Belize to protect critical wildlife corridor that’s home to jaguars and more

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Jaguars, Mammals, Protected Areas, Tapirs, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Turtles And Tortoises, Wildlife The government of Belize has approved a proposal to protect the Maya Forest Corridor, a key stretch of jungle linking some of the region’s largest wilderness areas.Once the corridor is secured, it will create the largest contiguous block of forest in Central America, experts say.The Maya Forest Corridor is home to iconic animals like the jaguar; the critically endangered Central American river turtle; the endangered Central American spider monkey or Geoffroy’s spider monkey; and the endangered Baird’s tapir.There is, however, a lot of work to be done before the Maya Forest Corridor gains official legal protection, including securing key privately owned patches of forest in the area. In a boost to jaguars and other iconic wildlife of Central America, the government of Belize has approved a proposal to protect the Maya Forest Corridor, a key stretch of jungle that could help create the largest contiguous block of forest in Central America.About 20 kilometers (12 miles) long and 7 kilometers (4 miles) wide, the Maya Forest Corridor connects two major protected areas: the Manatee Forest Reserve to the south and the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area to the north. These protected areas, in turn, are contiguous with the larger Maya Mountain Block in central Belize and the northern Maya lowland forests, shared by Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. The corridor also includes small protected areas, such as the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and the Labouring Creek Jaguar Corridor, which the Belizean government had previously set aside to provide safe passage for jaguars (Panthera onca).“Together, all these forests comprise the largest contiguous block of forest remaining in Central America, and is the largest block of forest in the neotropics north of the Amazon,” Percival Cho, CEO of Belize’s forestry ministry, told Mongabay.Maya Forest Corridor. Image courtesy of WCS.In addition to jaguars, the Maya Forest Corridor is home to the critically endangered Central American river turtle (Dermatemys mawii), the endangered Central American spider monkey or Geoffroy’s spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi); and the endangered Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii).There is, however, a lot of work to be done before the Maya Forest Corridor gains official legal protection. Most of the area earmarked as the Maya Forest Corridor is privately owned, and it’s in these areas that deforestation is rampant because of agricultural development, Cho said.In fact, more than 65 percent of forest within the corridor has been lost to sugarcane and other agriculture expansion over the past decade, according to a press release by a coalition of organizations assisting the Belizean government in securing the corridor. The coalition includes NGOs such as Global Wildlife Conservation, Panthera, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and World Wildlife Fund, along with the Belize Zoo, Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Field School, and the University of Belize and its Environmental Research Institute.The NGO partners will help with both technical support and with raising the funds needed to secure key privately owned forests, Jeremy Radachowsky, director of the Mesoamerica and Caribbean program at WCS, told Mongabay.“Fortunately, some of the private forest owners have decided to protect their forest,” Cho added.A Baird’s tapir. Image by Nick Hawkins.The local communities will not be moved for the official designation of the corridor. Rather, steps will be taken to ensure that “large-scale agriculture does not continue to expand into the remaining forests and that local communities benefit from forest-compatible livelihood opportunities,” Radachowsky said.Once the forests are secured, the coalition will help the government develop a corridor-wide management plan for development and opportunities for communities living in and around the corridor, Radachowsky said, including sustainable tourism, hunting, forestry and agriculture.“With its declaration of the Maya Forest Corridor as an ‘area of natural significance,’ the government of Belize has signaled that this area must be permanently protected for the good of the climate, wildlife, the people living in the corridor area, and the people of Belize generally,” Radachowsky said. “With global trends of biodiversity loss, deforestation, and forest fragmentation, the Belize government is stepping up for all of humanity by keeping this globally important forest intact.”A pair of jaguars in Belize. Image courtesy of Panthera. Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Snow leopard population overestimated in Nepal? DNA study suggests it may be

