How a national reserve stopped the extinction of the Peruvian vicuña

February 10, 2020

first_imgIn the 1960s, the total number of vicuñas in Peru was approximately 5,000.The community of Lucanas was able to overcome violence from internal armed conflicts, and now those in the community use vicuña fur from Pampa Galeras National Reserve.Every year, the Lucanas community exports 1,000 kilograms (about 2,200 pounds) of vicuña fur.The National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) will give a “green seal” to the fur sheared off the vicuñas by the community for their outstanding conservation practices. LUCANAS PROVINCE, Peru — At an altitude of 13,450 feet, the icy wind pounds whatever lies in its path. After 23 years of living in the Pampa Galeras – Barbara D’Achille National Reserve, Hernán Sosaya is well-adjusted and can withstand the blustering wind.At the top of a plain, a vicuña (Vicugna vicugnanotices) and a cousin to llamas, sees that we are only a few feet away and raises its head.“You can recognize the male because it’s always at the front of the herd, attentively watching for danger,” says Sosaya. The male vicuña starts to move away and the rest of the group trots along behind him.The park rangers at Pampa Galeras, like Sosaya, are experts at monitoring vicuñas. Every day, they are monitored within the park, which is 40 square miles and located in the district of Lucanas in Peru’s Ayacucho region. With more than 5,000 vicuñas currently living in the protected area, monitoring them has not been easy.Allan Flores, the manager of the reserve, put this into perspective with this piece of data: in the 1960s, there were about 5,000 vicuñas living in the entire country of Peru.Back then, throughout the entire Ayacucho region, including the reserve, there were only about 1,000 vicuñas. Sosaya says that a research project on the vicuña was begun in the 1960s in collaboration with German researchers, and the South American camelid was listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. One of the actions taken to conserve the species was the creation of a reserve to help the animals in danger. That was how Galeras, as the reserve is referred to locally, was created.last_img read more

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, September 28, 2018

February 10, 2020

first_imgConservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update Article published by John Cannon There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. Tropical forestsScientists are using solar-powered smart devices to keep tabs on animals in Borneo (New Scientist).Policy and technical hurdles are slowing the growth of the biodiesel industry in Indonesia (CIFOR Forests News).Cambodia’s minister of the interior decries the country’s problems with illegal logging (Phnom Penh Post).A desire for the meat of chimpanzees and gorillas is driving hunters to seek them out (CIFOR Forests News).Scientists say we will have to massively overhaul our way of life if we’re going to keep the global temperature rise under 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) (The Guardian).The Brazilian government has agreed to financially back the Tijuca, the world’s largest urban forest (Brazil Reports).Other newsShrinking habitat could endanger a newly discovered species of high-altitude-dwelling hummingbird (Science News).Conservationists in Chile are working to save the kodkod, the world’s smallest wild cat (Telesur).Climate change is impacting national parks in the U.S. (The Washington Post).Underwater art exhibits also support the formation of reefs (The New York Times).Crackdowns are keeping pace with the rising rate of environmental crimes (U.N. Environment Programme).Efforts to target high-level leaders of wildlife crime syndicates aren’t working (The New York Times).More people are turning to a wholly plant-based diet as a way to help the planet (BBC News).A new protected area the size of Central Park will protect amphibians and other species in Ghana (Rainforest Trust).Pollution could poison and kill half of all orcas (The Guardian, BBC News, The New York Times).The head of the U.N. Environment Programme has been castigated for flying too much (BBC News).Officials relax safety rules for undersea oil wells put in place after the Deepwater Horizon debacle in 2010 (The New York Times).Banner image of a bushmeat market in the Democratic Republic of Congo by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Deforested, degraded land restoration a top priority for African leaders

