Cans for Corridors is a project started by the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas or IPÊ (Ecological Research Institute), a conservation organization in Brazil that promotes the conservation of Brazilian biodiversity. The project involves collecting aluminum cans and using the deposit refund to pay for the planting of trees to establish green corridors in the Brazilian tropical rainforest. These tree corridors are used to connect fragmented forests, therefore breaking the isolation of animal species severely affected by deforestation. In addition to helping animals move safely around and find food, the planted trees contribute to increased genetic diversity for reproduction purposes, and therefore greater chances of survival.
Many animal species found at the Biodôme are using the green corridors that have already been planted in Brazil. They include the capybara, Seba’s short-tailed bat and Pallas’s long-tongued bat, the giant toad, the yacare caiman, the scarlet macaw, the rufous-collared sparrow, the turkey vulture, the blue-crowned motmot, the white-faced whistling duck, the wattled jacana, the saffron finch, the burnished-buff tanager and the blue dacnis.
To help these animal species directly in their natural environment, the Friends of the Biodôme decided to participate in the project by also collecting cans.
First, with the support and approval of the institutions under Space for Life, the cans will be collected in-house with specially marked recycling boxes in employee lounges.
Then, we will invite our members to bring their aluminum cans to temporary collection sites that we will set up during program activities.
Psst! Cans for Corridors is an initiative that is part of a larger scale project. To concretely support each ecosystem represented at the Biodôme, the Friends of the Biodôme have decided to implement four different projects.
The Tropical Rainforest: Cans for Corridors
The Gulf of Saint Lawrence: Under development
The Laurentian Maple Forest: Coming
The Labrador Coast and the Sub-Antarctic Islands: Coming
Would you like your school, organization or workplace to get involved? Please contact us!