Rethinking conservation funding models in Africa (commentary)

first_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 overSponsored Article published by Rhett Butler Commentary, Conservation, Editorials, Environment, philanthropy center_img Conservation in sub-Saharan Africa faces monumental challenges.Ultimately, effective and durable conservation efforts require major investments in protecting large landscapes through government, community, and private institutions, and in improving governance at multiple levels.A key to meeting the challenges to effective conservation at scale is providing resources that enable creative and effective conservation organizations to deliver lasting results.This post is a commentary – the views expressed are those of the authors. Conservation in sub-Saharan Africa faces monumental challenges. Rapidly growing human populations and resource consumption are creating growing pressures on land, water and other natural systems. Weak governance coupled with market demands means that illegal use of natural resources- from fisheries, to timber, to elephant ivory- is a major driver of over-exploitation. Ultimately, effective and durable conservation efforts require major investments in protecting large landscapes through government, community, and private institutions, and in improving governance at multiple levels.A key to meeting the challenges to effective conservation at scale is providing resources that enable creative and effective conservation organizations to deliver lasting results. Much of the discussion in conservation focuses on the limited amounts of funding available-. However, an important, but less discussed, issue is how funding is delivered and accessed. Recently, we brought together funders and conservationists working in Africa, to discuss funding approaches that can achieve greater impact on the ground. Here we draw on this gathering to summarize both challenges with existing funding models and possibilities for addressing those. Pair of orphaned elephant calves at a rescue center in Kenya. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.Existing ChallengesLasting and effective conservation work depends heavily on innovative and capable local organizations that can develop new solutions and take them to scale. African conservation organizations, like organizations working for social and environmental change anywhere in the world, require enough funding to be creative, invest in their teams, and grow, and funding designed to increase on-the-ground impact. That means funding that rewards outcomes, and enables them to invest in core functions and capacity, particularly the recruitment and retention of top talent, staff development, and their core infrastructure. Building a successful organization with the ability to deliver great results takes time and therefore requires long-term funding.This kind of funding is all too scarce in African conservation. The default funding model in conservation is through projects. Project funding is typically short-term, restricted, non-renewable, and generally rewards activities (what one does) rather than impact (what one achieves). Restricted project funding usually limits the organization’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances and incorporate new ideas and insights. Project funding also frequently limits the ability of an organization to invest in core capacity and resources- particularly people- through arbitrary limitations on overheads or staff salary costs. Because conservation outcomes are rarely measured, funders often practice due diligence by heavily managing how grants are spent. This limits grantees’ flexibility, creates heavy transaction costs, and almost always starves organizations of capital to invest in growth and resilience.Moreover, funding is often not only prescriptive, but limited. While small-scale project funding (e.g. in the $10,000-$20,000 range) may be valuable during the initial stages of new initiatives, there is a ‘missing middle’ in conservation funding between those relatively small grants and funding available through large-scale development aid and public funding agencies. While the latter has the advantage of providing multi-year, large-scale funding, the heavy transaction costs of securing and managing such funding- daunting proposal, reporting, and compliance requirements inherent to most international public funding sources- creates barriers for many local organizations.A related challenge is the accessibility of funding ‘markets’. For field-based and local groups in Africa, finding and connecting with funders is a major challenge. Conservation funding sources and markets are highly fragmented; there are few shared marketplaces or forums for funders and practitioners to meet and exchange information. This strongly favors large organizations that have already overcome the hurdles to developing sophisticated marketing and public relations operations.Because of these problems, conventional conservation funding models can inhibit, rather than promote, the development of thriving organizations that meet the immense and growing challenges of African conservation. First, because time spent finding and reporting to funders comes at the expense of time spent on actions that drive impact. Second, restrictions on how funding can be used limit an organizations ability to quickly adapt and to invest in its core functions, internal development and future growth.These challenges can play a significant factor in limiting conservation impact. They make it harder for newer entrepreneurial organizations to secure funding and become established, and to take promising models to scale.Common zebra (Equus quagga) in South Africa. