Bonn, 25 June 2008 - With the endorsement of CMS, a project
has just started for the conservation of the Appendix
I listed Grey-cheeked Parakeet (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera),
a species at risk of extinction found in important and
threatened ecosystems in Peru and Ecuador. Initiated through
CMS, this project will operate under a signed agreement
between the National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA)
of the Government of Peru and the Loro Parque Fundación
(LPF) of Tenerife, Spain. LPF, a world-leader in parrot
conservation, will provide much of the $53,000 needed
for the project. INRENA will provide the remaining funds
and will carry out the project with colleagues from Ecuador.
This initiative is taking
place thanks to the good relations existing between all
parties, as well as to the importance that these birds
have as vital indicators for healthy ecosystems guaranteeing
higher biodiversity. At the same time, this project will
contribute to the implementation of policies and coordinated
actions between Peru and Ecuador for the conservation
of critical habitat of other species, given that INRENA
and the Ministry of Environment of the respective countries
will take part.
The Grey-cheeked Parakeet
is an endemic and migratory species between Peru and Ecuador,
classified by the IUCN as an endangered species. Its area
of reproduction occurs on the border of these countries,
a zone that at the moment is intensely modified by humans,
a fact which impacts negatively on its migration. In this
regard, the project has as its general objective to determine
more exactly the conservation status of this species,
for which a matrix of threat factors will be created.
Participatory workshops with the inhabitants of the area
will be undertaken and a regional action plan for the
management of this threatened parakeet will be developed.
Given that trade in these birds is also an issue, the
project has the additional endorsement of CITES.
Loro Parque Foundation is
also member of the “Friends of CMS”, an association
including a number of private sector companies which promotes
the conservation of migratory species.