Environmental conservation in Switzerland
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Our environmental conservation project in Belize
The Papiliorama Foundation has been involved in the conservation of tropical forests for several decades. In 1989, it initiated a large-scale conservation project with the creation of the Shipstern Nature Reserve (88 km2) in Belize, Central America. This nature reserve is now a trust in perpetuity and an integral part of Belize’s protected areas’ system.
In 2013, Papiliorama also made it possible to safeguard two national reserves that were seriously threatened by lack of protection. Today it manages the Freshwater Creek Forest Reserve (130 km2) and Honey Camp National Park (31 km2).
In 2018, after several years of intensive work, Papiliorama and its local NGO succeeded in creating, in partnership with the government, the first major biological corridor in Central America (110 km2), which now links all the reserves they protect.
Thus, Papiliorama today protects nearly 400 km2 of tropical nature, in a region where deforestation is in full swing.
The Foundation provides non-financial resources (working hours, premises, etc.) for this work and covers all fundraising costs. The reserves annual budget, in the order of CHF 360 000 per year, is covered by adoptions of hectares by visitors to Papiliorama, and by donations from other European zoos, including the Royal Zoo of Burgers in the Netherlands, a partner in the project from the beginning. The funds are managed by a sister foundation of Papiliorama, the International Foundation for the Conservation of Tropical Nature (ITCF).