Meralco still ‘hungry, humble’ as it moves on from Finals stint

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first_imgJordan, Abdul-Jabbar to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Alapag called it a career for good in the offseason after leading the Bolts to a runner-up finish in the 2016 Governors’ Cup.Losing their captain isn’t really the news the Bolts want to hear as they look forward to the new season. But if there’s something Alapag did in his one season with Meralco, it’s empowering the veterans and leaving a winning culture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Us veterans, we can collaboratively come together and do the best we can to try to help out through what we experienced in our careers,” Dillinger said. “What we’re focusing on is trying to cultivate a positive environment, a winning environment for Meralco. We haven’t really proven anything, so we’re humble, we’re still hungry, and we still have a lot to do.”Though the breakthrough Finals appearance is something to build on, it’s up to Meralco to show that achievement isn’t just a one-off. EDITORS’ PICK We are young As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments “We have our work ahead of us. We’re happy that we made the Finals, but it’s been two weeks now, all is forgotten, and no one cares,” said Dillinger. “We have to continue to prove ourselves that we want to be up there in the upper echelon against the other great teams. We have lots of work ahead.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco Bolts celebrate after another win over TNT. PBA IMAGESJared Dillinger won’t lie: Jimmy Alapag’s retirement truly is a big blow for Meralco.“You can’t replace a guy like Jimmy. He’s irreplaceable,” he said. “It’s going to be hard not having him on the court with us. We’re gonna have to learn along the way without him.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


Cuban blasts ‘ridiculous’ officiating in Clippers-Nets game

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first_imgDallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs in Dallas, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. APDALLAS, Texas—Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is again expressing frustration with NBA officials, although this time his criticism has nothing to do with his own team.Prior to the Mavericks’ game Wednesday night against San Antonio, Cuban complained about missed traveling and double-dribble calls in the first 15 seconds of the Clippers-Nets game Tuesday night – Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic committed both uncalled violations within feet of referee Ken Mauer.ADVERTISEMENT “The quality of officiating matters in this game. Standings are impacted. Mistakes happen, lots of calls are hard, but not all of them. Some of them is a lack of focus and attention, and that’s the one thing you should be able to avoid at all times, particularly from a serious ref.”Cuban would not elaborate on what he thought the problem was.The league did not immediately respond to a request for comment.ADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Whiteside’s double-double lifts Heat over Nuggets, 106-98 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes “I’m almost ready to get fined after watching that double-dribble yesterday,” said Cuban, who has been fined more than $1.5 million over the years for comments about officiating.“That was a classic. If that was us, I probably would have protested it, even if we would have lost, because then every SportsCenter would have played it over and over and over again. That was ridiculous and hopefully they take action. … That call at the beginning of the game, right in front of him, that wasn’t an error in judgment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliCuban said he thinks those missed calls were a “symptom of a problem,” but would not elaborate on what he thinks the problem is.“Refs are going to miss things, because there are other things going on,” he said. “But there was nothing else going on. It was the first or second play of the game, and he was standing right there all by himself. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol towncenter_img We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA View commentslast_img read more


