3rd March is World Wildlife Day, a United Nations (UN) event dedicated to raising public awareness of endangered species and the power of conservation efforts to effect change.
United for Wildlife
The founder of United for Wildlife, Prince William, is motivated to terminate the damaging impact of the illegal wildlife trade. According to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), this crime is worth up to $20 billion annually and is associated with violent crime, corruption, and other forms of trafficking. To give you a better insight into just some of the crimes, more than 20,000 African elephants are illegally killed each year for trade in their tusks, and nearly three rhinos are poached each day in South Africa alone for their horns.
Here’s what Prince William has to say about his incentive to create the organisation.
Our Ecologi Support
Our membership with Ecologi supports a variety of environmental projects, from generating energy with solar panels to producing wind power for countries around the globe. On this important day, we’re going to delve into the Ecologi projects that we’ve helped fund in aid of wildlife preservation.
Conserving Rainforest in the Western Amazon
Did you know that tropical rainforests found in the Western Amazon are often referred to as “the lungs of the world”? This location was given the title due to its biodiversity of habitats. In fact, it is home to 10% of all known terrestrial species. Would you believe that a brand-new species is discovered in the Amazon every three days? It’s quite incredible.
Unfortunately, according to Ecologi, “20% of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest was lost between 1975 and 2018”. This is due to factors such as oil and gas production, mining, logging, and infrastructure.
Ecologi’s main mission with this project is to protect and conserve tropical forest in Acre, Brazil.
Peatland: a type of wetland among the most valuable ecosystems on Earth.
Peat is a swampy, water-logged soil that is made through the slow accumulation of dead trees, plants, and other organic material which can only partially decompose due to the volume of water these habitats contain.
Because of this water, organic material, such as plants and dead trees, can only be decomposed partially. This means that when the peatlands are cleared, drained, or burned, the carbon stored within them is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.
Ecologi’s solution to this issue: The Katingan Restoration and Conservation Project. This project is located within the districts of Katingan and Kotawaringin Timur in the Central Kalimantan Province of Indonesian Borneo. This project intends to protect and restore 149,800 hectares of peatland ecosystem.
Protecting Lowland Peat Forest in Indonesia
Another Ecologi project that strives to protect peatland located in Indonesia, is the Rimba Raya REDD+ project. Taking place in Central Kalimantan province on the Southern coast of Borneo, this project endeavours to protect 64,500 hectares of lowland peat swamp forest from conversion to oil palm plantations. It will ensure the continued survival of the natural habitat for over 120 threatened and endangered species.
Renowned for its richness in biodiversity, Columbia is one of only 12 countries globally to be considered megadiverse. Did you know that 10% of the world’s flora and fauna species is estimated to originate in this location?
Due to illegal logging, the forests in this region have experienced a continued reduction in biomass. Ecologi’s resolution to this conflict is the REDD+ project based within the biologically diverse Chocó-Darién bioregion. Tackling the issue of deforestation, this project has a mission to reduce illegal logging at a local level, and protect and restore 83,452 hectares of land.
Preventing Deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Home to the okapi, Grauer’s gorilla, bonobo, and Congo peacock, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is known for its immense amount of biodiversity. Located at the heart of the DRC is the world’s second largest tropical rainforest – the Congo basin rainforest.
Due to key drivers contributing to deforestation and degradation with logging, unsustainable fuel wood extraction, and slash and burn agriculture practice, the rainforest is in jeopardy. Ecologi’s solution is a project which strives to protect 248,956 hectares of forest from these harmful acts.
If you are fascinated about our work with Ecologi and would like to find out more, check out the following blogs.
- Our Favourite Ecologi Projects of 2022
- An Overview of Carbon Neutrality and Net Zero
- Help the Environment – The Big, Green Challenge
- Ecologi Projects: Where Your Money Goes, Trees Grow
- From sapling to forest, our foray into carbon offsetting with Ecologi