first_imgResearchers conducted a large-scale survey of potential snow leopard habitat in Nepal to re-estimate the species’ population density using the non-invasive technique of collecting environmental DNA from scat samples combined with standard genetic analyses.This method enabled the researchers to sample a larger, more representative, area than many previous studies, often conducted in prime leopard habitats; they also found that they could obtain reliable DNA from scat samples.Previous studies on which conservation policies have been based may have over-estimated the big cat’s population. The researchers say similar studies are needed to more accurately estimate the population of snow leopards in Nepal and 11 other range countries. In September 2014, Nepali zoologist Madhu Chetri asked his professor Morten Odden a strange question during their fieldwork. “Are you tired?” he asked Odden as the duo from the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences trekked the Annapurna region of Nepal, collecting scats of the elusive snow leopard for a DNA study. “Prof Odden asked me why I’d asked him such as question,” said Chetri, who recently completed his PhD. “I told him that there’s a rock in front of us, if you look behind it, you’ll find snow leopard scat.”Snow leopard at ease in its high-mountain habitat. Image credit: Madhu Chetri.Snow leopards (Panthera unica) are shy cats ‘believed to be’ (a phrase used to describe almost anything related to the animal) living at extreme altitudes in the steep mountainous areas of 12 countries in central and South Asia. Until recently, less than 2 percent of the animal’s geographic distribution has been sampled systematically, primarily in small survey areas.“I worked in an area known as an important snow leopard habitat for over a decade, but I saw the animal with my own eyes only three times,” Chetri told Mongabay. He had a hunch that because only a tiny fraction of the species’ range, often areas considered to be prime leopard habitat, has been sampled so far, the population of these cats may have been overestimated.The global snow leopard population is estimated to be between 4,678 and 8,745 individuals with an average density of 0.9–1.8 leopards per 100 square kilometers (2.3–4.7 per 100 square miles). In the case of Nepal, snow leopard densities estimated in different parts of the country using sign (scats and scrape marks) and radio telemetry data show higher densities than the global average.A 1989 study in Langu Valley, Dolpa reported a density of 5–10 snow leopards per 100 square kilometers (13–26 per 100 square miles), following a 1997 study in Manang, Annapurna Conservation Area that reported 4.8–6.7 snow leopards per 100 square kilometers (12.4–17.3 per 100 square miles). “These studies conducted on small areas have formed the bedrock of all future estimates of snow leopards and policies to conserve them,” Chetri said.Chetri wanted to buck this trend. In 2013, he was awarded a scholarship to carry out his PhD research on snow leopards at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. His aim was to conduct a large-scale survey of a potential snow leopard habitat in Nepal and to re-estimate their densities using the DNA found in the animal’s scat. Due to constraints of time and resources, he chose the ‘central block’ (4,393 square kilometers, or 1,696 square miles) of the snow leopard habitat in Nepal so that other researchers could build on his work and do the same for the eastern and western blocks.Researcher in the field at Manang within Annapurna Conservation Area at 4,000 meters elevation preparing a genetic sample of snow leopard DNA from a scat. Scat samples are tough to find, so the research team collected all carnivore scat samples (nearly 600) that could potentially belong to snow leopards during 490 kilometers (305 miles) of transect surveys. 182 of the samples in this study came from snow leopards. The team had the samples processed at an established laboratory. Image by Madhu Chetri.“I decided to use the DNA method mainly because of weather conditions in high altitude areas,” said Chetri, lead author of a recent paper in the Journal Global Ecology and Conservation. “Camera traps are hard to install at higher altitudes, as the batteries don’t function well in the cold,” he added. “Similarly, getting camera traps for a large-scale survey is costly.”Leopard scats can provide robust environmental DNAHigh-altitude areas tend to be dry, and this means that snow leopard scats remain preserved for a longer period of time. Also, having worked in the area for over a decade, Chetri knew where to go look for snow leopard scats.The study area he and his colleagues chose was the Annapurna-Manaslu landscape, the northern part of which adjoins the vast Tibetan Plateau. Most of the area falls within these two conservation areas. The team defined the study area borders by delineating a minimum convex polygon around all scat sampling transects except in the northern section, where they used the Nepal-China boundary.However, as the habitat of snow leopards lies above the tree line at elevations ranging from 3,000 to 6000 meters (9,843 to 19,685 feet), the researchers removed from the initial polygon areas considered too far above or below this elevation range, resulting in a survey area of 4,393 square kilometers, or 1,696 square miles.Part of the study area. The Annapurna range from above the city of Pokhara, Nepal. Phewa lake (below) and the peaks of Machapucharé, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal (from left to right) on the horizon. Snow leopards generally range above treeline (3,000-6,000 meters elevation). Image by Jean-Marie Hullot, via Wikimedia Commons. CC-BY-SA 3.0.The team collected 573 scats from 490 kilometers, or 305 miles, of transects within twenty-six 5 × 5-kilometer (3.1 x 3.1-mile) sized sampling grid cells of the survey area with 5–10 kilometers (3–6 miles) between grid cells. This, according to Chetri, covered about 15 percent of the total study area.