Online pet trade in Southeast Asia poses a major new threat to otters

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first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Animals, Environment, Human-wildlife Conflict, Illegal Trade, Mammals, Pet Trade, Poaching, Research, Wildlife, Wildlife Crime, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking 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 Poaching of otters, especially juveniles, for the online pet trade is so widespread in Southeast Asia that it has emerged as a major new threat to the survival of Asia’s otter species.A report from the wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC and the IUCN Otter Specialist Group released today details the results of a two-year investigation that uncovered hundreds of otters for sale on Facebook and other online platforms. Sales of juvenile otters were especially prominent: over 70 percent of the animals found for sale online were under one year old, according to the report.The report identified a lack of strong national legislation to protect these species in many of their range countries as a major reason the illegal exploitation of otters has been able to flourish online. Poaching of otters, especially juveniles, for the online pet trade is so widespread in Southeast Asia that it has emerged as a major new threat to the survival of Asia’s otter species.A report from the wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC and the IUCN Otter Specialist Group released today details the results of a two-year investigation that uncovered hundreds of otters for sale on Facebook, commercial trade portals, and other online platforms. Sales of juvenile otters were especially prominent: over 70 percent of the animals found for sale online were under one year old, according to the report.There are four otter species that call Southeast Asia home: the Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra), the Hairy-nosed Otter (Lutra sumatrana), the Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinereus), and the Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata). “While information on the prevalence of all four species in this region is sparse, it is generally considered that populations are in decline due to the increasing loss of suitable habitat, the impact of pesticides on their wetland biomes and human-otter conflicts caused by perceived or actual threat to local and commercial fisheries,” according to the report.The poaching of otters for online trade can now be added to that list of significant threats. In fact, the report states that the online pet trade is now “the most pressing threat to the survival of otters.” The animals are in demand as pets as well as for their fur and for their parts that are used in traditional medicinal practices.Between August 2015 and December 2017, investigators with TRAFFIC and the IUCN Otter Specialist Group spent just one hour a week monitoring online otters sales in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. In that time, they discovered at least 560 advertisements by wildlife traders who were offering somewhere between 734 and 1,189 otters for sale. The majority of those otters on offer — more than 700 — were for sale in Indonesia, while just over 200 were in Thailand. The Philippines was the only country where the investigation did not find any otters being advertised for sale online.“The fact that so many otters can be so easily acquired and offered for sale to thousands at the click of a button and subjected to little or no regulation, is a serious problem,” Kanitha Krishnasamy, Acting Regional Director for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia, said in a statement.A pair of Asian Short-Clawed Otters cuddling. © IUCN-OSG.The researchers behind the report also examined records of 13 different seizures of otters in the region that occurred between August 2015 and December 2017, in which a total of 59 live otters were confiscated by authorities. Indonesia and Thailand were again the main culprits, followed by Malaysia and Vietnam.But while Indonesia and Thailand were thus identified as the chief source and demand countries for otters in Southeast Asia, both countries are also apparently trafficking hubs for otters that are exported to Japan: According to the report, seizure records show that Japan was the destination for at least 32 live Small-clawed Otters smuggled out of Thailand.The report identified a lack of strong national legislation to protect these species in many of their range countries as a major reason the illegal exploitation of otters has been able to flourish online. “Weak national laws hinder enforcement action and widespread trade in otters online throws the survival of remaining wild populations in Southeast Asia into question,” Krishnasamy said.The Small-clawed Otter is especially vulnerable to the online pet trade, as at least 700 individual animals were observed for sale during the online survey period, more than any other species. The Small-clawed Otter is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List due to threats like habitat loss and poaching. The IUCN reports that the species’ population in Southeast Asia has declined by more than 30 percent over the past three decades, and continues to decline today.Nicole Duplaix, chair of the IUCN-SSC Otter Specialist Group, said she hopes that the report will serve as a wake up call for authorities to rein in the uncontrolled trade of juvenile otters.“The online commerce of very young otter cubs for the pet trade adds a new dimension of concern,” Duplaix said in a statement. “The appeal of these cute animals is undeniable, but otter cubs are difficult to hand rear and susceptible to the same diseases as cats and dogs.”The report urges Southeast Asian governments to adopt tougher laws that protect all four Asian otter species from exploitation and punish online wildlife crime, and recommends that governments work with conservation NGOs to educate consumers about threats to otters’ survival in order to reduce demand for the animals as pets.A Small-clawed Otter pup for sale in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in November 2017. © Gomez.L/TRAFFIC.last_img read more


The diversity of biodiversity: Connecting shrews, ants and slime molds with carbon storage

