Rainforests are one of the largest carbon sinks on the planet and they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Partnering with Rainforest Trust, BTS is assisting in establishing the Las Tangaras Nature Reserve in Colombia, one of the most vital rainforest sites on earth and home to a high concentration of biodiversity. In addition to safeguarding the habitat and exotic species, the Las Tangaras Nature Reserve will also protect the watershed of the Rio Atrato—the region’s most important river—which serves as a vital economic resource for tens of thousands of inhabitants living in poor rural communities.
Impressed by Rainforest Trust’s operational efficiency and strong record of land protection, BTS USA made its first donation to Rainforest Trust in 2010 to help acquire 100 acres. These first acres helped with the creation of Las Tangaras Reserve. Since then, BTS has annually supported the acquisition of 100 acres of rainforest at Las Tangaras and, more recently, at El Jaguar as part of its efforts to prevent carbon release from tropical deforestation.
BTS’s generous donation enables the organization to purchase and protect an additional 100 acres of threatened tropical rainforest in the region. Dr. Paul Salaman, Director of Conservation at Rainforest Trust-US reflected, “Our partnership with BTS has been vital in achieving the goal of building one of the most vitally-needed rainforest corridors and protected areas for wildlife in South America.”