Latam Eco Review: Land trafficking in Lima’s hill ecosystems, oil spills in Venezuela, floods in Colombia

first_img 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 The most popular stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, this past week investigated how land trafficking is destroying Lima’s fragile hill ecosystems; government inaction and oil spills in Venezuela; open borders for wildlife trafficking in Belize and Guatemala; massive floods in Colombia; and community reforestation in Bolivia.Land trafficking erodes Lima’s fragile hill ecosystemsLand invasions are trampling Lima’s 19 coastal hills. The national forest and wildlife service lists them as fragile ecosystems, but has not responded to environmental groups calling to protect them. On paper, the government is part of the Eba Lomas Project to create a Lima Hill System conservation area. On the ground, it is building infrastructure projects and roads that lead to more land invasions. In the space between, land traffickers are selling lots for as little as 3,000 soles ($910).Homes precariously built into Amancaes Hill outside Lima. Image courtesy of Cecilia Jananpa, Environmental Protectors of the Flowers and Hills of Amancaes (PAFLA.)Venezuelan government has not revealed the impact of two oil spillsLike a recurring nightmare from Venezuela’s worst oil spill of 2012, in July two more spills were reported in the same locations in the Gulf of Paria and the Guarapiche river. And just like before, the government is not revealing full information about their impact on the environment or nearby communities. What is known is that the disaster zone directly affects the water and coasts of Venezuela since it is located at the delta of the Orinoco river. The government blamed rainfall for the overflow of 1,000 barrels from two tanks at a secondary recovery plant. Experts believe operational failures and a lack of equipment in the state’s oil industry caused the accidents.West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus), classified as critically endangered by Venezuela and Colombia and Vulnerable by the IUCN, are found in the Guarapiche Forest Reserve. Image by Plixio.Belize-Guatemala border dispute gives wildlife trafficking free reinEntire communities are dedicated to wildlife trafficking along the disputed border between Belize and Guatemala. Criminal activity is concentrated in these areas which represent 85% of the total deforestation in Belize, and 74% of Guatemala’s. Confusion over the borders has made the frontier region an ‘area without control,’ according to Guatemala’s environmental prosecutor.Scarlett macaws and parrots are trafficked along this border and sold at a black market in Mexico. Yucatan Rosewood (Dalbergis tucurenis) is also brought to Asia. Image courtesy of the Environmental Prosecutor of Guatemala.Chile’s ocean: over-exploited and pollutedChile is among the world’s top ten fishing countries. Its long stripe of land is only 30% of its national territory – the rest is ocean. Yet according to the most recent annual report from the fisheries department, 62% of its fishing areas are over-exploited, undersupplied or completely collapsed. Meanwhile pollution from the mining, energy and aquaculture industries, as well as plastic, are wreaking havoc on the ocean’s biodiversity.Chilean coast. Image courtesy of Claudia Pool/Oceana.With community help, Queñua forests fight extinction in BoliviaOnly five percent of the Polylepis forests that once covered the tropical Andes from Venezuela to Argentina exist today. Community reforestation programs in Madidi and Cotapata national parks in Bolivia have planted more than 25,000 trees with plans for sustainable development projects. For local Quechua communities, Polylepis forests are integral to their water sources. For a high diversity of birds, including the critically endangered royal cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae) and the ash-breasted tit-tyrant (Anairetes alpinus), they are vital habitats.Forests of Queñua (Polylepis rugulosa) are important for community water sources. Image courtesy of the Armonía Association.Colombian rivers surge after record rainsHelp has arrived for only half of the communities flooded by rivers in the Orinoco and eastern Amazonia regions of Colombia. In Mocoa township, rain fell for more than seven hours straight. The flooding comes less than year after a 2017 mud slide in Mocoa killed 335 people, injured another 400, and left thousands without homes.Mocoa’s streets after torrential rains that lasted more than seven hours. Image courtesy of the Colombian Civil Defense.Read all these stories in full at Mongabay-Latam in Spanish, here.Banner image: Amancae flowers (Ismene Amancaes) have been re-introduced to Lima’s hills, after their disappearance years ago. Image courtesy of the Environmental Protectors of the Flowers and Hills of Amancaes (PAFLA.) Deforestation, Disasters, Illegal Trade, Oceans, Overfishing, Wildlife Trafficking center_img Article published by Maria Salazarlast_img read more