Panthera Signs Agreement with Colombia’s Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development to Protect the Jaguar

November 2010

Panthera is proud to announce that it has partnered with Colombia’s Ministry of Environment, Housing, and Territorial Development for the Jaguar Corridor Initiative – a Panthera jaguar conservation project that seeks to connect and protect jaguar populations ranging from Argentina to Mexico to ensure their genetic diversity and future survival.

Framed under the National Program for Wildcat Conservation of Colombia, the Ministry and Panthera will work together to assess the vulnerability of and threats facing the jaguar and identify connectivity between key jaguar populations throughout Colombia, and particularly within the Middle Magdalena and Orinoco regions of the country. Other conservation initiatives include mapping the distribution of current jaguar populations, supporting new national parks and private reserves, establishing and maintaining jaguar corridors, working with oil palm plantations to protect jaguar habitat and training government officials to respond to human-jaguar conflicts.

On November 19th, 2010, Panthera President and CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, joined Colombia’s Minister of the Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, Beatriz Uribe, in Bogotá to sign this historic agreement.  Dr. Rabinowitz was accompanied by Panthera Executive Director of the Jaguar Program, Dr. Howard Quigley, and Northern South America Program Corridor Coordinator, Dr. Esteban Payan.

Panthera is currently partnering with governments, conservation organizations and local communities in 13 of the 18 jaguar range states. Learn more about the Jaguar Corridor Initiative.

Read a press release about this event in Spanish.

Visit the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development website to learn more about this partnership in Spanish.

Visit our Colombia country page in Spanish at www.pantheracolombia.org.

See the Jaguar Corrior Map for Northern Colombia.


 

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Panthera President and CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Minister of the Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, Beatriz Uribe, and Panthera Northern South America Program Corridor Coordinator, Esteban Payan, review a Jaguar Corridor map for Colombia.

 

Drs. Alan Rabinowitz and Howard Quigley take a closer look at Colombia’s Jaguar Corridor map.

 

 

 

Esteban Payan, Beatriz Uribe and Dr. Alan Rabinowitz review the agreement.

 

Dr. Alan Rabinowitz and Beatriz Uribe sign an agreement to partner on future jaguar conservation initiatives.

   

Dr. Alan Rabinowitz and Beatriz Uribe shake hands after signing the agreement.