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Another aspect of the conservation programme which could be implemented if the funds were available would be to give seedling licuri palms to farmers. If the trees thrived, the reward would be sacks of corn. These palms are not easy to cultivate: little growth is seen during the first eight years.


damaged by the Lear’s Macaws. The surveys are not yet finished because the number of damaged corn crops is so high and located very far from each other; so, we are making another field expedition to conclude the survey next week. I am now organizing all the documentations and equipment we will need to travel. I have stopped all my other work demands in order to finish this project as soon as possible. The farmers need the corn to feed their cattle and goats, and they can be upset if they need to wait for a long time to get their reimbursement of damages!


More staff are needed to do this. As the population increases the Lear’s Macaws fly over a larger area to find food. Kilma told me sadly that at least ten were shot in 2013. With more staff the education programme and the corn compensation scheme could be extended, thus reducing the threat to the macaws in areas not protected.


Another aspect of the conservation programme which could be implemented if the funds were available would be to give seedling licuri palms to farmers. If the trees thrived, the reward would be sacks of corn. These palms are not easy


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