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 Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, Protected Areas, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Tanzania has officially created a new national park, the Magombera Nature Reserve, extending protection to numerous species of rare plants and animals, including the endangered Udzungwa red colobus monkey and Verdcourt’s Polyalthia tree.The formal declaration of the reserve comes after some 40 years of research and conservation efforts.The declaration of the reserve is just the first formal step, and one of the subsequent tasks will be to develop a management plan for the park together with local villages and other stakeholders, researchers say.A key feature of the management plan is to boost tourism to the reserve, which can eventually benefit the local communities, if sustained over the long term. Tanzania has officially created a new protected area, the Magombera Nature Reserve, extending protection to numerous species of rare plants and animals, including the endangered Udzungwa red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus gordonorum) and Verdcourt’s Polyalthia tree (Polyalthia verdcourtii). The reserve, located in south-central Tanzania and spread over 26 square kilometers (10 square miles), lies sandwiched between two large protected areas: the Selous Game Reserve to the east and the Udzungwa Mountains National Park to the west.The formal declaration of the reserve comes after some 40 years of research and conservation efforts. It’s taken a long time, conservationists say, partly because of complicated land ownership issues.The biological value of the Magombera forest area first came to attention in the 1970s with the discovery of a population of the Udzungwa red colobus, a rare primate species that’s found only around the mountains it’s named after. Subsequent expeditions revealed many more species of plants and animals that were either rare or unique to the area. Following these discoveries, the Tanzanian government agreed to annex the Magombera forest, then designated a forest reserve, into the adjacent, much-larger and heavily protected Selous Game Reserve. Consequently, Magombera was degazetted in 1980 and its status as a forest reserve was revoked.“But, tragically, for an unknown reason, the annexation to the Selous didn’t happen, and the area was sold to a sugar company!” Andrew Marshall, a conservation scientist at the University of York, who’s been working in Magombera since the early 2000s, told Mongabay in an email. “It wasn’t until 2002 that researchers and conservationists were informed of the error, and the sugar company agreed not to develop the land.”This sparked renewed efforts to secure protection of the forest.Magombera forest lies sandwiched between the Selous Game Reserve and the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Image by Andrew Marshall.Marshall and his colleagues started a conservation program called the Udzungwa Forest Project (UFP) in partnership with Flamingo Land, a U.K.-based theme park and conservation zoo, and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG). The main threats to the Magombera forest area were tree-felling for charcoal production and firewood; bushfires; and bushmeat hunting. So, the UFP team signed agreements with the local communities to plant trees and find alternative fuel sources, and conducted education programs to “spread the word regarding the importance of forest for climate, tourism revenue and wildlife.”“Local communities have been central to everything that we do,” Marshall said.But some big challenges remained: Marshall’s team had to come up with ways to curb illegal deforestation, and, more importantly, they had to find funds to secure the land from the sugar company so that a reserve could formally be created. “The eventual solution was to negotiate a fee with the sugar company, and seek donors willing to fund this and subsequent conservation management,” Marshall said.The discovery of some new species and populations of some very threatened species from the Magombera region helped earn some of the much-needed donor support. Marshall’s discovery of the Magombera chameleon (Kinyongia magomberae) in 2009, for instance, a new-to-science species of chameleon that a startled snake had spit out in front of Marshall, increased support for protection of the forest. Boosting this interest was the discovery of populations of the endangered Udzungwa red colobus and trees like the Verdcourt’s Polyalthia, the large-leaved Memecylon (Memecylon umbellatum) and the Luke’s Cynometra (Cynometra lukei). “The region is also home to numerous other internationally threatened species of plants and animals, including the Udzungwa dwarf galago [Galagoides zanzibaricus], African elephants [Loxodonta africana], and hippopotamus [Hippopotamus amphibius],” Paul Salaman, chief executive officer of the U.S.-based Rainforest Trust, said in a statement.The Rainforest Trust was among the organizations that provided funding, along with the U.K.-based World Land Trust, Flamingo Land, and the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation of Denmark. The UFP team then followed the original forest reserve boundary to demarcate the reserve’s limits. “But then my field team walked the boundary with government officials and village leaders, and then the government adjusted it so that it allowed for any farms that had accidentally crept into the former reserve (not a large number),” Marshall said.A Magombera chameleon. Image by Andrew Marshall.The declaration of the reserve is just the first formal step, though. One of the next tasks now will be to develop a management plan for the reserve along with people from the local villages and other stakeholders. The plan will outline the rules for the new reserve, Marshall said. “I expect there may be some concession in this for access to traditional medicine, and certainly also educational visits, but this is for the community and managers to decide jointly.”A key feature of the management plan will be to boost tourism to the reserve, which can eventually benefit the local communities. The details are yet to be worked out, but the teams envision part of the entrance fees going into a village fund, as well as increased opportunities for employment of the local community members as rangers or reserve assistants.“The next step is to ensure that ecotourism operations are effectively implemented without any negative impacts on the forest and generate enough revenue to ensure the sustainable management of Magombera Nature Reserve long-term,” Alex Antram, conservation outreach manager of the Rainforest Trust, told Mongabay.“The more people that visit the forest, the more revenue can be earned for local communities and forest management,” Marshall said. “We are firmly of the opinion that conservation success is driven by economics and direct benefits to local people.”The Udzungwa Forest Project, in partnership with other organizations, has initiated several conservation efforts. Image by Andrew Marshall.Banner image of an Udzungwa red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus gordonorum), a species endemic to the mountains that border the newly designated Magombera Nature Reserve, by Andrew Marshall.