Colombia is one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet, attracting high levels of nature-based tourism. Women for Conservation is building a sustainable future for rural communities in these eco-hotspots by training residents as bird guides with lessons in bird identification and English language skills.
As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe, food scarcity is a rising problem, particularly in developing nations like Colombia. Women for Conservations is turning its attention to urgent relief efforts, supplying families in key biodiversity conservation sites with much-needed food supplies and basic necessities.
The Chocó and its vast rain forests in western Colombia are considered one of the most important biological hot spots on Earth. Housing an extraordinary concentration of endemic birds, plants, and amphibians (species found nowhere else in the world), this treasure trove of life is tragically threatened - creating an urgent need for us to work with local communities to save this precious jewel.
Representing Women for Conservation, Founder and Executive Director Sara Lara hosted a booth and met with visitors at the Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo that is held annually by Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) in San Francisco. Each year, WCN gathers conservationists from around the world to exhibit and speak about their work that protects endangered wildlife globally. The expo offers a unique opportunity for supporters to unite, connect, network, and share stories about their experiences.
Today, Women for Conservation joins over 150 leading environmental and reproductive health organizations to pledge support for a first-of-its-kind campaign: Thriving Together, led by the Margaret Pyke Trust. Organizations that participate in Thriving Together form a diverse global alliance united by the agreement that improving access to family planning services is critically important for protecting the environment and biodiversity.
Uniting with several local organizations, Women for Conservation participated in the Fauquier Climate Change Rally in Warrenton, Virginia. The event raised awareness about the negative impact of climate change while advocating solutions to reduce global greenhouse emissions.
During the summer of 2019, Sara Lara decided to pursue her dream of fully dedicating herself to Women for Conservation and established the organization as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Virginia. She looks forward to working with women around the world to advance environmental education, to support their involvement in policies that benefit land conservation and wildlife protection, and to help them be heard and seen - using the organization as a platform to promote their work.