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first_imgNearly cut from team, Espeleta proves worth for Adamson BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr, meanwhile, described the blowout as their “annual beatdown at Staples.” The Dubs also lost a favorable match-up against LA in similar fashion last March.Through the first six games of the season, the Lakers are sitting at the 7th place of the Western Conference standings with a 3-3 win-loss record.Although it’s too early to say if it can achieve success this year, the team showed a vast improvement from last season when it took them until Dec. 2 to notch its third win.  Khristian IbarrolaADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warrior Draymond Green  AP PHOTOThe young nucleus of the Los Angeles Lakers isn’t expected to make much of an impact this season, but it certainly made its presence felt over the weekend.The team, which is composed of a few rugged veterans, unproven youngsters and a first-year head coach in Luke Walton, toyed with last year’s runner-up—the revamped team of the Golden State Warriors—in an improbable 117-97 wire-to-wire victory.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas READ: Lakers stun Warriors, end Curry’s 3-point streakAfter the 20-point drubbing, the normally brash Warriors’ forward Draymond Green had only nice things to say about their up-and-coming counterparts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“They’re not bad anymore,” he said of the Lakers, according to Bleacher Report. “They’re hungry. Those guys are growing up.”“That’s a young and hungry team with a new staff and they’re getting after it,” he added. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more


first_imgMOST READ Foton faces the winner of the playoff between RC Cola and Generika in the semifinals on December 3.Despite the strong finish, Tornadoes head coach Moro Branislav said the team is not at a hundred percent going into the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliBranislav pointed out the absence of youngsters EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina, who were late for the match.“In this moment, my team is not yet ready,” said Branislav. “Two players are not on their maximum and there is a little problem for Ariel [Usher].” Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Doug Kramer continues recovery from mild stroke Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Usher did not finish the match after falling awkwardly on her feet following a spike attempt late in the fourth set.Lindsay Stalzer and Jaja Santiago led the two-woman attack force for the Tornadoes with 25 and 21 points, respectively, while Usher complemented the two with 14 points of her own.Niemer had a game-high 27 points for Petron while Serena Warner added 11. ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 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 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinecenter_img We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK Foton Tornadoes. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFoton took the first seed of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix after knocking off Petron, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-14, in its final game of the preliminary stage Thursday at San Juan Arena.Stephanie Niemer’s final service of the game went long, giving the Tornadoes the victory and the 9-1 record while her Blaze Spikers slipped to 8-2.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


first_img“That’s the magic number, eight wins,” Austria told the Inquirer as his 6-1 Beermen shoot for a fourth straight victory.Rain or Shine battles Phoenix Petroleum at 4:30 p.m.A top two berth would mean needing just one win against a lower-ranked team to advance to the Final Four.“It’s like having a 1-0 lead in a best-of-three [series],” he said.Ginebra’s Tim Cone had practically the whole of the holidays to prepare against the Beermen and reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, describing the talented 6-foot-10 center as a “conundrum” for opponents.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Senators to proceed with review of VFA Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan 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 Brisbane International: Almost perfect Pliskova demolishes Cornet Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ View comments We are young SCORESNLEX 110 – TNT 98NLEX 110—Lastimosa 22, Anthony 13, Alas 12, Camson 12, Guinto 11, J. Villanueva 7, E. Villanueva 7, Rios 6, Baracael 5, Lanete 4, Taulava 3, Monfort 3, Khobuntin 3, Gotladera 2.TNT 98—Castro 17, Tautuaa 15, Rosales 15, Fonacier 9, Reyes 7, Rosario 7, De Ocampo 7, Williams 6, Rosser 6, Carey 5, Seigle 4, Golla 0, Pogoy 0, Tamsi 0.Quarters: 24-26, 52-52, 85-81, 110-98Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img PBA IMAGESANGELES CITY — NLEX snapped out of a five-game skid in a huge way last night as the Road Warriors fanned their flickering playoff hopes in the PBA Philippine Cup with a 110-98 road win over TNT KaTropa in a Petron Saturday Special game at Angeles University Foundation gym here.Carlo Lastimosa scattered 22 points and three other men