On World Animal Day South American authorities will be encouraged to to enforce the national and international laws protecting the endangered Spectacled or ‘Andean’ bear following a campaign by Animal Defenders International (ADI)
This campaign comes after wildlife officials found a severed bear claw at a Colombian National Park headquarters, alongside an anonymous note threatening further bear killings.
The small bear, immortalised in Michael Bond’s much-loved Paddington Bear books, is the only species of bear in South America, is a CITES Appendix I listed species, the highest level of protection. However, local wildlife campaigners are calling for stricter enforcement following a series of recent bear attacks, and blame dwindling numbers of bear populations on human expansion, with Colombian farmers attacking the bears in an attempt to protect their livestock.
ADI President Jan Creamer said:
“If nothing is done to protect the Spectacled bear, it is likely that populations will decline by more than 30% within a 30 year window. It would be tragic if we become the generation who allow South America’s only species of bear die out. Head to the ADI website to see a new video of Spectacled bear Cholita, rescued by ADI, in her new home.”
It would be tragic if we become the generation who allow South America’s only species of bear die out.
Habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and the lack of knowledge about the distribution and status of the Spectacled bear are the principal threats to this species. Much of the range of the Spectacled bear has been jeopardised by humans, largely resulting from the expansion of farming.
ADI proposes to create a pact between authorities and social sectors to ensure the implementation of existing rules to protect Spectacled bear populations. This initiative was born in Colombia with the intention to expand into other South American countries with the presence of this species of bear.
Robinson Tarazona Galindo, Director of the National Park Chingaza said:
“It is important to achieve national coordination to implement regional work plans and that this benefit populations to mitigate the impact of conflicts between people and wildlife “. The position of this environmental official in Colombia shows that the problem is not the lack of laws, but their enforcement. In this sense the proposed pact by ADI is essential that is signed by the environmental authorities, armed forces, local community, among others.
Actress and presenter, Margarita Ortega said:
“We are invading the habitats of wildlife, this leads to the extinction of various species. As humans we must find a way to live peacefully with the other residents of this country, it is urgent to end the unjustified persecution to the spectacled bear.”
Earlier this year, ADI’s ‘Operation Spirit of Freedom’ campaign rescued over 100 animals from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru and Colombia, including lions, bears, tigers, monkeys, and others. ADI and the governments of Peru and Colombia collaborated for the unprecedented operation. Rescued animals were rehabilitated and rehomed to natural habitats.
Among the 100 rescued animals was Cholita, a 25 year old Spectacled bear, who was torn from the wild as a baby and mutilated and abused in a circus. She lost almost all of her hair due to stress. ADI rehabilitated her at their rescue centre and thanks to a very successful campaign, Cholita now lives in a large habitat funded by ADI supporters at Taricaya Reserva Ecologica, in the Amazon Cloud Forrest. Cholita was then joined by two other Spectacled bears, Lucho and Sabina, and ADI hopes another can join them.
ADI is now appealing for funds for the rescue and lifetime care of another Spectacled bear, 11 year old female Dominga, who, like Cholita, has lost her fur due to stress. Dominga currently resides in a small zoo in the Andean mountains. The zoo are prepared to give Dominga over but ADI cannot rescue her until they raise transport funds estimated at £10,000.
Please donate now : http://www.ad-international.org/animal_rescues/go.php?id=4242&ssi=24
Extra-Mile Water Conservation Efforts Amidst Shortage
While some states are literally flooding due to heavy rains and run-off, others are struggling to get the moisture they need. States like Arizona and California have faced water emergencies for the last few years; water conserving efforts from citizens help keep them out of trouble.
If your area is experiencing a water shortage, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile.
Repair and Maintain Appliances
Leaks around the house – think showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and more – lead to wasted water. Beyond that, the constant flow of water will cause water damage to your floors and walls. Have repairs done as soon as you spot any problems.
Sometimes, a leak won’t be evident until it gets bad. For that reason, make appointments to have your appliances inspected and maintained at least once per year. This will extend the life of each machine as well as nip water loss in the bud.
When your appliances are beyond repair, look into Energy Star rated replacements. They’re designed to use the least amount of water and energy possible, without compromising on effectiveness.