February 10, 2020

first_imgAfrican leaders met at a summit to discuss land restoration across the continent on Nov. 13, ahead of the U.N. Biodiversity Conference in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt.Representatives from several African countries shared their countries’ pledges to restore hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of degraded and deforested land in the coming decades.The summit’s leaders said they hoped the deliberations during the day-long summit would help African countries in both their contributions to international targets and to the improvement of their natural ecosystems for the benefit of their citizens. African leaders came together on Nov. 13 to back the restoration of hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of degraded ecosystems ahead of the start of the U.N. Biodiversity Conference.The day-long summit in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, which included some 100 government ministers, ambassadors and partner staff from across Africa, culminated in support for the Pan-African Action Agenda on Ecosystem Restoration for Increased Resilience, which the summit’s leaders say will aid in both achieving international targets and improving the resiliency of African countries for the people who call them home.A farmer walks through the Sahel in Niger. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.Cristiana Pașca Palmer, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, said in a statement that the commitments would help Africa contribute to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, aimed at stemming biodiversity loss. Paşca Palmer also highlighted the importance of the effort in the “New Deal for Nature and People,” which makes a case for biodiversity protection and the essential role that healthy ecosystems play for humanity.“No region of the world has a more important role to play in protecting the future of humanity and the future of the planet than Africa,” she said in her remarks at the summit. “The Secretariat of the Convention stands ready to further support this work.”Cameroon plans to restore 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of forest like that pictured here. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.The commitments to bolstering natural ecosystems came from across the continent. In the Sahara and the Sahel, representatives from Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria said their countries would restore thousands of square kilometers of degraded land. Uganda, Cameroon and Madagascar all plan to restore large areas of forest. And Ethiopia detailed its efforts to engage farmers in bringing back 150,000 square kilometers (58,000 square miles) of forest.Delegates to the summit endorsed the Pan-African Agenda, with its formal adoption contingent on the support of leaders at the African Union meeting coming up in January 2019. The United Nations Environment Programme said in the release that the pledges would serve as a foundation for further restoration on the continent.Land cleared for farming in Madagascar. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.“I am honoured to have hosted this first African Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity which I am convinced will lead the way to promoting natured-based solutions for increased resilience and wellbeing of people in Africa,” Yasmine Fouad, Egypt’s environment minister, said in the statement.Banner image of a male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz), native to Madagascar, by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by John Cannon Agriculture, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change And Extinction, Conservation, Deforestation, Degraded Lands, Dry Forests, Ecological Restoration, Ecosystem Restoration, Environment, Extinction, Extinction And Climate Change, forest degradation, Forests, Impact Of Climate Change, Landscape Restoration, Rainforest Agriculture, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Biodiversity, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Restoration, Tropical Forests, United Nations, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Peru: Report reveals high rates of illegality in timber extraction