in coach Yeng Guiao’s starting unit finished with 11 or better as NLEX also halted the Texters’ two-game winning run and rose to 2-5, still out of the playoff picture but avoiding early elimination with four games left.ADVERTISEMENT While Guiao’s first five clicked, the same cannot be said of Nash Racela’s starting unit as it combined for just 26 points with Jason Castro coming off the bench to shoot 17 and lead all TNT shooters.The Texters were a woeful 36-of-91 from the field and slid to 4-3, now more than two games behind league-leading and defending champion San Miguel Beer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe Beermen return to action after barely two days’ rest and preparation, clashing with a Barangay Ginebra side that seeks to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.Coach Leo Austria’s only fear coming into the 6:45 p.m. contest at Smart Araneta Coliseum is the little time they had in getting ready for the crowd-darling Gin Kings as the Beermen shoot for the first of two more wins they need to gain a top two berth. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more


first_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 overSponsored Article published by Isabel Esterman Since coal mining company PT Seluma Prima Coal set up operations in 2015, residents of Rangkiling Bakti village in Jambi, Sumatra say they have suffered from a lack of clean water as well as from landslides and flooding.Although a permit to do so is still being processed, PT SPC and its partners have diverted the course of Sungumai River, which runs through their concession.The company has drilled wells and promised other social initiatives, but area residents have continued to protest, calling for more compensation and for legal measures to be taken against the company. JAMBI, Indonesia — Sitting on a plank balanced over what remains of the Sungumai River, Halimah dug out handfuls of sand from the riverbed, trying to create enough depth to scoop up a dipper full of water.People living here in Rangkiling Bakti village, part of Jambi province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, have for decades relied on this tributary of the Tembesi River for bathing and washing clothes.“Back then, the water was clear. Now it’s murky like this,” the 48-year-old woman told Mongabay-Indonesia in February, as she scrubbed laundry in the shallow stream.Village women like Halimah, in blue, now struggle to wash clothes in the shallow, murky stream. Photo by Yitno Suprapto/ Mongabay-Indonesia.Two hundred meters away from where she sat is a mining site operated by PT Seluma Prima Coal (SPC). Since the company arrived on the scene in 2015, the lives of villagers like Halimah have been significantly affected.The Jakarta-based company is currently achieving nearly 90 percent of its production target of 50,000 metric tons (55,115 U.S. tons) of coal per month. Over 130 trucks are used to transport the coal every day. The company has altered the course of the river and built roads in the area, depriving local homes and farms of fresh water while reportedly increasing instances of landslides and flooding.Rangkiling Bakti village secretary Prismar recounted that prior to the company’s arrival, the Sungumai River was four meters (13 feet) wide. Then the company redirected the stream, creating an artificial ditch next to the mining location, drying out the Sungumai and filling it with sand and mud.“There were many fish, but now there aren’t any left,” Prismar said. “They’ve all gone.” Now, he said, people from the village are considering hiking a kilometer to the main branch of the Tembesi River just to wash and bathe.Only a handful of families have wells, he added, but even those are suffering. “The wells are drying up. Before, you could dig five, six meters deep to find water. Now, they compete with the mining pits so all the water goes there [to the mine],” he said.PT SPC has tried to alleviate the situation by helping to drill six wells for the villagers, ranging from 30 to 50 meters (98 to 164 feet) deep. But Prismar said the water quality isn’t great. “If we use it to cook rice, the rice turns yellow, so we are scared to use this water to cook. At most we use it to wash dishes, and we still bathe in the river.”In addition to water scarcity, locals say the company’s activities have triggered more frequent flooding and landslides affecting locally owned plantations. One rubber farm Mongabay visited was covered in mud washed in from the dirt road that leads to the PT SPC concession.Sayiful Islam, owner of this rubber plantation, told Mongabay Indonesia his trees died after being inundated during a flood. Facing an increase in flash floods and landslides as well as a shortage of clean water, locals point to topographical changes caused by the mine, noting that a water culvert was filled with dirt following a landslide. Photo by Yitno Suprapto/ Mongabay-Indonesia.Redirecting the riverPT SPC, along with fellow mining company PT Marlin Serantau Alam (MSA) and their contractor PT Universal Support (US), produce low ash and low sulfur coal used for power plants in Jambi province and sold for export. After submitting their permit request in 2009, PT SPC secured a 1,116-hectare (2,758-acre) concession in Sarolangun district, with reported coal reserves of 30 million metric tons, and began operating in 2015.The Sungumai River flows through PT SPC’s concession, splitting it in two. This, said the company’s Mining Technical Head Syarifuddin Gaffaru, is why the company altered the river’s course.However, the company has not yet obtained the permit that would allow them to legally redirect the course of the waterway.