All our A Rocha National Organizations and Associated Projects work towards the goal of ensuring the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of ‘Life on Land’, be that in forests, wetlands, or drylands. And our work makes a difference! Some specific highlights:
Tropical forests are home to over half the planet’s known species and to millions of humans. These forests form countless unique habitats, including lowland rainforest, montane cloud forests and dry coastal forests. Our species has already destroyed half of the tropical forest cover: the need to protect the rest is urgent!
Wetlands are where two habitats − land and water − meet, and so they are especially rich in wildlife. They are highly diverse in character, for they can be coastal or inland: marshes, lakes, creeks, rivers, ponds, canals, coastal lagoons and deltas are just a few of the habitats where A Rocha is working with the local communities.
A Rocha Peru has become a contributing voice to public policy around forest restoration, thanks to a replicable reforestation project model now in its third reiteration.
A Rocha teams work with a wide range of local people, including landowners and government representatives, to engage them in conservation issues and to manage key sites in sustainable ways.
Invasive species (often called introduced or pest species, or exotics) are plants or animals not native to a specific location. Lacking their normal predators, they sometimes spread fast and can cause massive damage to the ecosystem. They are one of the major causes of extinction, especially on islands.
Nature conservation is most effective when underpinned by sound science. 2015 data submitted by our teams recorded the monitoring and study of 119 species on IUCN’s Red List (Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Near Threatened) and 98 species recognized as threatened or at risk nationally.
Sometimes, the threat of illegal action is too imminent to ignore and radical steps need to be taken. On a few occasions, our local teams have stepped into legal battles to speak out as a voice to protect the voiceless.