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first_imgAnimals, Ants, Biodiversity, Carbon Conservation, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Forests, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Forest Carbon, Forests, Insects, Logging, Mammals, Primary Forests, Rainforests, Research, Secondary Forests, Timber, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by John Cannon 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 Research has shown that, in some cases, high-carbon forests support high levels of biodiversity.But a recent study, which looked at a wide variety of species groups, demonstrates that regrowth forests can support a greater number of representatives of some species groups.The findings support the conclusion that recovering forests should be included in conservation planning alongside old-growth forests. Tropical forests are key defenders in the fight against climate change. They lock down around 25 percent of the world’s carbon in their canopies, trunks and soils, a function so crucial that they play a prominent role in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.Research also shows that high-carbon forests can anchor richer ecosystems. This is a win-win situation for climate mitigation and wildlife conservation.However, according to a recent study published in the journal Science Advances, the riches of high-carbon stocks are not shared equally among the various species found in forests. Forests that are in the process of growing back — for example, after they’ve been logged for timber — seem to provide ideal conditions for pioneer species not found in old-growth forests.A regrowth forest canopy. Image by Frederik Van de Perre/University of Antwerp.“In the case of slime molds, we think that this less-humid environment in regrowth forests might be a more optimal growing situation,” said Frederik Van de Perre, a biologist and doctoral student at the University of Antwerp in Belgium and the lead author of the paper.Earlier studies have detected positive links between biodiversity and above-ground carbon storage. However, in one study, this positive effect was only visible when researchers drilled down to the relatively fine scale of 0.1 hectares (0.25 acres). According to a 2017 paper by ecologist Martin Sullivan of the University of Leeds in the U.K. and his colleagues, published in the journal Scientific Reports, the biodiversity-carbon relationship remains unknown at scales relevant to conservation planning.Sullivan also critiqued another key study that found a positive biodiversity-carbon relationship, suggesting that the authors did not properly control for environmental variations such as elevation, temperature and precipitation.“The protection of biodiversity needs to be considered alongside climate change mitigation, rather than [both] assumed to benefit automatically,” Sullivan told Mongabay in 2017.Van de Perre and his colleagues decided to attack the much-debated problem from a different angle.“When you read the literature, there are lots of papers saying [their research] is about biodiversity-carbon storage relationships,” Van de Perre said. “But actually, when you read those papers in detail, it turns out it’s about tree diversity. In my opinion, you can’t call that biodiversity.”Scientists on the way to the field site in the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Image by Bart Würsten/Botanic Garden Meise.In their study, the authors researched a total of 10 different organismal groups.“We at least tried to capture what biodiversity is to the fullest [extent],” Van de Perre said.Working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Yangambi Biosphere Reserve, they used old-growth and regrowth forests as proxies for carbon-rich and carbon-poor environments. The 10 species groups they investigated included shrews, ants, trees, leaf lichens and slime molds.Previous research has looked at the relationship between mammals and carbon storage in tropical forests, but Van de Perre said that his team’s study had the “largest variety of species groups.”It was also “the first to at least compare trees with other types of species,” he added.The results did demonstrate a positive correlation between biodiversity and above-ground carbon storage, but only for trees and leaf lichens. The other eight organismal groups showed random, linear or even negative patterns of correlation.A plasmodial slime mold. The biodiversity of this organismal group demonstrated a negative relationship with above-ground carbon storage. Image by Myriam de Haan/Botanic Garden Meise.Van de Perre suggested that random correlations might result from what scientists call “turnover,” which means that certain species from the same organismal group replaced others as the carbon stock increased rather than growing alongside them.“We know of ants that are specialized on trees that occur in regrowth forests,” Van de Perre said, “and there are definitely [other] species [of ant] that only occur in old-growth forests.”Shrews displayed a linear correlation, suggesting that all species in this group were equally suited to both carbon-rich and carbon-poor forests.Slime molds, on the other hand, were the only organismal group to show a distinctly negative correlation, meaning that all species specialize in colonizing regrowth forests. This organismal group would undoubtedly lose out should regrowth forests be excluded from conservation initiatives.The results add an important wrinkle to the debate around forest protection and biodiversity.An old-growth forest canopy. Image by Maurice Leponce/Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.“The general idea is that old-growth forest is important for its irreplaceability [and] regrowth forest is added value,” Van de Perre said. “But actually, creating and regenerating regrowth forests will help [both] biodiversity and carbon storage.”In fact, recovering forests sock away carbon 11 times faster than old-growth forests, according to a 2016 study. However, when it comes to biodiversity, the importance of regrowth forests will most likely depend on their proximity to old-growth forests to facilitate species recruitment. According to Van de Perre, this phenomenon was the case in the forest plots where the team did their research.“Forest regeneration will [therefore] benefit forest biodiversity both directly, by providing habitat for species adapted to early successional stages, and indirectly, by increasing connectivity and reducing [the] fragmentation of forests,” he said.Banner image of a plasmodial slime mold by Myriam de Haan/Botanic Garden Meise.Joshua Parfitt is a Mongabay intern based in The Hague, Netherlands. Find him on Twitter: @jjparfittCitationsBonan, G. B. (2008). Forests and climate change: Forcings, feedbacks, and the climate benefits of forests. Science, 320(5882), 1444-1449.Cavanaugh, K. C., Gosnell, J. S., Davis, S. L., Ahumada, J., Boundja, P., Clark, D. B., … & Sheil, D. (2014). Carbon storage in tropical forests correlates with taxonomic diversity and functional dominance on a global scale. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23(5), 563-573.Poorter, L., Bongers, F., Aide, T. M., Zambrano, A. M. A., Balvanera, P., Becknell, J. M., … & Craven, D. (2016). Biomass resilience of Neotropical secondary forests. Nature, 530(7589), 211.Poorter, L., Sande, M. V. D., Thompson, J., Arets, E. J. M. M., Alarcón, A., Álvarez‐Sánchez, J., … & Bongers, F. (2015). Diversity enhances carbon storage in tropical forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(11), 1314-1328.Sullivan, M. J., Talbot, J., Lewis, S. L., Phillips, O. L., Qie, L., Begne, S. K., … & Miles, L. (2017). Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome. Scientific Reports, 7, 39102.Van de Perre, F., Willig, M. R., Presley, S. J., Bapeamoni Andemwana, F., Beeckman, H., Boeckx, P., … Verheyen, E. (2018). Reconciling biodiversity and carbon stock conservation in an Afrotropical forest landscape. Science Advances, 4(3).last_img read more


