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Why We Need A Truly International Approach To Tackling Illegal Wildlife Trade

Why We Need A Truly International Approach To Tackling Illegal Wildlife Trade | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it

Strategies put forth by Prince William and The Royal Foundation include: "improving protection and enforcement on the ground, reducing demand for wildlife products, supporting local communities and helping the business community and legal systems tackle international trafficking."

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Hopefully, Prince William's speech to the World Bank on the illegal wildlife trade went deeper than what he espoused in this article.

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Blood Emeralds

U.S. company buys mine in Colombian region where as many as 6,000 have died in fights for precious stones and land rights.

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I wish they'd just shut it down....

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The impact of climate change in Ecuador's Andean mountains

The impact of climate change in Ecuador's Andean mountains | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
The lakes of El Cajas National Park, located at 4,000 metres high in Ecuador's Azuay province, are the scene of fieldwork carried out by the research project ECUAFLUX, an initiative to analyse the carbon cycle in the Andean basins of Ecuador and predict the impact of climate change on natural ecosystems.
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Burning rain forest raises concern about future

Burning rain forest raises concern about future | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
In this hot, dry summer, even the Queets rain forest in Olympic National Park is burning. It’s a rare spectacle, but one that could become more common.
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This is truly amazing...and our native fish species will suffer as well....

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Ecuador 2015

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Ecuador 2015 | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
Project: Improved ranching techniques for biodiversity conservation, Submitted by: Fundación Cordillera Tropical
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Congratulations to Fundación Cordillera Tropical for competing among 170 countries to win this prestigious award. Well deserved...

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Wade Davis walks on the wild side

Davis was one of National Geographic’s elite corps of “explorers-in-residence” for 13 years, alongside oceanographer Sylvia Earle, primatologist Jane Goodall and underwater archaeologist Bob Ballard to name a few.
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Amazing anthropologist. Powerful activist. Great storyteller.

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Will China’s insatiable hunger for gold damage Ecuador tribal lands? Indigenous say they will fight to protect their heritage

Will China’s insatiable hunger for gold damage Ecuador tribal lands? Indigenous say they will fight to protect their heritage | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it

"We can't be beggars sitting on a sack of gold." This was Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's favorite catchphrase during his reelection.

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It looks like the Chinese have learned the playbook of the U.S. government. Ever read "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man"?

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Police say 300,000 sharks may have been killed in one of Ecuador’s worst environmental crimes ever

Police say 300,000 sharks may have been killed in one of Ecuador’s worst environmental crimes ever | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it

"Ecuadorian authorities seized 250,000 shark fins and made three arrests of suspected traffickers in Manta on Wednesday."

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This kind of destruction is always so hard for me to believe. What will the Chinese do when all their gastronomic "delicacies" are wiped out?

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Ecuador fights to protect traditional medicinal knowledge from ‘biopiracy’

Ecuador fights to protect traditional medicinal knowledge from ‘biopiracy’ | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it

Ownership of the genetic information belongs to those who hold the knowledge, most often indigenous communities in South America, Africa and Asia.

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I really like the idea of protecting medicinal knowledge and genetic material. 

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Yellow-crested cockatoos discovered stuffed into plastic bottles

Yellow-crested cockatoos discovered stuffed into plastic bottles | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it

"On Monday, 24 critically endangered yellow-crested cockatoos were stuffed into 1.5L plastic bottles and packed into travel bags in an attempt to smuggle them out of Indonesia."


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As a parrot lover and previous friend to a companion parrot, this really breaks my heart.

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Forget baby pandas: Andean bears are the best at being bears

Forget baby pandas: Andean bears are the best at being bears | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
They are said to protect pilgrims, especially musicians and dancers, during their pilgrimage to Q'oylluriti (a festival held high in the Andes mountains). Andean bears are said to oversee or 'put order to' the festivities and are conduits between the Apus (gods of the mountains) and the people. Andean bears are known as being loving and happy, seeking harmony and balance in nature.
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Animal behavior expert: Cattle need to relearn predator defenses

Animal behavior expert: Cattle need to relearn predator defenses | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it

Temple Grandin says wolves and coyotes shouldn't be killed without reason, and ranchers should rekindle a cattle herd's natural predator defense instincts.

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I agree that a wholesale slaughter (i.e., "indiscriminate shooting or trapping) of wolves or coyotes isn't necessary. This article makes the case for thoughtful management and culling of a few problem animals.

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Galápagos Islands To Ban Plastic Bags | Cuenca News

"In an effort to eliminate plastic bags from its garbage chain, the Galápagos archipelago plans to ban their use beginning in August of this year."

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This is a great step. But plastic bags will continue to wash ashore from the mainland. Let's ban plastic bags worldwide!

