The cao vit gibbon is one of the rarest primate species in the world, with only one population of 110 individuals living along the China-Vietnam border. Since its discovery in 2002, serious conservation activities have been undertaken both in China and Vietnam. Their habitat has been well protected and the population was increasing. However the total suitable habitat for the gibbon is only 2,000 hectares. This poses a significant challenge for the long time survive of the species. This project aims to: 1) evaluate the habitat quality and locate the potential habitat for gibbon in the surrounding area by using remote sensing and geographic information techniques; 2) plan a long-term strategy for transboundary restoration of the habitat of the cao vit gibbon; 3) train the new staff for the new nature reserve in China.
The Togo slippery frog (Conraua derooi) is an evolutionary distinct and Critically Endangered frog known to occur in only two isolated sites: The Atewa mountains and the Togo-Volta Hills. Previous conservation efforts have focused on the Atewa mountains, however, due to an ongoing mountain-top removal bauxite mining, the persistence of this frog population in the Atewa mountains can no longer be guaranteed. This project aims to secure an alternate viable wild population of this frog in the Togo-Volta hills by curbing widespread human consumption and restoring degraded habitats whilst concurrently monitoring the impact of ongoing mining activities on the Atewa mountains population. Time-tested conservation interventions including behaviour change education, provision of alternative livelihood options and capacity building among local conservation personnel will be implemented. Important outputs are the restoration of 10 hectares of degraded riverine forest habitat, a species status review report, the establishment of the first amphibian capacity-building training centre and at least 15 amphibian conservation clubs in local schools.
The Araripe Manakin is the most endangered manakin in the world with less than 800 individuals and 28km2 of remaining habitat. The overall goal of this proposal is to consolidate previous actions related to the awareness campaign, habitat recovery techniques, and creation of a fully protected area in the Araripe region. The main objectives are: (1) Involve the local society in the conservation of the Araripe Manakin through the development of birdwatching activities; (2) conduct botanic research and outreach activities to promote habitat recovery; and (3) continue to follow up closely the creation process of the fully protected area.
Wild goats (Capran aegagrus) in Iraq are under strong conservation pressure due to hunting and habitat loss. This project aims to protect the wild population of wild goats and their habitat in the Peramagroon and Barzana mountains, Iraq. Field surveys and advocacy for the conservation of this species will implemented, which will provide a basis for future initiatives and will build capacity for the teams interested in gaining expertise on this particular species. Assessment will include local interviews and direct observation of the animals, as well as tracking signs. A public educational programme will involve local schools and meetings with stakeholders, specifically hunters, forestry police, environmental Pesh Merga and environmental district staff.