Latam Eco Review: Witchcraft and wildlife trafficking in Peru

first_imgSigns of deforestation recorded by the Omega Task Force, a unit of the armed forces that operates in southeast Colombia. Image courtesy of the Colombian Air Force. Macabre Market: The role of witchcraft in wildlife trafficking in PeruA massive police operation to stop a wildlife trafficking market in the center of Peru’s capital seized around 1,000 live animals and animal parts. Of five stores searched, two specialized in the sale of toads and two in dried animals, where police found caiman heads, the head of a spectacled bear, the entire body of a deer, toads and dried frogs. The fifth store sold occult items and offered services in spells and witchcraft. The seizure reveals that people are not just buying wildlife for pets, decoration or even ancestral traditions, but for witchcraft.Heads of wild animals and crafts made with animal parts were seized in the raid. Image courtesy of Serfor.Fishing and plastics threaten northern Peru’s marine protected areasPeru’s Guano Islands and Capes National Reserve System is a marine protected area that extends from Piura in the country’s north to Tacna in the south, covering about 1,408 square kilometers (544 square miles). However, the situation for octopuses in northern Peru is precarious. Despite a fishing ban, in the high season each fishing expedition catches up to 2 tons of octopus every 10 days. Meanwhile, plastic pollution endangers life on the region’s most important islands.The Peruvian booby (Sula variegata) is found along the coasts of Peru and Chile. It is one of the principal guano birds of South America. Image by Antonio Escalante.Nesting projects could revive the scarlet macaw of Central AmericaIn the last scarlet macaw corridor in Latin America, which crosses Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, it is believed there are more of the colorful birds held in cages than the 1,000 estimated in the wild. After years of fighting wildlife trafficking in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere and Mexico’s Montes Azules, two NGOs involved residents of both regions in the care of scarlet macaw nests. If these nesting projects are successful, in 10 years the species, Ara macao, could be strong enough to maintain its numbers.Two scarlet macaws about to turn 90 days old and be freed. Image courtesy of WCS/Guatemala.The war against plastic disposables: What’s the progress in Latin America?Mongabay-Latam surveyed efforts around the region to control plastic in the environment. Its findings included Latin America’s first law to ban plastic bags in both supermarkets and small stores in Chile; a bill to progressively eliminate single-use plastic in Peru; regional regulations to limit plastic straws and bags in Mexico; Colombia’s tax on plastic disposables; enforcement of rules on disposable plastic in the Galapagos Islands; disincentives against single-use plastic in Costa Rica; and the end of polyethylene bags within 24 months in Panama.Various Latin American countries are promoting national and local laws to confront the problem of single-use plastic pollution. Image by Alto Nivel.Read these stories in full in Spanish at Mongabay-Latam. Among the most read stories at our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, this past week were articles about a hydropower project in one of Bolivia’s most diverse protected areas; Colombian Air Force drones that revealed alarming deforestation in Tinigua Park; and wildlife trafficking and witchcraft in Peru.Bolivia’s Ivirizu hydroelectric project threatens the biodiversity of Carrasco National ParkExperts question how the construction of a hydropower plant was approved in a protected area, especially because of plans to clear 5 square kilometers (1.9 square miles) of forest and the confirmed use of dynamite. An elevational diversity gradient that runs from 300 to 4,700 meters (1,000 to 15,400 feet) above sea level makes Carrasco National Park one of the most biodiverse protected areas in Bolivia (if one of the least studied.) By 2017, 614 vascular plants were identified, although the National Protected Area Service (Sernap) calculates there may be more than 3,000. There are more than 300 orchid species inside the park, 50 of which are endemic. While a Sernap atlas counts 247 bird species, others put the number closer to 700, but they haven’t been identified.The few studies done have confirmed the presence of endangered or endemic species, as in the case of the famous “Romeo,” the last known Seheuncas water frog (Telmatobius yuracare). The frog’s habitat is in the Seheuncas valley, site of the Ivirizu dam. Image by Matías Careaga/Global Wildlife Conservation.Colombian Air Force drones reveal alarming deforestation in Tinigua ParkAir Force drone flights over Tinigua Park in central Colombia show 56 square kilometers (22 square miles) of forest replaced in the first three months of 2018 by coca cultivation, pastures and small-scale land grabs. Behind all of this, according to residents, are former FARC rebels who have taken over and redistributed the territory. The security situation is so complicated that park officials needed to leave over a month ago. The 2,150-square-kilometer (830-square-mile) park, created to unite high plains, montane forest and rainforest zones, is the only part of the country that connects the Orinoco with the Andes and Amazon regions. It serves as a corridor for wildlife, including jaguars, mountain lions and woolly monkeys. 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 Article published by Maria Salazar Amazon Rainforest, Birds, Conflict, Conservation, Dams, Deforestation, Energy, Environment, Illegal Trade, Marine Protected Areas, National Parks, Plastic, Pollution, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking last_img

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