Monitoring the ambitious land restoration commitments in Africa

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first_imgAnnouncements by Burkina Faso and Tanzania at the GLF Africa Conference, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya this week, brings restoration commitments under AFR100 to a total of 96.4 million hectares by 27 African countries.Making pledges is one thing, however, while monitoring and tracking progress in actually achieving these restoration goals is another. Attendees of the GLF Africa Conference were keenly aware of this challenge, and a variety of tools for monitoring and tracking restoration activities was a topic of much discussion.Restoration requires more than the planting of trees, as Charles Karangwa, an IUCN Regional Forest Landscape Restoration Coordinator, noted at the conference: “Countries must enact polices, allocate budget to restoration implementation, track and learn from their progress.” NAIROBI, Kenya – Burkina Faso and Tanzania announced at the just-concluded 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa Conference that they are committed to restoring 5 million and 5.2 million hectares of their degraded forest landscapes, respectively, by 2030.The pledges are those countries’ intended contributions to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100), the ambitious land restoration goal that seeks to restore some 100 million hectares (247 million acres) of degraded land by 2030. The announcements by Burkina Faso and Tanzania at the GLF Africa Conference, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya last week, brings restoration commitments under AFR100 to a total of 96.4 million hectares by 27 African countries.Making pledges is one thing, however, while monitoring and tracking progress in actually achieving these restoration goals is another. Attendees of the GLF Africa Conference were keenly aware of this challenge, and a variety of tools for monitoring and tracking restoration activities were actively discussed throughout the conference.Anchored on the forest landscape restoration (FLR) principle, AFR100 aims not only to support mosaic landscape restoration through agroforestry, planting, and natural tree regeneration, but also to restore the ecological functionality of degraded landscapes and improve local community well-being at the same time.“If we want to rectify errors from the past, then we need to run twice as fast. We must restore at least 12 million hectares annually to reach land degradation neutrality,” Robert Nasi, director of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), told delegates during the conference’s opening plenary.As Africa’s population rises, deforestation from fuelwood collection, the timber trade, and agricultural expansion is increasingly threatening a variety of landscape types, from woodlands, tropical rain forests, and dry forests to mangroves, grasslands, and savannas. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicates that three million hectares of forest are lost and 65 percent of land is impacted by degradation in Africa every year.Meanwhile, climate change directly and indirectly affects the growth and productivity of forests through changes in temperature, rainfall, weather, and other factors. Increases in temperature could make future droughts more damaging than those experienced in the past. Additionally, drought will increase wildfire risk and reduce trees’ ability to produce the sap that protects them from destructive insects. These disturbances are likely to reduce forest productivity while changing tree species distribution.Dalbergia melanoxylon seedlings, a flowering plant native to seasonally dry regions of Africa. Brackenhurst Garden, Kenya. Photo by Sophie Mbugua.Even as impacts of climate change are exacerbating threats to Africa’s forests, however, stopping deforestation has the potential to be one of the most powerful tools in the global fight against climate change — capable of providing 40 percent of the low-cost emissions reductions solutions the world needs to meet the global target of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius.Need for monitoringAFR100 is a country-led effort meant to contribute to the Bonn Challenge, a global initiative launched by Germany and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2011 that aims to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land globally by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.So far, 47 countries around the world have committed to restoring 160.2 million hectares as part of the Bonn Challenge. The IUCN indicates that meeting the Bonn challenge will generate at least $84 billion in material benefits, providing additional income opportunities to rural communities.However, one major obstacle that faces efforts like AFR100 and the Bonn Challenge is that of accurately monitoring and measuring countries’ progress towards meeting their goals and the impacts that work is having on the ground.Emily Averna, an associate with the AFR100, noted that, even though smallholder farmers have already restored millions of hectares across Africa, there is no consistent monitoring program to track overall progress. “There is need for [an] effective tracking system, as monitoring restoration progress is not done in a systematic manner,” Averna told Mongabay.Tangu Tumeo, the principal forest officer at Malawi’s ministry of natural resources, explained just what’s at stake without monitoring mechanisms being in place. “Data exists, but [is] not shared. You cannot restore if you do not know what you are restoring. Without an accurate data set, it is hard to monitor environmental, social, and ecological benefits of these forests as well package [the] landscape restoration business case for investors,” Tumeo said at the conference in Nairobi.Tumeo notes that with nearly 80 percent of land in Malawi considered degraded, the government, which just finalized its FLR strategy, has embarked on restoring about 8 million hectares of degraded land through improved agricultural technologies, river and stream bank restorations, commercial plantations, agroforestry, and community woodlots. According to Tumeo, Malawi is already monitoring its restoration activities, and intends to start reporting its progress in 2019.