Leonardo DiCaprio partners with Global Wildlife Conservation and the EU to protect biodiversity

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Leonardo DiCaprio, the European Union and Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) announced two projects aimed at protecting biodiversity. An investment of over US $ 41.5 million will be invested in both initiatives.

The first initiative will be the Rapid Response for Ecosystems, Species and Communities in Emergencies (RAPID RESCUE). This project will aim to provide a rapid response to emerging threats to biodiversity such as those caused by the ongoing global pandemic.

The second initiative will aim to safeguard the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project will reintroduce eastern lowland gorillas and other endangered species to the park as well as work to restore habitat.

“This year has shown that we are at a critical juncture for our planet and that we must choose to protect and restore wildlife and ecosystems, for their good and for our own health,” DiCaprio said in a statement. Press release. “The current pandemic, the devastating fires in the Amazon, Australia, the Congo, larger and more frequent hurricanes in the Caribbean and other environmental crises have shown that we need to reset our relationship with nature. I am honored to work with Commissioner Urpilainen, the EU and the GWC to establish this fund to implement urgent conservation actions around the world.

DiCaprio is the co-founder of Earth Alliance and has provided over $ 100 million in grants to a variety of projects through his philanthropic efforts.

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The GWC contribute to Virunga National Park projects by helping to train park rangers, sharing experiences and forming a committee of technical experts.

“The biodiversity of our planet is the basis of healthy ecosystems, which are essential for a healthy planet for humans and wildlife”, noted Wes Secrest, Chief Scientist and CEO, Global Wildlife Conservation. “Only by investing in nature-based solutions, like GWC and the European Commission are doing, can we tackle the twin crisis of wildlife extinction and climate change, and prevent future ones. pandemics. The EU is helping to lead the way in these global efforts.

Sign this petition to protect mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park.

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