A new tool for nature conservation in the Americas, Amphibiaweb
Do you know how many amphibian species of the Americas are considered as threatened? This key data for conservation is available at amplibiaweb.org, a new web database with information on amphibian biology and conservation worldwide.
The web application that contains 7,024 species, can be browsed by country, or by family. In Latin America, Brazil is the country with more reported species: 913.
Tool: Protectedplanet.net, an interactive World Database on Protected Areas
This UNDP web initiative allows you to search protected areas by country or location, and improve the information adding photos and partake in discussions. The download of data such as species information, international designations, etc. is also available.
Visit www.protectedplanet.net to learn more about this tool
Map: Marine Protected Areas in Latin America. Enough protection?
Only 3.4% of the marine ecoregions in Latin America are protected areas. According to a Nature Conservancy research, there are 39 million hectares of potential new coastal and marine protected areas around South America. The impact of human uses of marine environment, low level of protection and the questionable effectiveness of existing protection are calling for urgent investment to abate the threats that come with the climate change.
The Amazon is recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature
Photo: River Tamaya meets the Amazon, Loreto, Peru. WWF on Flickr.
Today, the people of Iquitos (Loreto, Peru), place where the river Amazon is born, receives the official recognition of the Amazon as one of the New seven wonders of Nature.
Two latin american Biosphere Reserves added to UNESCO’s Programme