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.Better Funding for Greater Impact Funders and local conservation groups in Africa need to collaborate to promote better ways of doing business. This will require a shift in funding approaches that aligns impact with investment, and channels more funding to the organizations that deliver the best results.One key measure is to focus on funding organizations, rather than projects. That means investing in an organization’s core strategic goals and outcomes, and providing flexible or ‘growth capital’ that an organization can invest in delivery of results and building its internal capacity. Some large private funders operating primarily outside the conservation space are increasingly calling for and adopting these approaches. For example, the Ford Foundation’s new BUILD program is investing $1 billion over five years to support core capabilities and development of 300 grantees.For their part, conservationists need to foster this kind of core investment by providing clear goals, priorities, and metrics in their strategies and plans. Funders and practitioners need to agree on key outcomes and metrics that are most appropriate for tracking and evaluating results.A second priority is to become bolder and more ambitious in the provision of long-term funding. Funders need to address the ‘missing middle’ in conservation funding by providing effective young organizations with the kind of capital they need to grow. This often means core and unrestricted funding on the order of $100,000 annually, significantly larger than the typical small grants available for much conservation work.Beyond that mezzanine-level funding, is the importance of making even larger ‘big bets’ in organizations that have a strong track record and are positioned for greater impact. An example of this is a grant announced earlier this year by the Wyss Foundation, of $65M to African Parks- perhaps the largest private grant ever made in African conservation- for them to expand their successful protected area management model across Africa.The growth of new financing models, such as trust funds, across the conservation field also provides a range of opportunities. These new long-term funds can potentially be directed at effective local organizations as a source of long-term support. This is part of the thinking behind a new Community Conservation Fund being developed by WWF and other local partners in Namibia. These kinds of long-term mechanisms for conservation funding stand in contrast to the relatively reactive, crisis-driven nature of much of African conservation funding.Dune 45 in the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Desert in Namibia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.African conservation funders and practitioners need to work together to develop a shared vision, reporting metrics, and partnership models that will enable both to achieve greater impact. To overcome communication barriers and reduce transaction costs, funders and practitioners need new virtual and physical spaces to come together and overcome existing barriers to communication and market fragmentation. An example of bringing funders and local conservationists from Africa and elsewhere together in new ways is the Wildlife Conservation Network’s annual Exposition events held in a number of US cities.Ultimately meeting African conservation challenges requires funding directed towards effective local organizations. New conversations and communications mechanisms – a better conservation marketplace – can more efficiently connect conservation funders and practitioners on the ground and result in better conservation outcomes. Funders and practitioners need to work together to build a conservation field in Africa that delivers greater impact, attracts more funding, and can tackle a world of growing threats.Fred Nelson is Executive Director of Maliasili Initiatives.Leela Hazzah is co-founder and Executive Director of Lion Guardians.John Kasaona is Executive Director of Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation in Namibia.Scott O’Connell works with the Acacia Conservation Fund, a philanthropic initiative supporting conservation organizations around the world.Peter Riger is Vice President of Conservation and Conservation Educa­tion at the Houston Zoo.Bernie Tershy is Adjunct Professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz and an advisor to the Mulago Foundation.last_img read more