February 10, 2020

first_imgForests, Illegal Logging, Illegal Timber Trade, Rainforests, Saving Rainforests, Timber Laws, Tropical Forests Article published by Genevieve Belmaker 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 overSponsoredcenter_img According to Global Witness, over 60 percent of the timber inspected by Peru’s Agency for the Supervision of Forest Resources and Wildlife (OSINFOR) in the Loreto and Ucayali regions has illegal origins.A variety of logging permits have been used to launder about $112 million in timber. According to a recent report by Global Witness, there is evidence of disarray and illegality in Peru’s timber industry.The report focuses on the regions of Loreto, Ucayali, and Madre de Dios, which are Peru’s three most important regions for timber extraction. According to the report, which is entitled “The Forest Avengers,” all three regions have high rates of illegal timber extraction practices.Inspectors supervise loggers in the forests of Peru. Photo courtesy of OSINFOR.One of the findings is that over 60 percent of the timber inspected by Peru’s Agency for the Supervision of Forest Resources and Wildlife (OSINFOR) in the Loreto and Ucayali regions has illegal origins. That timber was extracted from land owned by people who have been sanctioned for serious violations of forest legislation.However, this figure has been deemed conservative because it only reflects the forested areas that have been supervised by OSINFOR, which are only about 40 percent of Peru’s forests, according to the report.Laura Furones, the director of the Peru campaign by Global Witness, says that the results of the analysis demonstrate a strong trend because they include data from the last 10 years. “This is not an anecdote or an eventuality; instead, these are high rates of illegality based on the evaluation of official data,” says Furones.In 2015, the largest seizure of Peruvian timber in history occurred aboard the Yacu Kallpa. Photo courtesy of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).Global Witness, which works to defend human rights and protect the environment, offered a panorama of the ways in which the timber is processed, the role of forest regents, and the participation of sawmills in the illegal industry. The report also includes the statements of some loggers who were recorded by hidden cameras. Some of them revealed that they know of many methods that are used to break the law.How illegal timber is processedFor many years, loggers in Peru have been transporting large quantities of illegally-sourced timber using methods that make the timber appear to be legal. They move the timber through a series of canals, often with the help and complicity of lax supervision, according to “The Forest Avengers.”The report also provided details on a variety of logging permits that have been used to launder about $112 million in timber, including permits that allow land to switch between agricultural, forest, and private use.Auditors search a forest for any irregularities in timber extraction. Photo courtesy of OSINFOR.Julio Guzmán, a lawyer with the Ministry of Environment of Peru, is very familiar with the loggers who are on the hunt for different methods to help them continue with their illegal activities. “The illegality keeps changing,” says Guzmán. He says there is a need for the implementation of reliable mechanisms to assist in the traceability of timber, which could help to reduce these crimes.One illegal activity involves “ghost trees.” The illegal loggers declare false locations in a forest, then move to a different location to secretly cut down trees. In the past decade, at least 88 million cubic feet of timber have been destroyed using this method. This corresponds to about 113,300 trees.Another illegal method involves local forests, which are typically managed by municipal governments or small committees. About $85 million in timber has been processed from these local forests in all of Peru. Furones, of Global Witness, says that 95 percent of the operating plans inspected between 2010 and 2017 included timber taken from other locations.“When OSINFOR intensified their enforcement actions in forest concessions, native communities, and other places from which timber is extracted, the illegal activity moved into local forests,” explains Guzmán.Various types of logging permits are used to launder timber. Photo courtesy of OSINFOR.Forests that are subject to changes in land use, in addition to forest plantations, are also sometimes used for illegal logging practices, according to Furones. Between 2016 and 2018, a total of 5,000 forested areas (covering just under 70,000 acres) were created, which, according to Furones, is “an open door to illegality.” Sawmills and forest regentsForest regents —referred to as “consultants” before 2014— can also play a key role in these illegal practices. A in 2018 explained how communities can sometimes be left to pay fines because of the actions of forest regents.Forest regents are responsible for the information recorded in management plants. They sometimes take advantage of their roles and record false data in extraction permits. The cycle of illegal activity is then completed with the support of regional officials.It is believed that the data in the report reflect lower rates of illegal logging than the true rates. Photo courtesy of OSINFOR.An example discussed in the Global Witness report is that of Roldán Pinedo Ríos. In 13 different operational plans that were approved by the government in the Loreto region in 2017, after Pinedo Ríos had obtained his regent’s license, 100 percent of the trees inspected were nonexistent. Those operational plans were used to launder almost 1.6 million cubic feet of illegal timber with an estimated value of $7 million.Pinedo Ríos’ case is far from the only example. There are 10 additional people, from forest regents to other officials, who signed dozens of management plans that include nonexistent trees. Nine of them have already faced legal proceedings for lying in the documents. In total, there are 572 operational plans that include these “ghost trees.”“The information about the consultants and regents is a reflection of the level of impunity,” says Julia Urrunaga, the director of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)’s Peru program. “For years, they have been validating nonexistent trees to launder millions of dollars in illegal timber,” she adds. Seven sawmills in the Ucayali and Loreto regions were investigated for the report by Global Witness. Photo courtesy of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).On a separate note, some of the largest sawmills in the Ucayali and Loreto regions have received enormous shipments of illegal timber. Eight of these sawmills (four in each of the two regions) were analyzed in the report by Global Witness. Based on data from forest transport guides and inspection reports from OSINFOR in 2016, 60 percent of the timber processed in the sawmills in Loreto, and 50 percent of that from Ucayali, had illegal origins. The total value of the illegal timber processed in these eight sawmills, in 2016 alone, was $16 million.“I believe it is important to see the quantity of illegal timber that enters the sawmills, where so much of this resource is processed,” says Urrunaga, who questions the idea that OSINFOR does not have the ability to oversee this business.Loggers share detailsGlobal Witness’ report also involved statements by undercover investigators. Furones explained that the use of a hidden camera to record conversations with loggers in the timber industry allowed the researchers to discover whether they were aware of the illegal activity in the industry.The statements are part of a video in which some loggers can be heard commenting on how environmental audits were conducted when OSINFOR was under the control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.Sections of tree trunks and large branches are taken to sawmills and collection centers. Photo by Omar Coloma.One of those loggers revealed that when the National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) was in charge of the audits and supervision, the loggers themselves covered the expenses of the inspections. Another logger mentioned that they sometimes weren’t inspected at all; the inspector may be in an entirely different location, but would sign the certificate as if they had arrived to the forest. A third logger recounted that before 2009 —when OSINFOR became affiliated with the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM) of Peru— everything was “very free” because any person could cut down a tree and send it to a sawmill.The loggers also discussed OSINFOR. “Now, they do inspections,” said one of them. Another commented that with the state agency, their work is more difficult because they cannot take out as much timber as before. “We have had to adjust,” said a third logger.In December 2018, the Peruvian government ruled that OSINFOR would leave the PCM and become part of the Ministry of Environment. This ruling has sparked controversy within the country because some sectors feel that it takes away independence from the organization.That controversy is not the only opposition to the new measure. has expressed disapproval because, according to them, the new policy violates the environmental agreements in the United States–Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, which was implemented in 2009.In the Office of the United States Trade Representative, a consultation process about the ruling has already begun. However, the administration surrounding Peru’s president, Martín Vizcarra, has defended it.OSINFOR must ensure that the timber that leaves the forest corresponds to accurate documents. Photo by Vanessa Romo for Mongabay Latam.The report by Global Witness also questioned the measure because, according to Furones, it could weaken OSINFOR. “In the last 10 years, OSINFOR has demonstrated that it is doing good work. It is essential that its independence is restored and that its powers are expanded to be able to confront the new forms of timber laundering that are emerging.For Urrunaga, the report serves to demonstrate the importance of maintaining an independent supervising organization. “The government should reconsider and return OSINFOR to the PCM. Without an independent institution, there cannot be traceability, nor can there be believable legal timber.”Attorney Guzmán proposed profound changes. “Peru should update its strategy against illegal logging. The current strategy was approved in 2002 and is no longer accurate to today’s reality. We should also make a coordinated effort that includes every institution. Otherwise, we will continue to have isolated proposals within each institution in the country, and we will not confront the problem in an appropriate way.”last_img read more

