Given the strain of recent events that have captivated our collective attention in the last few months and days, one can be forgiven for thinking that the world stands still. It doesn’t, of course, and as our focus diverts to issues that rightfully deserve our attention, it does not change that action on climate change is still one of the world’s most pressing.

Yesterday, World Environment Day , was an excellent opportunity to reflect on the need to act on climate change and help preserve our environment.It is a day that is now over forty years running and one on which countless environmentalists and engaged world citizens have taken the opportunity to reflect and act on how to best contribute a small part of the big effort to save the planet.

At Rainforest Partnership, we took World Environment Day as an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve done to preserve delicate and vulnerable forests, always mindful of the fact that forests are a major part of the global ecosystem, and their preservation is paramount in the fight against climate change.

One of our favorite projects in recent years  was counting the population of the Ecuadorian Capuchin Monkey. There is often a critical population imbalance of these monkeys, leading to an imbalanced ecosystem and unhealthy forests.

World Environment Day

Rainforest Partnership and its partners therefore undertook an estimate of this elusive species at the “El Caucho” biological station in Peru’s Pacific tropical forests. Thanks to the efforts of teams on the ground, the Ecuadorian Capuchin Monkey was rightly categorized as one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world — the inclusion of which will allow for the species to be legally protected.

Rainforests need stewards that will protect them and ensure their long-term survival.  This is why Rainforest Partnership also conducted a 3rd Field Course for the Study of the Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation of Primates, also at El Caucho.

We teamed up with our Peruvian partners to teach young professionals a curriculum based on methods for ecological field work, conservation actions, policy making, and skills related to fund-raising, writing scientific articles and presenting at conferences. Ten selected students from Peru and Ecuador were able to attend, strengthening the capabilities of young professionals to conserve the forests in their communities. 

Looking back at some of our previous successes, Rainforest Partnership eagerly prepares for future challenges and breakthroughs. And especially, we look forward to our favorite day of the year – World Rainforest Day is on June 22nd!

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