“However, due to financial constraints, we used only 347 scat samples for our analysis,” he said. “We also collected scats on trails connecting the cells and along some trails that were beyond grid cell borders. We avoided placing grids on areas that were inaccessible due to high elevation or ruggedness.” They also avoided areas falling in and around large settlements and those with cultural restrictions.Big cats such as leopards and tigers use their scats to mark their territory, and the team did not want to alter the natural environment for their study. So they only took half of the scat as sample and left the other half where they found it.A typical snow leopard scat. This one must have eaten well. Snow leopards and other big cats mark territory with scat and urine, so the research team left at least half of each sample in place. Image by Madhu Chetri.A population overestimation?In September 2017, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)‘down-listed’ the snow leopard’s extinction risk categorization.“Thanks to new available data, the Snow Leopard has moved from the Endangered to Vulnerable category,” the IUCN reported before warning that “its population continues to decline and it still faces a high risk of extinction through habitat loss and degradation, declines in prey, competition with livestock, persecution, and poaching for illegal wildlife trade.” The change was prompted by new estimates that more than 4,000 wild snow leopards, and possibly more, existed across Asia, with as many as 2,000 possible in China.“The talk of this ‘down-listing’ had been going on for several years, and it was seen as inevitable,” said Chetri, who was further motivated by the development to finish his PhD research and determine whether surveying a large area would produce a more accurate population estimate than those based on surveys of known smaller areas of “prime habitat”.Processing the DNA in the 347 scat samples using six microsatellite markers specifically designed for snow leopard confirmed that 182 samples were from snow leopards. Eighty-one of these gave sufficiently reliable high-quality results to show they belonged to 34 distinct individuals.Chetri and his colleagues used maximum likelihood-based spatial capture-recapture analysis to develop models from the DNA analysis results to test the effects of various covariates on density and detection of scats on transects. They found that snow leopard density increased with elevation until a certain point, then began to decline. Detection of scat varied primarily with topography, and it was highest in dry river beds and ridge trails.The analysis showed that the average density estimate of snow leopards for the central block within Nepal was around 0.95 animals per 100 square kilometers (2.46 per 100 square miles), with predicted densities varying between 0.1 and 1.9 animals in different parts—this was much lower than the 5-10 individuals per 100 square kilometers (13 to 26 per 100 square miles) density suggested by previous studies.A curious and possibly suspicious female snow leopard approaches lead researcher Madhu Chetri and his camera. Their large home ranges are in inhospitable terrain, so snow leopards see few people. Image by Madhu Chetri.“Data from previous studies was extrapolated to say that that Nepal was home to around 300-400 individuals,” Chetri said. “But if my data from the central zone is to be extrapolated in a similar way, it would suggest that only 48 individuals roam the centre block, and only 140 animals live in the 12,815 square kilometers (4,948 square miles) of potential snow leopard habitat in Nepal.”“But we should not extrapolate in such a manner, as snow leopard densities are not same even within the centre block, let alone the whole distribution range in Nepal. That is why need similar studies for the two remaining blocks,” he added.He and his co-authors write that the results highlight the need for similar large-scale studies of the species in its 12 range countries. As range country governments prepare for PAWS (Population Assessment of the World’s Snow Leopards), which aims to produce a robust estimate of the threatened cat’s population status within the next four years, Chetri hopes that his findings will provide input for those involved in the count.Zoologist Hem Sagar Baral, who was part of the technical team that prepared the Nepal Snow Leopard Action Plan (2017-21) said Chetri’s study shines new light on the ecologically important species. “The study’s inputs will definitely help policy makers incorporate the new findings when they sit for a mid-term review of the action plan soon,” Baral added.Snow leopard passes a camera trap at Marjhong in Upper Mustang in 2014. Image by Madhu Chetri.After Chetri completed his PhD defense, it was Prof Oden’s turn to ask Chetri a strange question. “How did you know that day that there were two snow leopard scats lying next to the rock?” Chetri recollected quoting the professor.“I told him, ‘I worked in the field for a decade and this was the most crucial factor in the research,’” he said. “On the surface, this study looks like a year-long effort, but this was a result of a decade-long work I did on snow leopards.”CitationChetri, M., Odden, M., Sharma, K., Flagstad, Ø., &Wegge, P. (2019). Estimating snow leopard density using fecal DNA in a large landscape in north-central Nepal. Global Ecology and Conservation, 17, e00548.