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Peru's culture ministry supports Amazon reserves

Peru's culture ministry supports Amazon reserves | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
David Hill: Ministry backs proposals for reserves for indigenous peoples, but they would overlap with hydrocarbon concessions
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Invisible evidence - native peoples loose out over oil reserves.

We are part of nature and need more fully to understant human ecology, a subject that is little studied and poorly understood.  However, where hydrocarbons are concerned people come a poor second and corpoarte integrity is often noticeable by its absence.

|| However, four of the five proposed reserves are currently overlapped to some degree by hydrocarbon concessions where various companies are at different stages of exploration or production, according to a government map dated November 2012.

Indeed, one of the proposed reserves, between the Napo and Tigre rivers in the Loreto department in northern Peru, is almost entirely overlapped by four concessions where one of the companies, Perenco, claims there is "no evidence" that the "isolated" people exist.

Another of the companies operating in this region, Repsol, acknowledged the "isolated" people exist in 2003, but has backtracked in recent years and made different statements claiming their existence is "possible" or that the company itself has never found any evidence.

Both Perenco and Repsol make these claims despite considerable proof of the "isolated" people collected over the years, and Peruvian and international opposition to their operations including lawsuits and appeals to the UN and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.||

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Minister rejects ‘banal’ campaign for marine conservation zones | The Times

Minister rejects ‘banal’ campaign for marine conservation zones | The Times | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Richard Benyon said conservation groups had failed to produce sufficient evidence to support the creation of the 127 zones
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This is an outrageous statement from Richard Benyon.  Wildlife Trusts, Marine Conservation Society and other groups have spent an enormous amount of time and money preparing detailed evidence-based submissions in support of Marine Conservation Zones.  It might be more truthful of Mr Benyon to admit that the case against MCZs of potential economic impacts on agreggate, leisure and marine commercial interests count for more with him and 'the greenest government ever' than the loss of irreplaceable marine biodiversity that does not sport a 'for sale' price tag.

Valuing nature is a growing intellectually and environmentally valid argument; after all we depend on the natural world around us for healthy life and vibrant economy.  Marine Conservation Zones are designed to protect inshore marine wildlife and thereby support the many industries, including sustainable fisheries, that depend on thriving ecosystems.  

Richard Benyon has lost credibility with environmental bodies as a minister who is capable of taking a balanced view.  He may refer to the MCZ campaign as 'banal' its proponents consider his conclusions as bonkers.


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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, August 5, 2013 2:44 AM

Richard Benyon - Minister for Silly Words.

Thousands of hours of volunteer and staff time and huge sumes of money spent by wildife and conservation bodies have been wasted by Richard Benyon through his erratic and illogical approach to Marine Conservation Zones.  August is the silly season for ministerial mantras, calling the campaign in support of MCZs 'banal' is as silly as it gets.

D Dunlop LaWT's comment, August 5, 2013 6:21 AM
"conservation groups had failed to produce sufficient evidence". So just why is the onus on charities to produce the evidence? Maybe they have more resources than the UK Government. If so, things must be even worse than we've been told. As there's a paywall, we can't afford to read The Times' article...
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Defra minister says he will flag up skills shortage with the education secretary

Defra minister says he will flag up skills shortage with the education secretary | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Environment secretary Owen Paterson has pledged to raise the issue of the horticultural skills gap with education secretary Michael Gove.
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I have a terrible sense of deja vu on reading this piece on skills shortages in horticulture.  Lantra, which I chaired for 8 years until 2011 has repeatedly warned Defra and the environmental and land-based industries that serious skills shortage will affect competitiveness and productivity unless actions is taken.  

Owen Paterson is right to raise the issue with Michael Gove; getting some action on vocational skills and greater understanding of potential career paths in industries that struggle to recruite staff would be far more impressive.

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MEPs vote to fuel overfishing | The Wildlife Trusts

MEPs vote to fuel overfishing | The Wildlife Trusts | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

Unfortunately, despite intense campaigning, members of the Fisheries Committee (by a majority of 1), voted to adopt a range of measures that will fuel overfishing.

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See my views on http://www.gordonmcglone.co.uk/dead-simple-stop-overfishing-needless-bycatch-and-wasting-public-money/ 

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Who Owns Nature?