New species of orange-red praying mantis mimics a wasp

first_imgFrom the Peruvian Amazon, researchers have described a new-to-science species of bright orange-red praying mantis that conspicuously mimics a wasp.The mantis mimics not only the bright coloration of many wasps, but also a wasp’s short, jerky movements. Such conspicuous mimicry of wasps is rare among mantises, which usually tend to resemble leaves or tree trunks, the researchers say in a new study.The researchers have named the praying mantis Vespamantoida wherleyi. In 2013, a team of researchers surveying insects in a research station on the banks of the Amazon River in northern Peru set up a light trap. The large, brightly lit sheet, meant to attract insects just like a porch light does in the dark, lured in an unexpected creature. Among the various beetles, flies, wasps and praying mantises that had flown into the sheet was a tiny, bright orange-red insect with a black abdomen, eyes and head.At first glance, it seemed like a species of wasp. But when Gavin Svenson, director of research and collections at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, looked more closely, he noticed that there was something odd about it.“It didn’t look quite like a mantis, it didn’t look quite like a wasp,” Svenson said in a video statement. “I went up and I grabbed it and I put it in a little vial and once we started observing it we knew we had something totally different.”Upon further analysis, Svenson and his team confirmed that it was actually a species of praying mantis that conspicuously mimics a wasp: not only does it mimic a wasp’s bright colors, but also a wasp’s movements. The mantis was, in fact, new to science, the researchers found, and they named it Vespamantoida wherleyi, in a new paper in the journal PeerJ.“Typically, the majority of species differentiation is discovered and confirmed within a lab or collection setting,” Svenson said in a statement. “To have that rare eureka moment where you know you have found something new in the field is incredibly exciting.”Most praying mantises rely on camouflage, both to avoid predators and to hunt. But they usually do so by mimicking leaves or tree bark and are brown or green. V. wherleyi, however, is brightly colored and has short, rapid, jerky movement patterns like those of many wasps. The mantis’s antennae movements are also similar to those of wasps, the authors write.“In nature, when you are intentionally conspicuous, you are advertising something,” Svenson said. “When you are a species that can be easily taken as prey, you advertise because you want predators to think that you are poisonous, or could injure them, or any combination of unpleasant factors that tell the predator to think twice before pursuing you.”The researchers found that the newly described species was quite similar to a species of praying mantis (formerly called Mantoida toulgoeti), previously described from French Guiana. The two species aren’t similar enough to be the same species, Svenson said. But the researchers concluded that the two species belonged to the same lineage or genus, which they have now named Vespamantoida, meaning wasp-mantis.A mantis mimicking wasps is rare, and the researchers now hope to study why this mimicry may have evolved.“I think the next natural thing is to study the evolutionary biology of the lineage,” Svenson said. “If wasp mimicry is successful in this lineage, why has it not evolved in the other lineages as well? Why have no other species within the family evolved brightly colored wasp mimicry? We’re just not sure.”Video of Vespamantoida wherleyi by Gavin Svenson, Cleveland Museum of Natural History.Banner image of Vespamantoida wherleyi by Gavin Svenson, Cleveland Museum of Natural History.Citation:Svenson, G. J., & Rodrigues, H. M. (2019). A novel form of wasp mimicry in a new species of praying mantis from the Amazon rainforest, Vespamantoida wherleyi gen. nov. sp. nov. (Mantodea, Mantoididae). PeerJ, 7, e7886. doi: 10.7717/peerj.7886 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 Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Insects, New Species, Rainforests, Research, Species Discovery, Tropical Forests, Wildlife center_img Article published by Shreya Dasguptalast_img read more

Tropical forests’ lost decade: the 2010s

first_imgThe 2010s opened as a moment of optimism for tropical forests. The world looked like it was on track to significantly reduce tropical deforestation by 2020.By the end of the 2019 however, it was clear that progress on protecting tropical forests stalled in the 2010s. The decade closed with rising deforestation and increased incidence of fire in tropical forests.According to the U.N., in 2015 global forest cover fell below four billion hectares of forest for the first time in human history. The 2010s opened as a moment of optimism for tropical forests. Widely available satellite imagery via platforms like Google Earth brought new levels of accountability which, for the first time, meant the world couldn’t use ignorance as an excuse for not addressing the destruction of tropical forests. Deforestation in Earth’s largest rainforest — the Brazilian Amazon — was in the midst of a historic plunge, while governments around the world were pledging billions of dollars in new money toward a mechanism to compensate tropical countries for protecting their forests. Several countries closed out the decade with important new conservation initiatives, while activists, empowered with a new set of tools, pushed the private sector to begin adopting a new type of sustainability commitment: the zero deforestation policy for commodity production and sourcing. Some of the largest consumer-facing companies adopted these forest-friendly policies with near-term implementation targets. The world looked like it was on track to significantly reduce tropical deforestation by 2020.By the end of the 2019, however, it was clear that progress on protecting tropical forests stalled in the 2010s. On the climate front, a decade of science has mostly confirmed what we already knew 10 years ago: Tropical forests are deeply threatened by the current pace of climate change. Combined with ongoing deforestation, degradation, and fragmentation, the outlook for some of the planet’s largest forests, from the Amazon to Indonesia, is increasingly bleak. The 2010s were also marked by mixed progress for tropical forest conservation. Advances in remote sensing were undercut by backsliding on corporate and government commitments to protect forests. Gains in new protected areas were partially offset by a trend toward protected area downgrading, downsizing and degazettement (PADDD) in countries from Brazil to Indonesia. Efforts to recognize the value of healthy and productive natural forests were confronted with the challenging realities of implementation, public indifference and the punishing economics of rising demand for food, fiber and fuel in the context of unaccounted costs of environmental externalities. Political leaders in several important tropical forest countries turned a blind eye to — or in some cases even actively encouraged — threats against environmental defenders and the free press, contributing to hundreds of murders and assassinations of activists, indigenous leaders and journalists. The 2010s closed with rising deforestation and increased incidence of fire in tropical forests. According to the U.N., in 2015, global forest cover fell below four billion hectares (10 billion acres) for the first time in modern human history.last_img read more

