Are you trying to get the word out about your non-profit? Does your organization have an online presence? To learn strategies for increasing your NGO’s online visibility and engagement through social media, participate in a webchat hosted by U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires! The program will feature Juan Proaño, managing partner of Plus Three, a Hispanic-owned technology company that works with political campaigns, non-profit, advocacy, and membership organizations to improve engagement. Juan currently develops and manages websites for over 150 non-profit organizations. Don’t miss your chance to chat with this expert!
This program will be a live video webchat in Spanish. To participate, please click on the following URL http://conx.state.gov/argentina. Follow the conversation on Twitter by using the handle @EmbajadaEEUUarg and @AmericaGovEsp.
When? Thursday, August 29, 2013, 13:00 EDT (17:00 UTC / 14:00 Buenos Aires)
¿Está tratando de que su ONG sea más conocida? ¿Tiene su organización presencia en internet? Para aprender estrategias que permitan a su ONG una mayor visibilidad online y compromiso a través de las redes sociales, no deje de participar en este webchat organizado por la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Buenos Aires. Se presentará Juan Proaño, asociado de Plus Three, una empresa de tecnología que trabaja en campañas políticas, organizaciones sin fines de lucro, grupos de apoyo y pertenencia para mejorar la participación. Actualmente, Juan se encuentra desarrollando y administrando páginas web para más de 150 organizaciones sin fines de lucro. No pierdan la oportunidad de conversar con este experto!
El formato del programa es un webchat en vivo en español. Para participar, por favor conectarse a través de la siguiente URL http://conx.state.gov/argentina. En Twitter puede seguir @EmbajadaEEUUarg o @AmericaGovEsp.
Fecha: Jueves 29 de agosto, 2013, 13:00 EDT (17:00 UTC / 14:00 Buenos Aires)
The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Rainforest Alliance, and the World Wildlife Fund are pleased to announce the release of three new, self-paced and web-based courses on climate change and REDD+ on https://www.conservationtraining.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=881.
These courses provide an introductory level of understanding on climate change, deforestation, forest degradation, and REDD+, by offering up-to-date information on policy and implementation processes:
•Course 1, Introduction to Climate Change and the Role of Forests, the focus is on background information on climate change, the drivers of deforestation, and strategies for reducing deforestation and forest degradation.
•Course 2, REDD+ Policy, we cover the essential aspects of the technical, political, financial, social, and environmental issues related to REDD+.
•Course 3, REDD+ Implementation, the focus is on the basics of implementing REDD+ activities at various scales.
Courses are freely available to anyone who is interested, and do not have to be completed in order; you are able to move around the lessons in the courses as you find necessary for your work.
More details on https://www.conservationtraining.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=881.
Queremos informarles del concurso que está realizando el Fondo para Investigación Ciencia y Tecnología – FINCyT para equipar laboratorios científicos y brindar apoyo a instituciones peruanas que buscan ampliar y actualizar sus capacidades de investigación, mediante el cofinanciamiento de proyectos de equipamiento.
El concurso está dirigido a universidades públicas o privadas, institutos de investigación públicos e institutos de investigación privados sin fines de lucro constituidos en el Perú.
Estimados colegas y amigos,
Compartimos con ustedes la invitación que realizan IPYS, USAID-ICAA y ALIANZA CLIMA Y DESARROLLO para asistir al seminario virtual “CÓMO CONVENCER A TU EDITOR PARA INVESTIGAR TEMAS AMAZÓNICOS Y DE CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO” que se realizará el Miércoles 28 de agosto y contará con la participación de ponentes de Perú y Colombia. Aquí los detalles:
It’s common to find new species of insects and amphibians. To find a new species of mammals is rare. It is even rarer to find an undiscovered carnivorous mammal species. That is why the discovery of the olinguito species is extremely exciting news for the science community. What’s even more exciting is that within this species lie four new subspecies, an unusual find being that new species are hardly discovered to have that many subspecies.
So who is this olinguito whose discovery is causing so much excitement and commotion? Bassaricyon Neblina is a member of the raccoon family who dwells high in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador. Because the olinguito is a nocturnal creature, it has been able to remain unidentified by scientists for many years. It was given the Spanish name olinguito, meaning little olingo. Although the olinguito has been confused to be part of the olingo species up until now, it is indeed an entirely different species. Careful studies, including comparisons of the two species’ skulls and fur, provide definitive proof that indeed the olinguito is a different species than the olingo. DNA samples show that the two species only share 90% of the same DNA. As a reference point, humans and chimps share about 99% of DNA.
Continue reading this article for more information and details about this fascinating new species.
Once again, scientific research has brought to attention the need of megafauna, such as elephants, in South America. These large herbivores who once roamed throughout the Americas played an extremely important role in seed dispersal and nutrient transportation. These enormous creatures have greater capacity to carry more nutrients and travel further distances than smaller animals; thus, they have a greater capacity to spread more nutrients and seeds to a broader range of area.
Earlier this week, ABC Science posted an article describing the vital role megafauna play in soil health. Their large role directly correlates to their large size. Big animals cover larger ground, and as they do they move nutrients from high concentrations to low concentrations. When these animals become extinct, the nutrients no longer get transferred to the regions of need, and as a result, the whole planet suffers.
