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Land thieves ramp up deforestation in Brazil’s Jamanxim National Forest

first_imgBanner image: Deforestation by illegal loggers in Jamanxim National Forest in Pará state, Brazil. Image courtesy of IBAMA.Editor’s note: This story was powered by Places to Watch, a Global Forest Watch (GFW) initiative designed to quickly identify concerning forest loss around the world and catalyze further investigation of these areas. Places to Watch draws on a combination of near-real-time satellite data, automated algorithms and field intelligence to identify new areas on a monthly basis. In partnership with Mongabay, GFW is supporting data-driven journalism by providing data and maps generated by Places to Watch. Mongabay maintains complete editorial independence over the stories reported using this data.Feedback: 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. Agriculture, Cattle, Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Politics, Forests, Green, Illegal Logging, Land Grabbing, Politics, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Soy, Tropical Forests 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 Morgan Erickson-Davis Deforestation appears to be rising dramatically in Brazil, with satellite data showing the country’s Amazonian region lost more forest in May than during any other month in the past decade.Jamanxim National Forest, in the state of Pará, has been particularly hard hit, losing more than 3 percent of its forest cover in May. Another surge was detected during the last week of June.Residents say the pressure facing Jamanxim comes from outsiders who are looking to make a profit by logging trees and then selling the newly cleared land to ranchers.Many of those living in protected areas believe that the political climate under President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration is encouraging the invasions by loggers into Brazil’s protected areas. Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has started to increase very rapidly, with 73,900 hectares (182,600 acres) of forest felled in the single month of May this year. May is always a month when deforestation rises, because it marks the end of the rainy season for much of Amazônia, but this year’s figure is a 34 percent increase over May 2018, when 55,000 hectares (135,900 acres) were felled. According to DETER (System of Detection of Deforestation in Real Time), which compiled the data, it’s the highest single-month figure in more than a decade.The DETER figure for accumulated deforestation from end of August 2018 to end of May 2019, compared with the same period in 2017/2018, shows a much more modest rise, from 348,700 hectares (836,946 acres) to 365,470 hectares (903,096 acres), an increase of 4.8 percent. The May 2019 figure supports anecdotal evidence that land thieves have become much more aggressive this year.“If this upward curve continues, we could have a bad year for the Amazon forest,” Claudio Almeida, the head of satellite monitoring at INPE, the Brazilian aerospace institute, which runs DETER, told Reuters. “It will depend on how much policing there is in the next two critical months,” he added. However, with the current state of paralysis within the country’s main environmental agencies, it seems unlikely that the authorities will be cracking down heavily on illegal deforesters in the coming months.The Jamanxim River hems the eastern side of Jamanxim National Forest, one of the most threatened protected areas in Brazil. Image by IBAMA via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).DETER recommends caution in the use of its data, because its satellite-imaging technology can’t penetrate thick cloud and so can be inaccurate. The official annual figures on how much forest has been felled in Amazônia are calculated with the use of different methodology, known as PRODES, and are published at the end of July, also by INPE.However, DETER’s data are widely regarded as a reliable indicator of trends, and the system is currently detecting high levels of deforestation in protected areas — national forests, national parks and indigenous areas. Even though under Brazilian law, these are clearly signposted as no-go areas for deforesters, land thieves and loggers have increasingly moved into them: according to figures from Imazon, the Institute for the Man and Environment in Amazonia, a nonprofit that promotes sustainability in the Amazon, deforestation in protected areas rose from 7 percent of total deforestation in 2008 to 13 percent in 2017.Many of those living in protected areas believe that the political climate under the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro is encouraging the invasions by loggers into protected areas.“All this hostile talk about the indigenous people from the new government is encouraging invasions,” Awapu Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, a leader of the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people, told the NGO Socioenvironmental Institute (ISA). The critical period for this people, who live in Rondônia in the west of the Brazilian Amazon, begins in April when the end of the rainy season provides a dry window for invaders, and continues until October when the rains begin to fall again. According to the Kanindé Association, a nonprofit that monitors deforestation in the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau Indigenous Territory, about 180 outsiders illegally invaded the reserve in April. Ivaneide Bandeira, Kanindé’s coordinator, says that Bolsonaro’s announcement that he would be redrawing the boundaries of some indigenous reserves encouraged the illegal invasions.DETER’s data show that the protected areas under greatest pressure are in Pará state in the east of the Amazon Basin, where the economic frontier is advancing rapidly and land prices are rocketing. Of the 10 protected areas in the Amazon with the highest levels of deforestation, eight are located in Pará. The area being most heavily despoiled is Jamanxim National Forest, where 44,800 hectares (110,700 acres) of forest were illegally felled in May alone.In other words, Jamanxim lost more than 3 percent of its tree cover in just one month. Considerably less damage occurred in the next most threatened protected area — the Tapajós Area of Environmental Protection — which, proportionally, experienced less than a quarter of Jamanxim’s deforestation rate in May.While forest loss slowed somewhat in Jamanxim in June, satellite data collated by the University of Maryland recorded around 22,000 deforestation alerts. Most of these occurred in the last week of the month, indicating another hike in clearance may be in store for July.Data from the University of Maryland visualized on Global Forest Watch show the majority of June deforestation in Jamanxim National Forest was recorded at the very end of the month. This forest loss is edging into an intact forest landscape (IFL), one of the few undegraded IFLs remaining in the national forest.Area cleared within Jamanxim National Forest. Photo courtesy of OEco.Jamanxim National Forest is a dramatic example of what can happen to a protected area when it