Eat well, save money, and protect the rainforest

22 April 2009 | News story

New York restaurant donates 15% to protect Amazon rainforest in celebration of Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, this year, IUCN has teamed up with New York restaurant, il Buco to help make a difference.

il Buco, a Mediterranean restaurant with an eclectic following, has pledged to donate an impressive 15% from all lunches between Tuesday 21st and Saturday 25th April to IUCN. Not only will il Buco donate 15%, but it will also offer all customer’s a 15% discount from their bill!

This generous donation will be invested by IUCN’s South American regional office into its Amazon based forest and livelihood initiatives.

Forests are home to much of the world’s biodiversity, store vast amounts of carbon, support the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people, provide fuel and building materials, protect our watersheds and offer a shield against extreme weather.

But our natural forests are being rapidly degraded. Agricultural expansion, infrastructure development, logging, climate change, fire and alien invasive species are all taking their toll, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Amazon.

Efforts to conserve the Amazon need to adapt to prevailing social and economic realities. Forests are part of wider landscapes that are important to people, agriculture and industry. Forest conservation must therefore understand the multiple perspectives and competing demands and that certain trade-offs will have to be made.

It is in these areas that the knowledge and expertise of IUCN is strongest. Working together with communities, government agencies, NGOs and businesses, the Union supports the development of locally-driven and sustainable outcomes that improve forest management and restore degraded forests for the benefit of people and biodiversity.

Facts of the Amazon region
The Amazon is a vital region of the world, which covers half of South America, 7.81 million km2 (more than two-thirds the size of the Unites States), distributed in the territories of eight countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Surinam, and Venezuela.

Amazonia shelters 70% of the world’s tropical forests, representing the largest natural reserve of tropical forest. It produces about 20% of the world’s oxygen. The region hosts more than half of the entire biota of the planet and is the natural habitat of many diverse species. The countries in this region are among the richest in diversity of species in the world. The enormous biodiversity of the region is also related to its high degree of endemism. The entire genetic heritage of the region is relatively unknown, however due to its high level of biodiversity it is sensed that the genetic patrimony is enormous. The Amazon is a reservoir of living resources with great potential for food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and other industries. There are 329 indigenous groups that are depositories of a large legacy of ancestral knowledge and are crucial for the management of the forest and it’s biodiversity.

But you don’t need to travel far to show your support! Join IUCN and il Buco, and help protect the species and communities that depend on the Amazon for survival.

Where:
il Buco
47 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette)
New York, NY 10012
212 533 932
www.ilbuco.com
 

Deal:
15% off lunch and il Buco will donate a further 15% to IUCN

When:
Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th April 2009