Azkals appeal for crowd support

first_imgPhilippine Azkals stalwarts Misagh Bahadoran and James Younghusband sounded out the call for the team’s 12th man—the home crowd—to step up as they bid for glory in the AFF Suzuki Cup starting Saturday when they face Singapore.Gracing the AFF Suzuki Cup Trophy Tour at SM North last Saturday night, Bahadoran expressed hopes for more crowd support as the Azkals gun for a first Suzuki Cup crown, after three straight semifinal appearances.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND “We’ve experienced playing in large crowds in the Suzuki Cup and the atmosphere could get intimidating for away teams,” said Younghusband. “We hope to have that kind of atmosphere here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Del Rosario keeps Melaka Open lead EDITORS’ PICK As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Azkals have been playing before fewer spectators compared to recent years in their last few friendly matches at Rizal Memorial Stadium, including the 1-0 win over Kyrgyzstan last Wednesday.And with the current trend, it will be tough to fill the 25,000-seater Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan, to its capacity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We really need your support,” Bahadoran addressed the crowd in the mall, where the AFF Suzuki Cup trophy was displayed.The 30-year-old Younghusband said having a packed PSS could just give the Azkals the boost that they need to hurdle a tough group that also includes Indonesia and defending champion Thailand. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 View comments Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes PH among economies most vulnerable to viruslast_img read more

Alab Pilipinas in the mix

first_imgLady Warriors rule Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND The Philippines will be represented by the newly formed Alab Pilipinas, which is looking to become the third Filipino club to win an ABL crown, while Vietnam will field the Saigon Heat.“The league is ready to take another step forward as it welcomes three new teams into the fold,” said ABL chief operating officer Jericho Ilagan Monday at the league’s launching at Solaire Resort and Casino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Team representatives during the 2017 ABL Season press conference at Solaire Resort and Casino. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBreaking new ground, the Asean Basketball League kicks off its seventh season on Nov. 25 in Singapore with six teams, including newcomers Kaohsiung Truth and Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, from outside the region. Defending champion Westports Malaysia Dragons and Singapore Slingers clash in the opener at OCBC Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Barnes pours 28, Mavericks hold off Trail Blazers

first_imgNBA: Owners pass new labor deal, players next – source Lillard finished with 29 points, including 20 in the third period. It was Portland’s fourth straight loss.The Blazers were slow to get going for the second of a back-to-back, but Lillard paced the comeback. His reverse layup pulled Portland to 88-82 with 6:31 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliAllen Crabbe pumped his fist after his 3-pointer with 2:42 left trimmed it to 90-88. After Williams’ jumper for the Mavericks, Al-Farouq Aminu made a 3 and the Blazers were back within two.The teams traded baskets but Dallas turned over the ball on a shot-clock violation with 20.3 seconds to go, leading 96-95. Lillard’s turnover on the other end gave it back to the Mavs, but Mason Plumlee grabbed Williams’ bad pass and Portland called a timeout with 9.8 seconds left. Lillard’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer came under intense pressure from former Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews.The Mavericks were playing the second of a four-game road trip. They lost the opener 117-107 at Denver on Monday night.The Trail Blazers were coming off an emotional game the night before in Sacramento. Portland lost 126-121 to the Kings in a game that featured a brief ejection in the final minutes for DeMarcus Cousins, who finished with a season-high 55 points.Cousins was ejected after he appeared to spit his mouthpiece at Portland’s bench, but as he headed for the locker room the officials reversed the call and brought him back.The NBA’s 2-minute report Wednesday from the game did not address the ejection reversal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town The Mavericks were again without Dirk Nowitzki because of a strained right Achilles, but the 13-time All Star is nearing a comeback. Nowitzki could return as early as Friday night against the Clippers. The Mavericks will ease him back slowly.“He’s made gradual but steady gains in his recovery,” coach Rick Carlisle said.Portland was without reserve Evan Turner, who has an ankle injury and was wearing a boot before the game. But the Blazers did get back Aminu, who had been out the previous four games with a sore back.The Mavericks built a 12-point lead in the first quarter and Seth Curry hit a 3 at the second-quarter buzzer to send the Mavericks into halftime with a 62-38 advantage.In the second half, Barnes’ 18-foot fadeaway put the Mavs up 69-44. Portland pulled to 73-63 when Lillard scored off a layup, 3-pointer and jumper, and Ed Davis added a putback dunk.Lillard’s 3-pointer made it 75-66 late in the third. Crabbe’s 3-pointer narrowed Portland’s deficit to 88-80 with 7:24 left.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Senators to proceed with review of VFA Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, left, blocks the shot of Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes as Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu defends. APPORTLAND, Oregon — Harrison Barnes had 28 points and the Dallas Mavericks held off a furious rally by the Portland Trail Blazers for a 96-95 victory that ended when Damian Lillard missed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).Deron Williams added 23 points for the Mavericks, who led by 25 early in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READlast_img read more