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Congress Raids Ancestral Native American Lands With Defense Bill

Congress Raids Ancestral Native American Lands With Defense Bill | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
The land includes territory where Apaches gather medicinal plants and acorns -- a food source that Rambler said has sustained his people for as long as they know. It also surrounds the Apache Leap, a summit from which trapped Apaches once jumped to their deaths rather than be killed by settlers in the late 1800s.

“Since time immemorial people have gone there. That’s part of our ancestral homeland," Rambler said, referring to the overall area in question. "We’ve had dancers in that area forever -- sunrise dancers -- and coming-of-age ceremonies for our young girls that become women. They’ll seal that off. They’ll seal us off from the acorn grounds, and the medicinal plants in the area, and our prayer areas.”
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Looks like it happened again. Congress slipped a major land grab into a defense bill. WAKE UP, AMERICA!

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Just A Butterfly Drinking Some Turtle Tears

Just A Butterfly Drinking Some Turtle Tears | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
"Butterflies and bees consume nectar, and nectar does not have a lot of salt. But they still need salt for egg production and for their metabolism."
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This phenomenon is interesting....

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El Niño intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history

El Niño intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
On the cusp of attaining "strong" intensity, the current El Niño has a chance to become the most powerful on record this fall.
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This could be a real interesting year. I wonder what the climate change naysayers think?

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Amazon tribe creates 500-page traditional medicine encyclopedia

Amazon tribe creates 500-page traditional medicine encyclopedia | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it

The encyclopedia, compiled by five shamans, details every plant used by Matsés medicine to cure a massive variety of ailments. "The Matsés Traditional Medicine Encyclopedia marks the first time shamans of an Amazonian tribe have created a full and complete transcription of their medicinal knowledge written in their own language and words."

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This is an amazing story...

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27 Images that Will Leave You Speechless

27 Images that Will Leave You Speechless | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
Sometimes every word is superfluous. These pictures say more than a thousand words.
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These images show us the daunting task ahead of each and every one of us....

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Noam Chomsky Among Intellectuals to Slam Peru Mining Project

Noam Chomsky Among Intellectuals to Slam Peru Mining Project | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
The government has sent in thousands of police and military to quell protests, which activists fear will only lead to more deaths. Local communities have slammed the initiative as damaging the availability of water and therefore limiting the production of rice, sugar cane, and paprika in the valley of the Tambo river.
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I'd like to think that this letter will mean something to the government and people of Peru....but I fear it will have little impact. 

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Save the Abandoned Chimps

Save the Abandoned Chimps | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
NYBC publicly acknowledged their responsibility to these animals and committed to their lifetime care but that came to an end on March 5, 2015 when they turned their back on the animals and cut off support.
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What a horrible thing to do.

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Ecuador Breaks World Reforestation Record

Ecuador Breaks World Reforestation Record | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
In an effort to reduce carbon dioxide build-up in the atmosphere responsible for global warming, tens of thousands of people got involved in the mass reforestation over the weekend.
The Ecuadorian volunteers pitched in to plant 647,250 trees in a single day, according to President Rafael Correa.
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This was an unbelievable effort. Congratulations, Ecuador!

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Costa Rica included in list of most dangerous countries for environmentalists

Costa Rica included in list of most dangerous countries for environmentalists | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
The “How Many More?” study states that last year two environmentalists were killed each week somewhere in the world.
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I find it interesting that "forty percent of all victims were indigenous, with most of them dying amid disputes over hydropower, mining and agrobusiness."


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Airline Takes On Big Game Hunters to Protect Rhinos, Lions, and Elephants

Airline Takes On Big Game Hunters to Protect Rhinos, Lions, and Elephants | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
Africa’s largest airline bans the shipment of endangered animal trophies on its flights.
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One small step in the right direction...

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Rainforest Conservation in Ecuador through the Eyes of an Indigenous Achuar

Rainforest Conservation in Ecuador through the Eyes of an Indigenous Achuar | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it

Since 2008, Nature and Culture International has been working with local communities to protect their land through the government’s Socio Bosque program, an innovative “payment for conservation” program that combines forest conservation with enhancing social welfare. 

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The Socio Bosque program is an excellent example of conservation funding that works. According to the article, NCI's efforts have "protected more than 500,000 acres of biodiverse forests and numerous threatened species, as well as generated over $1 million in funds." 

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New Contracts Signed For Oil Exploration in Ecuador

Ecuador has entered into two contracts with oil exploration companies from Chile and Belarus, representing an initial cash investment of $100 million. 

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This is sad news....especially when there is always potential for another massive "accidental" oil spill like the Chevron spill that happened previously. 

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Dozens of baby African elephants captured for Chinese zoos, according to reports

Dozens of baby African elephants captured for Chinese zoos, according to reports | Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience | Scoop.it
Zimbabwe's environmental minister said it was normal for wildlife to be exported "from time to time"
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Plundering what can be considered more than just a natural resource, China appears to be "buying" endangered African elephants.  

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