PADF, Caterpillar and SPVS Partner to Protect Biodiversity and Endangered
Forests in Southern Brazil
*Project protects urban green spaces and Araucaria Forests in the state of
*Promotes biodiversity conservation through public awareness, forms network
of stakeholders to conserve natural areas, and builds linkages between
communities and green areas
WASHINGTON -- March 14, 2013
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announces a new project in
southern Brazil that will foster the preservation of green urban areas,
protect endangered Araucaria forests, and improve public understanding of
conservation. This two-year $500,000 initiative is funded by the Caterpillar
Foundation and will be carried out in partnership with Sociedade de Pesquisa
em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental (SPVS), a local conservation
The Biodiversity Condominium (ConBio) project, or Projeto Condomínio da
Biodiversidade, was highlighted at an event held yesterday in the municipality
of Campo Largo, state of Paraná, where the project is centered. Event
participants included municipal government officials, including Mayor Affonso
Portugal Guimarães, and representatives from PADF, Caterpillar, SPVS and other
“The ConBio program evidences how investing in nature conservation is also an
investment in the quality of life of people. This project serves as an example
of Caterpillar’s ongoing commitment to make sustainable progress possible
throughout the world and in the communities where they are present,” said
Luisa Villegas, PADF Program Director for South America.
The ConBio project builds linkages between the local community and its green
areas. The project encourages better environmental management and conservation
of vital spaces through educational and recreational activities with students,
property owners, and employees from Caterpillar.
Protecting the Araucaria tree (Araucaria angustifolia), the most
representative specie of the Araucaria Forest ecosystem, and other native
flora and fauna in urban areas in Campo Largo’s urban areas is a focus of this
project. Less than one percent of the Araucaria Forest remains in the state of
Paraná, making the conservation of the Araucaria tree and green areas a matter
of regional importance to the biodiversity and sustainable development of
Campo Largo and the state of Paraná.
Moreover, ConBio helps integrate residents who remain in natural areas, forms
a network of stakeholders in the protection of natural areas and biodiversity
conservation, builds awareness for the importance of maintaining biodiversity,
and contributes to the quality of life of the residents of Campo Largo.
"The Caterpillar Foundation supports sustainability projects that enhance the
communities where our employees live and work. We are excited to be able to
support PADF, SPVS and the ConBio project in Campo Largo," said Caterpillar
Campo Largo Facility Manager Otto Breitschwerdt. "This project will protect
important green spaces and help further lead to the success and long-term
sustainability of Campo Largo."
PADF has partnered with SPVS since 2009 in similar projects. SPVS is a
non-governmental organization in Paraná with 28 years of history in favor of
nature conservation in Brazil.
PADF is the non-profit foundation of the Organization of American States,
established in 1962 to implement integral socio-economic development programs
for disadvantaged people, to strengthen civil society and community groups in
support of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and to aid victims of
natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2012, it helped more than 10
million people in 29 countries. Headquartered in Washington DC, PADF has field
offices in Haiti, Colombia and Suriname, and projects throughout Latin America
and the Caribbean. www.padf.org
About the Caterpillar Foundation
Caterpillar Inc. supports the philanthropic efforts of the Caterpillar
Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more
than $550 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world
by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability,
access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global
impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please
SPVS is recognized as one of the most important NGOs in Brazil. Founded in
1984 in Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil, SPVS works towards the conservation
of nature by protecting native areas, by carrying out environmental education
programs and developing models for the rational use of natural resources.
Today, its work is focused on the Araucaria Forest (a Southern Brazil biome
threatened by extinction) and Guaraqueçaba region (an area located in the
major remnant of the also threatened Brazilian Atlantic Forest).
Pan American Development Foundation
Hearly G. Mayr, +1 202-280-3846
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
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