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Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus
The Caucasus is one of the most diverse places on earth, with more species per acre than any other temperate zone. Leopards still roam here, only a few hours from central Europe, and conservation strategy is one of the few examples of inter-country collaboration in this region. A fascinating blend of culture, society and traditional life set in a history of fragmentation and conflict.
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Q. and A.: Linking People's Needs to Nature's

Q. and A.: Linking People's Needs to Nature's | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Peter Seligmann, the founder of Conservation International, discusses a shift in focus from pure conservation of creatures to linking the needs of nature to the needs of people.
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Map of Life Website Will Catalog and Track Every Plant and Animal Species

Map of Life Website Will Catalog and Track Every Plant and Animal Species | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
This new project will show the current known location of every plant and animal species but will also track changes to populations due to things like climate change.

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Kazakhstan: Over 500 Endangered Antelopes Found Dead

Over 500 rare Central Asian antelopes have been found dead from unknown causes in northern Kazakhstan.  The news will disappoint conservationists trying to boost numbers of the endangered saiga, a distinctive creature with a long, humped nose that...
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Global Conservation Maps

These maps are the result of an unprecedented effort by Nature Conservancy scientists, in collaboration with governments, scientists and conservation organizations around the world - over 80 global maps describing the state of terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats...
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The Blue Lake, the deepest of its kind in the world

The Blue Lake, the deepest of its kind in the world | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

These stunning photographs were taken by National Geographic photographer Victor Lyagushkin at the Blue Lake in Russia.  'The aim of the project was to make scientists pay attention to this lake and to make them start researching it. We wanted people to understand that this is not a puddle, an but unknown and wonderful world under the water,' said Lyagushkin.

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FPWC’s Buffer Zone Project

FPWC’s Buffer Zone Project | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

In order to improve nature conservation in Armenia, FPWC has taken over, since October 2010, the responsibility for more than 1000 hectares of pristine land in the vicinity of Khosrov Reserve. FPWC aims to maintain the area as a protected Buffer Zone for the reserve. Moreover a part of the territory forms a corridor for the critically endangered Armenian Mufflon reaching from the Urts Mountain Range to the Khosrov Reserve.

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Wild bison with TB may have to be killed in Poland - Chicago Sun-Times

Wild bison with TB may have to be killed in Poland - Chicago Sun-Times | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
WARSAW, Poland — A herd of 25 wild European bison infected with tuberculosis should be killed to prevent the disease from spreading to other herds in southeastern Poland, officials said Monday.

 

Veterinarian Miroslaw Welz, a member of the panel, said it was a painful decision but seemed to be the only one that would protect the remaining herds, which are believed to be disease-free.

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Earth Day: Tree Planters In Armenia Show Forests Are Not Just For Cutting

In the green, mountainous land of western Armenia, far from any major city, you might think the forest could take care of itself.  But this once wooded land is now largely stripped bare, the result of centuries of logging. Today it is a landscape of grassy hillsides, with the remaining trees scarce and lonely on the hilltops.

 

It is a scene that has become common in many countries where people regard forests mostly as sources of timber to sell.  But now things are changing, thanks to the efforts of environmental activists ......

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Good News for World’s Endangered Big Cats

Good News for World’s Endangered Big Cats | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Good News for World's Endangered Big Cats – Russia establishes Land of the Leopard National Park for the Amur Leopard, and captive born Iberian Lynxes are released into the wild in Spain.
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Can Wildlife Corridors Heal Fragmented Landscapes?

Conservationists have long called for creating ecological corridors that would enable large mammals and other wildlife to roam more freely across an increasingly developed planet.  But now scientists are taking a closer look at just how well these corridors are working and what role they might play in a warming world.
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Let Your Voice Be Heard - Living in a Biodiversity Hotspot

Let Your Voice Be Heard - Living in a Biodiversity Hotspot | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

EcoLur continues 'Make Your Voice Heard' video cycle where people living in ecological hotspots speak about their problems. They think over what is happening with their water, forests and whether their children can live in these areas.... (Video in Armenian)

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Working to conserve carnivores in Georgia

Working to conserve carnivores in Georgia | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The Georgian Carnivore Conservation Project is primarily funded by the EU and is implemented by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in partnership with a national NGO, NACRES.

 

The main focus of the project is the conservation of the unique and globally important biodiversity of the semi-arid landscape in the south-east of the country.

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Discovering fairytale villages in the Caucasus Mountains

Discovering fairytale villages in the Caucasus Mountains | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Among Europe’s highest peaks lies a region wedged between Chechnya and Dagestan that tourism has not yet discovered.Horses run wild through fields of irises in Tusheti, Georgia.
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Ranger killed in Borjomi Karagauli National Park

Ranger killed in Borjomi Karagauli National Park | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

A ranger has been killed on patrol in Borjomi Karagauli National Park whilst trying to stop a group of poachers.  This is the first death on patrol in the region, and shows that rangers are on the front line enforcing the law - several years ago these confrontations would rarely have happened, either because some rangers accepted money to allow poachers to enter the parks or because of a lack of equipment they weren't able to reach the more remote areas.  Now corruption has been stamped out and the dedicated rangers that remain believe in the value of protecting the parks.

