Honduras aims to save vital wildlife corridor from deforestation

first_imgAgriculture, Animals, Archeology, Biodiversity, Birds, carbon, Cats, Cattle, Cattle Pasture, Cattle Ranching, Climate Change, Conservation, Deforestation, Ecology, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Law, Forests, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Indigenous Peoples, Jaguars, Mammals, Parks, Rainforest People, Rainforests, Ranching, Saving Rainforests, Tropical Forests, United Nations, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by John Cannon Honduras has pledged to remove livestock from the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s home to jaguars, tapirs and macaws.The reserve is found in the Moskitia region’s rainforests, around 30 percent of which have been cleared in the past 15 years, largely due to cattle and livestock ranching.Conservation groups hailed the move as one that would benefit both Honduras and the world because of the region’s biodiversity and carbon stocks. Honduras has committed to protecting part of the tropical rainforests found in the Moskitia region, a move that conservation groups say will protect the region’s rich wildlife, carbon stocks and indigenous groups from recent incursions by ranchers.“The Moskitia is Central America’s second largest rainforest, one of the last wild places in the region, and contains expansive areas of primary forest,” Chris Jordan, who heads the Central America and Tropical Andes program for the NGO Global Wildlife Conservation, said in a statement. “Putting a stop to deforestation in the Moskitia will change the course of history for Honduras.”A river flowing through the Moskitia region. Image by John Polisar/WCS.President Juan Orlando Hernández announced the program “SOS Honduras” on Nov. 8, aimed at ridding the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve in the Moskitia of cattle and livestock ranching. The U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) says illegal ranching has caused 90 percent of the deforestation in the 21,000-square-kilometer (8,100-square-mile) Moskitia. Also beset with wildlife trafficking and the looting of its archaeological sites, the Moskitia has lost 30 percent of its forests in the past 15 years, WCS’s research shows.“As a state, we have taken actions to protect Río Plátano, but the problem is so serious and delicate that it is necessary to redouble efforts to guarantee that it remains one of the most important protected areas of Honduras and at the same time a UNESCO World Heritage site,” the Institute of Forest Conservation, a government agency, said according to the statement.Cattle ranching has caused much of the deforestation in the Moskitia region. Image by Jeremy Radachowsky/WCS.Jaguars (Panthera onca), giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and the endangered Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) inhabit the region, along with scarlet macaws (Ara macao), Honduras’s national bird. Moskitia is also home to the Miskito, Pech, Tawahka and Garífuna indigenous groups. Recently, scientists have been studying a site in Moskitia that some believe may be La Ciudad Blanca, or the White City, an ancient population center that seems to have been lost to the rainforest some 600 years ago.“Rainforests like the Moskitia contain billions of years of biological knowledge of which we only understand a small amount,” Steve Elkins, a filmmaker who led an expedition to find the White City in 2012, said in the statement. “It is like a giant book of which we can only read the first few pages.”Scarlet macaws, residents of the Moskitia region and Honduras’s national bird. Image by Julie Larsen Maher.But the implications of its protection could extend to all of us because of its importance as a repository for biodiversity and carbon, according to Jeremy Radachowsky, who directs WCS’s Mesoamerica and Western Caribbean programs.“President Hernández’s announcement to rescue the Moskitia forest is groundbreaking,” Radachowsky said. “However, we now all have to come together to support the Honduran government in this noble effort for the benefit of Honduras and the world.”Banner image of a jaguar by Julie Larsen Maher.CITATIONGarcìa, M., Jordan, C., O’Farril, G., Poot, C., Meyer, N., Estrada, N., Leonardo, R., Naranjo, E., Simons, Á., Herrera, A., Urgilés, C., Schank, C., Boshoff, L. & Ruiz-Galeano, M. 2016. Tapirus bairdii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T21471A45173340.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.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? 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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? 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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

Gonzaga, Morada battle Generika duo

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Abundant Life Ministries founder calls residents to unite against crime

