In partnership with Fundación ProAves, Women for Conservation led the renovation and revitalization of the El Pangán Reserve EcoCenter during the summer of 2020. An important environmental education and conservation hub since its initial purchase in 2004, the EcoCenter had fallen into disrepair in recent years due to lack of funding and resources. Since Women for Conservation stepped in to help, the EcoCenter has once again been able to enrich the lives of Junín residents and indigenous peoples like the Awá Camawari and members of the Raizal, Tajadas, and Cuchirrabo communities while promoting conservation and education efforts.
Empowering Women and Saving Endangered Species
In the tropical rainforests of northcentral Colombia, critically endangered species like the Magdalena Spider Monkey and the Blue-billed Curassow are threatened by hunting and habitat loss due to timber extraction. Beginning in 2009, Women for Conservation led workshops to empower local women to explore sustainable economic practices that would avoid incurring more damage to the precious remaining remnants of habitat upon which these rare species depend.
In the community of Puerto Pinzón in the lowland rain forests of central Colombia’s Magdalena Valley, the ecosystems of the Amazon and Chocó converge to produce astonishing levels of biodiversity. In collaboration with a local Colombian partner, Women for Conservation has worked to protect the Critically Endangered Blue-billed Curassow and its unique habitat by raising awareness and empowering local women's groups to save this spectacular species.
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia holds astounding levels of endemic wildlife. Sadly, many of these species are on the verge of extinction due to extreme habitat loss as 85% of the region’s forests have been destroyed during the past four decades. Women in these communities are working to find alternative incomes with sustainable practices to live in harmony with nature, and Women for Conservation is empowering them with training and support to ensure the protection of this remarkable ecosystem.
Working with rural women and indigenous communities as The Embera and Embera Chami to protect the some of the most diverse and important tropical forest sites on earth. This area contains the watershed of the Rio Atrato - the Chocó’s most important river which serves as a vital economic sources for the tens of thousands of inhabitants living in rural communities.