Who Owns Nature? | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
"Possession is nine tenths of the law" is a truism - and one which multinational fishing corporations must have felt applied to them. They possessed Common Fisheries Policy fishing quota, and that ...
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Miles King is a wildlife warrior and nature writer to watch:-

||"Yesterday the High Court thought otherwise. In a landmark ruling the Court decidedthat no-one owns the fish in the sea. This happened thanks to the combined efforts of Defra minister Richard Benyon and Greenpeace – yes, an unlikely combination but those are often the ones which deliver fundamental change. The Government can now take back fishing quota that was freely handed out to the big boys in 2006, and redistribute some of it to the little fishing fleet of inshore waters, without compensating the corporations."||

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Defra Minister brands RSPCA a 'disgrace' over badger advert

Defra Minister brands RSPCA a 'disgrace' over badger advert | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
DEFRA Minister Richard Benyon has branded the RSPCA a ‘disgrace’ for running for what he claims is an ‘inaccurate advert’ on the Government’s plans for a badger cull.
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The minister is clearly not Leading for Nature.  It is more a case of leading with the chin.

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, June 24, 2013 3:54 PM

How can Richard Benyon and DEFRA refute the very real liklihood of local badger extinction when they are promoting a plan based on the free-shooting of unknown numbers of badgers from vaguely assessed badger populations  by marksmen working at night to unpublsihed and unknown humaneness and and efficacy criteria?

You could not make it up!


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New Environmental Partnership Appoints First Chairman

New Environmental Partnership Appoints First Chairman | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
A new body that aims to set the environmental strategy for Scilly and Cornwall has appointed its first chairman. Alan Knight, who lives in Perranporth will head up the area’s Environment Partnershi...
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It is great to see that Scilly now has a LNP led by a respected sustainability thinker Alan Knight.

Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership meets on Thursday 20th with yours truly in the interim chair; quite a long interim as I have filled this role since the LNP inception in 2012.

LNPs have a lot to play for but with no mandate, no money and not enough respect from their sponsoring department Defra.  The Value of Nature is emerging as a clear theme and the subject of major thinking within the environmental NGOs and academic world.  Tony Juniper is leading the charge with his book 'What has Nature ever done for you?' 

It is a pity that whilst the Department of Business Innovation and Skills is supporting Local Enterprise Partnerships strongly, the health of LNPs is dependent on the partners that make them up.  Without Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and Natural England their would be no LNP in this county.

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Government not in tune with Nature - Gordon McGlone

Government not in tune with Nature - Gordon McGlone | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

Wildlife Trusts alongside Marine Conservation Society RSPB and WWF, will be presenting over 350,000 signatures to No 10 today June 12th. Government is not in tune with Nature

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My first encounters with thrilling wild creatures, like most people's, came at the sea shore.  It is wrong that government is dragging its heals to protect a network of the most important places for marine wildlife around our coastlines.

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Ashfield MP Gloria de Piero column: Badger cull is the wrong decision

Ashfield MP Gloria de Piero column: Badger cull is the wrong decision | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
I’ve had almost a hundred letters from passionate Ashfield folk about the proposed cull of badgers.
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In her own words:-

"A cull would be bad for badgers, bad for farmers and bad for us, the taxpayer"


Gloria de Piero voted against the badger cull.

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England against the badger cull

England against the badger cull | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

England against the badger cull Get your MP to vote on the badger cull; we have a strong democracy - lets use!

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I was proud to attend the London Agaist the Cull march through Westminster on June 1st with thousands of other committed animal welfare and nature conservation supporters.

June 5th is now the key date with a full whipped Opposition debate in the House of Commons.  As Blue Badger, Conservatives against badger culling, shows - the issue does not split on party lines.

I expect a bloody debate on a very messy subject.

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A Storm-Cloud for Rivers?

A Storm-Cloud for Rivers? | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
I hear rumours that Owen Patterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – perhaps under pressure from the farming lobby – has proposed a relaxation of current by-laws governi...
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Amongst the many schemes being hatched by our Secretary of State for Environmental exploitation (privatised badger cull, kow-towing to the agrochemical industries over neonicotinoids, fudging Marine Conservation Zones in order not to upset the aggregates and yachting fraternities) is the latest wheeze of letting farmers dredge our rivers.  Clearly, in his view there is nothing wrong with this; he described the purpose of waterways as 'getting rid of water' at a recent agricultural conference that I attended.