is deprived of effective policing, which is the situation that INPE’s Claudio Almeida was describing. Jamanxim National Forest was created in February 2006 as part of a package of measures to prevent deforestation along the BR-163, a 1,765-kilometer (1,097-mile) highway that links Cuiabá, the capital of Mato Grosso state, with the port of Santarém on the Amazon River. Soy farmers from Mato Grosso, which had just become Brazil’s main soy-producing state, were pressing for the road to be asphalted so that they could export the soy along the Amazon River instead of having to send it to ports in the south of the country, which incurred heavy transport costs.The government agreed to the farmers’ demand and, to placate environmentalists who were concerned that the road would lead to high levels of deforestation, launched with considerable fanfare the Sustainable BR-163 Plan, which, it claimed, would demonstrate once and for all that the paving of roads and forest protection were compatible.But this plan was soon eclipsed by the Program for the Acceleration of Growth (PAC), announced in 2007, which, with even more publicity and far greater resources, promoted investment in infrastructure, with scant mention of environmental protection.Juan Doblas, who at the time was monitoring regional deforestation for ISA, said: “Ten years [after the Sustainable BR-163 was announced] the levels of deforestation were as bad as in our worst projections … The loss of forest was so out of control that for every year between 2004 and 2013 — except 2005 — while deforestation in Amazonia as a whole fell, it increased in the region around the BR-163.”One of the most heavily invaded areas was Jamanxim National Forest, which covers 1.3 million hectares (3.2 million acres). On paper, it enjoys rigorous protection; only small-scale deforestation, carried out by traditional communities and researchers, is permitted. Although officials from the environmental agency, IBAMA, tried to apprehend invaders, they didn’t have the resources to do the job properly. Land thieves continued to enter, at times threatening IBAMA officials, and they began to put pressure on federal deputies to put a bill through Congress that would remove the protected status from a large section of the national forest and reclassify it so that their occupation could become legal. In 2009 they called for 305,000 hectares (735,700 acres) of the national forest to be turned into an area of environmental protection (APA), a much less restrictive form of conservation unit where faming and mining are permitted.A white-nosed saki (Chiropotes albinasus), one of the species that lives in Jamanxim National Forest. Photo by Valdir Hobus via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).One of the main lobbyists for the reclassification was Ubiraci da Silva, known as Macarrão, the mayor of Novo Progresso, a frontier town on the BR-163 in Pará state. Founded in 1991, the town sprang up around a clandestine land strip built to promote a rapid way in and out for those engaged in illegal logging and gold mining.During the soy harvest, truck after truck trundles through the town, leaving clouds of hot dust. Macarrão says that the town needs to exploit Jamanxim’s resources in order to survive.“We are becoming nothing more than a transport corridor,” he complained to the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. “We are hemmed in on one side by an indigenous reserve and it’s only on the other side, near Jamanxim National Forest, that we can produce. If the government doesn’t give in to our demand [to reduce the size of the national forest], our town will die.”Some of the main businessmen and politicians in Novo Progresso would benefit personally from the creation of the APA. Imazon investigated and found that 71,000 hectares (175,400 acres) of the 305,00 hectares (735,700 acres) had been illegally occupied, most of it after the area had been turned into a national forest. IBAMA had issued 334 fines for illegal deforestation. Both Macarrão and Ezequiel Antonio Castanha, the owner of a large supermarket in Novo Progresso and considered by the Federal Prosecution Service (MPF) as one of the biggest land thieves in the Amazon, were fined, though it seems that the fines were never paid. In 2014, IBAMA, the Federal Police and the MPF launched Operation Castanheira (named after Castanha), an ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to break up the land-stealing gang. Castanha was arrested but later released.The land thieves are not grabbing land to farm it themselves, but have realized that, by deforesting it and selling it on, they can make a vast amount of money. One resident, who preferred to speak off the record, explained to Mongabay how it works:“Land theft is part of the process of occupying the region around Novo Progresso. What is land theft? It’s an easy way of making money. The land grabber takes over an area of forest, generally forest that is worth very little, and deforests it. He doesn’t want to farm it himself but to sell it on. He deforests it very cheaply, using poorly paid labor, plants pasture and then sells it to a rancher who really wants to use the land. This process has been going for a decade or more. And the land increases in value by an absurd amount. Standing forest is almost worthless. Once it is cleared of vegetation, it increases in value 100 or 200 times.”At the end of 2016, after heavy lobbying, the administration of then President Michel Temer gave way to the demands of the land thieves. Temer sent a bill, MP 756, to Congress to reduce the size of Jamanxim National Forest. Environmentalists protested vociferously and the government withdrew the project. But Heron Martins, a researcher at Imazon, says he believes the bickering has only encouraged further illegal invasions.“Every time the government puts forward a bill or emits a sign that it is in favor of a reduction [in the size of the forest], expectations increase and the number of illegal occupations grows, [even if eventually the initiative is abandoned],” Martins said.In April 2108 the Supreme Federal Court, Brazil’s court of last resort, ruled in a unanimous vote that it was unconstitutional to reduce the size of protected areas by means of a kind of presidential decree called a provisional measure. But the decision has had little impact on the ground, with land thieves confident that eventually their exploitation of the forest will be legalized. The invasions are accelerating, as indicated by the recent figures.What is happening in Jamanxim National Forest may be particularly shocking, but it is not an isolated case. On June 5, World Environment Day, the Amazonian Network of Georeferenced Socioenvironmental Information RAISG), which brings together researchers from six Amazonian countries, published a series of maps showing that at least 69 percent of the region’s protected areas, including indigenous reserves, are under some kind of pressure. Its maps encompass the eight countries of Panamazônia, and can be found in a multimedia platform titled Amazônia at a Crossroads. Their conclusion: that the Amazon region is under pressure as never before.last_img read more

