Conservation Causes supported by PSGB
Many of the world’s primates are threatened, so conservation is at the heart of PSGB’s work. Money donated by PSGB members directly and that raised by selling goods at meetings is, each year, donated to a conservation cause selected by the Conservation Working Party and approved by Council.
This year's (2016/2017) Conservation Cause
PSGB is supporting WAPCA (West African Primate Conservation Action). This organisation is a local NGO working in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire to preserve and protect the endangered primates of West Africa through community empowerment and education. A poster with more details, that will be displayed at PSGB meetings, is available here.
Projects supported in previous years
Fundación Pro-Conservación de los Primates Panameños (FCPP). This organisation initiated population counts of all the non-human primates of Panama with the aim of understanding their ecology and to serve as the basis for environmental impact studies. The organisation also works with local communities to promote environmentally friendly use of forest resources. A poster with more details, that will be displayed at PSGB meetings, is available here.
SW/Niger Delta Forest Project. The chief aim of this project is to protect habitat and, thereby, the red colobus and chimpanzees in the area. More details can be found in thisposter displayed at the 2014 Winter meeting. The sum of £850 was donated to this cause.
The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project The members of this organisation are working to protect tropical rainforest in Borneo. A total of £700 was raised and donated to this project. You can see a poster that was displayed at our 2013 Winter meeting with further information about this organisation here.
Little Fireface Project. This is a registered charity concerned with the conservation of slow lorises. These small, nocturnal primates are threatened with extinction as a result of the destruction of their forest habitat, an unsustainable demand for their body parts for use in traditional medicine, by the exotic pet trade and by their use in the tourist photo prop trade. A total of £600 was donated to this project.
Neotropical Primate Conservation. This a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of monkeys and their habitat in the tropical rainforests of South and Central America . Among other activities, members of the organisation conduct scientific studies on plants and animals and their ecosystems, they run reforestation projects, they rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce primates into their natural habitat, and they run conservation education and public awareness programmes in local communities. A total of £1200 was donated to this cause.
FANAMBY. This is a non-governmental, Malagasy organisation. The mission of the NGO is to maintain biodiversity in unprotected high biodiversity areas by promoting a long-term conservation process that integrates development, research, training and education-outreach activities. We donated £1315 to this organisation.
The Lebialem Hunters' Beekeeping Initiative. The aims of this project are to reduce the local people's financial dependence on bushmeat and to reduce bushmeat hunting by providing hunters and their families with an alternative income from beekeeping. Around £500 was raised for this cause.
Hainan Gibbon Reforestation Project. In the 1950s more than 2000 Hainan gibbons resided in over 8600 km2 of forests across the tropical island of Hainan, China. Since then, the numbers have fallen drastically as a result of forest clearance and hunting. The project received a total of £1426. More information about the project is available here.
Conservation of the Andean Titi Monkey. This project is concerned the conservation of the Andean titi monkey, in the Rio Mayo Valley in Peru. It is endemic to this one small area and is listed as vulnerable by IUCN. More details can be found in this poster that was presented at the 2006 Winter meeting.