Only Run Dishwasher and Washer When Full
It might be easier to do a load of laundry a day rather than doing it once per week, but you’ll waste a lot more water this way. Save up your piles of clothes until you have enough to fully load the washing machine. You could also invest in a washing machine that senses the volume of water needed according to the volume of clothes.
The same thing goes with the dishwasher. Don’t push start until you’ve filled it to capacity. If you have to wash dishes, don’t run the water while you’re washing. Fill the sink or a small bowl a quarter of the way full and use this to wash your dishes.
Recycle Water in Your Yard
Growing a garden in your backyard is a great way to cut down on energy and water waste from food growers and manufacturers, but it will require a lot more water on your part. Gardens must be watered, and this often leads to waste.
You can reduce this waste by participating in water recycling. Using things like a rain barrel, pebble filtering system, and other tools, you can save thousands of gallons a year and still keep your landscaping and garden beautiful and healthy.
Landscape with Drought-Resistant Plants
Recycling water in your yard is a great way to reduce your usage, but you can do even more by reducing the amount of water required to keep your yard looking great. The best drought-resistant plants are those that are native to the area. In California, for example, succulents grow very well, and varieties of cactus do well in states like Arizona or Texas.
Install Water-Saving Features
The average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every single day. You obviously can’t cut out things like showering or using the toilet, but you can install a few water-saving tools to make your water use more efficient.
There are low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. You could also use automatic shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and grey water diverters. Any of these water saving devices can easily cut your water usage in half.
Research Laws and Ordinances for Your City
Dry states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada must create certain laws to keep the water from running out. These laws are put into practice for the benefit of everyone, but they only work if you abide by the laws.
If you live in a state where drought is common, research your state and city’s laws. They might designate one day per week that you’re allowed to water your lawn or how full you can fill a pool. Many people are not well versed in the laws set by their states, and it would mean a lot to your community if you did your part.
Cyprus is the Forerunner for Ecotourism
When I was looking for a second citizenship, I happened to see One Visa’s offer on Cyprus Citizenship by investment program. I had heard about Cyprus being a beautiful country, but I did not know much else, so I decided to start my own research about this gem of a place.
After I did some research, I discovered that Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists. Unfortunately, heavy tourism and the associated development affected villages here and there, with some communities being slowly abandoned. To avoid this from happening any further, Cyprus went into ecotourism, and today, it is the forerunner in this arena. Let’s look in further detail at ecotourism in Cyprus here.
How was it started?
It all started in 2006 with the launch of the “Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.” This program has the sole scope of promoting ecotourism developments in the tourism industry. It concentrates on those areas which require conservation and environmental safety. At the same time, it helps develop social, as well as economic statuses in the rural parts of Cyprus. Through this program, the government was able to acknowledge that ecotourism will play an essential role in the future of Cyprus, with the concept gaining momentum among tourists from all over the globe.
How to go about it?
So, now you are interested in going for an ecotourism vacation in Cyprus. How will you go about it? I would immediately say that everyone should visit the quaint Cypriot villages spread throughout the island. These communities have a smaller population, and not many tourists visit. They make for a great relaxing spot. Enjoy seeing the bustle of village life go by where simple pleasures abound. Most hamlets are linked by specific minibus tours which ferry tourists to these havens. These trips will have a regular schedule, aimed at promoting ecotourism further. Such tours will be regulated to ensure that while the villages can benefit and develop, they do not get overpopulated or overcrowded with tourists. Therefore, you can be sure to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that nature has to offer here.
If you are wondering if there are any activities to do here, my answer would be: “Yes, plenty.” You can go for some guided walks across various regions here. Here you will be able to explore the diversified natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Several agritourism activities and services are planned to open shortly. Once launched, you will be able to engage in picking olives, milking goats, and several other such events here.
What can be learned?
Although we are aware that natural resources need to be preserved, we do not always remember it in real life. When we go on tours such as these, we can realize the significance of protecting nature. Also, when more and more people visit these places, the concept of ecotourism will become popular among more people. Awareness about ecotourism is set to grow and spread throughout the world. Subsequently, sustainable tourism will gain popularity around the globe with Cyprus being the forerunner for ecotourism .