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Sue Palminteri Big Cats, Carnivores, DNA, Endangered Species, Genetics, Leopards, Monitoring, Mountains, Population, Protected Areas, Research, Snow Leopards, surveys, Technology, Wildtech center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Brazil’s new deforestation numbers confirm the “Bolsonaro Effect” despite denials (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Amazon Destruction, Amazon Rainforest, Commentary, Conservation, Deforestation, Editorials, Environment, Forest Destruction, Forests, Green, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Remote Sensing, Satellite Imagery, Threats To Rainforests, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests center_img Just released preliminary figures for “2019” Brazilian Amazon deforestation (covering the August 2018-July 2019 period) show a 29.5 percent increase over the previous year, with 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles) cleared, more than double the rate when Brazil’s famous deforestation decline ended in 2012.Despite this deforestation surge, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro government claims the increase is not unusual and equivalent to high deforestation rates seen several times since 2012. However, critics point to the administration’s rhetoric and environmental deregulation as part of the “Bolsonaro Effect,” leading to rampant deforestation.The government’s assertion of innocence fails to note that the new data only covers through July. In August 2019 the deforestation rate was 222 percent above the 2018 value; in September it ran 96 percent higher. The full “Bolsonaro effect” on deforestation won’t be on view until the complete “2020” numbers are released next November.To date, the administration has done nothing to change its inflammatory rhetoric or its anti-environmental polices, so there is every reason to expect that Brazilian deforestation levels will continue to soar. This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. INPE data showing deforestation within an August 1-July 31 timeframe. 2019 thus reflects the 12 months ending July 31 and doesn’t include deforestation from August through October. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.On November 18th the Brazilian government released a preliminary figure for “2019” Amazon deforestation — the August 2018-July 2019 period — showing a 29.5 percent increase over the previous year. A total of 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles) was cleared in this period, more than double the rate when Brazil’s famous deforestation decline ended in 2012.The announcement was made jointly by the Brazilian ministers of science and technology and of environment, with the latter claiming that the numbers indicate that the Jair Bolsonaro presidential administration that came into office in January 2019 has not resulted in an increase in clearing rates. His argument was that this year’s increase is just part of the upward trend that has held since the low point in 2012.Unfortunately, the 2019 deforestation surge can definitely be blamed on the Bolsonaro administration, despite the changes in deforestation rate since 2012 having approached the percentage increase seen this year twice (in 2013 and 2016).Although this year’s percentage increase is only slightly higher than those in the two years with similar percentages, it should be remembered that the PRODES data released on November 18, 2019 only cover the year through July 31st. However, the deforestation rate in the succeeding months has exploded to levels far above those for the same months in the previous year: in August 2019 the deforestation rate was 222 percent above the 2018 value, and the September value was 96 percent higher. As a result, this part of the “Bolsonaro effect” will only be reflected in the data from the PRODES program of the National Institute of Space Research (INPE) when the “2020” numbers are released a year from now.Deforestation for the August 1-October 31 period in 2019 is pacing well ahead of the historic norm for the period. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.Deforestation for the January 1-October 31 period in 2019 is pacing well ahead of the historic norm for the period. Bolsonaro took office in January 2019. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.The surge of deforestation and burning is the result both of the constant anti-environmental rhetoric and of concrete actions in dismantling the country’s environmental agencies and effectively halting fines for illegal clearing. The rhetoric and institutional setbacks have been documented in detail in a paper published in Environmental Conservation.The discourse of the president and his minister of environment repeatedly suggest that environmental laws can be violated with impunity. A clear message was sent that there will be no consequences for such violations when the ministers of environment and agriculture visited an illegal soy plantation in an indigenous area in Mato Grosso, where they posed for photographs with the machinery and praised the operation.People at the deforestation frontier do not follow the publication of decrees and laws in the government’s official gazette or read the details of legal changes reported in major newspapers. Instead, their information comes from social media that rapidly spreads the news of each inflamed tirade by the president and his ministers against the government’s environmental agencies and against environmentalists and environmental NGOs. It is the climate generated by this discourse that influences behavior. This year, many people caught red-handed violating environmental laws responded immediately that the president has “liberated” everything.Deforestation has risen since 2012 due to the continual increase in forces driving forest loss, such as new and improved roads giving access to the forest, more population and more investment. The indirect effect of soy expansion has undoubtedly played an important role, with soy planters purchasing many cattle ranches in Mato Grosso state, including ranches in the Cerrado savanna in addition to those in former Amazon forest. These ranchers use the money from the land sales to then buy much cheaper land in Amazon forest farther north, especially in the state of Pará, where they clear forest on a large scale to establish new ranches. Pará has been the biggest contributor to deforestation since 2006, when it surpassed Mato Grosso as the champion deforester.Accumulated deforestation from August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2019 for the Brazilian Amazon. