million from the Bezos Earth Fund in an effort to map and contribute to nature’s most important conservation sites in Africa’s Congo Basin and in the tropical Andes in South America. This work is critical to addressing Earth’s dual biodiversity and climate crises.

The Congo Basin and the Tropical Andes contain some of the most important biodiversity and carbon sinks in the world today, but no one can pinpoint the exact locations of importance on a map—which means these places cannot adequately be preserved and protected. Through national coordination groups of stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and local communities, the work accomplished with this grant over the next two years will provide national and local governments, NGOs and the international community with much-needed tools to combat nature loss, species extinctions and climate change.

Ensuring that decision makers from government, the private sector, and civil society know where these sites are, and have easy access to site information, is essential for effective planning of investments in conservation, infrastructure and sustainable economic development.

Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are essential to sustain life on our planet – the places most important to nature, species and ecosystems on Earth, identified using a common global standard. By strengthening and expanding KBA’s networks Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Funding will help prevent species extinction and ecosystem collapse, promote carbon storage and sequestration, support adaptation to climate change, and support the sustainable delivery of ecosystem services to people, especially indigenous and local communities. This experience can then be rapidly replicated and scaled up to further conserve and protect areas of high biodiversity importance globally.

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