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Current Projects

The Travelers Conservation Trust (TCT) is an ongoing program to identify and contribute to organizations conducting projects in environmental conservation, education and cultural preservation. Below are some of the exciting new projects being undertaken by TCT supported organizations.


Ethical Conduct of Tourism Industry Project
Kenya is one of the leading tourist destinations on the African continent. At the same time, tourist experts agree that nowhere in Africa has the devastation of the environment by irresponsible tourism been brought into such stark focus as in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The Maasai Environmental Resource Coalition (MERC), in its commitment to defend the wildlife of Maasailand and to return the rewards of tourism to the true custodians of the land - the Maasai people, is taking the initiative to bring necessary change to the tourism industry. In June, 2002, MERC proposed to develop a Code of Ethics and Conduct for tourism industry in Kenya. Since then MERC has been working with a wide range of ecotourism concerns including tour operators, legal experts, and local Maasai communities to develop this important document. Goals include working with Kenya Wildlife Service to develop and implement the code, ensure that it conforms to international standards, create a system for monitoring and enforcement of the code guidelines and enable a system for tourism operators to return some of the profits into local conservation and community based programs.
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Using Advanced Spatial Technologies for Gorilla Habitat Analysis
One very exciting component of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International's (DFGFI) work involves the use of cutting-edge technologies in pursuit of conservation solutions. For example, DFGF International has established a multi-faceted project with Georgia Tech, Clark Atlanta University and the National University of Rwanda to establish a Geographic Information System (GIS) center in Rwanda , with emphasis on remote sensing technology. Scientists from DFGFI and these universities are using these new tools to study the gorillas' fragile habitat, help determine how many gorillas the land can support, assess habitat loss and better manage protected areas. This work involves creating virtual environments for training students in Africa and in the United States on how to use the technology, and finding ways to replicate this scientific model in other parts of Africa where endangered species live.
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Blue Swallow Working Group
The Blue Swallow Working Group was established in 1986 by the Endangered Wildlife Trust to identify and resolve conflicts between the requirements of the Blue Swallow and the factors threatening the Swallow’s requirements. The Blue Swallow Working group has completed many tasks including the first national survey of Blue Swallows, the creation of a Swallow Natural Heritage Site, and the listing of the Blue Swallow on Appendix 1 and 2 of the international Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, April 1997.
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Rainforest Wolf Project
In the summer of 2000, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation embarked on a pioneering wolf research project in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest (GBR). This project supports the science-based rationale for protecting ecologically important watersheds and the interacting marine environment in the Great Bear Rainforest, and provides the basis for hard-hitting conservation campaigns. In 2003 Raincoast will shift focus from field work to the application and implementation of results- influencing land use planning, applied conservation biology initiatives, and public awareness and education.
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La Amistad Internation Park
Amistad is the Spanish word for “friendship,” an appropriate name for this bi-national park spanning the borders of Panama and Costa Rica. In La Amistad, ANCON contributed to the construction of the first sentry posts and shelters, completed the initial demarcation of park boundaries, and provided basic equipment to the park rangers. Today ANCON cooperates with Instituto Nacional de Recursos Naturales Renovables (INRENARE) and the Direccion Nacional de Areas Protegidas y Vida Silvestre in the management of the park and protection of park boundaries.
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The Forest and Bird 'kiwis for kiwis' campaign is aimed at saving the kiwi on mainland New Zealand. A key objective of this campaign is to secure twelve large kiwi sanctuaries of 10,000 to 20,000 hectares and decrease predator numbers in the sanctuaries by at least one third. Today an estimated 95% of kiwi chicks are killed by stoats or cats within the first year of life. One scientist has suggested that even if 10% of chicks survive it may not be enough to ensure a self-sustaining population. All kiwi species in the North and South Island face extinction in the next 15 years unless work is done to protect them. Five kiwi sanctuaries that have high levels of predator control have been established already, but more work needs to be done to ensure that the last remaining wild populations don't disappear.
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