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extending from the north of Minas Gerais state to the south of Pernambuco state, including Bahia, Alagoas and Sergipe. It seemed to me that conservation of the licuri palms is almost as important as that of the macaw itself. Loro Parque Fundacion which was one of the first organisations to help conserve this iconic macaw. With its knowledge, expertise and commitment, this organisation has done much more than captive breeding in its breeding centre in Tenerife.


In its most recent effort it joined forces with the Arara-Azul Institute in Brazil, to focus on raising awareness of local communities in supporting sustainable use of licuri palms (as explained in the March issue of the Magazine of


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the Parrot Society (pages 28-29). This project is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Research and Conservation of Wild Birds (CEMAVE), part of the government’s ICMBio.


In 1998 a grant of $200,000 was made to the Lear’s Macaw committee that had been set up by the Brazilian government. The grant was made to facilitate protection of the Lear’s habitat, and for conservation and educational programmes.


IBAMA had started a recovery programme for Lear’s Macaw in 1993, with the creation of the Working Group. Subsequently a committee was formed, whose composition has been periodically revised. A full time field team was established to carry out periodic


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