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Latin America and the Caribbean contain a huge proportion of the world’s biodiversity, including the world’s most extensive rainforest, its longest mountain range and unparalleled numbers of unique species.
But the region is experiencing severe loss of habitat and species. Agricultural expansion, overfishing, alien invasive species and the deforestation of wilderness by new roads and industries, will be increasingly compounded by a changing climate. Resilient, healthy, inter-connected ecosystems are key to sustain both biodiversity and people’s livelihoods.
FFI’s Americas & Caribbean Programme is tackling this challenge on many fronts. FFI and partners are helping local communities to play a stronger role in management of the natural resources – terrestrial and marine – on which they depend and to improve their livelihoods. Flagship species for these programmes range from sea turtles to spider monkeys. At three locations we support private reserves in critical areas, using them as a platform for better management of surrounding landscapes. Brazil and Ecuador are the focus of our collaboration with corporations, which are key players in this resource-rich region. In the Caribbean, FFI is an acknowledged leader in eradication of invasive alien species and restoration of island habitat, and we are set to expand our work in the increasingly stressed marine world of coral reefs and sea grass beds.