Our Partner: AMLD in the Field
Save the Golden Lion Tamarin (SGLT) provides technical and financial support to the Associação Mico-Leão Dourado- AMLD (Golden Lion Tamarin Association) to save golden lion tamarins in their native habitat, the Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro. Based in Rio de Janeiro state, AMLD was created in 1992 as a Brazilian non-profit organization. SGLT and AMLD work together to mobilize and sustain efforts to achieve the goal of saving a viable population of golden lion tamarins and their habitat in perpetuity.
To reach our long-term goal SGLT provides support to AMLD with technical guidance, coordination and training needed to restore and sustain the forest landscape for both tamarins and people. Specifically to:
- Mobilize local landowners, both large and small, to restore forest on their land and to plant forest corridors to reconnect the landscape
- Provide technical assistance to landowners to help them legally establish private reserves
- Work with small landowners to develop environmentally friendly and realistic ways to generate income
- Work with government agencies to increase protection of federal reserves
- Collaborate with local governments and community organizations to establish policies and plan regional land use to save forest, tamarins, and water for future generations
- Train local teachers to integrate into their school curriculum, projects to protect the local environment and inspire young people
- Scientifically manage the wild population of tamarins to minimize inbreeding and maximize the probability of long-term survival
- Monitor the entire GLT population and its habitat to evaluate our progress
To accomplish these activities, over the years, AMLD has built a locally based team of about 40 Brazilians including conservation biologists, wildlife managers, GIS technicians, environmental educators, agricultural extension agents, community development specialists, foresters and experts in environmental law and policy. Many of these talented individuals grew up in the local community and are committed to achieving a sustainable future in the region for themselves and their children.
Linking forest, endangered species and people
To counteract the effects of deforestation and forest fragmentation, we are developing partnerships with rural landowners and communities to plant forest corridors linking isolated patches of forest. With these connections, the contact among populations of many species of fauna and flora will be reestablished, increasing the probability of their long-term survival.
Involving local communities and multiplying efforts
We help individuals better understand their connection to the natural environment and actions they can take. Every year hundreds of people visit the Prof. Adelmar F. Coimbra- Filho Educational Center to participate in lectures, courses and other events. We train local teachers in environmental education and to develop community environmental projects with their students. We help to build the capacity of small farmers to produce organic foods and native tree seedlings, increasing family income with forest-friendly activities. We provide technical support to rural landowners creating legally recognized Private Reserves of Natural Heritage and developing ecotourism - transforming the region into a national ecotourism destination.
Contributing to public policy
Through active participation in regional, national and international committees, the AMLD is contributing to the formulation of public policies for effective conservation of threatened species and of the biodiversity and freshwater of the Atlantic Forest. The AMLD serves as a bridge to apply scientific knowledge to the formulation and implementation of conservation policy. An example is the identification of biologically rich and representative areas as priorities for the establishment of protected areas.