Alab PH averts collapse, burns Singapore

January 20, 2020

first_imgView comments Photo from ASEAN Basketball League Facebook/Onvisa ThewphaingarmBIÑAN, Laguna—The worrying trend of losing leads in the final period continued for Alab Pilipinas, but the Filipinos once again showed grit down the stretch as they finally overcame the league-leading Singapore Slingers Friday in the ASEAN asketball League.“We’ll take this win, but sooner or later, we have to learn to play consistently otherwise we can’t contend for the title,” said Ronald “Mac” Cuan after Alab slipped past the Slingers, 74-72, for their first win in three meetings against the Singaporeans this season at Alonte Sports Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES “It’s always the same story for us—building a good lead for three periods before allowing the opponents to come back. We’re just fortunate we got away with this [win].”Alab averted another late collapse as it escaped with its fourth win in six games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIt was the start of a tough stretch for the Filipinos, who flew to Kuala Lumpur Saturday for a clash with the Westsports Malaysia Dragons Sunday.“We’ll just get as much sleep as possible,” said Ray Parks. “We’re still learning as a team. We have a talented team and it’s all about embracing our roles for now.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Homecoming: Fajardo stoked over playing in front of Cebuano crowd Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims MOST READ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Clippers’ Paul Pierce starts in emotional Boston farewell