Mongabay staffer Philip Jacobson released from jail, transferred to ‘city detention’

first_imgPhilip Jacobson, an award-winning editor for the environmental science news outlet Mongabay, has been transferred from the Palangkaraya Class II detention center to ‘city detention’ in Palangkaraya.Jacobson was arrested and incarcerated on January 21 for an alleged visa violation.The story is developing. “Mongabay staffer Philip Jacobson was just moved from prison to ‘city detention’ in Palangkaraya,” said Mongabay Founder and CEO Rhett A. Butler on January 24, 2020. “We are grateful that authorities have made this accommodation and remain hopeful that Phil’s case can be treated as an administrative matter rather than a criminal one. We thank everyone for their continued support.”Philip Jacobson, an award-winning editor for the environmental science news outlet Mongabay, has been transferred from the Palangkaraya Class II detention center to ‘city detention’ in Palangkaraya. Jacobson was arrested and incarcerated on January 21 for an alleged visa violation.Phil preparing to enjoy some durian fruit after his release from the detention center in Palangkaraya on January 24, 2020.Jacobson, 30, was first detained on December 17, 2019 after attending a hearing between the Central Kalimantan parliament and the local chapter of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Indonesia’s largest indigenous rights advocacy group.He had travelled to the city shortly after entering Indonesia on a business visa for a series of meetings. The day he was due to leave, immigration authorities seized his passport, interrogated him for four hours and ordered him to remain in the city pending their investigation.On January 21, more than a month later, Jacobson was formally arrested and taken into custody. He was informed that he faces charges of violating the 2011 immigration law and a prison sentence of up to five years.Jacobson was held at Palangkaraya Class II detention center in a cell with five others. During his detention, he said we was treated well.On January 24, after meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan, the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs (Kemenko Polhukam) Mohammad Mahfud MD said he would order Jacobson to be deported from Indonesia “immediately.”“We are encouraged by the coordinating minister’s statement today,” said Mongabay’s Butler. “We’ve been hoping for quick resolution to this matter.”Header image: Philip Jacobson shortly after his release from the Palangkaraya Class II detention center on January 24, 2020. Environment, Environmental Journalism, Mongabay 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Rhett Butlerlast_img read more

Budding gardeners invited to enter Buncrana Tidy Towns contest

first_imgBuncrana Tidy Towns are back with their popular annual garden competition with sponsors  Kavanagh’s SuperValu, Buncrana.The event was launched this week with a number of exciting changes. Committees Garden Competition Co-ordinator Anne Doherty said:“We are really grateful to SuperValu Buncrana for their continued support of our work. I would like to extend a special thank you to store manager Kieran Doherty for sponsoring the garden competition and assisting in the promotion of it. “We have revamped this year’s competition. If you’re a novice gardener, a budding Dermot O’Neill, got a garden full of pollinators or a vegetable patch you are super proud of we’ve got a category to suit you. We’ve also included a residential area category as we know of a number of residents associations who have worked hard to maintain and develop their common areas.“We have retained the best kept business award in recognition of local retailers, bars and restaurants tremendous flower displays in the summer months. Secret judging will take place throughout August and the awards ceremony will be held in September. Entry forms are available in SuperValu or by contacting us on Facebook and by email at buncranatidytowns@gmail.com.”Buncrana Tidy Towns Spokesperson Sinéad Ní Bhroin added, “We have also formally launched our annual competition season. With the support of George McDermott, Donegal County Council, Wild Inishowen, the Cli-mates, Buncrana Chamber of Commerce and many others Buncrana has been a Tidy Towns gold medal winner for the last four years. A big thank you to local photographer Adam Porter for providing us with a beautiful photo of Buncrana Pier for competition brochure. “We have also entered the Pollinator Plan Award, having won the regional Local Authority Pollinator Award for the North West & West Region in the Large Town Category over the last two years.“We are so close to winning the national competition and to do so would be an incredible boost for the town. Our work plan has significantly developed over the last year. In addition to our Pollinator Plan, environmental work, painting projects, annual tree-planting and beach clean-ups we have completed the first phase of the development of Buncrana’s Historical Quarter at the Stone Jug and Castle Bridge and are close to completing the second phase of our public seating project. In partnership with Denise Dowds and her wonderful Cli-mates we will also be launching Buncrana’s Toolkit to Create a Plastic Free Community.“With an extra push and the continued support of the community we believe this year will be our best yet.”Budding gardeners invited to enter Buncrana Tidy Towns contest was last modified: June 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