 

Working for only €200 per month, these men face difficult conditions to protect one of the most biodiverse regions on earth.  International NGO's such as the Caucasus Nature Fund work to increase their pay and provide them with necessary equipment, but there is still much to do.  He leaves behind a wife and two children.

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In Economic Crisis, Conservation Funding More Important Than Ever

In Economic Crisis, Conservation Funding More Important Than Ever | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Two years ago in Nagoya, Japan, 193 countries meeting for the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed on 20 targets to reduce global pressures on our natural world.
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Endangered-species truce faces big test from little sand dunes lizard

Endangered-species truce faces big test from little sand dunes lizard | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Year-long cease-fire between those on both sides of the Endangered Species Act is in jeopardy.
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ATP Celebrates Earth Day in Kotayk with UN, US Embassy

ATP Celebrates Earth Day in Kotayk with UN, US Embassy | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The celebration of Earth Day is gaining in popularity at a rapid pace in Armenia. This year, Armenia Tree Project (ATP) celebrated by planting trees in the community of Teghenik in the Kotayk region. On Fri., April 20, the U.S. Embassy in Armenia and the United Nations joined ATP to plant a cluster of decorative and fruit trees in Teghenik.

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Inviting Cinderella Species to the Ball

Inviting Cinderella Species to the Ball | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Charismatic megafauna dominate fund-raising efforts at the expense of species facing greater threats, researchers report.

 

We humans are quite fond of ourselves. So much so that our narcissism tends to influence our preferences for other species, too. We generally favor big, attractive mammals with forward-facing eyes, and this bias is reflected in the conservation dollars we donate.

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Europe’s wild network of Pan Parks

Europe’s wild network of Pan Parks | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Overcrowded Europe may be culturally dense, brimming with historic cities and manicured landscapes, but it also has some genuine wilderness areas – albeit in the recesses of the continent.

 

There are only 12 parks in the selective Pan Parks network, which stretches across 10 countries, from Finland to Georgia. In the core areas in these parks, no human exploitation is allowed, no roads or construction, no hunting, fishing, mining, logging, grazing or even grass cutting.  And Borjomi Kharagauli National Park in Georgia is one of them.

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Call for nominating 2014 as International Year of Wilderness

Call for nominating 2014 as International Year of Wilderness | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

PAN Parks Foundation calls upon the nomination of 2014 as the International Year of Wilderness. Such a nomination will help to secure the necessary political and public support for 'The Million Project', which aims at guaranteeing the protection of 1 million hectares of Europe’s wilderness by 2015.

 

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That Was Then, This Is Now

That Was Then, This Is Now | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

For those of us who have made conservation our life’s work, Earth Day can be something of a bittersweet occasion.  On the one hand, it is a time to celebrate the successes of this vital movement; this year at Conservation International, we are marking our first quarter-century of protecting nature for the well-being of humanity. On the other hand, it is a time to be humbled — and similarly inspired — by how much more work we all have to do. It seems that now, 42 years after the first Earth Day, the times are a-changing as much as they ever were.

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MME tests measures to halt illegal hunting of birds | BirdLife Community

MME tests measures to halt illegal hunting of birds | BirdLife Community | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

MME/BirdLife in Hungary, in cooperation with 8 other conservation organisations just launched a 5 years LIFE+ project that will aim to find effective and alternative solutions to crimes toward birds in Hungary, ...

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Loss of Large Predators Altering Forest Ecosystems

Loss of Large Predators Altering Forest Ecosystems | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

A new study has found that the decline in large predators, particularly wolves, in forest systems across the Northern Hemisphere has triggered major ecosystem disruptions and loss of biodiversity.

 

In a survey of 42 studies conducted over the past 50 years, scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) found that the loss of mammalian predators in forest ecosystems across North America, Europe and Asia has allowed an increase in populations of moose, deer, and other large herbivore species, which in turn has impaired the growth of young trees.

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Report: Georgia Unearths the World’s Oldest Honey

Report: Georgia Unearths the World’s Oldest Honey | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Georgians have long laid claim to being the first winemakers in the world, but could they also be pioneer beekeepers?
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Cubs born in Iberian lynx breeding centre in Portugal

Cubs born in Iberian lynx breeding centre in Portugal | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Work to save the Critically Endangered Iberian lynx is showing results, with the birth of several litters of lynx cubs heralding the start of a successful season at Portugal’s breeding centre.

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