New & Notable on www.eco-index.org: Migratory Species Pathway is a User-Friendly Way to Share Conservation Information about Wildlife in the Americas

The Eco-Index now offers a new tool to help conservation leaders easily share important information about migratory species in the Americas. The Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Pathway was designed in response to needs identified at the First Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Conference held in Chile in 2003. The conference participants agreed that current threats to migratory wildlife can only be effectively addressed if the key stakeholders interested in their survival can work together as a strategic alliance, sharing information, experiences, problems, and solutions.

With support from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s International Division, the Rainforest Alliance took on the challenge of creating a space on the Internet where the migratory species conservation community could easily come together to collaborate. The “Projects and Tools” section of the Pathway includes a list of the needs identified at the Chile conference divided by themes, such as “Habitat” and “Knowledge Sharing.” Each theme includes a list of relevant projects that are or have been carried out throughout the Hemisphere. In addition to the project name, responsible NGO, and country, there are links to the full project profile on the Eco-Index. Like all of the Eco-Index, the information is in English and Spanish.

Now, when organizations send information about migratory wildlife conservation projects to the Eco-Index for inclusion in our database, they will be sharing information not only with some 40,000 monthly visitors, but also to a hemisphere-wide alliance that is working together to ensure that their shared species survive.

In addition to project information, the Migratory Species Pathway includes links to related interviews, articles, reviews of reports available on the Internet, information about project monitoring and evaluation, and more.

For more information or to offer suggestions, contact eco-index@ra.org.

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