David Meerman Scott Answers The Proust Questionnaire

first_img Doug Weil, who was my manager when I was Asia Marketing Director for Knight-Ridder. Because he trusted me. Your favorite software application? David Meerman Scott The New Rules of Marketing & PR Akebono (the first foreign born Sumo grand champion) and Laird Hamilton (big wave surfing pioneer). , and writer of great marketing books like Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack No fear of failure. Your first “real” job? What you’d like to be the world’s best at? Inbound Marketing Summit What do you most value in employees/colleagues? David Meerman Scott is a marketing guru, widely read Made to Stick on September 8 in Cambridge, MA. and his latest book,  Favorite newspaper(s)? Playing blues harmonica. Where do you do your best thinking? The local English-language newspaper in whatever world city I happen to be in.center_img Favorite business book(s)? Originally published Jul 1, 2008 9:03:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 . None. I can’t imagine using the words “favorite” and “software” in the same sentence. marketing blogger You can see Who was your best manager? Why? My reading glasses.  My biggest luxury is hardcover books. I buy more than 100 a year. Blog you read most frequently? During high school I worked in a cheese shop. At one time I could identify over 200 cheeses by sight and smell. Social media tool you actually use? In the surf. Device you would never give up? Tuned In Person that inspires you? YouTube. Alas, my own. After nearly 500 blog posts, I use my blog as a way to recall and repurpose old ideas. speak live at thelast_img read more

Inbound Marketing Lessons from the Massachusetts Governor’s Office

first_img Originally published Mar 3, 2009 8:41:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Earlier this winter, HubSpot got  inbound marketing kit Deval Patrick Inbound Marketing . . a surprise visit Turns out, there’s a lot of  inbound marketing  from  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img Topics: Inbound Marketing Kit Last week we invited Brad Blake, the governor’s director of interactive media, back to HubSpot to talk about how the governor is using the web to communicate with constituents and build support for his agenda. , the   going on in the State House. Here’s the full recording of our conversation: Learn more about inbound marketing and how to combine blogging, SEO and social media for results. Although state employees have significant bureaucratic and regulatory constraints that small business owners and professional marketers don’t have to worry about, the basic strategy is the same: Publish content, engage with your constituents (or customers) and your product or agenda will get more support. Download our Governor of Massachusettslast_img read more

HubSpot TV – One Year Anniversary Special

first_img Most memorable shows , @ HubSpot TV Stats Marketing Sherpa Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack , @ This is actually the 53rd episode Dharmesh: More companies are starting to blog and get into social media, where do you see content creation going/changing? We have had 2 views from Mongolia Episode #52 – August 7th, 2009 with http://itunes.hubspot.tv/ Intro b_good_ Halloween Upcoming Events in Boston this Weekend Download HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing University online training program Subscribe in iTunes: and @ : San Francisco is September 23rd and 24th #hstv1year , @ Originally published Aug 8, 2009 9:19:00 PM, updated July 04 2013 Interview with HubSpot Co-founders, Brian and Dharmesh . The program drills into each component of inbound marketing and prepares you for the Inbound Marketing certification exam. A Walk Down HubSpot TV RunMyErrand Thank you to @ IMU includes McHammer HubSpot TV is the video sponsor! Dharmesh: You have built website grader, twitter grader, blog grader; if youwere to create a podcast grader what are some of the ways in which youthink you would grade their effectiveness? It is our 9th location Our show has been watched over 70,000 times More than 90% of the viewers are through the archived episodes in your tweet. , @ 44 reviews, 41 5 star ratings on iTunes What equipment is best for a video podcast? Most popular countries are US, UK then India (Episode Length: 22 minutes, 51 seconds) Conclusion Brian: Many CEOs would not be willing to allow people intheir company to just publish a TV show once a week. Are you ok with itand why? Harpoon_Brewery dharmesh 11 free webinar classes and notesheets 75% of our archive views are from iTunes How to interact on Twitter: @ Christmas Anniversary Show Sponsors: social media and inbound marketing-savy companies! Brian: What are the benefits of doing a show like HubSpot TV? , @ We average about 80 viewers live online each week and 30 live in person karenrubin mvolpe Debut performance of the new HubSpot band, The Leads! bhalligan http://www.podcampboston.org How can you use video podcasting for B2B marketing? Our itunes subscribers are equally split between Mac and PC Podcamp myersandchang Free Inbound Marketing University Online Training Programlast_img read more

