Communication, Education & Public Awareness

Activities of DarwinNet ( for International Biodiversity Day

22 May 2006

The DarwinNet Peru – Ecuador dry forest ecoregion-based CHM will be conducting the following activities through its partner institutions for celebrations related to the 22 of May – International Biodiversity Day and the International Year of Deserts and Desertification.


As part of the celebrations DarwinNet has produced a poster highlighting the perils of forest lost, focusing on examples of the dry forests of north-west Peru.  The poster was designed and produced by partner organization Nature & Culture International in Sullana, Peru, and was sponsored by the British Embassy in Lima.  2000 posters were printed and have been distributed throughout the region and to CBD national focal points in Quito and Lima.

An additional poster was designed for printing via plotters and use in public displays, such as launch events of national focal point CONAM in Lima Peru and Sullana.  Poster highlights the diversity of arid zones in terms of biological and cultural diversity.  Poster designed by partner Nature & Culture International in Sullana.

Events and presentations:

Piura - Peru

Local experiences in the protection of biodiversity of arid zones
22 of May 2006 – Auditorium IME, University of Piura (Peru)
Organized by Nature & Culture International, University of Piura and AIDER

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.Welcoming speech Mr. Gastón Cruz. University of Piura Piura
9:10 – 9:30 a.m. Introduction: “Biodiversity of Arid Zones”Mr. Jeremy Flanagan, DarwinNet Coordinator, Nature & Culture International
9:30 – 9.50 a.m. Conservation of the White-winged Guan in Limón parish-community, Huarmaca DistrictMr. Lino Rico, Limón parish
Conservation of species and genetic resources of the Region
9:50 – 10:05 a.m. Advances in the conservation of the biodiversity of the Peru North-west Biosphere ReserveMr. Aldo Aguirre, Instituto Nacional de Recursos Naturales INRENA
10:05 - 10:20 a.m. Conservation of the Bearded Guan in Cuyas forest, Ayavaca, PiuraMr. Esteban Aguilera, Cuyas-Cuchayo Farming Community
10:20 - 10:35 a.m. Conservation of forest genetic resources, Dotor and Mangamanguilla parish-communityMr. Gualberto Espinoza Cruz Dotor and Mangamanguilla parish
Conservation of ecosystems through community organizations in the Region
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Community experiences in the conservation of dry forestsMr. Luis Espinoza Ignacio Távara Farming Community
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Conservation of dry forests through community organizationMs. Gisella Parría, Pilares parish, Lancones District.
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Biocommerce: experience of eco-business EcobosqueMrs. Estela Arroyo General Manager - Ecobosque
11:30 - 11:45 a.m. Eco-business Santa María de Locuto (SML)Mr. José Córdova, General Manager, SML
12:10 – 12:30 a.m. DarwinNet the CHM for the conservation of the dry forests of the RegionMr. Alex More, Darwinnet, Nature & Culture International
12:30 – 12:50 a.m. Final reflectionsMr. Juan Otivo, Regional Coordinator INRENA & Mr. Augusto Zegarra Peralta, Director of Natural Resources, Piura Regional Govt.
12:50 a.m. Closing speechMr. Luis Albán, Executive Director, Nature & Culture International-Peru

Sullana – Piura

An activity sheet for primary school children was designed and distributed.

Children at Colegio del Norte school, Sullana - Peru, with IBD worksheets.

Tumbes - Peru

23 of May 2006 – Auditorium, Regional Government of Tumbes
Organized by Instituto Nacional de Recursos Naturales INRENA-Tumbes and
Nature & Culture International

4:00 - 4:05 p.m. Welcoming speech Mr. Wilder García, Assistant Manager, Dept. of Natural Resources, Tumbes Regional Government.
4:05 - 4:25 p.m. Conservation of biodiversity in Arid ZonesMr. Jeremy Flanagan, DarwinNet Coordinator, Nature & Culture International
4:25 - 4:45 p.m. Advances in the conservation of the biodiversity of the Peru North-west Biosphere ReserveMr. Oscar García Tello, Director, Peru North-west Biosphere Reserve - INRENA
4:55 -5:15 p.m. Population of the Southern Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliataaequatorialis) in the Tumbes Reserved ZoneMs. Mónica Alzamora, biologist, Nature & Culture International.
5:15 - 5:35 p.m. Sustainable use of Non-Timber Forest ProductsMr. José Vilela Pingo, Forest & Fuana Technical Administrator, INRENA - Tumbes
5.35 - 5:55 p.m. Threatened species of TumbesMr. Hugo Noblecilla, Environment Specialist, Regional Office Ministry of Educación - Tumbes
6:05 - 6:15 p.m. Final reflectionsOscar García Tello & Jeremy Flanagan

Public displays:

A photo exhibition of projects conducted by Nature & Culture International and posters for IBD was held in the entrance lobby of Sullana Municipal Library from the 22 to 26 of May.

Press articles:

Various articles in regional press were published to highlight IBD and activities conducted by partner organizations.

Loja – Ecuador

22 May
Presentations for Environmental students at the National University of Loja


1. DarwinNet CHM – Felipe Sánchez (NCI – DarwinNet)
2. Birds of the Dry Forests – Fabián Rodas (NCI – DarwinNet)
3. Ethnobotany of the dry forests – Orlando Sánchez, Herbarium UNL
4. Experiences of Fundación Ecológica Arcoiris in the dry forests – Wilson Guzmán, FEA
5. Community development experiences in dry forests – Bruno Paladines (NCI)

Attendance: 120 students

Presentations in Macará y Zapotillo


6. DarwinNet CHM – Felipe Sánchez (NCI – DarwinNet)
7. Birds of the Dry Forests – Fabián Rodas (NCI – DarwinNet)
8. Flora of the dry forests – Eduardo Cueva (NCI)
9. Community development experiences in dry forests – Bolívar Tello (NCI)

Attendance: 120 students

Colegio Técnico Agropecuario de Macará: 70 students.
Colegio Nacional Zapotillo: 50 students.
Below: Stand at the first regional Eco-Fair in Loja, more than 1500 visitors
  Certificate from drawing competition - ´Life in the Jatumpamba Jorupe Dry Forest´ for National Tree Day (Ecuador) and IBD, involving 20 schools in the area.


DarwinNet is an initiative of BirdLife International implemented by in-country partner organizations; Nature & Culture International-Peru, Nature & Culture International-Ecuador, and ProBosque Foundation (Guayaquil Ecuador).  It is financed by the Darwin Initiative of the British Government.

Dissemination products:

2,000  45x70cm posters printed and distributed in Peru and Ecuador, printing of poster was sponsored by the British Embassy in Lima.

Large 90x60cm poster designed for printing off on plotters, used during presentations.

Copy of activity sheet for schoolchildren in the region.