“In 2016, I sent a request to the [Sarolangun] district government but by 2017 there was no response,” Syarifuddin explained. He went to the provincial level, and was eventually directed to the national Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Jakarta.“We submitted our request at that time. If we had waited, maybe we still would not have begun operations,” he said. The permit is still being processed, Syarifuddin added, and the company has moved ahead without it.The diverted Sungumai River. Village officials say that prior to the arrival of the coal mine, the river was four meters (13 feet) wide. Photo by Yitno Suprapto/ Mongabay-Indonesia.Syarifuddin insisted the problem lies with government inaction. “In 2017, I again submitted a request to the provincial government but still received no clarification,” he said.Ibnu Ziady, secretary of public works at the Sarolangun district Public Works and Housing Agency, told Mongabay the permit was delayed because his office does not know how to make the technical recommendations regarding permits for river recoursing.“We need to learn more from our colleagues in the province about the formatting, the form, and all,” he said, adding that he didn’t know the requirements to obtain the permit. However, he has asked the natural resources head at his office to coordinate with the provincial office about both the formatting and the substance of the permit.“We are still learning the format. Once we have it, we’ll do it as soon as possible. Why would we delay?” he said.This river redirection is only one of the problems facing PT SPC’s permit. In September 2017, PT SPC had to submit an addendum to its environmental impact assessment (EIA) to amend a previously submitted document.In its original EIA request, the company stated that the distribution of coal in their concession lay toward the east, whereas studies show the deposits are more to the north.Heri Kuslaini, head of the local government’s environmental division, said all the addendum documentation was complete, and explained that his office will discuss the matter at its next meeting. “Once they fulfill everything, then we can grant the environmental permit,” he said.Novaizal, head of oversight at the provincial mining ministry, suspects the mistake was due to the previous concession owner. “PT SPC was a ‘take over,’ so when they took over [the concession], the environmental documents and the exploration reports had already been completed,” he explained.In a separate case in October 2017, PT SPC was ordered to cease operations for failing to secure another permit — for liquid waste treatment. The district government ordered PT SPC to stop its activities for two weeks.Coal particles pollute the Sungumai River. Photo by Yitno Suprapto/ Mongabay-Indonesia.Village protestsOn Jan. 24, dozens of villagers aired their complaints in a demonstration in front of PT SPC’s entrance. They demanded the company take more responsibility for environmental degradation in the area resulting from mining activities.The protest was organized by Asmara, head of the People’s Defender Forum (Forpera) in Sarolangun. Asmara claims PT SPC, along with PT MSA and PT US, have been negligent towards the environment. Asmara also claimed the company had not been paying the agreed 2,000-rupiah ($0.14) toll for each coal truck entering the village.In addition to environmental concerns, Asmara also highlighted the issue of day laborers who were recently fired by the company. They also joined the protest.The demonstrators made a series of demands including monetary “social compensation,” free healthcare for villagers living near the mines and more local job creation. Asmara also demanded that the companies drill 15 new wells and build a communal facility for the villagers to wash and bathe.Three days after the protest, the Sarolangun police mediated a meeting between the villagers and representatives of the companies.Raja, a representative of PT US, said roughly half of the company’s employees were local. Out of 140 employees, 84 are from the communities near the mine, he said. “Then you add the 100 day laborers who are also locals,” he said.  