January 20, 2020

first_imgPanelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos A deafening cheer and a shout of “Let’s go, Pats,” Pierce was back in Boston on Super Bowl Sunday to give Celtics fans one last chance to celebrate the player who helped the NBA’s most-decorated franchise return to the top of the league.Restored to the Los Angeles Clippers’ starting lineup by current and former coach Doc Rivers, Pierce was greeted with a long and loud ovation at his introduction , when the new Boston Garden rang out again with his nickname: The Truth. A highlight video at the first timeout appeared to bring him to tears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Fans really showered me with a lot of love,” Pierce said after the Celtics won 107-102. “You really don’t know what you’ve meant to a team while you’re playing. It hit me a lot tonight, but I’m sure it’s going to hit me a lot more when I’m done playing.”After starting the game — his first appearance for the Clippers since New Year’s Eve, Pierce sat on the bench until the game was out of reach. But in the final seconds, with the fans already standing and cheering, Pierce launched a 3-pointer for one final eruption. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce (34) bends down to kiss the Boston Celtics logo following an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON — Paul Pierce walked back onto the parquet floor one last time, dropped to his knees at center court and gave the Boston Celtics leprechaun logo a big kiss.“Lucky’s been through it all with me, the ups and downs. He helped me out on a couple of occasions,” the former Celtics captain said. “It’s the last time I’m going to touch this floor as a player. I’m sure I’ll be back as a fan.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “If you give it your all here and win a championship they will love you,” Thomas said. “It drives me a lot. I want to be like that: give my blood, sweat and tears and come back and play your last game here. That type of love is unforgettable.”Pierce’s No. 34 Celtics jerseys filled the crowd — more visible even than the Patriots shirts worn by fans looking to rush home after the game to watch the Super Bowl. (During a silent moment in national anthem, a shout came from the stands: “Let’s go, Pats!”)Pierce played the first five minutes and missed the first shot of the game. He was still 0 for 1 when went to the bench at the first timeout. (He did not return in the first half, and early in the second the Garden crowd broke into a chant of “We want Paul!”)But that didn’t dampen the emotion of the highlight video that followed him from Kansas to the draft, showing him posing with Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach, hitting game-winning baskets and raising the NBA championship and finals MVP trophies.The sold-out Garden stood and cheered for more than a minute. Pierce waved, blew kisses to the crowd and appeared to lose his composure, taking several deep breaths and wiping his eyes with a towel.Rivers said he told his players before the game to pay attention.“When you finish your career, remember what’s going to happen in five minutes,” Rivers recalled telling them. “All of you aren’t going to be Hall of Famers, but just remember that when you finish your career, you’re empty and you can walk away with no regrets. That’s what Paul’s doing tonight.”Rivers, who was the Celtics coach in both the depths of the 2006-07 season and when they won it all the next year, said he had a plan for Pierce to return at the end but wanted to win the game, too.“Him making that shot just, I don’t know what the heck that is,” Rivers said. “That only happens here.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m glad I was able to cap it off, my last game in the Garden,” he said. “At least I can just say I put one last bucket in at the end of the game.”A first-round draft pick out of Kansas in 1998, Pierce toiled in Boston through the down years of M.L. Carr and Rick Pitino, watching as the once-proud team lost a franchise-record 18 games in a row while he was injured in 2006-07. The next year, after the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Boston won its NBA-record 17th championship.But as the New Big Three aged, general manager Danny Ainge traded them — and Rivers — off for the draft choices that would help them rebuild. Pierce spent time in Brooklyn and Washington before reuniting with Rivers in Los Angeles.Having announced that he will retire at the end of the season, Pierce’s last visit to Boston became a must-see event.He spent Saturday visiting some old Boston favorites and recording it — including a chance encounter with current Celtics all-star Isaiah Thomas — on Instagram. In the final seconds, Thomas shared the spotlight with him again , backing off to allow the 2008 NBA Finals MVP a clean shot.ADVERTISEMENT Teng helps AMA end slide with win over JRUcenter_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ View comments Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

