The Project Ka’aguy Retã; Bosques y Desarrollo, funded by USAID, aims to diminish the rate of deforestation and biodiversity degradation in the Chaco and Atlantic Forest regions of Paraguay. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partners will do this by developing and promoting sustainable natural resource use models in the Chaco; promoting reforestation in deforested areas of the Oriental Region; and establishing private conservation incentives in high biological value areas of the country.
In Paraguay, WCS is working in partnership with the local leading conservation organizations, Asociación Guyra Paraguay, Instituto de Derecho y Economía Ambiental, Fundación Moisés Bertoni, and World Wildlife Fund. Each has recognized national and international expertise in sustainable development, environmental planning, law and policy design and implementation. Relief International, is also a project associate, expert in value-chain and opportunity cost analyses and training, while the Fundación para la Conservación del Bosque Chiquitano also join forces as a key associate in the Bolivian Chaco.
Working with ranchers and farmers to adopt new models for sustainable natural resource production is critical to reducing pressure on intact forest in the Chaco and restoring degraded forest in the Oriente. Similarly, helping landowners to map areas of high biodiversity importance and to better understand how to secure tenure rights, as well as the tax and added income value of private reserves, will create vital biological corridors reconnecting currently isolated protected areas.