From science to reporting (Insider)

first_imgArticle published by Genevieve Belmaker Environmental journalist and Mongabay freelance contributor Ignacio Amigo started his career as a scientist.After realizing that he was reading science features and studies outside his area of expertise, he realized that he really wanted to be a reporter.This post is insider content, which is available to paying subscribers. When I was growing up, I always thought I would become a writer. I loved reading and writing, and excelled at both from a young age. But when I was 15, I had problems at school with a literature teacher. He was arrogant and pompous, and showed contempt for his students. I failed his class,… This content is for Monthly, Annual and Lifetime members only.Membership offers a way for readers to directly support Mongabay’s non-profit conservation news reporting, while getting a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce these stories. Every few weeks, we’ll publish a new member article that tells the story behind the reporting: the trials and tribulations of field reporting, personal travel accounts, photo essays, and more.You can sign up for membership Here If you’re already a member: Log InMembers getExclusive, behind-the-scenes articles.Access to our members-only newsletter.Access to periodic conversations with Mongabay journalists. Climate Science, Environmental Journalism, Forests, Insider, Journalism, Science, 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

Colombia: Indigenous Yukpa besieged by deforestation and armed conflict

first_imgMongabay Latam and Semana Sostenible travelled to two of their reserves. The forests of the Serranía del Perijá Regional Nature Park are being burned and indigenous peoples are living in difficult health conditions.They are asking for urgent attention from the state, and amid shortages are also having to deal with the arrival of indigenous Yukpa migrants from Venezuela.This article is a collaboration between Mongabay Latam and Semana Sostenible from Colombia. There is still hope in the innocent eyes of Yukpa children. They play, laugh, and jump about, despite the difficulties their people face. However, the adults’ eyes tell a different story: impotence, anger and pain, caused by the conditions they live in due to lack of land, hunger, deforestation and the diversion of their rivers, but above all, due to the indifference of the state.The indigenous Yukpa past and present have sombre tones. Yukpa children present high rates of malnutrition and lack of schooling; few adults live beyond the age of 65. According to the 2005 Census, there are 4761 Yukpa living in Colombia, divided among six reserves, located in the municipalities of La Paz, Agustín Codazzi and Becerril, in Cesar, the Colombian Caribbean, covering a total area of 34,064 hectares.In these territories, there are several areas of reserves with fragile ecosystems, and most of the Yukpa population live crammed together in the highest part of the Serranía del Perijá, where the land is more arid. The rivers their ancestors used to fish in are contaminated, some almost dry, and fish are scarce due to lack of oxygen. Furthermore, oil palm plantations have diverted the few remaining water sources. Their future looks bleak.Semana Sostenible and Mongabay Latam visited the Iroka and Sokorpa reserves (which cover 8678/25,000 hectares and have over 3000/1362 inhabitants respectively), to see the problems experienced by the Yukpa first-hand. The group spans the border with Venezuela, and is exposed to the same difficulties experienced by many other communities living in border areas forgotten by local, regional and national governments.last_img read more

International wildlife trade sweeps across ‘tree of life,’ study finds

first_imgArticle published by John Cannon About one in five land animals are caught up in the global wildlife trade, a new study has found.The research identified species traded as pets or for products they provide, and then mapped the animals’ home ranges, identifying “hotspots” around the world.The team also found that nearly 3,200 other species may be affected by the wildlife trade in the future.The study’s authors say they believe their work could help authorities protect species before trade drives their numbers down. Watching a helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) swoop through the canopy of a tropical forest sits atop the bucket list of many bird lovers. The prodigious bird cuts a striking silhouette against the sky with its bulging casque fused to its beak.But the swiftly accelerating demand, especially in China, for baubles carved from the ivory-like material of their casque has diminished the chances of seeing helmeted hornbills throughout their habitat in Southeast Asia — so much so that the IUCN now lists the species as critically endangered.