It looks like a Force 10 storm that is about to hit the ecosystems on which we depend; anything that can be done cheaply will off loaded onto the market.

Nature has a value - this government does not see it.

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Wildlife group busts illegal loggers in Cambodia - Australia Network News - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Wildlife group busts illegal loggers in Cambodia - Australia Network News - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
An illegal logger in Cambodia has dropped an address book during a bust, leaving behind details of corrupt government officials and spying rangers.
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If this was the plot line of a novel I would not have believed it!


|| "We were able to confiscate the wood, and we stumbled upon this treasure trove of names and pay off amounts of all the people he had been dealing with, including some government officials," she said.

Ms Eisenstaedt says some government officials identified have already been dismissed while others remain working for the Forestry Administration.||

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Conservation agency approved cull of endangered birds, documents show

Conservation agency approved cull of endangered birds, documents show | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Natural England licensed cull of tens of thousands of lesser black-backed gulls on one of England's largest shooting estates
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It is clear the Natural England is not leading for nature; the NGOs are.

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Philippa Lyons - conductor of an orchestra for nature - Gordon McGlone

Philippa Lyons - conductor of an orchestra for nature - Gordon McGlone | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Phillipa Lyons BBOWT CEO has built a powerful orchestra over the last ten years that will continue celebrate the works of nature for many years to come.
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WildlifeTrust CEOs like Philippa Lyons are true Leaders for Nature: achieving great things for people and wildlife on their patch and helping to shape the national agenda for better understanding of the value of nature.

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Volunteers wanted for badger patrols

Volunteers wanted for badger patrols | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
VOLUNTEERS are needed to walk public footpaths during the planned badger cull this summer to look for injured animals.
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For more information call 01452 813168 or email wbpglos@gmail.com

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For more information call 01452 813168 or email wbpglos@gmail.com

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Ontario Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence

Ontario Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The official web site of the Ministry of the Environment of the Province of Ontario, Canada.
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Environmental Leadership is key to a resilient future; the Ontario government clearly understands the importance of forward looking eyes-up thinkers and doers.

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Stress on the environment, society and resources? — Global Issues

Stress on the environment, society and resources? — Global Issues | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

"Do large populations affect and put stress on the environment, society and resources? Populations do affect and put stress on the environment. However, some claim that overpopulation is the major cause of environmental degradation. Is that so?."

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I will be looking at and writing about environmental stress over the next few months.  Honey bee colony collapse disorder has received quiite a lot of attention because its effects are immediate and visible.  However, we are seening attrition to populations and systems at a growing rate.  I will be looking at the evidience and trying to find out if we are close to any other 'tipping points'.

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D Dunlop LaWT's comment, July 16, 2013 5:41 AM
"I will be looking at the evidience and trying to find out if we are close to any other 'tipping points'."Our seas would be a good place to start?
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Government scientists' 'voices lost'

Government scientists' 'voices lost' | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
One of the UK's most influential science communicators says some of the country's best researchers are not being heard by the public, especially in times of crisis.
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This is an important well reasoned piece; scientific freedom is being underminded whilst the public is increasingle bamboozled by biased reporting and government spin.

If scientists are not free to give their considered evidence-based opinions what differentiates the UK from tin-pot dictatorships?  Our scientists must be free to share their expertise and highly informed views - even if their views are sometimes unpalatable truths.

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Making Money From Conrwall's Natural Beauty

Making Money From Conrwall's Natural Beauty | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
New Chair of our Environment Partnership says we shouldn't have to choose between jobs and development and protecting our green spaces
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Local Nature Partnerships must think differently in the way that the natural environment is factored into decision-making.  That is the clear view of Gloucestershire LNP that I currently chair.

Valuing Nature may be anathema to purists, but if we do not take the natural world seriously and treat it in the same way that we view economic and social health, things will continue to get worse.  

Alun Knight has a great canvas to work with.  I look forward to seening how Conwall and Isles of Scilly LNP goes about building wealth from nature.

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Farmers against the badger cull

Farmers against the badger cull | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
We are cattle farmers who are opposed to the badger cull
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Tremendous response to this post with lots of suport for the independent views of farmers and concern that the NFU and Defra have formed too cosy an attachment with a single focus; culling badgers.