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.Prospects for 2020 are grim. The PRODES data for the nominal year “2020” will include the deforestation that has already occurred from August 2019 onward, which now totals 3,929 square kilometers (1,517 square miles) based on the DETER monitoring system. (The official total to be produced by the PRODES system will be even higher, since the DETER system misses some of the clearing.)The rainy season has now begun, but when the dry season comes again in 2020 one can expect another surge in deforestation. Nothing has changed in the presidential administration’s discourse, and the dismantling of the country’s environmental institutions continues. Various planned roads, dams and other projects in Amazonia imply more deforestation.Banner image: The Amazon rainforest on fire in August 2019. Most Amazon fires are intentionally set, often to clear new lands for cattle and crops. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Frank And Newman Garner NFCA All-Region Accolades

first_imgFrank, who played in the infield and outfield this year, was selected to the NFCA Midwest All-Region Third Team after a great first season as a Bulldog. Frank batted a team-leading .357 along with slugging a team-high nine home runs with 29 runs batted in. Her 60 hits this season is tied for the sixth-best single-season total in program history. Frank collected three MVC Newcomer of the Week awards in her first season as well being tabbed to the All-MVC First Team. Newman, a pitcher, was named to the NFCA Midwest All-Region Second Team for the second consecutive season. Newman, who was named the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, had an outstanding sophomore campaign in the circle. She went 22-13 with a 2.96 earned run average with a program-record and league-leading 286 strikeouts. She recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game 10 times this season. Newman also collected All-MVC First Team honors for the second straight season. The all-region teams honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third teams selected for each region. The all-region teams are voted on by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2016 NFCA Division I All-American teams. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) of the Drake University softball team garnered National Fastpitch Coaches Association Midwest All-Region accolades, the association announced on Thursday, May 19.last_img read more

Chico Heat top Lincoln Potters to advance to Great West League championship

first_imgChico >> The defending Great West League champions are back in the championship series.The No. 2-seeded Chico Heat topped the third-seeded Lincoln Potters 9-3 to win the three-game playoff series Wednesday night at Nettleton Stadium.The Heat advance to the championship series which begins Friday against the No. 1 Medford Rogues. The Rogues beat the Portland Pickles 12-6 Wednesday night to take that series 2-0. Friday’s game starts at 7:05 p.m. at Nettleton on the campus of Chico State …last_img read more

Judge Cuts Hours for Massachusetts Wind Turbines

first_imgTurbine noise has been “devastating”Among the neighbors who blamed the turbines for a variety of health problems were Neil and Elizabeth Andersen, who live about 1,300 feet away from the closest turbine.Neil Andersen said by telephone that he was happy with the court’s decision because “it will give us a little bit of a break,” but he said the low-frequency noise produced by the turbines has been “devastating.”Andersen said he was a contractor who built Energy Star houses and had installed renewable energy systems and had no bias against wind turbines. But he said the low-frequency turbine noise was relentless, eventually forcing him to give up his business and go through much of their life savings.“I don’t expect anybody out there to get it,” he said, “It’s taken over our lives. Totally.”He and his wife have not seriously considered selling their house, Andersen said, because they doubt anyone would want to buy it. Even if it sold, he said, he wouldn’t expect to net any more than half its assessed value.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t recognize “wind turbine syndrome,” the name given to the health effects of exposure to low-frequency sound, but that didn’t stop Judge Muse from siding with the Andersens.“The court finds the Andersen’s claims that they did not experience such symptoms prior to the construction and operation of the turbines, and that each day of operation produces further injury, to be credible,” he wrote. A Massachusetts judge has ordered fewer operating hours for two municipally owned wind turbines that have been blamed by neighbors for a variety of health problems.According to an Associated Press report that appeared in the The Boston Globe, the Cape Cod community of Falmouth has been told to limit operating hours for the 1.65-megawatt turbines to 12 hours a day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The turbines can’t run at all on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Day.The turbines were installed at the town’s wastewater treatment facility 3 1/2 years ago to power the plant and to generate income for the town through the sale of electricity to the local utility. At first, the turbines ran around the clock, but more recently they have been running from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m., the AP said.The ruling by Superior Court Judge Christopher Muse, shortening the workday for both turbines by four hours, was the first time a U.S. court has ruled there is sufficient evidence that wind turbines near residential areas can be a health hazard, an environmental group called Wind Wise Massachusetts said.last_img read more

