|Town/Region||ToroToro National Park, Northern Potosí|
|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Date||21 Jul 2005|
The Conservation of the Red-fronted Macaw in the Caine River project’s overall aim is to protect the Red-Fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys) in the ToroToro National Park and Caine River communities of Northern Potosí, Bolivia. The species, which the IUCN categorises as Endangered, has seen its population diminished in the area because:
(ii) it is poached and sold in markets as pet due to its attractive colours. The project proposes to implement a portfolio of methods to work with local farmers, community groups, and youth to protect the bird and conserve its natural habitat.
Key activities include:
2) Production and dissemination of training and educational materials and workshops that encourage the protection of the Macaw (pamphlets, hats) among farmers, local schools, community and municipal leaders (first 6 months of project; June—December).
3) Training of community youth promoters from the local communities in environmental issues and conservation of the Macaw (August—December).
4) Training of farmers in innovative methods to protect their peanut crops from the Macaw; other inexpensive types of scare tactics beside fencing such as tape from old cassette tapes may prove useful (the sound of the tape in the wind was found to effectively scare the Macaws for a period and may be used with other methods) (January—June).
5) Reforestation—planting 6,000 native trees, mainly Soto (whose seeds are eaten by the Macaw), Molle, and Jacaranda between November—February (just before and during the rainy season), in order to expand the natural habitat of the Red-fronted Macaw as well as contribute to soil protection, water retention, and the stabilization of altered areas.
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