We are excited to announce our new interview series called KEYS, where we will be taking you into the field to meet the Key Conservation Pilot Projects! Our Pilot Projects are conservation organizations from all over the world who have joined us to help test the app in the field while it is in development. Each Pilot Project has an important role in giving their feedback on what they like about the app and what changes would help us make the app better. Their feedback helps us to make sure everything is working properly before we move onto the next stage of development. Over the next few months, we will share the important work these conservation organizations are doing and how they are vital to Key's development through these exclusive interviews so be sure to stay tuned!
Our organization is called Parrots Conservation Bolivia CLB.
Where are you based?
We are based in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR organization AND THE WORK THAT YOU DO.
Our focus is to conduct conservation, research and environmental education activities with endangered species of macaws and parrots in Bolivia. Among those species it is the Blue-throated macaw (Critically endangered, endemic), the Red-fronted macaw (Critically endangered, endemic) and the Hyacinth macaw (Vulnerable). We also support rehabilitation of confiscated parrots in the city of Santa Cruz, to prepare them for release back into the wild, as well as support different ecotourism developments related with wildlife conservation all over Bolivia.
WHAT SPECIES DO YOU WORK WITH AND WHAT HABITATS DO YOU WORK IN?
Species focus projects are with the Blue-throated macaw (Critically endangered, endemic), the Red-fronted macaw (Critically endangered, endemic) and the Hyacinth macaw (Vulnerable). Habitats where we work are the flooded savannahs of Beni Department, Pantanal area of Santa Cruz Department, Inter andean dry valleys of Cochabamba and Potosí Department, and Santa Cruz de la Sierra´s city.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES THAT YOU FACE AS AN ORGANIZATION?
Our biggest challenge is related to funding resources. We believe in developing better ways to communicate with private donors, the actual situation is that we have a very big partner internationally which provide a huge amount of our resources every year, and we apply for high competitive grants which are not easy to obtain. We think that our communications skills should go through the idea of growing personal relations with private donors who like our work and would like to support us.
WHEN YOU encounter HARD DAYS WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO KEEP GOING?
Our long term goals, definitely. We work to achieve mayor conservation impacts. It takes time, energy and tons of hours and highly motivated people working together for the same purpose.
WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE STORIES FROM THE FIELD?
The relations I personally develop with the real conservationists, the local people who live with the species. To be treated respectfully by them, to be able to be part of their lives, to see them proud about the new perspective they see once they start to effectively preserve the species. Those are my favourite stories, they are the real heros.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BE A KEY CONSERVATION PILOT PROJECT?
I really support new technology and it will be an amazing opportunity to support our work. This app its trying to make the difference, connecting projects effectively with supporters, in real time. I think its wonderful! I want for CLB to be part of this.
WHAT KEY APP FEATURE ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO USING?
We are more interested on the Skilled Impact features. We think that supporters could help us continue with our conservation and research activities, when helping approaching a specific task, such as a graphic design to create awareness.
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ALL PHOTOS PROVIDED BY: PARROTS CONSERVATION BOLIVIA CLB