“Animals are valuable on the market because they have something special — for example, brightly colored birds are in demand, as are animals that are a source of ivory,” Brett Scheffers, an ecologist and assistant professor at the University of Florida, said in a statement.Java sparrows for sale at a bird market in Purwokerto, Java, Indonesia. Image by Gabby Salazar.Shifting tastes for products and pets that come from the wild are having a sweeping impact on the vertebrate species that stalk, wriggle or fly over Earth’s surface, according to a recent analysis led by Scheffers and his colleague at Auburn University, Brunno Oliveira. The worldwide wildlife trade has ensnared around one-fifth of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles, the study found. That’s 40 to 60 percent higher than earlier estimates, the authors write.The wildlife trade has caused more species extinctions than any other factor save habitat loss, so addressing why these animals are in such high demand will be vital to saving the nearly 5,600 species currently traded across borders, the authors say. But the study, published Oct. 4 in the journal Science, also reveals that another 3,196 species could face the threat of extinction as the wildlife trade expands to encompass products from relatives of today’s sought-after species.“If one species is traded, chances are its evolutionary cousins are also traded,” Scheffers said. “Once we discovered that pattern, we could develop a model that would predict which species would likely be traded in the future, even if they aren’t traded now.”A young helmeted hornbill. Image by Doug Janson via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).The tentacles of the wildlife trade reach far, infiltrating 65 percent of all vertebrate families.“Once one traded species is exhausted, species with similar traits will become the target of trade,” Scheffers said. “If we run out of one species of bright yellow bird, we move on to the next one most similar to it.”Scheffers and his colleagues mined lists from the IUCN and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to pick out traded species among the roughly 31,500 vertebrates contained in these databases.White-rumped shamas for sale in a bird market in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. Image by Gabby Salazar.They then looked at the ranges of the 5,579 traded species they identified, pinpointing a number of “hotspots” with the densest concentrations. These areas closely tracked the overall number of species living in different regions, with many of the hotspots turning up in the tropics.These hotspot maps “are an important first step,” the authors write, pointing scientists and authorities to places where they should focus efforts on stamping out wildlife trade that’s potentially driving the most species toward extinction.In a related finding, a separate study that also drew on CITES data, this time in the United States, found that countries that were the biggest source of legal wildlife products also accounted for the most illegal products confiscated by U.S. authorities.Inspection of a legal shipment of animal pelts. Image courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Region via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).Understanding where the wildlife trade could have its greatest impact in the future could shift current approaches to protecting vulnerable species, Scheffers said.“Wildlife conservation is often reactive. Protections are put in place once a species is in danger, not before,” Scheffers said. “A species might not be of concern today, but as our study shows, that can change with shifts in supply and demand.”Banner image of a hornbill by Charles Ryan/Sticky Rice Travel. Citations:Bager Olsen, M., Geldmann, J., Harfoot, M., Tittensor, D., Price, B., Sinovas, P., . . . Burgess, N. (2019.). Thirty-six years of legal and illegal wildlife trade entering the USA. Oryx, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S0030605319000541BirdLife International. (2018). Rhinoplax vigil. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22682464A134206677. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22682464A134206677.en. Downloaded on 06 October 2019.Scheffers, B. R., Oliveira, B. F., Lamb, I., & Edwards, D. P. (2019). Global wildlife trade across the tree of life. Science, 366(6461), 71 LP – 76. doi:10.1126/science.aav5327FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Amphibians, Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, China wildlife trade, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Ecology, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Crime, Extinction, Global Trade, Green, Herps, Illegal Trade, Mammals, Mass Extinction, Poaching, Reptiles, Research, Saving Species From Extinction, Tropical Forests, Wcs, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Crime, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking 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

