As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday 22 October 2018

Brazil adopts new zero extinction policy

Brazil has established itself as a world leader in biodiversity protection, becoming the first nation in the world to adopt the global Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) framework to identify and map sites holding the last known populations of highly threatened species.
The Ministry of Environment of Brazil published an ordinance in July 2018 recognising AZE sites as an official tool to implement national policies for protection of the country's threatened species.
Brazil is home to almost 150 critical sites that are together the last frontiers for more than 200 endangered species. "The main goal is to put a spotlight on the last refuges of the most threatened species in Brazil," explained Ugo Eichler Vercillo, Director of Species Conservation and Management for the Ministry of the Environment of Brazil. "It will help to promote the integration of public policies and private actions at these sites."
Named the Brazilian Alliance for Zero Extinction (BAZE), the initiative was inspired by the global AZE, which comprises more than 90 non-governmental biodiversity conservation organisations and engages with governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector and others to identify and effectively conserve the most important sites in the world for preventing imminent species extinctions.

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