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Titi Tidbits | February Edition

Titi Tidbits | February Edition

Titi Tidbits is Proyecto Titi’s monthly e-newsletter.  



Ana Attends COP Convention












Ana Isabel Arroyo, President of ASOARTESANAS, was invited to attend the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biodiversity, organized by the United Nations, in Cancùn, Mexico. As a 2012 Equator Prize winner, Ana was invited to the event to share the important work of ASOARTESANAS in creating eco-mochilas from recycled plastic bags and plush cotton-top tamarin toys, helping communities in Colombia protect cotton-top tamarins.

She had the opportunity to participate in a panel with fellow organizations across Latin America to share community experiences and initiatives, which help benefit the conservation of biodiversity. The intention was to share stories happening in Latin America, where the role of communities in conservation of biodiversity was highlighted and stressed as the most effective approach to conservation.

This was an excellent opportunity for Ana to accentuate how sustainable development projects allow the artisans of Colombia to generate a stable income for their families while conserving cotton-top tamarins and their forest habitats.

Workshops were held to improve donor development and communication skills as an effective communication tool to highlight their work and the needs of their organizations. They also joined delegates from the UN and affiliated countries in attending one of the sessions of COP.

Congratulations to Ana and all of the inspirational leaders who are working to conserve biodiversity for making a difference in their communities!

Stay Out of My Backyard!










It may be surprising to learn that primates who live in such close social groupings as the cotton-top tamarins do not make particularly friendly neighbors. The territory size of a cotton-top tamarin troop averages around 17-24 acres. Groups of tamarins tend to stay within the boundary of their territory. In the mornings they vocalize, signaling to other groups their location. If another group trespasses within their area, the cotton-tops will vocalize loudly at the intruders and scuffles can occur, especially near favorite feeding trees. Perhaps the old adage “good fences make good neighbors” still rings true, even for cotton-tops.


  

  Left: María Clemencia “Tutina” Rodríguez with Liliana Borrero; Right: Liliana Borrero, Nina García and Eduardo Verano.

Nina Garcia, the Creative Director at Marie Claire magazine and fashion judge on Lifetime's Project Runway, is known for her impeccable flair, so it’s no surprise that she found one of our eco-mochilas quite fashion forward! María Clemencia “Tutina” Rodríguez, the First Lady of Colombia, and Liliana Borrero, wife of Governor of Atlántico, Eduardo Verano, have also added eco-mochilas to their ensembles.

Thank you, ladies, for being role models in style and ecologically-friendly fashion!

Check Out Our Eco-Mochilas!


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Position Statement

Proyecto Tití's Position Statement on nonhuman primates in the Media

WHEREAS live nonhuman primates are often portrayed in the media as frivolous caricatures of humans, dressed in clothing and trained to do tricks on command for the amusement of the general public but with disregard to the welfare and conservation consequences; and
WHEREAS many nonhuman primates used as actors in movies and television and as photo props for commercials and greeting cards are often removed from their mothers shortly after birth and are denied opportunities for normal social and psychological development; and
WHEREAS the use of nonhuman primates in this industry often involves aversive techniques to maintain control of these animals; and
WHEREAS the inappropriate portrayal of nonhuman primates inaccurately conveys their biology and conservation status and may affect public attitudes including those in range countries where interactions with these animals have potential damaging consequences; and
WHEREAS evidence suggests that many nonhuman primate species are susceptible to many of the pathogenic infections that afflict humans and the transmission of infection can occur in both directions, especially in performing circumstances in which primates are in direct proximity with public audiences including children and the elderly,
Proyecto Titi Inc. and Fundacion Proyecto Titi therefore opposes the use of nonhuman primates as performers, photo props or actors.