8 Jul 2010

State decree institutes Cherry-throated Tanager ecological corridor

By SAVE.Brasil
Located in the montane region of the Espírito Santo state, the Ecological Corridor will contribute to the conservation of the Critically Endangered Cherry-throated Tanager, in addition to other six globally threatened species June was a month of great advancements for the conservation of Brazilian natural heritage. In addition to the creation and expansion of protected areas in the state of Bahia, the government of the state of Espírito Santo signed last month a decree that will contribute to the preservation of one of the rarest birds in Brazil: Cherry-throated Tanager Nemosia rourei. Restricted to well-preserved forests, the species can only be found in the montane region of Espírito Santo. The Decree nº 2529-R, from 2 June 2010, recognizes as priority areas for the conservation of the Espírito Santo’s biodiversity 10 Ecological Corridors: Saíra-apunhalada; Córrego do Veado; Pedra do Elefante; Sooretama-Comboios-Goytacazes; Alto Misterioso; Centro Norte Serrano; Duas Bocas-Mestre Álvaro; Guanandy; Burarama-Pacotuba-Cafundó and Caparaó. The Decree also recognizes the Rio Doce Marine Corridor. With the signature of the Decree, these corridors will receive greater visibility and will be prioritized by the government and non-governmental organizations. At the terrestrial corridors, the objective is to connect forest remnants through the development of forest conservation and restoration actions, promotion of sustainable activities and adequate soil management. The montane region of the Espírito Santo state is characterized by important Atlantic Forest remnants that house a great diversity of plants and animals. The region is considered an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International and SAVE Brasil. More than 250 bird species occur in this area, six of them considered globally threatened with extinction, as it is the case of the Critically Endangered Cherry-throated Tanager. This species remained undetected for more than 50 years, with no confirmed records. For this reason, it was already considered extinct in the wild by many researchers and conservationists. In 1998 it was rediscovered in a forest remnant in the montane region of Espírito Santo state. Some years later, in 2003, the bird was recorded in an area in the vicinity of the original site and, since then, it is frequently observed at these two sites. Surveys demonstrate that Cherry-throated Tanager is a rare bird. Beautiful and restricted to the Atlantic montane forests of Espírito Santo, the species has been adopted as the symbol of the region, contributing to campaigns for the conservation of its forests. SAVE Brasil works since 2004 in collaboration with governments, researchers, civil society organizations and local communities in the development of actions and articulation of public policies to ensure the conservation of the forests on which the Cherry-throated Tanager depends to survive. Cherry-throated Tanager Ecological Corridor Hydrographic Basin: Doce and Itapemirim Municipalities: Afonso Cláudio, Brejetuba and Conceição do Castelo Protected Areas: none Approximate area: 37,000 hectares The work developed by SAVE Brasil on public policies is funded by the Aage V Jensen Charity Foundation. The conservation of the Cherry-throated Tanager is supported by the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme and the Save our Species Fund. In the past, this project received important funds from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and Fundação O Boticário de Proteção à Natureza. Image credit: Pedro Paz/Faunativa