Meet the new parasitic wasp species named ‘Idris elba’

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki British actor Idris Elba has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards and five Primetime Emmy Awards in addition to being named one of the “Sexiest Men Alive.” Now he’s been awarded an accolade that even he probably never dared aspire to: a parasitic wasp has been named in his honor.The genus Idris was first described in 1856 and today includes more than 300 species of wasp, all of which have only been known to parasitize spider eggs. Idris elba, on the other hand, was discovered in Mexico parasitizing the eggs of an invasive stink bug known as the bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris), an invasive species native to Africa.Idris elba could potentially be a valuable part of natural solutions to controlling the B. hilaris population, as opposed to the insecticides currently in use, and reining in the destruction the stink bugs do to crops. British actor Idris Elba has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards and five Primetime Emmy Awards in addition to being named one of the “Sexiest Men Alive.” Now he’s been awarded an accolade that even he probably never dared aspire to: a parasitic wasp has been named in his honor.The wasp was recently discovered in Guanajuato, Mexico and described to science in a paper published in the Journal of Hymenoptera Research this week by a team of researchers with Mexico’s Colegio de Postgraduados, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Florida State Collection of Arthropods in the US.The genus Idris was first described in 1856 and today includes more than 300 species of wasp, all of which have only been known to parasitize spider eggs. Idris elba, on the other hand, was discovered in Mexico parasitizing the eggs of an invasive stink bug known as the bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris), an invasive species native to Africa that is a major pest in India, southern Europe, southern Asia, and the Middle East. Bagrada bugs made their Western Hemisphere debut in 2008 when they were first sighted in Los Angeles, California, and have since become an important pest of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and turnips in North and South America, having been spotted in Chile in 2016.Dr. Refugio Lomeli-Flores of the Colegio de Postgraduatos and his team were the first to observe an Idris elba individual emerging from a bagrada bug egg in Guanajuato, much to their surprise. Dr. Tara Gariepy of the governmental agency Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada then used molecular forensics to match the DNA of the adult wasp with the DNA it left in the bagrada bug egg to independently confirm that Lomeli-Flores and team had seen what they thought they had seen: Idris elba is a parasitoid, an insect whose larvae parasitize and eventually kill their host organism, of bagrada bug eggs.“This is the first association of an Idris species with a non-spider host, and the association is confirmed with molecular diagnostic tools that enable identification of parasitoid and host from the remains of parasitized eggs,” chief author Lomeli-Flores and co-authors write in the paper describing Idris elba to science.Non-parasitized (left) compared with a parasitized (right) bagrada bug egg, where an Idris elba wasp was observed to emerge. Photo Credi: Elijah J. Talamas.Specimens of the wasp were later sent to Dr. Elijah Talamas of the Florida State Collection of Arthropods, a taxonomist who determined that the specimens did, in fact, belong to a previously unknown species.In explaining the etymology of the scientific name they chose for the wasp, Lomeli-Flores and co-authors merely write: “The epithet ‘elba’ is an arbitrary combination of letters that is to be treated as a noun in apposition.” In a statement, Talamas elaborated on the choice, somewhat, noting that were the species to be explicitly named after Idris Elba the Homo sapiens, it would then be a patronym, and thus, following Latin grammar rules, the wasp would have to be called Idris elbai. Treating the second name as merely “an arbitrary combination of letters,” however, avoided the grammar issue — and Idris elba was ready for its close up.It is uncommon for a native parasitoid species, like Idris elba, to attack a foreign organism introduced to its habitat, which makes it all the more remarkable that an Idris wasp has adapted to parasitize the eggs of bagrada bugs. The researchers believe this could simply be a happy accident: bagrada bugs, unlike other stink bugs, lay their eggs in the soil instead of on plants, and the wasps may have somehow mistaken them for spider eggs, their typical host. “This may be a case of accidental parasitism by I. elba, based on chance encounters with B. hilaris eggs in the same habitat as its typical spider host,” the researchers write.They also theorize that Idris wasps could have a broader host range than scientists knew, one that includes both spiders and insects. More research is needed to answer this question, especially since Idris elba could potentially be a valuable part of natural solutions to controlling the B. hilaris population, as opposed to the insecticides currently in use, and reining in the destruction the stink bugs do to crops.Meanwhile, there’s no word yet on when Idris Elba will be receiving his bronzed Idris elba specimen so that he can place it next to his Golden Globe.Female wasp of the newly described species Idris elba (holotype specimen). Photo Credit: Elijah J. Talamas.CITATION• Lomeli-Flores, J. R., Rodríguez-Rodríguez, S. E., Rodríguez-Levya, E., González-Hernández, H., Gariepy, T. D., & Talamas, E. J. (2019). Field studies and molecular forensics identify a new association: Idris elba Talamas, sp. nov. parasitizes the eggs of Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister). Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 73, 125. doi:10.3897/jhr.73.38025 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 Environment, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Insects, New Species, Parasites, Research, Species Discovery last_img read more

