The Orchid Conservation Coalition (OCC) is a grassroots organization made up of people, orchid societies, and orchid businesses dedicated to raising awareness and money for orchid conservation. It is through networking that people and organizations concerned with orchid conservation can be the most effective. The exchange of information among participants and non-profit orchid conservation organizations will make conservation a real aspect of orchid growing for the average orchid grower and orchid society. They can actively engage in and contribute to orchid conservation.
There are two programs of the OCC:
1% for Orchid Conservation (1%FOC)- Orchid Societies and businesses that participate in 1% FOC commit to budget 1% or more of their net revenue towards in situ orchid conservation projects of their choice. Through 1% for Orchid Conservation we want to create a network of orchid societies and businesses to raise money for in situ orchid conservation. The Orchid Conservation Coalition does not take donations or distribute money.
- The primary purpose of LOC is to have an organized, virtual, living
orchid species collection. Grouping orchid collections together as a
virtual single collection will strengthen ex situ conservation efforts
more effectively than having separate individual collections.
Individuals and organizations can participate.
The Living Orchid Collection is free for participation and for use.
first Conservation slide show available for Orchid Society meetings
The slide show touches on issues of habitat loss and orchid conservation in Pennsylvania, USA, Sumatra, Indonesia; restoration at Jardìn Botànico las Orquìdeas Ecuador; conservation at EcoMinga Foundation, Ecuador and at GROWISER, Oregon, USA. The show is narrated and runs automatically on a computer and can be projected onto a screen or to a TV.
For more information and download links: http://www.orchidconservationcoalition.org/slideshows.html
The slide show can be download for free. If you want a CD of it you can order it at cost. All information at the above link.
The Orchids of Crete and their Conservation Article The Greek island of Crete is botanically very rich, with a wide variety of habitats and a high level of endemism (approx.9%).
Projects looking for Donations:
The Tucuman Parrot Reserve: A natural sanctuary at the extreme northern end of the southern Yungas Plant (Orchid) inventory survey
Jardin Botanico Las Orquideas
Request for donations to buy land for reforestation and as a wildlife corridor.
Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve Soliciting donations to build a boardwalk and interpretive trail
Laurie White, Georgianne Smith, and Sheila Kies from the Gruene Orchid Society won best conservation exhibit at the Alamo Orchid Society "Orchid Fandgo" show/ American Orchid Society's Fall 2011 Meeting. She had help from Joe Liggio a co-author of The Wild Orchids of Texas.