Jaldapara National Park is a Huge Success Story for Rhinos and Humans

With all of the dire news about the poaching of elephants and rhinoceros recently, it is easy to forget that there are also conservation success stories for some of these species. Mongabay just published a great article on Jaldapara National Park in West Bengal, India, which has led a highly successful effort to protect the […]

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 […]

“13,000 Acres of Cloud Forest Now Protected in Colombia”

The title says it all.   13,000 acres (20.3 mi²) of beautiful, mist-shrouded cloud forest was recently declared as the Cacica Noría Regional Protected Area, as reported on by Mongabay and Nature and Culture International. The cloud forests of the Andes mountains, which are some of the most biologically diverse forests in the world, are located at elevations […]