first_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 overSponsored The Peatland Restoration Agency is looking at possibilities to develop agriculture on abandoned peat swamps from the failed Mega Rice Project in the mid-1990s.The agency has identified 1,250 square kilometers of peat areas with agricultural potential.The search is a part of the agency’s pilot project to test methods of developing agriculture without using fires. KIRAM, Indonesia — It was one of the most spectacular failures of modern agriculture, but two decades after it was abandoned, patches of Indonesia’s Mega Rice Project look to be revived under a government-run peatland restoration program.The original Mega Rice Project (MRP) was initiated in 1996 during the regime of long-ruling strongman Suharto, who envisioned a million hectares (10,000 square kilometers, or 3,860 square miles) of rice plantations — an area eight times the size of Los Angeles — on peatlands across southern Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo.Thousands of excavators and tens of thousands of workers were deployed to clear the peat forests and dig some 4,600 kilometers (2,900 miles) of drainage canals to keep the soil dry enough in the rainy season and the crops irrigated in the dry season. But the project was an unmitigated disaster, with not a single blade of productive rice ever grown. The nutrient-poor peat soil proved too unforgiving for Javanese-style rice cultivation, and the government ultimately abandoned the project, leaving behind a dried-out wasteland that continues to burn on a large scale almost every year.Some of the worst fires on these degraded peatlands occurred in 2015, and prompted the creation of the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), whose mission is to block off the drainage canals and rewet up to 20,000 square kilometers (7,720 square miles) of affected peatland.The agency, under its presidentially appointed chief, Nazir Foead, is now eyeing turning tracts of former MRP lands to their Suharto-era role of farmland, albeit not at the same scale as the original project, and with greater consideration for the environment.“The lands are already cleared, and the canals have been built, but they are abandoned,” Nazir said. “These areas have turned into bush, and they often catch fire and become rat nests.”Much of the MRP area went up in smoke during the 2015 fires, he said, “so it’s better to restore it while at the same time increasing its agricultural productivity.”Under that plan, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing is blocking drainage canals, focusing on the biggest canal in the network, in the district of Pulang Pisau, in Central Kalimantan province.The BRG, meanwhile, has a project to establish farmland without the need to set fire to the brush. The first round of that project, done in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, saw 7 hectares (17 acres) of land in Pulang Pisau turned into rice fields. Now the BRG wants to try for 10 square kilometers (4 square miles), and Nazir sees the former MRP area as a good fit.“Rather than leaving it abandoned, it’s better to revive the productivity of these areas,” he said.To avoid a repeat of the Suharto regime’s mistakes, the BRG and the Ministry of Agriculture have mapped areas of shallow peat they see as potentially suitable for farmland. The ministry identified 1,450 square kilometers (600 square miles) in former MRP areas, while the BRG identified 1,250 square kilometers (480 square miles).“We’re currently trying to set up the pilot project with the Ministry of Agriculture on a 1,000-hectare [2,470 acres] lot in Pulang Pisau district,” Nazir said.Previously, the BRG helped villagers in Pulang Pisau develop farmland without the use of fires, starting from a 1-hectare (2.5-acre) lot of peatland. That village now boasts 7 hectares of farmland developed on peat soil without any fires being set.“We’ve done that on a small scale, now we want to try with 1,000 hectares of peat,” Nazir said. Banner image: A canal near Palangkaraya. Photo by Indra Nugraha for Mongabay. Agriculture, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Peatlands, Plantations, Rice Article published by Hans Nicholas Jonglast_img