Provided ongoing and significant funds for the rescue and rehabilitation of “dancing” (sloth) bears in India, a program expertly implemented by Wildlife SOS. Wildlife SOS has now rescued its 400th “dancing” bear!
In 2007, we continued our law enforcement training work in Sierra Leone and Guinea, as a part of its ongoing efforts to protect chimpanzees, working in cooperation with the Jane Goodall Institute and other organisations. Our work helped ensure a decision by the government of Sierra Leone to enforce the law in relation to the capture, and killing of chimpanzees.
Emergency funding was sent to the International Gorilla Conservation Program to help support increased armed patrols in Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ten gorillas have been killed since January 2007, and HSI is committing funds to help the surviving gorillas for the next three years.
Continuing our financial support for the Friends of the National Parks Foundation in Kalimantan, Indonesia, for their ongoing integrated conservation and development program, including orangutan protection and forest rehabilitation work (in Tanjung Puting National Park).
HSI continues with its partners at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, the Durrell Institute of Conservation Ecology, the Born Free Foundation and others, to fund the program, “Bittersweet knowledge – can people and Orangutans live in harmony”.
We continued to provide resources to support the operations of the United Nations GRASP (Great Ape Survival Project) in Australia, and their work in fighting palm oil imports through the Palm Oil Action Group. HSI has also become a “supporting partner” of GRASP internationally.
Resources were provided to SanWild in South Africa to help feed a pride of lions that were rescued from a canned hunt situation. They were being cared for while the sanctuary maintenance was being finalised. Further emergency funding was also sent near the end of the year for the feeding and protection of a new lion pride.
Supported Wildlife SOS in India who are working vigorously for the welfare of the captured leopards in the state of Maharashtra. Wildlife SOS has found that there was a high rate of mortality of leopards (incarcerated till death) in small trap cages.
At the request and generosity of an HSI major donor, resources were sent to Wildlife SOS to support tiger protection efforts in India.
Wildlife SOS, with financial support from HSI, has also been effectively implementing their “Elephant Welfare Program” in New Delhi. Significant improvements have been made to the lives of all working elephants in Delhi.
In cooperation with the Born Free Foundation, we continued to provide financial support for the work of the Kilimanjaro Fieldmen on the Tanzanian/Kenyan border, where they undertake very successful anti-poaching activities, with a special consideration for elephants. Due to the success
of this program the area covered and monies allocated were expanded this year.
At the request and generosity of HSI major donors, significant funds were sent to Thailand in support of “Wildlife Friends Thailand”, specifically for elephant protection.
Continued to support legal action in Papua New Guinea, providing funds to the PNG Eco-Forestry Forum, fighting illegal forest activities over concession rights for approximately 5 million hectares of forest.
Working with the Friends of the National Parks Foundation in Indonesia, HSI is helping to purchase a small rainforest block on the island of Nusa Penida, off the coast of Bali. This will be a safe release site for the highly endangered Bali starling.
Financially supporting a joint program with HSI Washington based in Papua New Guinea to provide a status report on the shark finning industry and associated issues.
Providing emergency funding to ProFauna in Java, to supply food and medical needs at their Wildlife Rescue Centre in Malang. The Centre now contains 170 animals, most of which are protected and endangered species with high conservation value. The Centre attempts to release as many rehabilitated animals as they can into wild and safe habitats.
Following financial support given by HSI and Born Free Foundation, ProFauna Indonesia was able to undertake the rehabilitation and release back to the wild of 6 Javan leaf monkeys confiscated from illegal wildlife traders. The monkeys were successfully released into the Hyang Highlands Wildlife Conservation Area in East Java in August.
HSI, in cooperation with the Born Free Foundation UK, continues to support the maintenance costs of Profauna’s Bali office. ProFauna’s work in Bali focuses primarily of marine turtle conservation.
Resources were sent to Vietnam again this year, through the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) and the Asian Turtle Conservation Network (ATCN), who will undertake wildlife enforcement training, building upon earlier efforts, focussing on cross-border issues, including an “Asian Turtle Crisis on Tour”, expanding target groups to include border guard units and police.
Supported the work of the “People for Animals” on the west coast of India (Orissa) this year, aimed at protecting Olive Ridley Turtles. This proposed program attempts to involve directly and indirectly all those people whose lives are intimately linked with the coastal resources – to show that turtles in their area are an integral part of the ecosystem and that there is an urgent need to save them.
Training, Enforcement and Capacity Building
In cooperation with the Born Free Foundation, HSI supported ProFauna in Indonesia to undertake a program for training government officers in policing captive animal welfare (zoos, menageries, etc) in East Java.
In cooperation with the Rainforest Information Centre, HSI financially supported a program in Kalimantan, providing “Indigenous Community Development and Capacity Building”. This is a leadership training program for the youth of Rawak, Taman and Mahap in Kalimantan, dealing with community development and opposition to the expansion of palm oil plantations.