“It is going to cost us over $300 million to restore the 4.5 million hectares we have pledged,” Tumeo told Mongabay. “We have put in place mechanisms to collect data from the grassroots — including input from small holder farmers, and youth engaged through the extension service providers.”Monitoring toolsRestoration requires more than the planting of trees, as Charles Karangwa, an IUCN Regional Forest Landscape Restoration Coordinator, noted at the conference: “Countries must enact polices, allocate budget to restoration implementation, track and learn from their progress.”Newtonia buchananii seedling planted as an ornamental tree and shade tree in coffee, tea, and cocoa plantations. Brackenhurst Garden, Kenya. Photo by Sophie Mbugua.One tool available to countries is the Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress — a framework that helps countries track the implementation of their commitments, including restoration financing received, enabling policies adopted, carbon sequestered over time, socio-economic benefits (such as number of jobs) created, and number of hectares under restoration. In a session on the first day of the conference, Kenneth Angu Angu, an IUCN regional forest program coordinator for Central and West Africa, discussed the latest developments of the Bonn Challenge Barometer and how to enhance its application in Africa.Based on the Bonn Challenge Barometer, Rwanda has already restored nearly 700,000 hectares of its 2-million-hectare commitment since 2011, at a cost of over $600 million. According to Francine Tumushime, Rwanda’s Minister of Land and Forestry, the country has managed to register 11.4 million title deeds, enabling tracking of land converted to agricultural purposes and forests. 24 percent of the land, Tumushime said, is owned by women, while 14 percent is owned by men and 58 percent is owned jointly.“To effectively restore the landscapes and benefit communities dependent on it, we engaged the private sector through packaging landscape restoration as business opportunities, which has helped us triple forest restoration and climate change adaptation domestic finance,” Tumushime said.Launched in fall 2016 and led by IUCN with support from Germany’s International Climate Change Initiative, the Bonn Challenge Barometer has been piloting landscape monitoring projects in Brazil, Rwanda, the United States, El Salvador, and Mexico, tracking FLR commitment progress per hectare as well as climate impacts and social economic progress.While the Bonn Challenge Barometer helps track polices, carbon saved, and budget allocated, additional tools, such as Collect Earth, compliment the Barometer by helping countries track tree cover and current land uses through satellite imagery.The Collect Earth tool lets countries know what their beginning state is (baseline vegetation) so that they can carry out restoration interventions while tracking how the land changes (measuring progress) and also which areas are changing the fastest or remaining restored over the long run (management support), Aaron Minnick of the Global Restoration Initiative explained at the GLF Africa Conference.Kenya and Ethiopia have engaged Collect Earth, an open data collection tool, to map their baseline vegetation cover. Kenya, for instance, is employing the tool in Makueni County. The data is not yet finalized, but if the effort is successful, it will be scaled out to three more counties that have shown interest in landscape monitoring.Sean DeWitt, director for global restoration initiatives at the World Resources Institute (WRI), discussed the potential uses of Collect Earth in Africa during a session on practical strategies to enable large-scale implementation of reforestation commitments held one day before the GLF Africa Conference at the third AFR100 annual partner meeting, which was also held in Nairobi.Two additional monitoring tools were discussed at the AFR100 partner meeting. One was trends.Earth, a tool created by Conservation International (originally called the Land Degradation Monitoring Toolbox) that uses remote sensing technology to help inform land management and investment decisions. Meanwhile, Everlyne Nairesiae, a land expert at UN-Habitat, discussed the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), an international alliance that develops and deploys tools designed to increase land tenure security, particularly for the poor and women.Local communities key to restoration successNot all of the solutions discussed at the GLF Africa Conference were tools for measuring restoration efforts. As countries prepare to track and report their progress in meeting their AFR100 commitments, the need to harmonize which indicators of success are reported on by countries was flagged as a necessity in order to help meet reporting requirements in the context of numerous international commitments. Involvement of academia, strong political will, collaboration between governmental sectors, and a shift towards landscape-level policies are also seen as key to achieving Africa’s restoration targets.One of the most critical factors in the success of restoration efforts discussed at the GLF Africa Conference, however, was engagement with local communities. Esther Mwangi, a principal scientist for forests and governance at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), organized the opening day plenary session, which was the first plenary in the GLF’s five-year history to feature the voices of local community members.“The GLF, happening on the back end of the [AFR 100 annual meeting], seemed an appropriate time to bring back into this discussion the role of communities on the ground, to shine a light on what they have been doing to restore landscapes over decades, to indicate whom they worked with and how, to capture their aspirations and opportunities going forwards, and to link them up with people from different parts of the continent who may hold similar or divergent views,” Mwangi told Mongabay in a Q&A published ahead of the conference. “They know where the shoe pinches, why not just hear from them directly?Addressing land tenure and land rights of local communities is key, according to UN-Habitat’s Nairesiae, as only a high perception of land tenure security is likely to secure local communities’ full participation in restoration efforts.Conference participants continually returned to the need for local community involvement in land restoration. It was clear in almost all of the conference’s sessions that farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous peoples must play a critical role as stewards of the landscapes African countries are seeking to restore.Plant nursery in Yangambi, DRC. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Afforestation, Avoided Deforestation, Climate Change, Climate Change And Forests, Climate Change Policy, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Deforestation, Ecological Restoration, Ecosystem Restoration, Environment, Environmental Policy, Forests, Monitoring, Tracking Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_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