5 Lame Excuses From People Still Using HotMail For Email

first_img Topics: Email Inbox Tips Originally published Dec 17, 2007 12:55:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Call me judgemental, but whenever I get business email from someone using a HotMail.com address I can’t help but wonder why ? [What’s even worse: Folks that use what sounds like a family email address like michaelandjane@hotmail.com for their business correspondnece]If you’re one of those people still using HotMail.com and wondering right now “is it really that big a deal?”, let me be the first to tell you: YES. It’s an image issue. For the same reason you likely shouldn’t scribble your phone number on the back of your dry cleaning receipt when you meet someone at a business conference (that’s what business cards are for), you shouldn’t email from a HotMail.com address. For personal contacts, anything is just fine. For business purposes, It just doesn’t make the right impression.Note: This is a public service announcement. I do not sell email hosting services, domain registration services and have nothing against HotMail.In my opinion, businesses should have their own domain name (ex: mycompany.com) and an email address on that domain ( someaddress@mycompany.com ). This does two things: Gives you a professional image, and further solidifes your brand. Note: This does not mean you have to necessarily use paid emailing hosting services. Gmail works great and will let you pull in your email from just about any third-party service.I tried to think of the possible reasons (excuses) some people still use when trying to argue why they don’t have an email address like jdoe@mycompany.com 5 Lame Excuses For Still Using Hotmail.com For Business 1. I already know HotMail: Sure, but there were people that “already knew” how to use a fax machine a long time ago as well. Times change. Doesn’t hurt to learn new things. 2. I don’t need more features: How do you know until you try? I challenge you to setup a free Gmail account and use it exclusively for a week (more on this later). The features are simply stellar. Some of them are so good, you’ll wonder how you lived without them. 3. I don’t have my own domain: If you are a business person, you need your own domain. Period. If you can’t justify the $20/year to create some semblance of a professional image for yourself, I think you’re being short-sighted and not taking your business seriously. I don’t care if you are 12 years old and have a lemonade stand. Get your own domain name. 4. I don’t have the technical expertise: You must know at least one person that can spend 15 minutes with you to help you setup a domain with email. If not, you need to expand your pool of friends and colleagues. 5. Everyone already knows my Hotmail.com address: Sure. But you can still accept emails to your old address indefinitey. Just start using your new and people will slowly switch over. There’s no sense in furthering the problem any longer (i.e. it won’t get easier).Do you have any other lame excuses you’ve heard from friends that are still using HotMail for business? (I’m assuming if you’re reading this article that you’re not one of “those” people). If so, please leave them in the comments. If you are one of those people that has this problem, you can confess in the comments.  That’s the first step towards mending your errant ways. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Twitter Proven to Impact Search Engine Rankings

first_imgMore Signals to Prioritize Twitter Download the free webinar Originally published Dec 2, 2010 11:11:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Making Your Followers and Search Engines Happy With Your Twitter Account . . The kit will give you many of the answers you need to get started and be successful. Social signals as a component of search engine ranking are only likely to get stronger. Whether you’ve thought Twitter was for you or not in the past, now is the time to build and solidify your Twitter presence.  Having a website that ranks well in search engines when qualified prospects are looking should be a priority for every business. : get over to Twitter grader Twitter profiles carry a “score” with Google. . We’ll help you see which areas you need to focus on.  Either way, if you need some direction download our Just like inbound links give a website “credit”, so does social media sharing. A lot of retweets can tell the search engine that this is a good, trusted blog article. Photo Credit: This information helps prove that social sharing has a positive effect on the reach of your business website. Like SEO and Social Media respres When an influential person (including you) tweets your link, it is a sign to the search engines that it’s good, trusted content. building inbound links and SEO authority in-depth kit on How to Use Twitter For Business First, a quick recap of some points- for more in depth information, check out So, to all you folks out there that don’t have a Twitter account yet, or set one up but it’s sitting there lonely and abandoned, read on to find out why Twitter is not only important for building online reach but is also critical to help your business website rank in search engines. the original article for tips and tricks to drive inbound marketing using Twitter. How Twitter Influences Search Engine Rankings Well, I’m glad you asked. Haven’t set up an account yet? What are you waiting for? Head over to Twitter and . If you already have a Twitter account, It’s likely the age of your twitter profile and how many followers you have affect how search engines will calculate your profile’s “authority”. Free Download: Twitter for Marketing and PR , building “Twitter author rank” (or whatever they will decide to call it) will take time too. get your Twitter account set up Want to learn more about using Twitter for Marketing and PR? I know, there are so many things to do, and it’s hard to step away from focusing on the tasks that get visitors to your site from search sngines.  