RAINFOREST BIODIVERSITY GROUP
(Formerly Friends of the Great Green Macaw)
The mission of Rainforest Biodiversity Group is to protect biological diversity, including migratory bird species, through the protection of habitat for the Great Green Macaw and the creation of local conservation initiatives.
Story of the Great Green Macaw
The Great Green Macaw is also known as the "Buffon’s
Macaw". It is known as "Lapa Verde" in Spanish and Ara
ambigua in scientific terms. This species is internationally endangered.
It is red listed by CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered
Species). It is also identified
The Conservation Issues
The greatest threat to the existence of the Great Green
Macaw population in Costa Rica is
But there is a problem, a very big problem. These same
Almendros are being cut from the forests and being taken to sawmills
where they are made into boards for patios, decks, floors, and truck
beds. Almendro is unfortunately a popular “Tropical Hardwood” as
it is very hard, and is very resistant to deterioration and termites.
The continued destruction of this species could lead to the destruction
of the Great Green Macaw.
The Importance of the Great Green Macaw
The Great Green Macaw has become a symbol of conservation
in the northern/northeastern region of Costa Rica. It has become a species
that communities can rally around for protection of their natural resources
and for economic opportunities such as tourism. Biologically, the Great
Green Macaw can be used as an indicator species of forest health. Where
macaws remain the forest is relatively healthy.
San Juan – La Selva Biological Corridor Committee
The Rainforest Biodiversity Group is a founding member of the San Juan - La Selva Biological Corridor - Executive Committee. This committee was formed November 2001, at La Tirimbina Biological Reserve. The committee has been formed to develop and implement the San Juan - La Selva Biolgical Corridor.
Protecting the Great Green Macaw to Protect Biodiversity
By protecting the Great Green Macaw and its habitat we have the opportunity to protect thousands of species including:
* Rainforest Biodiversity Group is fully tax deductible 501c.3 environmental non-profit organization incorporated in the state of WI.