Devance inspires Kings

January 20, 2020

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He had to play, he got a shot. We drove the doctor up in a private car to give shots to Joe so he can play and do it again at halftime. He was huge, those minutes that Joe played, and just the resilience, seeing everybody staying together and battling through.”“This is why we can’t give up,” said Ginebra veteran Mark Caguioa on his Instagram account, where he posted a photo of Devance preparing to take his painkilling shots. “This team will teach you to be humble.”Devance has downplayed his injury, even as he warned his teammates of a strong response from the Beermen in Game 3 on Wednesday when the series shifts to the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“I’m fine, I’m perfect,” said Devance, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in Game 2. “I do whatever it takes, everybody knows that.”For sure, there will be no shortage in motivation for the Gin Kings the rest of the way. They can just turn to Devance for inspiration.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Hidilyn back to the grind PBA IMAGESLUCENA CITY—It’s been a common sight the past couple of weeks—Ginebra forward Joe Devance lying on the massage table inside the locker room, having a needle punctured to his foot before the game and during halftime of every battle just to numb the pain of his injury.The power forward is playing through the pain on his foot caused by plantar fasciitis, but there was no way he’s missing games in the PBA Philippine Cup finals, not when Ginebra, already short on firepower against the star-studded San Miguel Beermen, needs him the most.ADVERTISEMENT Sophomore guard Scottie Thompson got most of the plaudits for his all-around play, finishing with 18 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists in the 124-118 overtime victory over the Beermen in Game 2 last Sunday, while Kevin Ferrer also got a piece of the limelight by anchoring the Gin Kings’ second-quarter explosion, where he fired 18 of his 21 points.Japeth Aguilar bounced back from a miserable outing in the series opener with 23 points and 12 rebounds, after shooting just five points in Game 1.But there’s no doubt that Devance has typified the resilience of the Gin Kings, counting the last stretch of the semifinal series against Star Hotshots—just for his ability to play through the pain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAnd that’s on top of Devance’s task of helping neutralize San Miguel’s three-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo in Game 2, before bailing out the Gin Kings with a buzzer-beating follow-up that forced overtime at 110-all.“Joe was amazing,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone late Sunday night before the Gin Kings headed back to Manila after tying the PBA Philippine Cup finals at one game apiece at Quezon Convention Center here. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Rockets oust Westbrook’s Thunder from NBA playoffs

January 20, 2020

first_imgHouston Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives toward the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Andre Roberson, second from left, defends during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Houston. APLOS ANGELES—James Harden scored 34 points as the Houston Rockets withstood a furious effort from Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook to oust the Thunder from the NBA playoffs on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).The Rockets beat the Thunder 105-99 to win their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series four games to one.ADVERTISEMENT GAME 1 RESULT: Harden, Rockets rout Thunder in Game 1GAME 2 RESULT: Rockets overcome Westbrook’s 51, take 2-0 lead over ThunderFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Rockets reserve Lou Williams scored 10 of his 22 points early in the fourth quarter as the Rockets responded to a sensational third quarter from Westbrook, who carried his team to a 77-72 lead going into the final period.Westbrook scored 10 straight points in one stretch and finished with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists in the third.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Williams opened the fourth with two free throws and added three more from the line along with a three-pointer as the Rockets regained the advantage with Westbrook on the bench and they held on even after Westbrook re-entered the game as the Thunder missed a string of shots.Westbrook finished with 47 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists but connected on just two of his 11 shots in the final period.No other Thunder player scored more than 11 points, while Harden had scoring support not only from Williams but also from the 15 points from guard Patrick Beverly and 14 from Brazilian reserve Nene.In the second round the Rockets will face either the San Antonio Spurs or Memphis Grizzlies. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte GAME 4 RESULT: Balanced scoring helps Houston down Oklahoma in game 4 MOST READ Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jarcenter_img LATEST STORIES GAME 3 RESULT: Thunder survive Rockets, claw back in series Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palaro records tumble View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

