Latam Eco Review: Turtles at risk, jungle fracking, and a mafia land grab

first_imgThe most popular stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, last week followed what is causing an 80 percent decline in some sea turtle populations in Peru, mafias and deforestation in Colombia, and fracking in Bolivia.Banner image: The hook in the photo above can cause internal damage that is fatal for sea turtles. Image courtesy of WWF Peru.A national plan to conserve sea turtles in PeruThe waters off Peru are home to five of the world’s seven sea turtle species. Regulations that protect them and ban their capture and trade have been on the country’s books since 1995, but bycatch, habitat degradation and illegal trade threaten their survival. The populations of the two most iconic species have fallen 80 percent. Now a new national plan to conserve Sea Turtles is in the works, and is expected to mitigate the risks faced by the creatures over the next 10 years.Peru is working on a national plan to conservation sea turtles. Image courtesy of WWF Peru.65 ways to steal land in ColombiaIn seven of Colombia’s 32 administrative departments, criminals and public officials use both legal and illicit means to force small landowners to sell their land cheaply. Researchers have identified more than 65 forms of judicial displacement that have dispossessed Colombians of a combined 180,000 square kilometers (69,500 square miles) of land, an area greater than the size of Uruguay.Much of the land has been turned into large plantations. Image by the Solidarity Development Corporation/CDS.Chilean mining and port project ignored scientific evidence of true impact Chilean officials ignored scientific evidence about the full environmental impact of a $2.5 billion iron-ore port project. Marine scientists say the Dominga project’s marine area of influence has been underestimated. Located just 35 km (21.7 miles) to the north of the project’s port is one of the world’s most biodiverse marine zones protected by the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, along with the Chañaral and Choro island marine reserves. Up to 560 marine species could be registered in this area alone. Humboldt penguins in Humboldt Penguin National Reserve in Chile’s Coquimbo region. Image courtesy of Eduardo Sorenson/©Oceana.Fracking comes to BoliviaBolvia’s state oil company, Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), and Canada’s CanCambria Energy Corp. have signed an agreement to explore the potential of nonconventional gas in the humid forests of the country’s south. Of 36 indigenous peoples officially recognized by the state, 34 live in these regions. Energy Minister Luis Sánchez announced that exploration will expand beyond the southern sub-Andes region into the northern Amazon blocks in Madidi and Amazonia, among others.Operators are exploring the potential of “nonconventional” gas extraction in Bolivia’s northwestern Amazon region. Image by José Luis Quintana/ABI/YPFBIndigenous peoples of Bolivia and Peru search for a governance modelLegal recognition of their territories might not be a panacea to solve all their problems, but for some indigenous peoples in Bolivia and Peru, it is the path to a balance of power. In Bolivia, a model of indigenous autonomy takes in elements of the peoples’ cosmology and cultural practices. Those in Peru don’t have the constitutional leverage to seek autonomy. Instead they seek to recover and protect their rights through international mechanisms, such as ILO Convention 169 and the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.With different measures of progress and problems, the indigenous peoples of Peru and Bolivia are seeking to recover their own forms of governance. Once they do, they believe they will be able to exercise their basic rights and dramatically reduce conflicts. Image by Flor Ruíz.Mafias take over Colombia’s forests“There is every reason to think there is a system that is deliberately deforesting as a business, and people who are investing large capital, whom one can presume are narcotraffickers or of suspicious character,” says Brigitte Baptiste, director of the Humboldt Institute in Colombia. According to Baptiste, there is a large, structured mafia at work in the Amazonian region today that is not only composed of armed groups but also “corrupt accomplices” within the state.Land seizure and deforestation are the most common initial actions of criminal groups dedicated to illicit cultivation and illegal mining. Image courtesy of the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS.)Read these stories in their entirety in Spanish at Mongabay-Latam. 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 Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Mining, Amazon Rainforest, Fracking, Illegal Mining, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Marine Protected Areas, Mining, Oceans, Rainforests, Sea Turtles center_img Article published by Romina Castagninolast_img

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