The company adheres to labor regulations and provides overtime for its workers, he added.As for healthcare, Syarifuddin of PT SPC said they have included it as part of their annual budget and work plan, which was being discussed at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Jakarta. “Regarding healthcare, we have included it in our programming. In 2018 we can execute it,” he said.After three hours of intense discussion, the parties agreed on 8 points, including the drilling of new wells for the villagers. The companies stated that they will further discuss compensation with the villagers.Every day, more than 130 trucks transport coal from PT SPC’s concession. In February, activists said the village was not receiving the agreed upon toll of 2,000 rupiah per vehicle. Photo by Yitno Suprapto/ Mongabay-Indonesia.However, weeks after the meeting, progress looked slow. As a result, on Feb. 15, a group of university students from the Students for Jambi Alliance staged another protest at the provincial mining ministry.Dozens of students pressed the provincial environment ministry to put more pressure on the companies to deliver on their promised social initiatives, while also demanding legal action against the companies for environmental degradation.At the time, head of the provincial environmental department Hary Andria responded, telling reporters that supervision and regulation of the companies are in the hands of the central government, and that local and provincial governments can only serve as liaison.The protesters were promised that an inspector from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources will survey the PT SPC mining site along with provincial officials to assess the environmental degradation claims.For the time being, Novaizal, of the provincial mining ministry, said that as long as the environmental impacts to the local area can be tolerated, the companies can continue to mine.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site in a series of articles on March 13, 2018 and March 16, 2018.Banner image: Halimah scrubs laundry in the Sungumai River. 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first_imgIn the forests surrounding Río Abiseo National Park, in the Peruvian Amazon region of San Martín, a burgeoning chocolate industry is gaining traction.After dedicating more than twenty years to the cultivation of coca to supply cocaine trafficking, today the community of Mariscal Cáceres is committed to legal production of cacao that allows them to protect more than 300,000 hectares of forest.Cacao growers in the community are partnering with Swiss dairy farmer to produce high-quality chocolate for markets in Europe and the U.S. Augusto Sangama confesses that, twenty years ago, his life was worth nothing. He believes others in the community of Huicungo in the San Martín region in northern Peru felt the same way, saying that if any of them had been killed, no one would have asked for explanations of their death.These were times when cocaine paste was sold as if it were a kilo of sugar or rice, showing how high the demand was and leading to an increase in trafficking. Planes with drugs left daily from the Alto Huallaga Valley, where the community is located. Augusto recalls that the majority of local farmers were engaged in the illicit cultivation of coca crops, from which cocaine is produced. Now at 64, he observes the hundreds of cacao tree seedlings destined for the chocolate industry he has planted on land once used to grow coca, as well as the intact biodiversity of nearby Río Abiseo National Park, he can’t understand why he could not live like this before.“Where there was coca, there was money,” Sangama recalled, saying that no cacao producer forgets what happened in the 1980s and 90s after the drug cartels and the Shining Path guerrilla rebel organization had seized the region. “You could not make a mistake because if you did they beheaded you in front of everyone,” he said. Many share these memories with their children and grandchildren. “We must remember how much progress we have made,” said Sangama, who is now president of the Association of Agricultural Producers of Huicungo (Apahui).Río Abiseo National Park extends along 274,520 hectares (678,353 acres) in the province of Mariscal Cáceres, in the San Martín region. It was created to preserve the cloud forests of the Tropical Andes. Photo courtesy of SernanpMuch has happened since 2000 when there were only a few farmers who believed they could make a living cultivating cacao in San Martín. After the eradication of illegal coca crops and the capture of the primary narco-terrorists who controlled the area, many farmers were forced to find another way to support themselves and their families and so began growing citrus fruit. This shift increasingly focused on cacao, and today there are at least four cooperatives that are dedicated to the production and export of the crop in the province of Mariscal Cáceres.Sangama’s association, Apahui, currently has 120 partners that sell their raw material with an organic certification, a title that they were able to obtain in 2014. Now the profits have allowed them to buy new machinery to dry and process the cacao they export especially to Europe.Today Mariscal Cáceres is the site of many success stories. These include the communities of Santa Rosa and Pucallpillo, two of the hardest hit by narco-terrorism that now export their cacao for the production of Gaggo Leche milk chocolate bars, which are prepared with Peruvian cacao and the milk of 200 Swiss producers. Both the milk and cacao used to make the chocolate bars come from two protected areas: the Gran Pajatén Biosphere Reserve of Peru and the Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve of Switzerland.The farmers who grow the cacao are full partners in the production association, which means they have access to profits for equipment and conservation projects. “Last year they