Conservationists welcome new PNG Protected Areas Act — but questions remain
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by Spoorthy Raman
2d ago
With more than 70% of the country blanketed by tropical rainforests, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a megadiverse country home to more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, including charismatic tree kangaroos, egg-laying echidnas and flightless cassowaries. However, since 1972, nearly a third of the country’s rainforest has been lost or degraded due to logging, road construction, agricultural expansion and mining. In a significant push to conservation, the country’s parliament passed the Protected Areas Act 2023 on Feb. 20. The new legislation aims to establish a national system of protected areas ..read more
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Bonobos, the ‘hippy apes’, may not be as peaceful as once thought
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by Ryan Truscott
2d ago
Anthropologist Maud Mouginot recalls an encounter with bonobos early one morning in 2019 deep in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo that helped revise her impression of them as the peace-loving “hippy apes.” It was still pitch dark in Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, in the center of the country, and she and colleagues were on the trail of one of three resident bonobo groups. Suddenly the calm was shattered by shrieks as one bonobo chased another from the same group in an act of wild aggression. “You can feel the violence,” she recalls. “One is really unhappy, it’s screaming, it’s cryin ..read more
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Between Brazil’s Caatinga & Cerrado, communities profit from native fruits
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by Sibélia Zanon
2d ago
PORTEIRINHA, Minas Gerais — Beneath the shade of the umbu tree, Maria Neves tells Maria José that ripe umbu fruit is like a woman on the brink of giving birth: It demands immediate attention. “Umbu doesn’t take a day off; it’s like milking cows, it’s every day,” says Maria Neves Almeida, a Caatinga dweller (or caatingueira) from the Furado da Roda community in the municipality of Porteirinha. Maria José dos Santos, known as Zezé in those semiarid valleys of northern Minas Gerais, agrees. “You’re there, under nature, harvesting. There’s no better wealth, no better health.” Zezé, an extrativist ..read more
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New technologies to map environmental crime in the Amazon Basin (commentary)
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by Robert Muggah and Peter Smith
3d ago
Environmental crime slows climate action, deters investment in nature-based solutions, and undermines the green transition. Around the world, land grabbing, illegal deforestation, illicit mining, poaching and a rash of other crimes are ravaging tropical forests, eroding biodiversity, and reversing sustainable development. Despite growing awareness of the problem, an ecosystem of criminality persists in most major biomes, from the Amazon Basin to the African Great Lakes region and the rainforests of Southeast Asia. Preventing and reducing environmental crime is cha ..read more
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Rainwater reserves a tenuous lifeline for Sumatran community amid punishing dry season
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by Suryadi
3d ago
INDRAGIRI HILIR, Indonesia — Dahniar starts worrying after a few days without rain during the dry season here on the northeast coast of Sumatra. Traders selling water will complain of supplies drying up. Even Dahniar’s neighbors are reluctant to sell their water when the heat is on and anxiety begins to drip through Kuala Selat village. “It’s difficult if there’s no water — it’s even hard to buy,” Dahniar, a small business owner in her 50s, told Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia’s meteorology agency, the BMKG, recorded a months-long drought last year across most of the archipelagic nation. Th ..read more
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Research links deforestation in Cambodia to stunting in kids, anemia in women
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by Anton L. Delgado
3d ago
New research has linked prenatal exposure to deforestation in Cambodia to child stunting and anemia among women. This link between human well-being and forest loss illustrates how the latter can compound preexisting rural health issues in Cambodia, a country notorious for high levels of both deforestation and malnutrition. Gabriel Fuentes Cordoba, an associate professor at Japan’s Sophia University, combined forest loss data with figures from national demographic health surveys for his recent study on Cambodia. In an email interview with Mongabay, Fuentes Cordoba said his analysis found childr ..read more
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New online tool is first to track funding to Indigenous, local and Afro-descendant communities
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by Sonam Lama Hyolmo
3d ago
Developers have rolled out the first ever interactive online tool to track all funding for Indigenous peoples, local communities and Afro-descendant peoples’ forest stewardship and land tenure. The Path to Scale dashboard, developed in a partnership between the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN), provides information on funding from 133 donors since 2011 based on publicly available information. According to the developers, this publicly accessible dashboard will help donors, NGOs and rights holders identify critical funding gaps and opportunities i ..read more
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A new and improved bird family tree shows rapid post-dinosaur evolution
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by Liz Kimbrough
3d ago
Scientists have created the largest and most detailed bird family tree ever, showing how various species are related to each other and how they evolved over the past 93 million years. The study, published in Nature, looked at the genomes of 363 bird species, representing 92% of all bird families. “Our goal is to reconstruct the entire evolutionary history of all birds,” said study co-author Siavash Mirarab, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, San Diego. To build this family tree, the team used genomic data from more than 60,000 genomic regions, c ..read more
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In Java Sea, vigilantism and poverty rise as purse seine fishing continues
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by Riyad Dafhi Rizki
4d ago
SEMBILAN ISLAND, Indonesia — Until recently, skippers on this island relied on their day’s catch of grouper, mackerel and snapper tipping the scales at around 50 kilograms (110 pounds). Today, Mukhlis provides for his family with just a fraction of that daily haul. “They’re using cantrang fishing gear,” Mukhlis told Mongabay Indonesia, referring to the common name for a purse seine net used by some large fishing boats locals say are intruding here. Seine fishing is an ancient method in which fishers use expansive nets weighted down to the reach the bottom of the sea to capture large quantities ..read more
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Unseen and unregulated: ‘Ghost’ roads carve up Asia-Pacific tropical forests
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by Carolyn Cowan
4d ago
Roads are being built at an unprecedented rate across the globe. Some 25 million kilometers (15.5 million miles) of paved roads are expected to be built in just the four decades leading up to 2050 — enough to wrap around the equator more than 600 times. But much of this construction is happening under the radar. Networks of unmapped, unregulated and often illegal roads are insidiously spreading into fragile ecosystems. If left unchecked, they threaten to wreak a devastating toll on tropical forests, according to new research.   The new study, published April 10 in Nature, documents 1 ..read more
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