Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Marine Protected Areas, Oceans, Protected Areas, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Among the most read stories at our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, this past week were articles about camera traps providing new insights into the spectacled bear’s natural habitat in Peru, and in Ecuador both private and governmental initiatives which are successfully fighting to protect the dry forest ecosystem in the southern part of the country.The banner image above shows a butterfly (Lasaia agesilas), known as the glittering sapphire, in the reserve of Tambopata, Peru. Stay up to date with Mongabay-Latam by following on Facebook and Twitter.Videos: spectacled bear’s home in the dry forests of Peru revealed“Laura” is a spectacled bear that lives in the Batán Grande Archaeological Complex, Peru. Camera traps have provided insight into how she and other bears live in the dry forest of Peru, their natural habitat.The spectacled bear of the dry forest feeds mainly on sapote. Photo courtesy of SBC Peru.The dry forest: a threatened jewel in EcuadorDeforestation, agriculture and livestock have put a lot of pressure on the dry forests of Ecuador, threatening these ecosystems’ great biodiversity. But there are positive private and government initiatives that are successfully fighting for conservation.Native trees of the dry forest. Photo courtesy of Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional.Chiribiquete Park in Colombia is now a mixed World Heritage SiteThe announcement that the Chiribiquete National Natural Park is now a World Mixed Heritage Site comes at a key moment for the conservation of the largest protected area in Colombia. After its expansion, the challenge of the new government is to confront the economic and illegal interests that cause the deforestation of this wonder.Chiribiquete is an important area for the conservation of birds. Photo courtesy of Parques Nacionales.Bolivia: three main threats to the Sama ReserveThe Tajzara Basin, a wetland of international importance, faces serious threats due to overgrazing, the construction of a road and intense droughts. What is the impact on the fragile ecosystem of the Cordillera de Sama Biological Reserve?Overgrazing, the construction of a road, and the intense and prolonged droughts generate significant impacts on the fragile ecosystem of the Cordillera de Sama Biological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Sernap.Chile: new marine reserve will protect species and ecosystems of the Rapa NuiThe creation of the Rapa Nui Marine Protected Area generated positive expectations, and is the largest in Latin America. The government of Chile and the Rapa Nui people will manage it and only traditional artisanal fishing will be allowed.The management of the new protected area will be in the hands of a governing board composed of six representatives of the Rapa Nui people and five from the Chilean government. Photo courtesy of Governorate Easter Island.Setting a price on carbon could save millions of hectares of tropical forestA recently published study found that setting a price of $20(US) per metric ton of carbon dioxide could reduce deforestation by about 16 percent.A logging road in Gabon. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/ Mongabay.Read all these stories in Spanish here. Article published by Maria Salazar 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
HALIFAX – Nova Scotians should be concerned that the provincial government does not monitor many industrial projects to ensure they comply with their environmental terms, Auditor General Michael Pickup says.In a report released Wednesday, Pickup said the Environment Department approved 53 of 54 project applications between 2013 and 2016.He said his office examined 22 of those projects and found almost half of the 53 different terms and conditions he examined weren’t met. He said that “increases the risk that the environment is not protected as planned.”The Environment Department is “failing” in this aspect of its oversight, Pickup told a news conference.“If you are not checking to see if those terms and conditions are in fact met, how do you know that they have been met? Well you don’t … so I think Nova Scotians should be concerned.”The report also notes that the conditions for some projects lacked important details, such as deadlines for completion and reporting requirements.It said the lack of clarity limited the department’s ability to hold project owners accountable.“This increases risk to the environment,” says the report.Pickup also found that neither the department nor project owners completed the required assessments for any of the projects that were examined. That left the department without the necessary information to ensure terms and conditions “were satisfied and environmental risks were properly managed,” he said.Mark Butler of the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre said he knew there were problems around projects follow-ups, but he had no idea they were “so consistent or systematic.”“If you don’t follow through on the conditions that are set, then what’s the point at all, and how can people have confidence in this?” he said.He said the auditor’s findings raise questions for projects such as Lafarge Canada’s plan to burn tires for energy at its cement plant in Brookfield. A local residents’ group, Citizens Against Burning Tires, has challenged Lafarge’s plan in court.“The government often when they approve a project like Lafarge, they say look at the conditions, we are imposing tough conditions … and now we hear they are not following through.”Butler also found it surprising that approvals had been granted to all but one project in the three years cited by the report.“So basically that means the environmental assessment process, from my take, is that it’s a rubber stamp,” he said.But Environment Minister Iain Rankin takes issue with that assertion, and any implications the environmental process is less than rigorous.Rankin said there were more than 22,000 inspections over the last year alone.“There may be issues with documenting every single time a given inspector visits a site, but we definitely take every term and condition very seriously and expect it to be completed,” said Rankin.The report pinpointed a lack of reporting to the department’s electronic tracking system. An internal review in 2015 found that only 75 of the 276 environmental assessment approvals issued between 1989 and 2015 had been recorded in the system.Pickup said the work simply wasn’t being done, adding that in some cases where he did find information the department wasn’t aware that it had it.“That may have been news to people in the department that they had that information that they should have had and should have known they had.”Rankin said his department is taking action to improve its operations including a new computer system to help compliance staff track all approvals issued by the department, including environmental assessment approvals. He said it alerts inspectors on when to conduct inspections or audits and when certain project conditions are due to be completed.He also said he’s asked for random site visits as a way of strengthening enforcement.“This report is new … and I’ll meet with senior staff to develop any other strategies that will help that process, particularly on documenting,” he said.In other areas covered in his report, Pickup says the province’s last climate change risk plan was completed in 2005 and an update is needed because the risks may have changed.As well, the report says the $130 million liability for the Boat Harbour contamination cleanup in Pictou County has grown by more than 10 times the original estimate of $12 million made in 2013.Pickup notes costs to remediate contaminated sites may take years to finalize, leading to fiscal planning that can be “challenging.” He said in the case of Boat Harbour, a comprehensive plan is to be developed over the next three to four years.“There is a risk, probably a fairly significant one, that the $130 million is going to become something else as the level of contamination gets known,” he said.The report also notes that the auditor general’s office had conducted three environmental audits over the last 10 years and that nearly half of the recommendations — 20 of 43 — had not been completed despite being accepted by the provincial government.