UK charity WWT has received a US $ 49,600 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) for its work to save the world’s rarest duck, Madagascar’s pochard. The conservation organization has been working in the northern regions of the island to restore a vast wetland, Lake Sofia, to its former glory, to support the animals and the communities that depend on it for a living.
To this end, WWT has worked with communities to develop sustainable ways of managing their natural environment, from education and training to securing land rights to promoting more diverse farming practices. They have also worked across the country promoting better wetland management, building a national network of wetland managers, and providing them with the skills and tools they need to conserve these areas. In 2018, a herd of captive-bred pochard from Madagascar was released onto the lake with the help of villagers – and they were successfully bred last year.
The DCF celebrates its 25th anniversaryth Anniversary year, has been supporting local efforts around the world since 1995 to save wildlife, encourage action and protect the planet. More than $ 100 million will be given to nonprofits.
Madagascar Pochard, Copyright Markus Lagerqvist, from the Surfbirds Galleries
Project manager Peter Cranswick welcomed the news. He said:
“We have taken many steps to improve the condition and management of Lake Sofia so that we could reintroduce a near-extinct duck to the wetland, but most importantly beyond – we also managed to help the communities there who rely on it.
“This year has been a difficult year for charities and conservation has achieved great success. However, with continued support from the Disney Conservation Fund, we can build on the progress we have made so far in improving wetland management in northern Madagascar. ”
DCF grant recipients are selected for their efforts to implement comprehensive programs to protect wildlife in the community, stabilize and increase populations of endangered animals, and encourage communities in critical ecosystems around the world to protect.
For information on Disney’s commitment to nature conservation and a full list of grant recipients, please visit www.disney.com/conservation.