4 Ways News Releases Boost SEO

first_img B2B Inbound Blog The following is a guest post by Greg Elwell, founder of Public Relations are Here are 4 reasons to publish optimized news releases: Data shows . improve search engine ranking Topics: ideas for creating newsroom articles B2B Inbound “Big News.” as an example. With a little thought, you can generate numerous B2B Inbound Newsroom the more of these pages you have on your website, the more traffic, and inbound links and leads you’re likely to attract. 1. Increase the number of Google indexed pages. Twitter Additional information on setting up an online newsroom, creating and publishing optimized news releases can be found by The main components you need to set up an online newsroom on your website are a blog application and RSS Feed. These technologies are readily available and often included in many of today’s Content Management Systems. You’ll likely want the RSS module on a page called, “News” or “Newsroom.” Set it up to display 6-7 news articles with 250 character summaries. The titles of each article and its “Read More” link will take the reader to the full article which is presented on a blog content page. You can check out the Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img I like to think in terms of Optimized news releases, much like your other valuable content, revolves around your primary keywords and is bait for search engines and interested readers alike. Your goal is to gain more visibility, and provide useful information to your target audience. or follow him on News releases can be a magnet to help even though the terms today are virtually interchangeable. The term, press release reminds me of what I did 10 years ago as a marketer: send news to the press with the hope they’d publish it. Gone are those days. Today, with access to Web 2.0 technologies and an Internet connection, you downloading the Newsroom Marketing Kit 3. Blow your own horn. . The key is to think about what’s happening internally and externally with your company that you could create a story around. Perhaps you’ve launched a new internal training program. Why not tell the story of what led you to develop it and how it will benefit others? B2B companies may especially benefit from publishing news in such a way that positions them as thought-leaders in their industry. , a San Francisco Bay Area, Certified HubSpot Partner. You can read more from Greg on his Originally published Aug 5, 2010 9:30:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 2. Diversify your content strategy. Does your company have an inbound marketing plan that could benefit from an online newsroom to publish optimized news releases? Give it some thought, I think you’ll find it to be an effective strategy to improve search engine ranking – and gain more visitors, links and leads. from B2B Inbound. 4. Easy to set up and manage. for your business website. This alone is reason enough to add a newsroom feature to your website, and publish optimized news releases. the press and your own media outlet. There’s no longer a dependency on press reporters, journalists or editors to pick up your news and publish it. Are you looking for another way to generate more content pages? Having a news release marketing strategy is a great way to diversify and enhance your overall content marketing plan. Don’t just think about publishing “news release” vs. “press release” Most likely you are aware of the SEO benefits of building your authority and visibility by increasing the number of Google indexed pages on your website.last_img read more

5 Lead Generation Tools: Just in Time for 2011 Planning

first_img . . Lead Generation 5-Pack Tracking, measuring, analyzing, and creating process diagrams – all really important things to do, but SO time consuming. Plus, the reports always seem to be due right when a marketing campaign is being launched – one that’s sure to bring you more valuable leads. these in your back pocket. Five Pack  – You can find out world-class companies are developing lead generation infrastructures and apply it to your business 4. Lead Generation Metrics Dashboard Guess you could take another few days of vacation with  – This will help you define, track, and report on your key lead generation metrics and key performance indicators. Topics: The Originally published Aug 16, 2010 11:30:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 2. Lead Acquisition Modelcenter_img includes: 3. Lead Generation Maturity Assessment 5. Lead Scoring Index Tool – Score your leads. Analyze them and then pick the strongest prospects. Best of all – these tools are easy to use!  – Measure your organization’s Lead Generation Maturity, and determine areas for improvement. This post contains older information, but has been left up for historical reasons. For more up-to-date information, please see our  – This helps create a process diagram. Great for those who need to communicate visually. 1. Lead Generation & Marketing Automation How-to Guide You can avoid them only so long – until planning season. Then you really need to track and analyze so you know what’s working, where you can improve, and how you should allocate next year’s budget. Furthermore, those reports are going to help justify your decisions when you present your 2011 marketing plan to management. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack We know how valuable lead generation management is to so many in the HubSpot community. That’s why we’ve taken 5 of Demand Metric’s lead generation tools and added a how-to guide so we can offer to HubSpot users, for free, the Lead Nurturing Lead Generation Hublast_img read more