Notes from a rare planet: Creating a unified front to save Africa’s last great place and wildlife


China and Africa’s bi-lateral relationship goal: To create a united front to save Africa’s last great places and wildlife (The Nature Conservancy)

  • “Members of The Nature Conservancy’s China Board of Trustees— which is already working to significantly expand the scope of our work in China — paid a visit to the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Namanyak Community Conservancy and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, where [they are] collaborating with partners to protect some of Kenya’s most important expanses of natural habitat.”
  • “Over the past decade, a trickle of interest has turned into a flood as China has significantly scaled up its investment in Africa. Last year, trade between the two exceeded $100 billion; it’s now estimated that there are around a million Chinese workers in Africa.”

The indigenous people of Peru want to protect their wetlands and have had enough aggressive/exploratory oil drilling  WWF (Mongabay)

  • “Over the weekend more than 100 Shuar indigenous people, also known as Wampis, blockaded the Morona River in Peru in an effort to stop exploratory oil drilling by Canadian-owned Talisman Energy. The blockade in meant to prevent oil drilling in an area of the Peruvian Amazon known as Block 64, home to four indigenous tribes in total and the Pastaza River Wetland Complex, a Ramsar wetland site.”
  • “Around 70 percent of the Peruvian Amazon has been opened for oil and gas exploration and drilling under an aggressive industrialization of the Amazon by previous Peruvian president Alan Garcia. The opening up of so much of the Amazon to exploitative activities has led to numerous conflicts between large companies and indigenous people.”
  • Besides this, many local people rely on the Amazon for fishing and their water supply.

The World Bank has decided to back NGOs and the UN’s desire to focus on the importance of fossil fuel subsidiaries (Treehugger)

  • “According to draft documents leaked to The Guardian, the World Bank will tell G20 finance ministers that the $50 billion in subsidies given to the fossil fuel industry worldwide each year should be eliminated, so as to help poor countries adapt to climate change.”
  • “Of the $50b in fossil fuel subsidies, about one quarter of that goes to coral and natural gas, and amounts to twelve times the support given to renewable energy sources.”

Solar power and tree planting: IKEA’s growing greener (Earth Times)

  • IKEA has taken it upon itself to “be a good business while doing good business [which means] the firm now has 11 solar energy projects up and running in America with more on the way.”

Whales take Northwest Passage as Arctic sea-ice melts (BBC News)

  • “Mads Peter Heide-Jorgensen from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources led a team that has satellite-tagged more than 100 bowheads over the last decade.”
  • After finding out that whales from different sides of the area had come together, Dr. Heide-Jorgensen said the whales would be ”capable of moving relatively long distances in a short period of time, and can venture into areas where we haven’t seen them for a very long time – so I’m sure they will use the open water if the ice disappears.”
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About Jessica Fernandez

Jessica Fernandez is the fall social media/online journalism intern for Rare. Jessica recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles in May with a degree in Political Science and is excited to begin work in the non-profit sector on the east coast. Besides being a strong believer in the importance of communication, she is nurturing an expanding awareness of conservation while serving as a contributing tweeter for @RarePlanet and writer for Rare's Adventures in Conservation.