obtained 100,000 Peruvian soles ($30,442.50 USD) and bought one of the best drying centers in the region,” said Ronald Rojas, executive director of the Fundación Amazonía Viva, an organization that brings together several cacao cooperatives and local conservation organizations.The Swiss Peruvian company Choba Choba partners with 36 farming families in the Alto Huayabamba Valley. With the cacao they produce and the milk from Swiss dairy farms, they have created the first chocolate produced in two biosphere reserves of UNESCO. Photo courtesy of Choba ChobaWinston Ruíz Weninger, who was born in the village of Dos de Mayo sayd he saw how his parents and grandparents had to work hard to break free from their dependence on illegal coca cultivation. Now, as a forestry engineer in the Association for the Protection of Communal Forests of Dos de Mayo – Alto Huayabamba (Aproboc), Ruíz Weninger can fulfill the dream he had since adolescence: to protect the forests. The influence of recognitionIn addition to cacao production, the province of Mariscal Cáceres is also home a protected area granted some of the highest levels of protection of the country. Río Abiseo National Park comprises 274,520 hectares (678,353 acres) and was created in 1983 to “protect the cloud forests of the Andean tropics and conserve wildlife in danger of extinction, in addition to protecting the archaeological complexes of Gran Pajatén and Los Pinchudos,” according to the National Service of Natural Protected Areas (also known by its acronym in Spanish, Sernanp). Due to its cultural wealth, the park was also declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO in 1990. Two years later, it was listed in the Mixed World Heritage Site category that recognizes places that are important both naturally and culturally.According to Sernanp, Río Abiseo National Park is home to around 409 species of birds. Photo courtesy of Christian Quispe/SernanpSince then, the park has received other designations. The head of the park, Víctor Hugo Macedo, says that in 2015 the Ibero-American Model Forest Network listed the park as a Model Forest Río Huallabamba Abiseo. The following year, the park, together with two million more hectares, were grouped in what is known today as the Gran Pajatén Biosphere Reserve — a designation again granted by UNESCO. With it, the area became the fifth UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the country.“All these titles are not only for recognition. They serve so that a farmer who works near the park or conserves lands in the buffer zone can capitalize on these achievements and add an economic and social value to his product,” Macedo told Mongabay.Drying the cacao is an important part of the production process. Photo courtesy of SernanpA 2013 study by the Pacific University found that the average cacao grower receives between S/. 2,031 and S/. 3038 ($630 and $940 USD) more annually than would be earned working outside of the park’s area of ​​influence.In addition, the study found that Río Abiseo National Park “contributes to improving the welfare of cacao producers in the buffer zone.” And it states that “this improvement can be valued in S/. 1.32 million to S/. 1.97 million ($320,000 to $340,000) annually for the entire San Martín region.”Ronald Rojas of the Fundación Amazonía Viva (Fundavi) argues that cacao grown in this area is 40 percent more productive than in the rest of the San Martín region.“The Regional Agrarian Directorate of San Martín points out that in 2017 the province of Mariscal Cáceres alone generated S/. 113 million ($34 million) in cacao,” he said.The head of the park affirms that, since the park’s inception, one of the objectives has always been to support the development of local communities.“At the beginning, it was difficult because the cultivation of the coca leaf was very aggressive. Little by little, when the organizations realized that they had a better commercial acceptance of their legal production, we started to gain allies,” he said.Cacao growing in the buffer zone of the Río Abiseo National Park. Photo courtesy of Christian Quispe/SernanpPlanting for the futureA further boon to both conservation efforts and cacao growers was the official approval of the Martín Sagrado Biocorridor in 2010. The biocorridor grouped 303,685 hectares (750,422 acres) within the buffer zone of Río Abiseo National Park and delegated its administration to three associations of cacao farmers. This was accomplished through a REDD+ project, which is the application of a mechanism created to fight against climate change — established by the Bali Action Plan during COP 13 in 2007 — that economically compensates tropical developing countries for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. Through this project, a company seeking to offset its carbon emissions can buy “credits” in forests such as San Martín, the revenue from which allows local communities to continue caring for this natural area instead of cutting down trees.Gran Pajatén Biosphere Reserve includes Río Abiseo National Park and other concessions for conservation concessions and areas for reforestation and sustainable agriculture. Courtesy of Fundación Amazonía VivaRonald Rojas of Fundavi highlights the value of the Martín Sagrado