Traditional Kyrgyz walnut-apple forests provide map for sustainable future

Posted On Feb 10 2020 by

first_imgArticle published by Erik Hoffner 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 Agriculture, Agroforestry, Archive, Biodiversity, Conservation Solutions, Featured, food security, Forests, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Poverty Alleviation, Sustainable Development center_img In the Kyrgyz mountain town of Kyzyl-Unkur, farmers grow mixed forests of walnut, apple, apricot, pear, almond and cherry trees in a traditional system of agroforestry that stretches back centuries.Beneath the fruit and nut trees, honey from beehives and mushrooms are collected, and hay is mown for livestock, providing multiple products for sale and consumption during the seasons.Kyrgyzstan currently has numerous environmental challenges such as land, forest and pasture degradation, which agroforestry could alleviate.Agroforestry also sequesters atmospheric carbon in trees and soil, and provides habitat for wild creatures. KYZL-UNKUR, Jalalabad region, Kyrgyzstan — The mountain road leading to Kyzyl-Unkur winds through a gorge. Three hours later, on a broken road, one finds the village surrounded on all sides by unique relict walnut forests. Here, the local Kyrgyz population lives from generation to generation.Everyone knows each other and who does what. Because of its remoteness from large settlements, a traditional way of life has been preserved here. All the inhabitants are farmers, engaged in raising livestock and growing crops. The total forest area of ​​Kyzyl-Unkur is 520 square kilometers (200 square miles), of which 225 square kilometers (87 square miles) are forested and the rest pasture. The walnut forests alone cover 37 square kilometers (14 square miles).But a recent sharp increase in livestock numbers has taken a heavy toll on the pastures, causing land degradation and a decrease in the productivity of the vegetative cover. Because of this, the cattle have begun to enter the forests and impact the ecosystem.Agroforestry delivers multiple products for sale. Samidinov Kazybek’s dryer makes mushrooms, fruits and herbs ready for sale. Image by Cholpon Uzakbaeva for MongabayThe villagers have begun to change their stance on this practice, though, trying not to move the cattle into the forest and looking at the forests from a different angle: not as a free source of fuel and grazing pasture, but rather from the angle of agroforestry.Historical arc of agroforestryAt the heart of agroforestry is the growing of different crops in a particular spot all together: fruit trees, shrubs and vegetables that yield produce at different times in summer and autumn. The Kyzyl-Unkur farmers together with the regional forestry department benefit from forests through agroforestry. The practice also benefits the ecosystem. They all pursue one goal: to preserve natural areas of forest and increase the area of ​​forests through agroforestry.“Kyrgyzstan since ancient times is well known with its nomadic culture and livelihoods primarily based on livestock production,” said Klara Dzhakypbekova, coordinator of the SUSWALFOOD Research Project, a program of the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Germany focused on the development of nutritious food from wild plant species from Kyrgyz walnut forest ecosystems. “The first ideas of using agroforestry came with the Persian garden culture across the Silk Road, and more profoundly developed later with Russian gardeners coming to the areas to develop fruit tree gardening techniques.”Sartbaev Abdykerim, a forestry technician at the local forestry department, described what agroforestry represented when Kyrgyzstan was later part of the Soviet Union: “Under the Soviet Union, a planned system of work was in place. All lands belonged to the state forest fund, the main purpose of which was the conservation of biodiversity and protection of forest ecosystems,” he said.Collecting fruits of the agroforest. Image by Cholpon Uzakbaeva for Mongabay“Work began on the development of new varieties of apple trees from wild [stock], creating large gardens. The local population was attracted to harvest walnuts, apples, medicinal herbs like St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), nettle (Urtica urens), mint (Mentha piperita), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), immortelle (Helichrysum arenarium), chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), and oregano (Origanum vulgare),” Abdykerim said. For this, he added, they received money or coupons for the purchase of goods in the grocery store.“It was tight control from the state. The forestry department [owned] farm horses, apiaries, nurseries. Foresters planted wild apple trees in the forests, and in open areas created industrial plantations, planted potatoes, [and] clover was planted among the forest and haymaking was carried out in the forests,” Abdykerim said. “After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the amount of funding from the state budget fell sharply. Forestry [department] was forced to lease forests to the public due to a lack of budget for harvesting walnuts.”Erkin Bakirov displays his bees. Image by Cholpon Uzakbaeva for MongabayAfter reform of the state system of forest management, the forestry department, or leshoz, began to introduce community management of forests. But only 10 percent of farmers agreed to do it this way. Those who did were provided with a plot of fruit-bearing forest in exchange for services like growing seedlings and collecting seeds.But since 2007, Abdykerim said, the method of community management has been simplified: “Now the plots are leased, one hectare for 1,000 soms,” or about $15. A single hectare (2.5 acres) can yield up to 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of walnuts, which can bring a profit of up to $1,000.Such plots can be rented for five to 50 years on a competitive basis. Each farmer proposes a program for the protection of the site, the planting of forests, and the use of resources. A selection committee with representatives from the local government, civil society and leshoz then picks the most original programs with good ideas.The foresters make a list of all the crops on rented plots and note exact amounts. The sites fall under the control of forest rangers, who regularly visit them. If the terms of the contract are violated, the leshoz has the right to terminate the contract. For its part, the leshoz plants 30 hectares (74 acres) of industrial-sized plantations in open areas, annually growing 25,000 seedlings of various kinds.Seasonal harvestsThe farmers derive their income from the harvesting of walnuts (Juglans regia), morel mushrooms (Morchella esculenta), apples (Malus sp.), honey and hay. In early spring, they start picking morel mushrooms, which grow mainly under walnut trees. In the summer, they can reap one or two harvests of honey. In September, farmers collect one harvest of walnuts and apples as they mature, while hay for livestock is mown twice. Crops are sold as needed in the local market or to resellers. Walnuts and mushrooms typically go to China and Turkey, and honey to the domestic market.Walnuts and apples grown in an agroforestry system. Image by Cholpon Uzakbaeva for MongabayBakirov Erkinbek, a farmer, rented a forest plot in 2016, a high-altitude site of 5 hectares (12 acres) where he collects nuts. He takes care of the plot by cleaning the springs and collecting the eggs of gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar), an insect that feeds on the leaves of apple and walnut trees. Among the bushes he plants walnut seedlings; here there is a greater probability that animals will not trample the seedlings, and so they can grow to maturity.Erkinbek tends a second plot, lower down the mountains, near the edge of the forest. Here he practices agroforestry through another approach, planting walnut, apple, apricot, pear, almond, cherry and dog rose (Rosa canina) seedlings. Next to the cultured breeds he planted wild seedlings. If one of the seedlings dies, another will continue to grow. In two years, 90 percent of the seedlings took root. Between the rows there’s the natural hay of wild grasses, as well as planted clover and potatoes.“Mixing different cultures pays,” Erkinbek said. “We have a sharp continental climate here, so the weather is unpredictable every year. And this directly affects the yield. In good years I get an excellent harvest of nuts, apples, mushrooms. It is profitable for me to deal with agroforestry. And I hope gradually I will be able to give up livestock and get the main income from agroforestry.”It’s very possible, according to agroforestry expert Dzhakypbekova. She said research had shown positive effects from agroforestry on household incomes, as well as on the ecological conditions of the land.Forage for livestock like this hay grown between or under trees is another benefit of the system. Image by Cholpon Uzakbaeva for Mongabay“Kyrgyzstan is currently encountering a number of environmental challenges such as land, forest and pasture degradation,” she said. “Agroforestry might be a sustainable option to find a resolution for such issues and to improve the well-being of the rural households.“It is possible to develop agroforestry practices which are relevant to the given conditions and would be accepted by the local farmers,” Dzhakypbekova added. “For instance, degraded pasture plots might be planted with fruit trees and forage intercropped to meet the increasing demand for forage.”In such ways, agroforestry could be a significant part of the country’s agricultural future, as it has been in the past.This article is part of an ongoing series on agroforestry worldwide, see all the features here.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post.last_img read more


