Historic: Macaws reintroduced to Ibera Park

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By Nancy Moore
 
After a century-long absence from Corrientes Province in Northeast Argentina, five juvenile red-and-green macaws were released this past June 28th into the protected wetlands of Iberá.
 
It's the second population reintroduced by Rewilding Argentina, a strategic partner of Tompkins Conservation. This group of five was raised in captivity by Ecoparque Buenos Aires and Fundación Temaikén and underwent arduous training with Rewilding Argentina in order to survive in the wild. The training is no small matter: captive-born macaws must acquire flying skills, learn how to evade predators and adapt to the new diet they will find in the wild. The macaws wear a small radio transmitter that monitors their movements to ensure their adaptation. 
 
  
Though Iberá Park is teeming with wildlife, the macaws are seen as crucial to saving the dwindling Paraná forest, since as seed dispersers, the species helps to regenerate native forest. The macaws, known for their charisma and vibrant colors, are a key attraction for nature-based tourism, which is part of a new sustainable economic model for the development of local communities.
 
“In the context of the climate crisis and the ecological crisis, tourism based on the conservation of ecosystems is being positioned as a new production model capable of sustaining itself over time,” says Marisi López, coordinator of the Iberá Project. The macaws are just one of ten native species that Rewilding Argentina is in the process of bringing back to the Iberá wetlands; others species include top predators like the jaguar and giant river otter. 
 
 
 

My fishing plans in quarantine

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Photo: Mike MuñozPhoto: Mike Muñoz
 
 
By Tamara Toro Teutsch
 
If this year had gone as planned, I would be ending this summer returning home from vacation in southern Chile with my parents. Our journey would have started in Cerro Castillo for fishing in the Ibáñez River, Lake General Carrera and probably other stunning parts of the Aysén region. The second stop would have been the beautiful Lake Todos los Santos further north, and we would have finished the trip in Valdivia and its surrounding rivers. All throughout the journey we would have seen frenzied rainbow trout and large brown trout drawn to our bait or caught by our jerky movements.
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Community of Guadal demands environmental evaluation of Los Maquis hydroelectric project

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By Patricio Segura
Translated by Nancy Moore
 
More than 50 community members submitted a formal complaint against Edelaysén for building a hydroelectric plant at the former tourist attraction, Cascada Los Maquis, without subjecting the project to the Chilean Environmental Impact Evaluation System (SEIA).  The project is located near the shores of Lake General Carrera just 5 kilometers from the village of Puerto Guadal and within the precinct of Chile Chico.
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New report shows payoffs of environmental protection

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Photo: María José CatalánPhoto: María José Catalán

 
By Enric Sala
 
In the most comprehensive report to date on the economic implications of protecting nature, more than 100 economists and scientists find that the global economy would benefit from the establishment of far more protected areas on land and at sea than exist today. The report considers various scenarios of protecting at least 30% of the planet to show that the benefits outweigh the costs by a ratio of at least 5-to-1. It offers new evidence that the nature conservation sector drives economic growth, delivers key non-monetary benefits, and is a net contributor to a resilient global economy.
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Covid agreement: A solution in conflict with nature and communities

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By Patricio Segura
Translated by Jamie Lauer
 
It was said systematically. Insistently. Not for the purpose of fortune-telling, but only guided by the clarity of being governed by an elite who is not up to the task of meeting the signals coming from the regions and the planet.
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