In cooperation with AusAID’s “Volunteering for International Development from Australia” (VIDA) program, HSI is supporting a volunteer working for the Friends of the National Parks Foundation in Indonesia, working on marketing and fundraising.
HSI partnered with the Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) to provide financial support towards a program that will work to improve the health and welfare of community animals, particularly dogs, in two rural and remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
Jointly funded by HSI and Conservation International, Education for Nature Vietnam’s “Wildlife Crimes Monitoring Unit”, incorporating the “Wildlife Crimes Hotline”, is making great inroads into the cruel and illegal wildlife trade markets in Vietnam.
A new Asian focussed wildlife trade website funded by HSI and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation: “Wildlife1” is a broad, image driven media project focusing on the trade in endangered species. The site will be used to educate and to help disseminated trade information to combat illegal trade.
HSI provided resources to bring two delegates from the Solomon Islands and Fiji to an important international Biodiversity Conservation Conference in Sydney. Edward Narayan, University of the South Pacific, Fiji, gave a presentation on the endangered Fijian ground frog, and received the award for the Best Pacific Island Presentation.
We have provided further resources for the protection of painted dogs in Zimbabwe for anti-poaching activities and education programs.
Further significant funds were transferred to SanWild Wildlife Trust in South Africa to pay for the reappointment and upkeep of the anti-poaching rangers in the SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary.
At the request and generosity of a major HSI donor, resources were sent to Wildlife SOS to support a donkey sanctuary in India.
HSI facilitated the travel to India this year of a number vets from the Australian “Vets Without Borders” organisation, heading to India to help a number of animal welfare projects operate.
An in-depth investigation conducted by HSI, expedited a new Philippine law that dramatically increases penalties for commercial dog meat traders. In addition, HSI worked with local police and animal groups to rescue nearly 100 dogs bound for the illegal dog meat trade.
Following HSI investigations documenting the scope of the dog and cat fur trade in Europe, the European Parliament took a unanimous vote to ban cat and dog fur from being imported or exported into Europe by December 31, 2008. This marks the end of an eight year international campaign by HSI to stop this trade which has also secured bans in the USA and Australia.
In late 2006, Federal Minister for the Environment announced the fourth and final round of the Regional Natural Heritage Program (RNHP), totalling nearly $3 million. The 21 grants have been spread throughout South East Asia and the Pacific, helping provide much needed resources for protecting diminishing wildlife and habitats. The $10 million RNHP program has been one of HSI’s great campaign successes, working with Senator Meg Lees and the Prime Minister to instigate a critical regional conservation program. HSI was a member of the RNHP Taskforce that advised the Minister.
The following RNHP projects were approved for funding in 2006 and are being implemented:
- Building recognition and pride - the endemic botanic diversity of Tanna Island, Vanuatu
- Community based marine conservation actions in the atoll of Ailuk, Marshall Islands: implementation of two marine sanctuaries through community decision making, capacity building, vocational training, awareness and education
- Consolidating sustainability of the protection of biodiversity and the Golden headed Langur on Cat Ba Island, Vietnam
- Marine Turtle Conservation in Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu
- Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) in South East Asia
- Protecting the Heart of the Coral Triangle: Strengthening Marine Protected Areas in Eastern Indonesia<
- Operation Save Coconut Crab 2006 - a community initiative to conserve rapidly declining stocks of coconut crab in Sanma Province, Vanuatu
- Establishing a legislated area for biodiversity conservation in the Torricelli Mountain Range, Sanduan Province, Papua New Guinea
- Conserving biodiversity of the international RAMSAR site Xuan Thuy National Park (Vietnam) through local community and national action
- Integrated human and conservation development at Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan
- Conservation of Key Biodiversity Areas and Threatened Lowland Rainforest Species within the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Luzon Island, Philippines
- Conserving northern Vietnam’s critically endangered primates through community based initiatives
- Strengthening Protected Area Networks and Management in the ASEAN region
- Effective Management of World Heritage Sites and Capacity Building for Protected Areas in the Marshall Islands
- Bukit Tigapuluh Mega Fauna Survival Project
- Securing the largest population of orangutan on Earth. The Malua Segama (KOCP) Wildlife Survey
- Central Pacific Transboundary Heritage Site
- Saving southern Sumatra’s last elephants: mitigating human-elephant conflicts through local community-driven partnerships
- Conservation of Ahnd Atoll and Small Islands near Pohnpei, Pohnpei State, Federated States of Micronesia in the Polynesia-Micronesia Biodiversity HotspotSouth Pacific Humpback Whale Research
- South Pacific Humpback Whale Research Project – 2006 synoptic surveys and regional capacity building
- Phoenix Islands Conservation Project, Kiribati
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