However, an article yesterday from Search Engine Land explains how Topics: Twitter directly affects your SEO efforts Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Benchmark and Forecast Marketing Event Attendance

first_imgBoston is going to be a twitter the week . With 7 weeks to go, the team is using all channels: social media, email, blog, forums and plenty of co-marketing to get our next 50% in the four weeks ahead! FutureM marketing analytics Contests: Which channels have you accidentally omitted? HubSpot User Group Summit (HUGS2011) , the Which channels, activities or promo codes drove the most registration?   Topics: A colleague shared one of her best practice benchmarks from years of doing big conferences and events. It seems there’s a relatively well accepted, simple formula for registration trends. In order to hit your target, you should structure pricing and promotion to achieve the following timeline:  to give you great insight into which channels have the best traffic and conversions.  If you are using a professional event management tool, tracking via promotional codes and short urls is likely your best bet. Lucky for me, our event is right on track with more than 250 registrants right at the end of our early bird ticketing period all collaborating to make Boston the hub of everything marketing for five full days! As we plan HUGS2011, I’ve been immersed in event details and applying inbound marketing techniques to attract folks to join us for some stellar content.  With a goal of 1,000 or more attendees, we’ve got serious promotion efforts going, but since the event is only in its second year, I don’t have a lot of history to build great forecasting data. If you have enough time, consider doing some A/B testing on your low-performing channels to see if you can improve them.  If you are really close to the event, stop spending effort where it’s not working and focus on the good stuff above. Early Bird Cutoff: 25% of Target Registrants and the Double down on what’s working – maybe even extending the promo codes & special offers that have been driving highest attendance.  If you are using your website to drive registration, you can use your different contests work for different audiences What should you look for in the rearview? Where might a brainstorm take you? Inbound Marketing Summit of September 12-16 with You’ll be surprised.  My team inadvertently omitted a CTA on our home page (for shame), partly because we are so focused on lead generation and partly because we had a separate event website that was siphoning most of our attention.  There are most certainly opportunities you’ve missed. Event Registration Forecasts & Benchmarks Depending on the audience for your event – perhaps attendees would be willing to help invite their peers, customers or audiences if you gave them a special promo that made them look like a hero.  A side benefit is that there will be people at your event who already have a bit of a relationship – adding to the cameraderie and extending the networking even further. Following Month: 50% of Target Registrants what complementary businesses, blogs or even similar but non-competing events would want to swap a CTA & promo code with you?  You generate value and exclusivity for their audience and get access to some new registrants, potentially at low cost. New cross-promotion opportunities: What should you do if your event isn’t on track? Last 2-4 Weeks Pre-Event: Remaining 25% of Target Registrants Customer & channel evangelism: Originally published Jul 25, 2011 11:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Which channels have been underperforming? So how is a marketer to know if their event is on track? Over the next several months, I’ll be sharing more about what’s working and what’s not from a promotion standpoint and even how we’re measuring the value of our face to face events. What marketing event planning questions stump you? Though we are in the black – there are a lot of times when you might find yourself under forecast.  So, look in the rearview a bit to see what tactics have or haven’t worked and prioritize a rapid brainstorm and aggressive outreach plan before you veer too far off course. Photo Credit: Invitation is a derivative of image by aus_chick on flickr Event Marketing , we’ve done great ones and we’ve had flops … as long as you make it simple to execute, contests can often be a very low cost way to reach a lot of people (hint: folks like to share!). The list of what you could do is endless and for every event in every industry it will include different ideas.  Important for you, the event organizer, is deciding what success looks like and charting a course or forecast to get there – you can course correct as you go! Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

3 Tips for Better Internal Marketing Communication

