Worldwide Projects

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Recent Worldwide Projects Rainforest Concern - Rainforest protection - Working with indigenous Yananawa people in Brazil RSPB - Illegal hunting of migratory birds GRABE-BENIN - Trees of Life Melca - Ethiopia forest re-generation and re-planting projects Fauna & Flora International - The International Gorilla Protection Programme MICAIA, Mozambique - Restoration of indigenous forests, Manica Province Mupo Foundation - Restoring Depleted Forests, Limpopo Province, South Africa Wildlife Conservation Society - Ambatotsirongorongo Forest Restoration Project - Madagascar David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation - Conservation of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros Orangutan Foundation - Orangutang habitat protection - Tanjung Putting National Park Indonesia Polar Bear International - Polar Bear monitoring - Canada

South Georgia Heritage Trust

Pipit under threat. Photo: Ewan Edwards © South George Heritage Trust

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Habitat Restoration Project

Established in 2005 the South Georgia Heritage Trust exists to conserve the spectacular wildlife and historical heritage of the island of South Georgia, some 170 kilometres long, located in the South Atlantic Ocean approximately 1,300 kilometres east south east of the Falkland Islands. Introduced, alien species are a major cause of native biological diversity loss worldwide and their impacts are especially severe on island ecosystems where invasive rodents are responsible for a high number of extinctions and ecosystem changes. On South Georgia rats and mice were inadvertantly introduced from sealing and whaling ships in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since that time they have thrived and devasted the bird population by consuming eggs and chicks and destroying habitat. Rats have particularly impacted the endemic South Georgia Pipit. Blue Petrels, Antarctic and Fairy Prions, Diving Petrels and South Georgia Pintails have also been affected as these birds nest on open ground or in burrows allowing easy access to eggs and chicks. The objectives of the project are to remove every single rodent from 1,000 square kilometres of infested land thereby safeguarding seabirds from future attack and thereby facilitating the return of millions of seabirds to there traditional nesting sites. Restore UK has provided funding to help with the above as well as to assist in clearing one of the old whaling stations.

We do not have the moral right to destroy this wonder of the natural world. We are at the very last tick of the clock. We have to take this opportunity and if we do not do something to protect these forests we have betrayed the generations that come after us.

Sir David Attenborough
Speech on Rainforests to Business Leaders, Mansion House, London, 2008