Pocari Sweat racks 2nd straight win

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_imgMOST READ Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSeemingly shrugging off its early struggles this conference, Pocari Sweat claimed its second straight victory with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 win over Perlas in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Myla Pablo fired 11 of her 13 points from kills, while Jeanette Panaga added 12 markers to help the Lady Warriors even their standings at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely With 3 games remaining, GlobalPort changes import anew Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Elaine Kasilag also had 12 points in the win, while Cai Nepomuceno got 10.“I guess the team is now having a better flow. They are now adjusting to playing without our imports and we’re satisfied with how they are playing in our last three games,” said Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella.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 returnThe Lady Warriors were in full control for the majority of the match, but had to shake off the Perlas Spikers in the third set after they closed in, 18-17.Panaga, though, came to the rescue as she scored two straight hits as Pocari capitalized on Perlas’ errors late to cruise to its second straight sweep. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Dzi Gervacio led Perlas (2-2) with eight points, while Amy Ahomiro got five in the defeat. /atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead View commentslast_img read more


Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_imgMarck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon “When (Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum) called out No. 4 and he said it wasn’t us, I said ’Um, that’s it, that’s all I care about,’” said Johnson, the Hall of Famer in his first year as Lakers president. “I didn’t know where we were going to land from there, but I was like ‘OK, I can breathe now.’”The Celtics finished dismantling the team that beat the Lakers to win the 2008 championship when they traded Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn on the night of the 2013 draft. Boston acquired the Nets’ 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, as well as the rights to swap in 2017.The timing was perfect for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league.“And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out (No. 1) pick,” Pierce wrote on Twitter.The 76ers will pick third, while Phoenix fell two spots and is fourth.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The draft is June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Warriors trounce Spurs minus Leonard for 2-0 series lead 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, left, poses for photographs with Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, right, after the Celtics won the first pick in the NBA basketball draft, at the draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The Celtics won by beating out the Lakers, giving the draft lottery an old NBA Finals feel.Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson’s smile, the hated rivals were both celebrating.ADVERTISEMENT The Celtics won the lottery Tuesday night to continue another amazing basketball springtime in Boston, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago.A night after winning Game 7 against Washington to secure an Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland, the Celtics cashed in their 25 percent chance to land the No. 1 pick in the June draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Game last night, Game 7, a tough Washington team. Game tomorrow against a tough Cleveland team. And now we squeeze in the lottery and win the pick. I don’t know what’s happening here. It’s pretty amazing,” said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics owner who represented them on stage.The Lakers moved up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three. View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “I’m excited,” 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid said. “We jumped up one more spot. I wish we would have gotten the No. 1 pick, but we trust the process and it’s going to be exciting to see what we’re going for.”The Celtics were going to be in prime position no matter how the Ping-Pong balls bounced in a hotel ballroom Tuesday. They were guaranteed no worse than the No. 4 pick to add to a team that had the best record in the East this season behind All-Star Isaiah Thomas.“It’s two completely different situations: One is a lot about the future, and one is in the present,” Celtics president Danny Ainge said. “This team is a lot of fun to be around this year.”Their victory made it three straight years the team with the best odds has won the lottery, after going the previous decade without a victory. Minnesota snapped that streak by getting eventual Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015 and Philadelphia emerged with Ben Simmons last season.The draft is considered a strong one, loaded with point guards such asMarkelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox. Though the Celtics already have a top point guard in Thomas, Grousbeck said he expected they would make the pick.And the Lakers will get a chance to take one of them after beating the odds to move up. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012.Not only that, but they would have had to trade their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando if that happened, so Johnson was all smiles even after finishing behind the rival Celtics. A late five-game winning streak by his young team had damaged its odds by falling behind Phoenix for the second-worst record in the league.“You see, you don’t know what’s been going on in L.A. They’ve been like ‘Oh my god, we blew it,’” Johnson said. “We won five in a row and everybody thought we were crazy. So now the fans back home can breathe a little easier.”Sacramento actually moved up into the top three, but the 76ers had the right to swap with them through terms of a past trade. The Kings will select fifth and 10th.Orlando is sixth, followed by Minnesota, New York and Dallas. Charlotte is No. 11, with Detroit, Denver and Miami rounding out the 14 lottery spots. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas 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 MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to knowlast_img read more


