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Cochabamba Mountain-finch (Compsospiza garleppi)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 13257092

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13257092) - Cochabamba Mountain-finch - Awarded $6,650 on November 07, 2013

Asociación Civil Armonia was founded in 1995. Its initial mission was to encourage young Bolivians to increase their knowledge of the country's extraordinary birddiversity. In 2002, Asociación Armonía was refounded to take a more active conservationist role. Our mission is to prevent the extinction of threatened bird species that occur in Bolivia. The critical state of the most threatened bird species is due to habitat destruction that results from the unplanned, and extensive use of the natural resources. To reduce these threats, we promote the sustainable use of natural resources by local people. We also implement participative environmental education programs to raise the awareness of nature's importance and cultivate a culture of conservation. Three of the most threatened bird species that are endemic to Bolivia do not have populations within any protected area. We established refuges for these species (Palkachupa Cotinga, Red-fronted Macaw and Blue-throated Macaw). Local communities have an active role in the administration of these reserves, and receive the benefits obtained from visitors. The project we propose will be implemented in the high Andes of central Bolivia (department of Cochabamba). More specifically, within the community area of San Miguel where well conserved fragments of Polylepis subtusalbida still remain (cordillera del Tunari, close to Cochabamba city). This locality is well known by ornithologists and birdwatchers that visit this area to observe the Bolivian endemic and Endangered Cochabamba-mountain Finch. This community also contains one of the largest P. subtusalbida patches in the Cordillera del Tunari that is known to house the most diverse community of Polylepis-specialist bird species.

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