Biocorridor, explaining that it provides important habitat for wildlife like yellow-tailed woolly monkeys, yellow-browed toucanets, spectacled bears, cock of the rocks and jaguars, as well as threatened tree species.The Martín Sagrado Biocorridor is divided into three concessions for conservation purposes: Martín Sagrado, El Breo and Montecristo. They have been authorized by the National Forest and Wildlife Service (also known by its acronym in Spanish, Serfor) as areas for scientific research and environmental education. Inside them, sustainable tourism and the use of non-timber forest resources is allowed, which go hand in hand with conservation projects such as beekeeping or seed collection.Around 114,000 hectares (281,700 acres) are part of the El Breo concession, which is managed by Aproboc.“For us, it was an opportunity that fell from the sky,” says forest engineer Winston Ruíz Weninger. Although he left his community for many years to receive training, he said he never stopped thinking about Dos de Mayo and its potential.Río Abiseo National Park is home to an archeological site called Gran Pajatén. Photo courtesy of SernanpRuíz Weninger says he has not forgotten how his neighbors and residents of other regions of the country once raided the forest at will.“There was a lot of mahogany here and that made the forest a gold mine,” he told Mongabay. That is why he recognizes that the creation of the association was an important step towards conservation.According to Ruíz Weninger, the creation of the association also added value to their products. But the Dos de Mayo community decided to go a step further and began working on the commercialization of “Chocoplatano,” a powder that brings together two of the most important products of the village: chocolate and plantain. “Now with the stamp of origin certifying that the product comes from a conservation area, the price increases,” Ruíz Weninger said.“Now we are in a place of excellence and the world can learn from us,” he added.Ronald Rojas of Fundavi says that residents from different countries visit the region learn about their REDD+ project, and to study how they implemented this system and gain insight into the conservation management plans they have in the biocorridor.The concessions “El Breo” and “Montecristo” have now been joined by “Martín Sagrado,” which is managed by the Agricultural Cooperative Cacaotera (also known by its acronym in Spanish, Acopagro) and has certified 108,800 hectares (268,850 acres) within its territory as part of the REDD+ mechanism. Concession manager Linda Weninger believes that the future of agricultural associations is to invest in conservation.“We export organic cacao to Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Canada and France. If we were seen as a strong cacao business when we started, now we are also considered advocates of conservation,” Weninger said.Acopagro is also taking part in tree-planting efforts in the buffer zones of both Río Abiseo National Park and its concession. The most common seedlings planted are bolaina and shihuahuaco species. Photo courtesy of AcopagroConservation efforts and implementing new sources of income does not stop with the concessions located in the biocorridor. The associations that Fundavi created have a tree-planting project that has so far resulted in the establishment of more than 2 million trees. The project consists of restoring and stabilizing the soil through the cultivation of timber species so that younger farmers have an assured retirement security fund via these plantations.Augusto Sangama, from Apahui, is excited for this project, which is called “Safe Retirement.”“The objective is that we can use forest resources to guarantee our pension,” he said.Ronald Rojas says that this initiative has spread to other communities in San Martín, and by 2017 had resulted in the planting of some 4 million trees.“We dream of becoming a forestry power in a few years,” Rojas said.“Fair Amazonia,” a social enterprise, has also been created to improve management. Through it, cooperatives of growers have become shareholders, which will allow them to ultimately benefit from the commercialization and profits gained from ecosystem services as a result of tree-planting and, eventually, timber extraction.But Rojas believes that the happy ending has already been written for the cacao farmers of Mariscal Cáceres.“First it was rubber, then coca. We prosper with cacao and now the carbon arrives. It’s as if the letter ‘c’ is guiding our way,” he said between smiles.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Latin America (Latam) team and was first published in Spanish on our Latam site on June 19, 2018.Banner image: The Río Abiseo National Park has made local cacao farmers conservation allies. Photo courtesy of SernanpFeedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Archive, Cacao, coca plantations, Community-based Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Deforestation, Drug Trade, Environment, Featured, Forests, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Illegal Trade, National Parks, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Redd, Redd And Communities, Tropical Forests center_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