What on Earth is a ‘conservation agreement’?

A man prepares the organic fertilizer mix, pictured above, as part of the benefits of conservation agreements in the Alto Mayo Protected Forest. (© Thomas Muller) Editor’s note: From “climate adaptation” to “blue carbon,” from “landscape approach” to “ecosystem services,” environmental jargon is everywhere these days. Conservation International’s Human Nature blog looks to make sense of it in an occasional explainer series we’re calling “ What…

5 questions you’ve wanted to ask about the Paris Agreement

The Eiffel Tower illuminated for the U.N. climate talks in 2015. (© Yann Caradec/Flickr Creative Commons) Editor’s note: This post was updated on June 2, 2017. Nearly 18 months ago, the international community came together in Paris to sign the largest global agreement on climate change to date — including a strong endorsement of nature’s role in addressing climate change. With the Paris Agreement back in the news, Human Nature takes a look at…

Voices of the Alto Mayo: ‘The forest gives me everything’

Abdías Vásquez is a conservation agreement subscriber in the Alto Mayo Protected Forest. (© Conservation International) Editor’s note: Despite its protected status, Peru’s Alto Mayo Protected Forest — a swath of Amazonian rainforest twice the size of New York City — has seen some of the country’s highest rates of deforestation. Since 2012, Conservation International has sought to halt the loss of forests by brokering “ conservation agreements…

Voices of the Alto Mayo: Women in charge

Maximila Hernández, picture above on the right and María Hernández, on the left, are subscribers of conservation agreements in the Alto Mayo Protected Forest. (© Thomas Muller) Editor’s note: Despite its protected status, Peru’s Alto Mayo Protected Forest — a swath of Amazonian rainforest twice the size of New York City — has seen some of the country’s highest rates of deforestation. Since 2012, Conservation International has sought to halt…

In Peru’s Amazon, voices from the community prove conservation is reaping rewards

Zoila Álvarez, a farmer who lives in the Alto Mayo Protected Forest. (© Conservation International) Editor’s note: Despite its protected status, Peru’s Alto Mayo Protected Forest — a swath of Amazonian rainforest twice the size of New York City — has seen some of the country’s highest rates of deforestation. Since 2012, Conservation International has sought to halt the loss of forests by brokering “conservation agreements” with local…

How Incan ruins and Brazil nuts are fighting deforestation in Bolivia

Conservation International Bolivia’s Daniel Maidana (seated, middle) and residents from the indigenous village of Macahua pose amid Incan archaeological ruins near the town. Through a conservation agreement, community members received tourism training in exchange for leaving the nearby forest standing. (© Conservation International/photo by Analiz Montano) Editor’s note: Human Nature is exploring the complexities of living in, using and…

Illegal logger turned forest champion — with help from hummingbirds

Norbil Becerra, an illegal-logger-turned-conservationist, stands among his coffee plants in northeastern Peru. (© Humberto Saco) Norbil Becerra once knew only one way to make a living: cutting down trees for illegal logging companies in the Peruvian Amazon, a 12-hour walk from his family in Peru’s northeastern San Martín region. Now, Becerra provides for his wife and three children in a way that keeps Peru’s trees standing. “I know that my…

3 science stories you should know about

Sharks, pictured above, in New Caledonia. (© Shawn Heinrichs) New research is shedding light on why you won’t see a shark in most coral reefs — and how a simple agreement with local communities can help keep tropical forests standing. Conservation International scientists explore three specific ways to keep our oceans and forests healthy. Sharks are disappearing from human-heavy parts of the ocean Scientists found little evidence of sharks in…

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