Joubert (F91), retour dans le sang et la sueur

first_imgL’esprit de compétition toujours vifSuffisant pour convaincre Ferrera ? On dirait bien : «Il y a encore un décalage dans l’équipe entre le fait de jouer un match et de le gagner, et cela concerne tout le monde. Lui, manifestement, était là pour gagner et il faut que ce sentiment infuse chez tout le monde.»L’esprit de la gagne comme passeport pour un retour aux affaires avant d’aller défier Ararat-Armenia, un an après ce tour de barrages qui lui a coûté le rêve de jouer la phase de poules de l’Europa League ? «2018, c’est du passé, sourit le gardien. Là, on a de nouveau l’occasion d’écrire l’histoire du club.» Et la sienne par la même occasion ? «Les sensations étaient bonnes. Ce match était l’occasion de montrer où j’en suis. Là, je sais. Je voulais mettre le doute dans l’esprit du coach et je pense l’avoir fait.» Selon nos informations, la décision est déjà prise.Et Joubert, qui dit ne pas savoir, n’aura aucun scrupule à accepter la logique toute crue de la décision, même vis-à-vis de son très jeune numéro 2. «Ce n’est pas à moi d’aller lui parler. Chaque joueur, quel que soit son âge, est un compétiteur.» Et à 39 ans bien tassés, Joubert n’en a pas encore fini avec l’esprit de compétition, loin de là !Julien Mollereau Juste avant les décisifs barrages d’Europa League, Jonathan Joubert s’est glissé de nouveau avec autorité dans le costume du patron. Malgré la défaite du F91 qui recevait la Jeunesse samedi (1-3).L’intérim de Tim Kips, 18 ans, aura été bref mais intense. Le jeune international, en provenance de Magdebourg, propulsé en Europa League comme Joé Frising la saison passée par le hasard de la blessure de Joubert au tibia, n’aura cessé de progresser. Se retrouver largué au beau milieu de cette équipe entièrement nouvelle avec une défense qui ne se connaît pas à diriger, en ayant pour seule expérience une présence sur le banc lors d’un petit match de 2e Bundesliga, n’augurait pas un moment facile à passer. Il l’a passé. Mais là, le patron est de retour.Jonathan Joubert, à bientôt 40 ans, avait à prouver qu’après son long pépin musculaire, il était déjà apte à reprendre sa place dans les buts. Il l’a fait. Malgré trois buts sur lesquels il ne «peut rien», dixit Emilio Ferrera, il a enquillé les parades assez phénoménales. Un arrêt-réflexe assez fou, sur sa ligne, devant un jaillissement aux six mètres de Klica (47e). Puis un autre, une minute plus tard, en s’imposant devant Steinbach puis en se relevant assez vite pour aller contrer la parade de Klica encore une fois, alors que son but est ouvert (48e). Il y laissera un peu de sang sur le terrain, son nez prenant cher sur l’une des deux frappes. Partagerlast_img read more

