#Regram#RG@unccd: A significant proportion of managed and natural ecosystems are degrading: over the last two decades, approximately 20 per cent of the #Earth’s vegetated surface shows persistent declining trends in productivity, mainly as a result of land/water use and management practices.
#Regram#RG@africanparksnetwork: Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve has had a difficult past. Decades of poaching and lawlessness saw a previously productive 1,800 km2 reserve with 1,500 elephants in the 1990’s reduced to fewer than 100 individuals. Game animals were hunted out. Nkhotakota had become an empty Reserve. With wildlife practically gone, there was no reason to visit Nkhotakota, no revenue, no productivity, and little to no value for the surrounding communities. But African Parks had a different vision for the most extensive remaining wild landscape in Malawi, one that included bringing it back to life. Upon assuming management in 2015, we immediately began preparing Nkhotakota for one of the world’s largest wildlife translocations. By August 2017, over a two-year period, the park received almost 500 elephants and 2,000 other animals. Poaching has been dramatically reduced through the presence of a well-trained and equipped ranger team, tourism has begun to increase, and the birth of new calves born in the park from the 2016 translocated elephants has already been documented. Extreme measures were taken to restore this landscape, and it was an extraordinary collaboration between the Government of Malawi, our donors and the team in Nkhotakota. It is early days, but in only two short years, already this park symbolises possibility and what nature can do with our help if only given the chance. Read the full story by clicking the link in the bio. @frankweitzer
Our work in Nkhotakota would not be possible without the support of our key partners: the DNPW, @postcodeloterij , @peoplespostcodelottery , Stichting Dioraphte, the Wyss Foundation and WWF-Belguim.⠀
⠀ #AfricanParks#AnnualReport#Restoration#NaturesReturn#Nkhotakota#Malawi ⠀
Proud to have had a role in producing the upcoming documentary, #Vaquita - Sea Of Ghosts, out early next year. Stay tuned for details.
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The #vaquita is the world's smallest and most endangered porpoise, and scientists estimate there’s fewer than 30 of them left on Earth. This International #SavetheVaquita Day, help @LeonardoDiCaprioFdn and @NRDC_ORG fight to protect the vaquita before we lose them forever. Follow the link in bio to learn more.
#Regram#RG@rainforestalliance: Bees are nature's unsung heroes. Not only is their honey delicious and medicinal, but their pollinating prowess makes them essential to the circle of life. In fact, about 75% of the world's food crops depend on bees and other pollinators.
Conventional agriculture practices—including the overuse of agrochemicals and habitat destruction—are killing off bee populations around the world, bringing us closer to the brink of a pollination crisis. Yet there is reason for hope; sustainable farming methods used on Rainforest Alliance Certified farms support the biodiversity that is essential to bees, and to humans too.
For communities we work with in Guatemala's Petén region, honey production provides an economic alternative, beyond sustainable timber harvesting, that allows them to earn money and conserve their forests at the same time.
#Regram#RG@wwf: Great news! Belize is now OFF the @UNESCO in danger listThis was made possible by your continuous support and the collective effort of the Belize coalition. . #DYK that over 11 million people living in and near #WorldHeritage sites depend on them for food, water, medicine and jobs? World Heritage sites belong to all of us, and we must continue to play our part to protect them. #SaveOurHeritage
We produced the documentary, @VirungaMovie, a few years ago to raise awareness about the need to protect the last mountain gorillas. Recent news on oil threats remind us of the need to remain vigilant in protecting Virunga. @VirungaNationalPark has worked hard to build economic alternatives to oil for the local communities. Any decommissioning of the park would destroy that work, create more environmental damage and threaten the endangered mountain gorillas. Click on the link in bio to find out how you can help.
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#Regram#RG@africanparksnetwork: Nature is being restored across the 15 parks we currently manage across Africa. Our 2017 Annual Report features the range of interventions currently underway, from extreme species translocations and reintroductions to providing security to create safer spaces for both humans and wildlife. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing the stories of these remarkable parks, starting with the first park we assumed management of in 2003, and one of our greatest conservation successes. Over just 14 years, Majete has transformed from a once-empty forest with no employment or tourism and only a few remaining antelope within its perimeter, to a productive and flourishing haven for Africa's most iconic wildlife, generating revenue and benefits for local communities. Decades of lawlessness and poaching had seen the reserve’s wildlife completely eradicated by the 1990s. This all changed in 2003, when African Parks assumed management of Majete, the first park to enter our portfolio. We immediately began to revive the park through a series of species reintroductions. Today, Majete is flourishing, so much so that wildlife is being moved to populate other parks and private reserves within the country. We've maintained a 14-year track record of zero poaching of rhinos and elephants since their introduction; and tourism has increased 14 percent from last year, with over 9,000 visitors, half of whom were Malawian nationals bringing in over US$550,000 to the reserve and communities. Majete is a tale of a park rising from the ashes – living proof of how a park deemed to be a wasteland can be revived and restored and serve as a life-source for wildlife and humans alike. Read the full story by clicking the link in the bio. Photo @pedromcbride
African Parks success and ability to restore these areas could not have been achieved without the support of our partners: the DNPW, The Wyss Foundation, @wwfbelgium , the @postcodeloterij and the @peoplespostcodelottery #AfricanParks#AnnualReport#Restoration#NaturesReturn