Uakari Lodge is a signatory of the commitment to respect wildlife in its work in Mamirauá, proposed by the World Animal Protection - WAP
Today, June 05th, is World Environment Day - and in 2022 it will be 50 years of this date created with the aim of raising awareness of the population around the world to the importance of conserving natural resources.
To join the celebration of this day - which is increasingly important given all the impacts that human activity has unleashed, especially in the last decade - we are going to tell you a little more about the work of "World Animal Protection" - WAP.
WAP's mission is to eradicate animal suffering in all its forms. The organization is also active in tourism, with the program "Wildlife: Not Entertainers", which denounces the abuse of the travel and tourism sector against animal life, by keeping wild fauna from all over the world in disrespectful conditions, removing the most diverse species from their natural habitat for the purpose of tourist attraction or keeping animals in situations similar to "slavery" for human entertainment.
The Organization has sought to develop strategies to educate tourist enterprises around the world to raise awareness of the impacts of the relationship with fauna on their conservation. In Brazil, the focus of World Animal Protection has been the Amazon region. In the report "A Focus on Cruelty: The harmful impact of selfies with wildlife in the Amazon" shows how tourism still acts in a disrespectful way with the local fauna, especially with pink dolphins, primates, sloths and birds.
In 2018, Uakari Lodge, along with the other companies associated with Muda! Brazilian Collective for Responsible Tourism signed a commitment to respect wildlife throughout the tourist operation. This commitment, here in Mamirauá, has existed since the creation of the Uakari Lodge in 1998, when a tourism initiative was created that was an alternative to the traditional use of natural resources and the Mamirauá Institute began to monitor the impacts of the presence of tourists on the behavior of the local fauna, in the water quality of rivers, lakes and canals and mainly in the creation of a sustainable economic activity for the local riverside communities.
And how can tourists collaborate?
World Animal Protection also believes that it is the role of the traveler to assume their responsibilities for a respectful relationship with the wildlife of tourist destinations. To this end, it created "Your guide to being animal-friendly on holiday", with tips on how to become an ally in defending the well-being of fauna in the travel and tourism sector. Be sure to read and share with friends, family and everyone who believes that tourism can be a strategy for conserving biodiversity!
Images: Wezzdy del Toro e Pedro Nassar