first_img Originally published Nov 1, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated August 26 2017 Topics: Communication This is a guest post written by marketing strategist Mike Gospe who is co-founder of KickStart Alliance and the author of Marketing Campaign Development. His new book, The Marketing High Ground, is a B2B marketer’s playbook describing the best practices surrounding persona development, positioning statements, and messaging.The biggest irony with most marketers is their inability to successfully communicate internally. By and large, we inbound marketers are experts in our functions of content creation, search engine optimization, social media, and the like. But when it comes to sharing our plans internally across the marketing department or aligning a master plan with sales, the act of communicating clearly and succinctly could stand a fair amount of improvement. One of my first bosses pointed this out to me early in my career after a campaign snafu that resulted because the press relations and advertising teams were out of sync. (Read that humbling story here.)A Failure to CommunicatePicture this scenario: Someone (it could be anyone in a business unit or a corporate marketing team) produces a 50-page inbound marketing plan and emails it to a long list of folks with a short introductory sentence: “Here’s the plan.” On the distribution list are folks ranging from various marketing functions to sales leaders. The email is sent once. There is no cross-functional kick-off meeting. And there’s no executive summary. No follow-up Q&A. Weeks pass. Worst of all, the plan sits on a shelf and is never actively referenced. Then, in the midst of executing a set of marketing activities, frustration erupts when the copywriters are fired because they “can’t get the messaging right.” Sales people continue to wonder what the heck marketing does, and executives decide to change the direction of the campaign largely because they don’t know (or remember) what the objective was in the first place. What’s going on here?The short answer: The marketers in charge of the planning process failed to clearly communicate the plan internally, lobby support, and provide helpful short-hand reminders about its strategy. These are sure-fire symptoms that the plan was not communicated clearly enough or defined properly to ensure that the larger team responsible for its implementation understood it. The good news is that this common tale of woe can easily be avoided.3 Steps for How to Socialize the PlanDevelopment of the go-to-market plan is a team sport. No single person working in isolation from corporate marketing, sales, product management, and customer support should develop the marketing plan. If so, the plan is instantly worthless because nobody else has a stake in the output. Shared ownership is a requirement. So, the development process needs to harness the creativity and ownership from across the company.But once the plan is drafted, the marketing team leader’s job is far from over. Everybody in marketing and sales needs to know about the campaign, its objectives and goals, and the timing of key tactics that will unfold. But how can you communicate the essence of your plan so the entire extended team will a) understand it, b) remember it, and c) echo the plan’s objectives and themes in their own work?Here are three tactical ideas to help you socialize the output and invite colleagues to join you on the marketing high ground:1. Think SmallShare only a few key slides. More is not better. Avoid the temptation to share your entire 42-page plan. No one will read it. Only the marketing core team needs to know the full details of the plan. For everyone else, share the executive summary. If folks want more information, they will ask for it. Here are the basic slides I use every time I’m launching a new campaign:Objective of the marketing campaignTarget audience and persona prioritiesPositioning statementMessage boxDescription of key activities and offersTimeline for executionOnce you’ve created these 6 key slides, encourage everyone to tack these slides to their cubicle walls. Imagine walking down the hall where you see the persona slide tacked to the PR manager’s wall, or the positioning statement slide tacked to the wall of the product director. It’s powerful stuff.2. Get SeenBecome a guest speaker. Just because you draft a few slides and email them doesn’t mean that anyone has read them or understood the implications. You need to engage the organization by making the plan visible. This means getting out in front of groups of employees to talk about the plan and answer their questions. It’s what marketers can do better than any other function, yet it rarely happens. I encourage marketing directors and integrated marketing leaders to make the rounds to key staff meetings, starting with sales, product management, engineering, and customer support teams. No other outreach effort on your part will work as well to establish your credibility with internal audiences. Ask for 15 minutes on their agenda. Not only is this extremely valuable for bringing your marketing plans and programs to life, but it is also a powerful skill set to hone for your personal career growth.3. Lead the WayFacilitate a marketing-sales summit twice a year. Being the ambassador for your marketing plan is very effective when it comes to sharing information. However, to pursue effective cross-organizational alignment, a different tactic is needed. Carefully structured summits are “working meetings” attended by marketing and sales leaders. They are the perfect venue for sharing plans, gathering feedback, and solidifying a shared understanding of sales’ expectations and marketing’s goals and objectives.Could your marketing team do a better job of marketing its own initiatives internally? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more