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, June 17, 2013 10:11 AM

Farmers do not have a truly independent voice;  the NFU is a trade association.  NFU does not represent all farmers and its current policy in support of a badger cull as part of bTB control has not been put to its membership.  Farmers like the Pursers are brave to speak publicly, peer pressure and worse has held back many farmers from experssing their views publicly.

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One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food

One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Nearly one in three commercial honeybee colonies in the United States died or disappeared last winter, an unsustainable decline that threatens the nation's food supply and suggests that something is deeply foul in our environment.
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African Development Bankl and WWF Call for Urgent Action to Combat Wildlife Crime

African Development Bankl and WWF Call for Urgent Action to Combat Wildlife Crime | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President. "I call on leaders across Africa and beyond to invest in our region's future by doing all they can to strengthen law enforcement and criminal justice for these crimes."

photo Clémence Delmas

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Joint leadership of a powerful kind:-

||The African Development Bank (AfDB) and WWF will launch today a joint global call for action and commitment from governments and other institutions to combat the rampant illicit wildlife trafficking scourge that is robbing Africa of precious natural resources and posing a major threat to stability and economies across the continent.||

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Badger Culling Due To Begin Amid Protests

Badger Culling Due To Begin Amid Protests | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The badger culling season opens amid the protests of animal activists who vow to stop the measure, aimed at tackling bovine TB.
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The badgercull is not a simple matter.  Even the politics behind the cull are riven with dissent.  The debate on June 5th will be a tight and complex affair.  I know that a raft of government MPs are likely to vote against the policy.  It will be a tight call for government whips.

Blue Badger, the conservatives against the cull, were very visible outside Defra and in the march yesterday.  They understand that culling badgers is a sure vote looser.

Bill Oddie is not a Blue Badger member, but he shares the same view.

The badger cull is a triumph of politics over science and will make no meaningful contribution to controlling bovine TB in cattle.

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‘Hard culling’ puts 100,000 badgers in line of fire' | The Sunday Times

‘Hard culling’ puts 100,000 badgers in line of fire' | The Sunday Times | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

‘Hard culling’ puts 100,000 badgers in line of fire'

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'Hard culling’ puts 100,000 badgers in line of fire - Jonathan Leake, Sunday Times'


Paterson's affection for policy based on cherry-picked evidence is revealed in Leake's detailed interview with the Secretary of State.  It is clear that unless something significant derails the pilot badger culls, scheduled to start within a week or two, badger culling will be taking place throughout the South West of England over the next four years.


100,000 badgers might then be culled in the 40 cull zones that Paterson would licence and that the NFU have been pressing for.


|| OWEN PATERSON, the environment secretary, has drawn up plans for a big expansion of badger culling — including allowing farmers the freedom to shoot the animals — before the first two controversial trial culls have even begun.||


It is important to remember that the Gloucestershire and Somerset pilots will only test methods of culling; can badgers be killed to standards that are not fully published, humanely, cheaply - and by the farming community?


The pilot culls will generate no scientific knowledge.


Opposition to badger culling as a significant and sensible bovine TB management strategy is significant at political, scientific and public levels.


Owen Paterson has staked his career and his credibility in delivering a cull of badgers as the key plank in a bovine TB control strategy.  It is clear that his commitment is total.


The badger cull is a bad idea and a signal that future Defra policy will be driven by politics and not scientific evidence. 






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The anti-nature narrative in UK politics is hard to fathom

The anti-nature narrative in UK politics is hard to fathom | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Tony Juniper: An absence of positive political debate about the natural world is even more troubling than the decline in UK species revealed by State of Nature report
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Tony Juniper is right to focus on the complete lack of insight, understanding or awareness of the importance of nature to a thriving economy and healthy society shown by politicians in the current cabinet.  


|| George Osborne's claim that laws to protect rare species are a 'ridiculous burden on business'Owen Paterson's championing the cause of Bayer and Syngenta in opposing the moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and Michael Gove's attempts to downgrade education about our relationship with the natural environment are recent cases in point. With this in mind we can confidently guess that the government's on-going review of EU environmental laws is not intended to strengthen the protection of nature in these islands.||


The badger cull fiasco pales in comparison to these even more serious tendencies; symptoms of an environmental illness that leads to a pernicious degradation of the very living systems on which we are utterly dependent.

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