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 28, 2017 – Providenciales – Bishop C. Alexander Williams, Pastor and Founder of Abundant Life Ministries International and Provincial Bishop for Global United Fellowship has urged TCI Islanders to band together in the reduction of crime on the island in the wake of the attack on American, Kevin Newman, whose assault gained international attention.“The Turks and Caicos Islands people are always known for our clinical hospitality to those who come to our shores to live or to visit. That accommodating spirit still lives with us, but it is obvious that it is being threatened. The attack on Mr. Newman and other unfortunate incidents of that nature bear testimony to that fact.” Bishop Williams said.Mr. Williams also called on the United Kingdom to get more involved in TCI’s fight against crime, saying “As an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, which is responsible for internal and external security, much more should be done to tackle the crime situation.”He advised citizens of the country “to band together, despite our differences, to rid our beloved country of this threat.”#magneticmedianews Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

Groovy in the city metal style

first_imgThey started like any other band in the country. Getting together, jamming, singing in college fests and then covers in venues across the Capital. Catch Silent Existence as they dream bigger and get in the process of cutting an album. Here are excerpts:Where does the name of your band come from?The name comes from within. Well, we are all just silently existing, aren’t we?”Tell us about how you guys started off…Just started off in college just like any other band here in India, covering music from international artists like Korn, Limp Bizkit, RATM, Deftones, Linkin Park etc. and then over the years stopped playing covers and made our kind of music which is a blend of new metal and groove metal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What is your original brand of music? Do you guys have a signature sound?Originally, we’re a Nu metal band. Groovy new metal would be our signature sound.Tell us about the initial years after kick-off till how it has been thus farInitially it was just covering songs and playing at college festivals, but now all we are interested is in playing good proper shows..since college festivals are organized by students who don’t give much importance to bands new/old…and are not capable of hosting good college festivals..been there done that..not anymore…all we are concentrating now is on playing good shows with good venues, sound and above all good people who understand, critic, reciprocate, appreciate music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat are you expecting out of Metal Battle I?A big shout out to the guys from Backflip, Anika Mehta specially to be giving a heads-up to Delhiites about heavy metal and sub genres of music and keeping the scene alive. This show is going to be really special since We would be joined by our ex –guitarist and founding member (chino) on guitars and we would also have Manish Kestwal (Nigambodh) on guest vocals…we don’t do much of planning really..we just do what we do best and that is play with a lot of energy.”What plans for 2013?Launch the album which has been a long time coming and write new stuff and get the new stuff on a tape ASAP.last_img read more

Mamata interacts with tea garden workers

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday spoke directly with some workers of a tea garden at Rohini, while coming down from Kurseong to Siliguri. Banerjee was returning after addressing a public meeting at Kurseong in the afternoon.She enquired whether the workers are properly getting their daily wage of Rs 176 per day and whether they are getting food grains from the ration shops. She further asked them whether their children are going to school or not. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe was informed that the school in the area houses students upto the eighth standard and children have to travel a reasonably long distance to Kurseong, for studying in Class X or beyond. Banerjee told them that she would look into the issue. “Interacted with the workers of a tea garden at Rohini today. Despite non-cooperation from the Centre, our government in #Bangla has been working for the welfare of tea garden workers since 2011. It was a pleasant experience talking to these women workers. Women are the backbone of the society. My best wishes to all,” Banerjee wrote on her Facebook page, sharing a small video of her interaction. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that all working and non-working families residing in the tea gardens (enrolled under Antyodaya Anna Yojana), are getting 35 kg food grains per month at only 47 paise per kg. The more needy beneficiaries are getting foodgrains completely free of cost. She also shared a video of her fondling a baby during her journey to Siliguri. Banerjee also asked the baby’s mother its name and came to know that his name was Jeevam. Sharing her experience, the Chief Minister wrote on her Facebook page: “Came across this beautiful bundle of joy, Jeevam. Children are the future of the society. I wish him a bright future. We have several schemes for the welfare of people, for every stage of life. I hope Jeevam will also benefit from them.”last_img read more