Photo: Loro Parque
Loro Parque Fundación is allocating nearly €2m to its conservation projects for 2020, making a total of around €21m in all that has been dedicated to nature protection since the Foundation’s creation in 1994. The park says that the allocation was confirmed at the recent annual meeting of its advisory committee, and will see the money devoted to projects around the globe. Projects focusing on the Canary Islands and the rest of Macaronesia (Cape Verde, Madeira and the Azores) in particular will receive 37% of the funds, followed by the threatened species and ecosystems of the American continent, Europe, Africa and Asia. As such, the financing will reach all five continents, and will be distributed amongst 50 conservation and research projects implemented by 34 NGOs and universities around the world.
From an environmental point of view, species and terrestrial ecosystems are the ones that will receive the most help, of particular note being the Red-Vented Cockatoo (critically endangered on the red list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature), whose project will focus on securing the populations on Rasa Island and ensuring that the reproductive success achieved in the area extends to other parts of the region. Other outstanding terrestrial species and ecosystem projects are aimed at protecting the lions in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, the Great Green Macaw and the Lilacine Amazon in Ecuador.
The Park says that it will not forget the conservation of marine species and ecosystems either, and funding, co-financed by the Canarian Government, will go to the CanBIO project which began earlier this year with the installation of control and monitoring systems for climate change in the Macaronesia zone and the effects it will have on marine fauna. Between 2020 and 2021, the project will install two control buoys, one off the island of Gran Canaria and the other off the island of El Hierro. These stations will monitor the rate of ocean acidification, temperature increase and underwater noise. Autonomous marine vehicles will also be deployed to carry out measurements throughout the archipelago and will be extended to the whole of Macaronesia by 2023. Marine project funding will also be dedicated to the conservation of several critically endangered species such as Angelsharks and Spiny Butterfly Rays, as well as Turtles, Orcas, Dolphins, Humpback Whales and Pilot Whales.