Leading British sleeping bag manufacturer, Snugpak, has successfully made it through to the public vote for a project the company nominated via EOCA’s funding scheme, to reforest Paraguay’s most visited nature reserve, Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca (RNLB), which is home to many globally threatened species. People can vote by clicking here before the deadline, 19th October 2015. Leading British sleeping bag manufacturer, Snugpak, has successfully made it through to the public vote for a project the company nominated via EOCA’s funding scheme, to reforest Paraguay’s most visited nature reserve, Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca (RNLB), which is home to many globally threatened species. People can vote by clicking here before the deadline, 19th October 2015.
RNLB is located at the frontier of two biodiversity hotspots, the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado, an area which is subject to habitat degradation, deforestation, a rapidly growing population and lack of environmental education. Logging in the reserve has been halted, but it continues in the fringes, so many mammals, including ocelots, are migrating inwards. If successful in the public vote of EOCA’s Outdoor category, part of Snugpak’s project will be to help to restore this degraded habitat to serve as a home to more animals that are being pushed out by deforestation on other unprotected areas close by.
Three key species are being focussed on; the Ocelot, which is the area’s largest mammal; the Anaconda, which is threatened and only known to still breed at Laguna Blanca in the whole of Paraguay; and the Broad-headed Spiny Rat, a champion of the Cerrado habitat, which fills the role of ecosystem engineer, meaning that their burrows are vital to hundreds of other species which use them to hide from predators and extreme temperatures. Hunting of anacondas and other wildlife is common with local communities, so work will also be undertaken to educate people on the importance of the local wildlife and why it needs conserving, hosting the first environmentally focused summer camps in Paraguay (www.paralatierra.org). The summer camps will be the first of their kind in the country, offering a new kind of opportunity to children who don’t normally have access to nature. The forest will be monitored through scientific surveys which will be carried out by local children, instilling pride for the forest in them to ensure that it remains protected in the long term.
In addition to protecting threatened species and providing education, Snugpak’s nominated project is also focused on making RNLB more accessible and informative for tourists, so new walkways and viewing towers will be installed help engage visitors and give them the opportunity to experience nature at Laguna Blanca in a way that isn’t possible anywhere else in Paraguay.
Designed to harness the power of the outdoor industry and to raise money to donate to grass roots conservation groups, EOCA is a not-for-profit initiative from the European outdoor industry and is funded by membership and other fundraising activities within the outdoor industry. 100% of membership fees go to the support of projects and membership is open to anyone that can demonstrate an involvement in the European outdoor industry. To view and vote for a project in the outdoor category, please visit the following link before the deadline on 19th October 2015:
http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=5 – watch out for the Snugpak logo!
For further information about Snugpak, please visit www.snugpak.com or call 01535 654479.