Sir Peter Scott Fund project: Wattled Curassow, Bolivia

'Monitoring the Wattled Curassow (Crax globulosa), in Bolivia'

Objective

To provide the tools and training needed for the implementation of a Wattled Curassow environmental programme in the Tacana III Indigenious territory.

Background

The Wattled Curassow (Crax globulosa) was rediscovered in Bolivia in 1998 after it was thought extinct from the country.

This project seeks to support the local communities of the Takana III Indigenous Territory to protect the species and conserve biodiversity of a vital primary forest ecosystem.

A management plan for the area is urgently needed to ensure sustainable use of the forests resources which otherwise threaten the status of endangered species such as the wattled curassow.

Experience shows that effective wildlife monitoring is carried out by indigenous biologists given access to the necessary training and resources, which can also lead to greater community commitment to biodiversity conservation.

The activities of the project will centre around the training of a team of four indigenous biologists from different communities to implement the environmental monitoring of this species.

A further 20 community members will also undertake education to participate in the programme of workshops.

Duration: 2008 - 2009 
Project leaders: Dr. B Hennessey
Project donors:
IUCN & Fondation Ensemble