Flight Over the Bas-Ogooué: Using Drones to Map Gabon’s Wetlands

Nature Conservancy - Science

Nature Conservancy scientists are using unmanned aerial vehicles to create the first-ever detailed wetlands habitat map of coastal Gabon, in collaboration with scientists from NASA, and other conservation groups working in Gabon. Forests cover 85 percent of Gabon, making it the world’s second most forested country. Gabon also has one of the lowest population densities in Africa, with a majority of it’s citizens living in urban areas. “In

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They’re Electric: Two New Fish Species Discovered in Gabon

Nature Conservancy - Science

This wasn’t a typical fishing trip, either: the new species was collected on the Ogooué River of the Central African country of Gabon. Sullivan found the specimen on an expedition to the Ogooué River in September 2014 jointly sponsored by CENAREST (Gabon’s science agency) and The Nature Conservancy. Gabon is currently looking at the best way to sustainably develop its natural resources, including rivers, to benefit its population.

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The Power of a Healthy Watershed for Energy Security in Gabon

Nature Conservancy - Science

Notes from the field: Mb é river watershed, Estuaire province, Gabon. Gabon is a country embarking on a major transformation to convert its economy from one largely focused on petroleum extraction to a more diversified economy that leverages the country’s rich natural resources – yet also takes care of them through a “green” development strategy. Flight Over the Bas-Ogooué: Using Drones to Map Gabon’s Wetlands. A Bright Future for Gabon.

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11000 Gabon Elephants Slaughtered in Less Than 10 Years

Eccorazzi

Since 2004, poachers have Read More The post 11000 Gabon Elephants Slaughtered in Less Than 10 Years appeared first on Ecorazzi. A new study released by the Gabonese National Parks Agency, WWF and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), has confirmed the worst fears over elephant populations in Central Africa. Animals Causes Featured News

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The Transformation of Gabon: Can Nature Make Economic Development Work Better for People?

Nature Conservancy - Science

But a small but necessary raw material for that phone or computer might well be coming in the near future from the forests of Gabon. And the challenge for the country and the planet is how to mine those resources in a way that does not threaten Gabon’s abundant natural treasures – everything from clean drinking water to gorillas to vast carbon stocks that mitigate climate change. Can Gabon find a way to achieve its development goals while protecting nature?

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Can Healthy Rivers and Hydropower Co-exist?

Conservancy Talk

In places like Gabon’s Ogooué River, we’re working with the Gabonese government to develop a management plan that encompasses the entire river basin. Experts predict that we will be 9 billion people sharing one planet by 2050. Where will we find enough energy to power our growing population? Forward-thinking leaders looking for ways to balance economic growth and environmental protection are making major investments in low-carbon energy solutions like wind, solar and hydropower.

Mandrill on the Menu: What is the Value of a Wild Animal?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Notes from the field: March 22, 2015 – rural highway from Lambar én é to Libreville, Gabon. That exclamation from my colleague cut sharply through the pop songs on the radio, as we cruised down the bumpy two-lane highway on our way back from the field in the central African country of Gabon. The Transformation of Gabon: Can Nature Make Economic Development Work Better for People? After all, mandrills are a protected species in Gabon.

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Largest Nesting Site Of Leatherback Turtles Found

Eco Friendly Daily

Researchers from the University of Exeter and the Wildlife Conservation Society recently performed a detailed survey on the Gabon coast in West Africa. The survey was performed over three nesting seasons between 2002 and 2007 and spread across the entire 372 mile coast of Gabon. The surveys revealed that there are between 15,730 and 41,373 female leatherback turtles nesting on the beaches in Gabon.

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Getting the Best Value for Conservation in Africa

Nature Conservancy - Science

The project, described in a recent article in the journal Biological Conservation, was the first to compare terrestrial, freshwater and coastal habitats in the same analysis and helped inform the Conservancy’s recent decision to establish a new conservation program in Gabon. Gabon stood out as having good opportunities for both terrestrial and freshwater conservation at modest cost, with a strong probability of success.

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, October 22

Conservancy Talk

In Gabon and the Republic of Congo, the reintroduction of captive gorillas appears to be working. Epic smog and epic food waste — it’s a tough morning in the land of green news (we’ll end on a positive note though!). Is there a direct link between Australia’s bushfires and climate change ? ( CNN ). Here’s what China’s epic smog looks like from space. Grist ). It’s a battle of redwoods vs. red wine as California’s climate changes. ( NPR ).

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Groups Push for End to Chimp Testing in US Labs

Celsias

In fact, the United States is one of only two countries still confining and conducting invasive research on chimps; the other is the African nation of Gabon. While research scientists have long supported the use of chimpanzees in labs for biomedical and other medical research, human rights organizations are calling for an end to the use of chimps in U.S.

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The Bee-eaters of Africa

10,000 Birds

These bee-eaters also breed in fantastically sized colonies (some estimated to number over 50,000 birds) along rivers, but instead of choosing steep, sandy banks, Rosy Bee-eaters excavate their nest holes on wide, sandy, flat river islands and banks (in Gabon they nest in association with the mythical African River Martins, forming even more massive bird colonies!). The most reliable and accessible site for this bird is also Loango National Park in Gabon.

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Picathartes – Africa’s strangest birds

10,000 Birds

It occurs from south-west Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea (both mainland and on the island of Bioko), Cameroon and Gabon. Sites in Gabon and CAR seem to be very seasonal and hit-and-miss, and Equatorial Guinea, like Nigeria, is not a recommended birding country.