[Mondiaux] La Luxembourgeoise Christine Majerus Termine onzième

first_imgCe samedi après-midi, la Luxembourgeoise Christine Majerus a terminé onzième des Mondiaux à Harrogate, dans le Yorkshire.C’est la Néerlandaise Amalie Van Vleuten qui s’est imposée au terme d’une échappée en solitaire de 104 kilomètres. Anna van der Bergen, championne sortante a terminé deuxième, à quelques 2’15 signant ainsi un doublé point les Pays-Bas. C’est l’Australienne Amanda Spratt a pris la troisième place.La Luxembourgeoise Christine Majerus a terminé au sein du peloton principal, a la 11e place et à cinq minutes 20 de Van Vleuten.Denis Bastien Partagerlast_img read more

[Roud Léiwen] « Le Luxembourg a un ranking FIFA qui ne correspond pas à sa qualité »

first_imgAvant le match, Luc Holtz avait indiqué qu’il faudrait s’asseoir sur la notion de plaisir, énormément courir, mais aussi que si tout le monde était à son meilleur niveau, il y aurait moyen de se procurer des occasions de but. Il y en a eu trois ou quatre alors que certains, justement, n’étaient pas à leur niveau normal.La déclaration d’amour de Fernando SantosOlivier Thill et Gerson Rodrigues par exemple, qui pèsent lourd dans l’organisation offensive. Et pourtant, «avec nos armes, on leur a posé des soucis en phase de construction», analyse après coup Anthony Moris. C’est un peu le même constat que celui dressé depuis le début de ces éliminatoires de l’Euro-2020.Contre les Lusitaniens, les Roud Léiwen n’auraient rien mérité d’autre que d’avoir énormément de réussite. Mais contre l’Ukraine ou la Serbie, leurs performances auraient mérité des points. Or depuis le début de l’année 2019, ils ne tombent pas et l’on en reste désespérément à ces marques d’estime de la part des grands du groupe.Dernière déclaration d’amour en date et non des moindres, celle de Fernando Santos, l’entraîneur portugais, qui n’y va pas avec le dos de la cuillère : «Cette équipe du Luxembourg a un fond de jeu, elle ne se cache pas, elle essaye de jouer vers l’avant. Sa place au ranking FIFA (NDLR : 93e) ne correspond pas à sa qualité, mais alors vraiment pas. Elle mérite sans problème d’être dans les 30 premiers. Il n’y a qu’à voir ses matches contre les Ukrainiens et les Serbes.»Le top 30 ? Mieux que Bosnie, Russie, Algérie…Vous voulez avoir une idée plus précise du niveau auquel Fernando Santos fait référence ? Cela mettrait la sélection nationale devant l’Algérie, championne d’Afrique en titre, onze places devant l’Islande, l’île sensation que tous les contempteurs du travail de la FLF citent en exemple, douze places devant la Russie, demi-finaliste du dernier Mondial, seize places devant la Bosnie de Mire Pjanic.Pas crédible? C’est à voir puisque l’Irlande du Nord, franchement pas impressionnante le mois dernier à Belfast et qui a dû en passer par un csc hallucinant de Malget contre son camp (1-0) pour battre le Luxembourg est… 33e, deux places devant une Serbie qui en a bavé des ronds de chapeau pour s’imposer (1-3) au Barthel, quelques jours plus tard.Que manque-t-il pour se rapprocher, au moins, du top 50 alors que la FLF recommence à baisser au baromètre de l’UEFA, étant même désormais toute proche de repasser derrière la barre des 100 après avoir fait une percée à la 83e place avant la Ligue des nations? Des résultats. Tout simplement. Ceux qu’on n’en finit plus d’attendre bien qu’on sache pertinemment qu’ils vont finir par arriver.Mettre fin à la spirale de 7 matches sans victoireLe hic, c’est que ce groupe de qualifications est terrifiant. Voilà sept matches que les hommes de Luc Holtz nous enthousiasment (la plupart du temps) mais ne gagnent pas. Une telle série négative ne leur était plus arrivé depuis mars 2017 alors c’est un des petits jeunes, l’épatant Leo Barreiro, qui a sorti la machine à lieux communs pour réclamer la patience : «Plus on jouera de ce genre de matches, plus on gagnera en expérience et mieux on saura profiter de nos occasions. On gagnera aussi en confiance et on finira par être récompensés. C’est un processus qui prend du temps.»La 30e place, ils l’ont peut-être dans les jambes, mais ce n’est pas encore l’heure. Surtout que le Danemark n’est pas n’importe qui et que le programme du mois de novembre (Serbie à Zagreb puis Portugal à domicile) n’est pas des plus simples. On en reparle fin 2020 ?Julien Mollereau Alors qu’il se présente mardi au Danemark pour un amical contre la 14e nation mondiale, le Luxembourg (93e au classement FIFA) a, en dépit de la défaite (3-0), surpris positivement vendredi le sélectionneur du Portugal, Fernando Santos. Et il le dit !Le deuxième plus beau compliment qu’on ait adressé aux hommes de Luc Holtz à Lisbonne, en fin de semaine dernière, vient du journal Record et de son envoyé spécial au stade Alvalade, Alexandre Carvalho. Et le pire… c’est que c’est une vacherie. «Les éloges accordées au Luxembourg ces derniers jours étaient amplement exagérés, écrit-il. Les Portugais n’ont même pas senti le besoin de pousser leur adversaire dans les cordes.»D’où cette remarque toute bête : si un observateur totalement neutre du niveau actuel du Grand-Duché a jugé qu’en étant médiocre, il pouvait concédé aussi peu d’occasions de but et plus de 40 % de possession de balle contre le champion d’Europe en titre, devant 47 000 de ses supporters, imaginez un peu ce qu’il pourrait faire s’il avait été dans un bon jour… Partagerlast_img read more

