For the past two years, twelve campaign managers have worked hard to run outreach campaigns that have built community awareness and support, trained local farmers to use more conservation-friendly alternatives that imporove their own livelihoods, and demonstrated successful community-driven solutions that could be replicated.
On December 16, 2011 these twelve inspiration fellows graduated from their cohort, "Protecting the Andes Watershed Trough Cmmunity-led Conservation". However, their work doesn't end there. These fellows will continue working hard to inspire and replicate their conservation model to other communities within the area.
In the San Alberto Watershed, Rare fellow Cesar Raul Laura Contreras continues the effort to shape the water fund by suggesting the creation of the Department of Watershed Management, and continues to receive support and funding from the Oxapampa Municipality where he is located.
This is just one small example of the continuous work Rare fellows do, even after they graduate. 73% of alumni continue to expand existing campaigns, initiate new campaigns, and/or mentor new Pride campaign managers.
This July Rare will support another set of fellows in watershed cohorts in Latin America. Comprised of 13 campaigns with strong partners, this cohort will bring 389,500 hectares under ARA contract. Through self-replication and alumni efforts this impact is expected to grow to 620,000 hectares of Tropical Montane Cloud Forest Ecosystems in five countries by 2022. This area has immense biodiversity significance in that these 13 sites harbor 25 species (such as the Yellow Tailed Woolly Monkey) listed on the critically endangered or highly endangered list of species. These 25 species represent 2.9% of the critically endangered and 2.1% of endangered species in these categories listed for all ecosystems in all five countries where campaigns will be implemented. We look forward to updating you on their efforts as they begin.