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Expedition Granted–Dash? or Trevor? You decide

Wend Magazine

We ended up discovering the longest cave in Gabon,” he said. National Geographic Young Explorers Dashiell Masland and Trevor Frost are contending to save the world, at least a small piece of it.

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The Ole’ Bucket List

10,000 Birds

They are Ecuador for the Galapagos, Gabon for the bais, Madagascar, New Guinea and New Caledonia for everything. Well, this time next week I’ll be winging my way to Cape Town via Auckland and Singapore (air transport is weird sometimes), so this is my last beat post of the year.

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CONGO BASIN RAINFORESTS ON BORROWED TIME AS OIL PALM DEVELOPMENT NUMBERS SURGE

Green (Living) Review

Singaporean agricultural global commodities trading giant Olam plans to develop 130,000 hectares of palm oil in Gabon, with the potential for significant environmental impacts, and uncertain social consequences, especially for traditional forest communities. According to McKinsey, the plantation will increase the area of commercial agriculture by 85% in Gabon by 2022, a major threat to the lives of the thousands of indigenous people living in the region.

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Loggerheads’ Lost Years, Bronx River Beavers & Sibley 2.0

Nature Conservancy - Science

The orange, cave-dwelling crocodiles of Gabon. The time between loggerhead turtle hatching and maturity has been a mystery, but researchers have now tracked them into the Sargasso Sea. Photo Credit: Kuiko through a Creative Commons 2.0 license. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, and Lisa Feldkamp of the TNC Science Communications team. We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff every week on the Internets. We share it here with you in the Cooler: Biodiversity.

WWF Honors Ofir Drori – the Enemy of Africa’s Roughest WildlifeTraffickers

Green Prophet

” LAGA has grown into the Central African Wildlife Law Enforcement network, which now tracks illegal wildlife trafficking in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Guinea, and Gabon; three other countries will soon be covered as well. Israeli photojournalist turned independent animal rights activist Ofir Drori received the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Nature’s Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal tonight.

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Africa’s Barbets

10,000 Birds

The Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon duchaillui is a rainforest species, named for Frenchman Paul Du Chaillu who was the first explorer to venture inland from Gabon into Africa’s vast lowland forest bloc. The Yellow-spotted Barbet was discovered and named for Frenchman Paul Du Chaillu during an expedition into the forests of Gabon.

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The Surprising Importance of Freshwater Fisheries to Global Food Security

Nature Conservancy - Science

They’re Electric: Two New Fish Species Discovered in Gabon. If you’re thinking about how fisheries feed people around the globe, chances are you start picturing oceans. The images of saltwater commercial fishing are everywhere around us: on popular cable television shows, on the supermarket shelf, even on conservation blogs like this one. But what about freshwater fisheries?

Can Both People and Nature Benefit from Development Mitigation?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Transformation of Gabon: Can Nature Make Economic Development Work Better for People? Development happens, and conservationists must live with that reality. Wind turbines will be erected, forests will be logged, and damns will be built. Mitigation is often the weapon of choice against rampant environmental harm: It is widely acknowledged as a means to lessen the cumulative impact of unavoidable development.

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ORPHANED OTTER IS AN AMBASSADOR FOR CONSERVATION IN THE CONGO

Green (Living) Review

Otter bush meat is common in Congo and Cameroon, but not in Gabon because of its reputation of being a dangerous animal - the myth in Gabon is that otters can give electric shocks when caught with a spear.

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Beyond the Power Struggle: The Science and Values of Sustainable Hydropower

Nature Conservancy - Science

We’re now testing those tools and promoting the potential for more sustainable hydropower development in river basins in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Gabon. Doug Garletts, a fisheries biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, inspects a fish trap below Lookout Point Dam located on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River at Lowell, Oregon. Photo: ©Bridget Besaw. By Jeff Opperman , senior freshwater scientist. Dams are not subtle.

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Concentration, Confrontation, Collaboration: The Future of Sustainable Hydropower

Nature Conservancy - Science

In Gabon we are collaborating with government agencies and providing them tools and methods to compare hydropower development scenarios to help them achieve their ambitious goals for both renewable energy expansion and conservation of ecosystems. Concentration. That’s what makes rivers so valuable — both for fish and for energy.

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Journey to Musiamunat: Trekking into the Adelbert Mountains

Nature Conservancy - Science

Gabon’s Ogooué River basin. A global map of where The Nature Conservancy works reads like an adventurer’s bucket list: Mongolia’s vast grasslands. Australia’s wild Martu country. Indonesia’s Raja Ampat shark sanctuary. Columbia’s glittering rainforests. Many of these places are exceedingly remote by conventional standards: only accessible by boat or a rugged 4-wheel drive.

7 Science Innovations That Are Changing Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

In Gabon, scientists used drones to map 9000 km 2 of otherwise largely inaccessible wetlands. In our still relatively brief existence, humans have evolved our way to an era many are now calling the Anthropocene – a new geological epoch defined by human impact on Earth. But our unparalleled creativity is a double-edge sword. We are undeniably contributing to many of the global challenges now facing our species, and all species who share this planet.

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Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

“Australia is committed to a greedy and inhumane course of climate exceptionalism, climate racism and climate injustice.&#. We all know that we have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and eventually reach zero emissions.

Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action. It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

Urban Upgrading

The Green Changemakers

View the topics in the index below by clicking on the red button. View photographs of 'Success Stores' from projects around the world. What is a slum ? What is urban upgrading ? What is needed to make it work ? What is the demand for upgrading? What are the benefits of upgrading?

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