Protection of the Greater One-Horned Rhino is a Great Conservation Success Story

The world has successfully brought the greater one-horned rhinoceros back from the brink of extinction and ensured it now has a stable and growing population of over 3,500 individuals. That is the topic of a recent Mongabay article telling the story of the rhino’s conservation in Nepal, which has involved everything from the deployment of 1,500 national troops […]

Study Shows Fulfilling Indigenous Land Rights Leads to Greater Protection of Forests

A great study just came out that confirms what indigenous activists and environmentalists have been saying with increasing force in recent years: indigenous communities are the front-line protectors and stewards of the world’s natural ecosystems, and supporting indigenous land ownership rights will be absolutely essential to protecting the world’s ecosystems and sustaining the Earth’s biodiversity in the 21st century […]

Innovative Community-Based Conservation Offers Hope for the Lacandon Rainforest

Mongabay recently published an excellent article by Jonathan Levinson about efforts to save the Lacandon Rainforest, which is one of the last, largest remaining natural areas in Mexico and Guatemala (comprising 1.9 million hectares or 7,335 mi²) and one of the most biologically diverse forests in the world. This rainforest region has an estimated 1,500 tree species, over 300 […]

Earth Innovation Institute Wins the Chico Mendes Award for 2016!

It was announced just last week that the Executive Director of the Earth Innovation Institute, Dan Nepstad, has won this year’s Chico Mendes award, which is delivered by the Elias Mansour Foundation. Chico Mendes was a famous union activist and environmentalist who organized rubber tappers in the Brazilian Amazon to defend the forest from clearance by cattle […]