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Lots of expeditions reports being published at the moment. Here is South Africa 2015!
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This week it has become increasingly obvious that beach erosion is also a big problem in Pacuare. As a result of global warming more extreme weather events have been observed in the area in recent …
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New research contradicts claim that legal hunting reduces poaching

- The study looked at the rate of growth in the wolf population in the two states as an indirect measure of the extent of poaching.
- The researchers found that the wolf populations’ growth rates declined, from 16 percent to 12 percent, when culling was permitted — and they say they ruled out other explanations for the declines.

- The researchers found that allowing legal hunting of an endangered species, even as a means of reducing human-wildlife conflict and therefore reducing poaching, appears to actually devalue the life of that species in people’s eyes, leading, ironically, to more poaching.

> https://news.mongabay.com/2016/05/new-research-contradicts-claim-legal-hunting-reduces-poaching/?n3wsletter
Researchers who have just completed a study in Wisconsin and Michigan — two states where the on-again, off-again protected status of wolves between 1995 and 2012 has led to what the scientists characterized as something of a “quasi-experiment” in itself — say that legalized hunting may actually have the exact opposite effect as what’s intended.
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Brilliant essay series on the state of conservation work today. Has big conservation gone astray? > https://news.mongabay.com/2016/04/big-conservation-gone-astray/
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Yesterday afternoon, as we were all out for a beach cleanup, we spotted Pablo running up the beach. “Babies!”, he called out as he got closer. The first lot of hatchlings for the season had just st…
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Sumatra tiger expedition report 2015 now out!
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Leatherback turtle hatchlings at Pacuare beach, Costa Rica
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Warming far outpacing climate action, as UN negotiators meet in Bonn

- The Bonn climate conference (running May 16-26) is hashing out the particulars of the Paris Agreement, including financing for REDD+ dealing with deforestation, but the real policy decision-making will happen Nov. 7-18 at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

- While national leaders spout optimistic platitudes celebrating the great achievement of the globally unifying Paris Agreement on climate, environmentalists note that there is little in the way of substantial action plans behind the many promises made last December.

- Meanwhile, the most intense El Niño in history is leaving in its wake a world gripped by 7 months of record high temperatures; drought, water shortages, and famine (especially in India and Africa); wildfires (Fort McMurray, Canada); record coral bleaching; and a fast shrinking Arctic ice cap that set stunning early melt records this winter and spring.

- Many scientists agree that limiting global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by 2100 — the Paris Agreement goal — is nearly impossible, with the carbon cut commitments of all participating nations now putting us on a path to a 3 degree Celsius (5.4 degree Fahrenheit) increase, which could make parts of the planet uninhabitable.

> https://news.mongabay.com/2016/05/warming-far-outpacing-climate-action-un-negotiators-meet-bonn/?n3wsletter
UN negotiators are meeting in Germany to formulate plans to meet the goals set by the Paris Agreement on climate, but many see political will as weak and response as slow.
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Update from our conservation holiday protecting leatherback and other sea turtles on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica > http://wp.me/p2byOw-1OD
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As we enter the darkest phase of the moon, the turtle activity seems to have declined slightly. However, due to our recent reporting of the poacher’s breach of agreement and subsequent egg theft, t…
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ADVANCING WILDLIFE CONSERVATION - FOR NATURE, NOT PROFIT
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Biosphere Expeditions: Ethical wildlife holidays - where sustainable travel meets hands-on conservation

Make your holiday count. Join our wildlife conservation expeditions in remote and beautiful places around the world. Go places where others don't, learn new skills and experience hands-on conservation in action.

Biosphere Expeditions is an award-winning not-for-profit conservation organisation, and a member of IUCN and the UN’s Environment Programme. For us successful conservation is the collective effort of individuals. We invite everyone to join us on our wildlife and wilderness projects all over the world. Whether young or old, become a citizen scientist for one or two weeks, or more.

The foundation of our work is science and local need. We focus on sustainable conservation projects that target clearly defined, critical issues that humankind has the power to change. International volunteers work hand-in-hand with local biologists and communities to drive positive outcomes for biodiversity - the creation of a protected area for snow leopards in the Altai is just one recent example.

Biosphere Expeditions is a member of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Governing Council & Global Ministerial Environment Forum. Achievements include the implementation of our conservation recommendations and species protection plans by numerous national and regional governments and NGOs, the creation of protected areas on four continents, scientific and lay publications, as well as capacity-building, training and education all over the world.