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  1. great news the efforts in anti poaching has produced positive results
  2. here is an appeal from Survival International ,which people might like to look at and endorse they are a NGO who work on behalf of the civil rights of first people
  3. an environment group got a firm of economic consultants to estimate the value of the reef overall it is worth $56 billion , tourism contributes $29 billion and 64,000 jobs , the brand value is $24 billion and recreation use is worth $3 billion for more details please see Here is a link to the report all very interesting , I wonder what effect the report will have on something the main politicians give little attention to
  4. It is interesting to see the head of CITES publish articles on the importance of wildlife tourism please see The world needs wildlife tourism. But that won't work without wildlife John Scanlon, The Guardian June 22, 2017 See link for photos. Wildlife-based tourism is growing rapidly worldwide as the number of tourists continues to grow and as we, as travellers, seek out new and more enriching personal experiences with local cultures and wildlife. This is what inspired me to take six months unpaid leave from the grind of legal practice many years ago and backpack around South America with my little sister. Experiencing the natural beauty of places like the Amazon rainforest, Iguazú Falls and Machu Picchu and the local people fighting to protect them was life-changing. article continues How operators engage with their staff, customers and local communities, and where they choose to invest, can change the trajectory of the survival of our wildlife. By doing the right thing tourism operators will not just be protecting wildlife. They will be investing in maintaining the core natural asset that underpins their own wildlife tourism venture But operators can’t do it alone. How we behave as individual tourists is ultimately what counts, and that is our choice. We have a personal responsibility to hold operators’ feet to the fire. We cannot support the bad ones, no matter how good the price. And let us never forget: wildlife and the local people living among it are to be not just enjoyed but respected by all of us.
  5. more problems with Japan poor regulations and loose enforcement Ivory seizure exposes Japan’s lax domestic ivory trade controls Friday, June 23, 2017 at 9:49 TRAFFIC in In Asia, Ivory Tokyo, Japan, 23rd June 2017—Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced on 20th June the seizure of 18 ivory tusks believed to be in illegal trade in violation of LCES[1], the Japanese legislation that regulates trade in threatened species. a rainforest plant is being promoted as an ivory substitute This seed can be made to look like ivory. So could it save the elephant? Alex Gray, World Economic Forum June 15, 2017 possible issues are that it is not sufficiently luxury or exclusive, and can't be carved into larger pieces
  6. the Indian press is advocating not using ivory ,so much better to use gemstones or ivory substitute please see Though an apple-to-apple price comparison with ivory jewellery is not possible considering it’s long been banned, a pair of diamond earrings crafted from ‘elfhie’ that are set in white and rose gold can command about Rs1.3 lakhs. While a pendant made using elfhie, having diamonds and rubellite and set in white gold, can cost Rs 60,000. According to luxury jewellery connoisseur Anisha VK, an alternative to ivory in the form of a mineral composite is certainly a good bet for anyone who appreciates fine jewellery collections. “Wearing a pair of earrings made from the ivory lookalike costs less in the pocket and makes the wearer feel responsible towards the environment and wildlife.”
  7. looking for rhinos ,be quiet as their hearing is very sensative
  8. the guides both on the hikes and the game drives are great at explaining things for my stay I was put with my own guide and vehicle, something very pleasing but I had not asked for it, at it was a lovely suprise Kevin is usually the publicity photographer , and use a short wheel based Land Rover without any doors marked airforce one given what my interest were there was very little talking on the hikes
  9. Brazil on verge of legitimizing Amazon land theft on a grand scale, warn NGOs 15 June 2017 / Sue Branford & Mauricio Torres and Isabel Harari President Temer, serving the bancada ruralista rural lobby, is poised to turn over 600,000 hectares of federally protected Amazon forest to illegal miners, loggers and land thieves. Brazil’s president has until 22 June to approve or veto two bills (PLC 4 and PLC 5) turning over more than 600,000 hectares (2,317 square miles) of federally protected Amazon forest to illegal loggers, illegal miners and land thieves. it is certain that the elite regards the forest as a mere resource , the earth and ordinary people suffer in the process ITY
  10. Unexamined synergies: dam building and mining go together in the Amazon 22 June 2017 / Zoe Sullivan 40 major dams are planned for the Brazilian Amazon in the next 20 years; driving the trend are the high-energy demands of a powerful mining industry and mineral export businesses. 40 large hydroelectric dams are slated for the Amazon basin over the next 20 years, feeding the massive electricity needs of an energy-hungry mining industry — digging, processing and exporting iron, aluminum, manganese and gold. But mining’s energy needs are rarely linked to plans for new dams or their environmental impact assessments. Amazon mining and dam building have repeatedly in the past resulted in major harmful environmental and social impacts, including displacement of indigenous and traditional communities. Transnational mining companies and consortiums are major beneficiaries of government largesse through subsidies, tax breaks and the energy obtained from newly commissioned Amazon dams. Brazilian infrastructure development in the Amazon, including dam building and mining, could — if environmental and social issues are not properly addressed — turn the Amazon into a national sacrifice zone where biological and cultural diversity are drastically diminished. story continues
  11. the report on the same study at mongabay is more detailed
  12. When it comes to rhino conservation, Asia and Africa can learn a lot from each other 21 June 2017 / Alex Dudley Nepal’s successful anti-poaching measures are a model for other countries, while African rhino-range countries excel at marketing wildlife tourism. Despite its proximity to Asian markets for trafficked rhino horn, Nepal has lost only four rhinos to poaching since 2011. Experts credit this success to a combination of top-down enforcement and efforts to involve the community in conservation. Protected areas in Africa that have collaborated with area residents have shown promising results, suggesting lessons from Nepal can be successfully applied elsewhere. In turn, conservationists say Nepal can benefit from African countries' expertise in promoting wildlife tourism, and alternate models of benefit sharing. article continues Despite the different cultural dynamics and vast geographic distance between Nepal and African rhino states, the fusion of top-down anti-poaching enforcement with community participation appears to hold the key to preserving rhinos in both. “It’s fascinating how geographically so distant and culturally so different regions can have…similar kinds of issues and the approaches to address those issues could be so similar,”Lohani said. “There is a lot that Asia can learn from Africa, and Africa can learn from Asia.” the best approach combines security with community benefits
  13. once I got a refund with the receipt only removing the sign on the level people walk through makes it very hard to find ,people don't walk up stairs without a good reason
  14. when I was going through the airport in MAY I noticed money saving changes the office has not been moved but they have removed the sign on the level people walk along to tell people where the office is so if you had not been there before you would not know where to go also you now have to present the goods you purchased to claim the refund , something you can't do if you packed them into your luggage this is the way you do things if you want to say that VAT refunds are on offer ,but in practice are not often paid out

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