Gamboa nips Zark’s

January 20, 2020

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ Taking matters into his own hands, the 38-year-old Avenido rolled back the years to finish with 15 points, including the game-winning free throws, as the Coffee Lovers squeaked past fellow newcomer Zark’s Burger, 85-84.Later, Jeron Teng exploded for 33 points as another newcomer, Flying V, stunned Aspirants’ Cup champion Cignal, 86-84.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground Gamboa Coffee Mix playing-coach Leo Avenido saw his team badly needing a lift, after a lethargic start in its PBA D-League Foundation Cup debut on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.But Avenido didn’t need to look far to turn the Coffee Lovers’ fortunes around.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Park shoots 68, paces Mondilla by 2 strokes Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionslast_img read more

NBA Finals coverage still hangs

January 20, 2020

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions ABS-CBN’s statement showed that the Lopez family-led media giant and Solar jointly entered into a license agreement with NBA Properties Inc. in 2014.“Since ABS-CBN was paying 60 percent of the license fees, it considered that the same already covered the carriage fees of Sky Cable,” ABS-CBN said.“Unfortunately, Solar disagreed. Despite the good faith attempts of ABS-CBN and Sky Cable to resolve the dispute amicably, Solar cut off the NBA feed to Sky Cable and filed this complaint,” ABS-CBN added.Solar alleged that the respondents did not want to pay “because they wanted Solar to lose its license by default from NBA Properties, Inc. of the US so that ABS-CBN and Sky Cable could take over.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next At French Open, del Potro gets lost off court, wins on it Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Meanwhile, Solar recounted the events that led to the filing of a legal suit, broad parts of which were contested by ABS-CBN.Solar said that Sky Cable continued to “air and make money on the NBA shows using Solar’s own channels, BTV and NBA Premium, although its carriage contract ended in 2014.”It added that it continued to feed its two channels and to bill Sky Cable, believing there was an “implied renewal”, an industry practice to prevent a sudden blackout of TV channels and a service disruption to subscribers.In April 2017, Solar said it stopped its NBA feed to Sky Cable “after several unheeded demand letters and realizing that Sky Cable was intent on not paying.”“Now only paying cable stations like Cignal, GSAT, and Dream, among others, can carry Solar’s channels,” Solar said.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Solar’s Wilson Tieng got the upper hand in that legal skirmish after the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court issued an order on May 16 to garnish the bank accounts and other assets of ABS-CBN and its cable affiliate, Sky Cable, for airing the BTV and NBA Premium TV channels of Solar without paying the carriage fees for approximately three years.The court also required Solar, the local distributor of NBA games and programs for 16 years, to post a bond for P659 million. This is the amount Solar, in a statement Tuesday, said it is trying to collect from ABS-CBN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundABS-CBN, in a short statement, said it filed a motion to lift the attachment and garnishment on May 29, 2017, which the court granted on the same day.“Thus, at this time, there is no effective attachment or garnishment over any asset of ABS-CBN or Sky Cable,” ABS-CBN said. Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments AP FILE  PHOTOThere’s still no telling when NBA fans of a major cable provider will finally get their basketball fix—and the frustration is expected to mount with the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers and the favored Golden State Warriors kicking off their Finals trilogy on Friday (Thursday in Oakland, California).Reason: The court tussle between media giant ABS-CBN and Solar Entertainment is still going on.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreaklast_img read more