CEU uses strong finishing kick for 4th straight win

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_imgThe diminutive playmaker  finished the game with 16 points on a 5-of-6 sniping from threes, to go with two rebounds off the bench.“I know his game will come because his work ethic shows it. He really has the go signal from me to shoot,” said coach Yong Garcia of Wamar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Rod Ebondo towered over the competition anew, racking up 13 markers, 18 boards, four blocks, and two assists, while Christian Uri got 11 in the win.CEU has now strung four straight wins to keep itself in the running for a top two seed with a 4-2 slate. NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals target Final 4 berth Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation View comments 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 Orlan Wamar. PBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University used a strong finishing surge to down Marinerong Pilipino, 70-57, and extend its winning streak to four in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Orlan Wamar drilled two treys in the payoff period, the last of which gave his side the 19-point lead, 68-49, midway in the fourth quarter, to trigger the Scorpions’ blowout.ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit LATEST STORIES Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Marinerong Pilipino, meanwhile, absorbed its third straight defeat and fell to a 1-4 record.Achie Iñigo went 3-of-5 from threes to wound up with 13 points and five rebounds to lead the Skippers, while Mark Isip chipped in 12 markers and six boards.The Scores:CEU 70 – Wamar 16, Ebondo 13, Uri 11, Casiño 8, Manlangit 5, Aquino 4, Arim 4, Cruz 4, Intic 3, Jeruta 2, Saber 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 57 – Iñigo 13, Isip 12, Sargent 10, Javelona 6, Lopez 6, Moralde 4, Alabanza 3, Javillonar 2, Publico 1, Gavieres 0, Gumaru 0, Marata 0, Salcedo 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LSU title parade draws massive crowds Quarters: 14-17, 37-29, 56-45, 70-57.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


Captain Sloley looks to capitalise on wild card

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina: A strong believer in self and God, Danielle Sloley aims to capitalise on her wild card opportunity to advance athletic development at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. “This is one of the biggest launching pads that I can see in my athletic career as a junior and I really believe that it has started me on the stream to being a pro athlete by exposing me to the international level at this early stage,” said Sloley, who won this year’s Girls’ Champs shot put title with a record 15.99m throw to claim back-to-back titles. Actually, Sloley might even consider herself lucky to be at the championships, having got a wild-card entry to the global showcase for the world’s best junior athletes. She numbers among a 13-member team of representatives under the flagship of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), which is fostering the development of youthful sporting talent under the theme ‘Generation Next’. “I was so surprised when I heard that I got a wild card, like ‘wow’, just to have such a big organisation recognise me, it was really, really overwhelming,” she exclaimed. “I feel like I have to do the IAAF a big, big, big,big favour by going out there and representing them well because they’re the ones that selected me.” Being a benefactor, it is not surprising that Sloley embraces the whole concept of a wild card. “I think it’s actually pretty amazing giving the athletes a chance to compete at an international level and I believe that it just gives everybody this stage to just put themselves out there and just reach where they’ve never reached before,” she said. This is true for the Immaculate Conception High first-year sixth-former, who was selected as captain of the girls’ team by the JOA. It’s another feather in her cap. “To be captain of such an amazingly talented group of people is really overwhelming to me because just to be around them their vibe, their energy, everything about them is just so rejuvenating. They make the experience worthwhile,” admitted Sloley, who seems to bask in her role. “As captain I’ve to treat them like they’re at home, wake them up early, just ensure that they eat properly, ensure that they know what time we have meetings, when to get ready and for ceremonies, help them to get up and be prepared.” Selection also has created another landmark for Sloley, who will be competing at this level for the first time. That in itself does not faze her. “I’m a firm believer in as long as you work hard and you trust in God anything is possible, so that’s what I’ve come out here with. So I believe that I will do what I’m supposed to do on the day and wherever that places me I’ll be satisfied,” she said.last_img read more