As the global population surges, dams have been increasingly adopted as a way to keep up with skyrocketing demands for water and energy.
Costa Rica, a tropical country known for its national parks and ecotourism, has taken a further step to protect its environment. But even in this environmentally conscious nation, a new ban on hunting faces obstacles.
Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant increase in private and public sector interest to explore payments for ecosystem services (PES), in order to assign value to ecosystem services, and thus promote better land use practices. We recently investigated how PES schemes are faring in meeting the goals of safeguarding ecosystem services, while also benefiting local livelihoods.
Columbia may more than double the size of the remote and poorly-known Chiribiquete National Park to make it the biggest protected area in the Columbian Amazon, reports El Espectador.
Under a proposal laid out last year, Columbia's national park service is slated to expand Chiribiquete to about 3 million hectares, up from its current 1.3 million hectares. The park, located in southern Columbia, was established in 1989 and is home to more than 300 bird species, 7 monkey species, and 300 butterfly species.
La Pedrera is a small town located on the Caquetá River in the Colombian Amazon. The town has electricity for only a few hours per day. During that time all the shop owners turn on their TVs and radios. Men, women and children sit on the street to watch TV; as I look around, I see that many of them are currently engrossed in a Japanese soap opera.
Sitka Conservation Society
While winter around the Chesapeake Bay is known for oysters and striped bass, summertime means blue crabs. If you enjoyed steamed crabs from Maryland this summer, you may have consumed crabs harvested by watermen involved in a ground-breaking test of technology to improve long-term blue crab management.