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?” said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. “What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt.”TEARING THINGS DOWNThe atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today.A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city’s Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums.The legacy of the country’s second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built.ADVERTISEMENT Pyeongchang’s picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down.A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed.Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million).NO FISHDespite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep.Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That’s especially true in South Korea, which doesn’t have a strong winter sports culture.Not all ideas are welcome.Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy.Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer’s suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country’s strict laws and largely negative view of gambling.A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart. View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute’s calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing.He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money.South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures.If Seoul doesn’t pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can’t turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down.Park said the national government must step up because the “Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Even worse off are Pyeongchang’s bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in.After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang’s organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn’t offer specific suggestions for what to do differently.Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece’s financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games.Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well.‘MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS’Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey center, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official.But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as “money-drinking hippos.” It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill.Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games.These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs. But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended.This isn’t lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011.Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn’t have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries. 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MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set FILE – In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, Lee Hee-beom, center, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and attendance are silhouetted as they participate in a launching ceremony of the commemorative coins and bank notes for the Games, in Seoul, South Korea. As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation’s poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country’s post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues.As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation’s poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Ancajas back in Manila after his stunning title defense in US

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Apart from his fight in Texas, Ancajas also made a stop in Los Angeles to train at Freddie Roach’s famed Wild Card Gym.The 26-year-old Ancajas made his much-anticipated US debut on Sunday and did not disappoint following a masterful performance in a TKO victory over Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez in the 10th round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAncajas decked Gonzalez thrice throughout the lopsided bout that saw the IBF super flyweight champion in total control right from the opening bell. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis tears ACL in left kneecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines watches after dropping Israel Gonzalez of Mexico in their junior bantamweight fight Sunday (Manila time) at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Photo taken from Top Rank Boxing’s Twitter account (@trboxing)Filipino boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas is back home fresh off his title defense at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.Ancajas landed at NAIA Terminal 1 on Wednesday morning, coming off a two-week trip to the United States.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View commentslast_img read more