When the Amazonian megafauna became extinct the lateral flux of phosphorous decreased by 98%. This percentage was found using the mathematical formula developed by ecologist Christopher Doughty and his colleagues from the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Doughty and his colleagues created this formula by studying the relationship between the size of animals and their daily movement, food consumption, and lifespan. The beauty of this formula is that it can also be used to predict the effect that current endangered species would have on future soil fertility if they were to become extinct. Doughty cautions us that, “If we allow current endangered animals to go extinct, especially large ones like elephants, we will have a more nutrient poor planet in the future. The international community should recognize this and put efforts to preserve them in accordance to their value.”
This is not the first time that an ecologist has emphasized the need of megafauna in restoring the ecosystem. In 2009, in an article titled “South America needs elephants: ecologist”, Australian ecologist, Professor Chris Johnson of James Cook University, calls for the introduction of elephants into South America. He claims that elephants created vegetation with a high diversity of plant species. Yet, when megafauna became extinct vegetation became less varied. To support his claims, Johnson turns to US ecologist Daniel Janzen’s study that demonstrates the effect feral horse populations have on plant diversity. The feral horses fulfill the ecological role extinct Native American horses once played in seed dispersal. Johnson states that reintroducing elephants to South America would have a similar impact on vegetation.
With all these studies, it would seem beneficial to reintroduce elephants to South America. Perhaps one day in the future, these ecological gems can be seen restoring the ecosystem in our American lands.
On Thursday, September 5th, 2013, from 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm ET, the Secutity & Sustainability Forum will be hosting a free webinar on Empowering Communities to Find Resilient Solutions. Click here to register!
After the devastation of extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy, Colorado Wildfires, and Oklahoma Tornadoes just this year, communities and decision-makers face the daunting task of recovering and rebuilding – both physically and emotionally.
• What can be learned from these experiences to prepare us for the next crisis, which for someone somewhere is right around the corner?
• How can leaders partner with citizens to find ways of adapting and preparing for some of the more gradual, but inevitable future events, like sea level rise?
Citizens and communities are critical in finding solutions for the challenges they face. They know the problems intimately, they have the most to lose, they are the experts on their own futures. But how can they deal with the often confusing, contradictory and even frightening onslaught of data and opinions from scientists, technicians, politicians and other experts of all kinds? What is needed are techniques for harnessing this local knowledge and commitment in a process that leads to a sensible, sustainable and widely supported decision.
This free 90 minute webinar, moderated by nationally known environmental
mediator Lucy Moore, will offer innovative tools for bringing together diverse interests in a dialogue where they can learn, build relationships, and face tough choices together. Lucy is the author of Common Ground on Hostile Turf, published by Island Press. I read and recommend this book to professional mediators and anyone seeking examples of how to deal with conflict. Use code 5SSF for a 20% SSF discount.
The session will focus on case studies that highlight the role of community engagement in decision-making on challenging issues related to both the “before” and “after” of extreme environmental events. There will be time for questions from the audience..
Introducing the panel
Engage with Lucy and the panel before the webinar in the discussion forum set up for the webinar at http://securityandsustainabilityforum.org/forum/empowering-communities-webinar .
Sam Merrill. President of Catalysis and Director New England Environmental Finance Center Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, will discuss the use of the COAST Model as a framework for decision making.
Jane McRae, CEO of Sustainable Cities International will speak about an innovative
approach to energy planning within an in international cohort of cities.
Denise Withers, Principle of Lumose Narrative, and SCI Senior Associate, will share experiences in using a narrative design approach to sustainability planning and communicating.
For your pleasure, enjoy this free audio download of Ted Parker’s Voices of the Peruvian Rainforest. This splendid mixture of South American birds and rainforest animals will be sure to transport you straight to the luscious Amazon of Peru.
Esta noche, el lunes, 12 de agosto el Festival de Cine de Lima proyectará la premier de Oro Amazónico a las 7:30 horas, en el Ministerio de Cultura en el salón de Armando Robles Godoy. Tras la proyección, Julio Araujo, el principal biólogo del Carnegie Amazon Mercury Project (Proyecto CAMEP) se presentará como panelista en una discussion acerca de la minería de oro en Madre de Dios.
El documental Oro Amazónico destaca la destrucción que occure en Madre de Dios, una de las regiones mas bellas y ricas en biodiversidad de la región amazónica. La deforestación y la contaminación de esta región es el resultado de la minería de oro ilegal. Mineros peruanos han contaminado su hermosa amazona con mercurio y han destruido árboles que han resistido durante más de 1.000 años. También han destruido innumerables plantas, animales e insectos. El director de este documental, Reuben Aaronson, entrevista a estos mineros locales acerca de su necesidad de extraer oro sin importarles las consecuencias que traen a su propia salud y a la tierra.
Oro Amazónico fue filmada en 2011 en respuesta a imágenes de satélite desde 2003 hasta 2009, que revelaron la deforestación de más de 6.000 hectors causados por la minería de oro.
Únete a nosotros en esta noche para el estreno de la película Oro Amazonico donde estaremos guiados por Enrique Ortiz, activista y biólogo peruano, y otros dos periodistas, a través de lo que fue una vez una parte bella de la amazonía.
Y tambien, por favor, lea este artículo conmovedor sobre los efectos negativos de la minería de oro en el Amazonas: http://elcomercio.pe/actualidad/1615633/noticia-documental-muestra-devastacion-ambiental-mineria-ilegal-madre-dios