segunda-feira, 11 de junho de 2007

FARMING ON GRASSLANDS POSES EXTIRPATION RISK TO CROWNED EAGLES

An intensive lobby is underway in the Rio Grande do Sul´s politics fighting for environmental licence to free investors to start huge Pinus and Eucalipto tree farming projects. Theses projects will cover about 500 thousands hectares of pampas grasslands. Such strong lobby leaded by Aracruz, and Votorantim which are intending to start theses huge tree farming projetcs destroying some of the last remaining Crowned Eagles habitats.

The last known open land Crowned Eagles population (Harpyhaliaetus coronatus) in South Brazil may be extirpated within the near future. We have studied and worked to conserve this relict population in Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul for the last four years, and we feel a responsibility to inform the international community of the recent and ongoing destruction of the eagle’s breeding habitat through the tree farming of native grasslands, along with flooding of native forests by hydropower damns.

Crowned Eagles breed in trees in galery forests and gorges now been flooded by damns and hunt in grasslands.

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