Wiggins, Towns, lead Wolves over Bucks, 116-99

first_imgPH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Parker and Antetokounmpo combined to make 19 of 28 shots, and the Greek Freak had a breathtaking swat against LaVine with the two youngsters one-on-one in the open court.The Wolves were just as dynamic, never more than when Towns swatted a shot from Greg Monroe, sprinted the length of the floor and dunked a lob from Wiggins for an 82-66 lead in the third quarter. And Wiggins put the game away with a soaring dunk over Miles Plumlee in the fourth quarter.“I’d rather lose to the Bulls than lose to this team,” Parker said about the 11-22 Wolves. “It’s not against them, but we’ve got to win these games. We got to. If we want to be good we’ve got to win these games.”When speaking of the Wolves’ youngsters, Muhammad is rarely mentioned these days. He’s struggled mightily on the defensive end, which has made it difficult for him to earn the confidence of coach Tom Thibodeau. But he finally broke out on Friday night, scored 10 of his 22 points in the first quarter and hit his first four 3-pointers to give the Wolves a huge lift one game after their bench managed just eight points in a loss at Denver.“It’s relieving to have one of those performances,” Muhammad said. “I can definitely build on this one.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Korver, Howard lead Hawks past Pistons, 105-98 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are youngcenter_img Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 16 rebounds to help the Timberwolves beat the Bucks 116-99.Zach LaVine added 24 points and Shabazz Muhammad had 22 points in 18 minutes off the bench for the Wolves, who shot 55.8 percent from the field and hit 13 of 25 3-pointers. LaVine hit 6 of 9 from deep and Muhammad made 4 of 5 3s to help the Wolves outlast Milwaukee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young“We want to show that we’re the better team with the better young players,” LaVine said. “But you’ve got to respect your opponent at all times. They have great players like we do, but at the end of the day I’m glad we came out with the win.”Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Bucks, who played the first of at least two games without starting point guard Matthew Dellavedova because of a strained hamstring. Jabari Parker scored 20 points for Milwaukee. The Bucks were charging in the fourth quarter, having whittled a 19-point deficit down to 12 when the Wolves inbounded the ball with just 0.3 seconds on the shot clock. LaVine got room, caught the pass and quickly fired a shot that went through, but officials initially ruled a shot clock violation.After a review, it was determined that LaVine did get the shot off in time, giving the Wolves a 101-87 lead.Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon started for Dellavedova, and coach Jason Kidd said the team would need to make no adjustments with the rookie playing instead of the veteran. Kidd said Brogdon was having one of the two best rookie seasons in the league this year alongside Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. The 24-year-old Brogdon was the sixth pick in the second round out of Virginia.“He’s a special rookie,” Kidd said.Brogdon had 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, center, dunks over Milwaukee Bucks center Miles Plumlee (18) as Bucks forward Michael Beasley (9) looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Minneapolis. APMINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—The Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks have two of the most promising groups of young stars in the NBA.Minnesota’s core shined just a little brighter Friday nightADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

NBA: Warriors exec says ‘no final decision’ on ‘San Francisco’ name change

first_imgGolden State Warriors, from left, Andre Iguodala (9), Kevin Durant (35) and Stephen Curry (30) wait after a called foul during the second half of a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Image: APThe Golden State Warriors are relocating to a new arena in San Francisco in 2019, and the team may very well have a new name by then.Just as fitting as their move from the Oracle Arena in Oakland to the neighboring Chase Arena in San Francisco, there’s a growing speculation that the franchise would soon drop ‘Golden State’ from its name, to be replaced with the squad’s new location.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town The Warriors started under the Philadelphia banner, as the Philadelphia Warriors, before moving to San Francisco in the early ’60s. The franchise then moved to Oakland in 1971 and was renamed the Golden State Warriors. Should a change happen, therefore, it would be not much of a name change, but in fact only a re-assumption of the old name ‘San Francisco Warriors’ which the team carried from 1962 to 1971.Since the term ‘Golden State’ also refers to other cities in the state of California, the nebulousness of the name have confused many beyond the Bay Area.But ever since the team’s recent championship success and surging popularity, even casual fans now know where the franchise is located.“What’s happened with the team over the course of the ensuing years, until today, has made the Warriors if not the preeminent, at least among the three best-known NBA franchises around the world,” the Warrior executive continued.“And everybody who didn’t know where the Golden State Warriors were four years ago, if you’re a fan today, anywhere in the world, you know where the Golden State Warriors are,” he saidADVERTISEMENT Welts, however, said that as of now, the odds are against any change and the team would most likely keep its name.“But if you were a betting man, I think you would probably want to wager that the name might remain the same,” Welts revealed.Welts also disclosed that the “Golden State Warriors” was coined as an effort to attract fans from all over California, and not just in the Bay Area. Khristian IbarrolaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine The team’s president and COO Rick Welts addressed these rumors last week, claiming that the franchise has yet to approve the potential brand change, predicted to become ‘San Francisco Warriors’.“The team’s success has caused us to really rethink whether or not that’s something we should or want to do,” Welts said on the Warriors Insider Podcast, transcribed by CSN Bay Area.  “I guess it’s fair to say there’s been no final decision made.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Derrick Rose mysterious no-show for Knicks’ game Senators to proceed with review of VFA “Four years ago, I think the conventional wisdom in our building here in Oakland was that, yes, we should attach a city name to the team, that it would become a more global franchise,” Welts described. “There was a lot of head-scratching four years ago about where the Golden State Warriors even played, in other parts of the world.”What’s in a name We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDlast_img read more

Citizen science makes easy work of penguin time-lapse image bounty

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored A multinational research team has deployed time-lapse cameras at various penguin breeding colonies to enable a widespread, long-term study of these top predators in the Antarctic ecosystem.Volunteers have played a critical role in processing the millions of images resulting from the multi-year study to better understand reproductive behavior and nest success rates across the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, and South Georgia.Citizen scientists can help produce large data sets needed to train artificial intelligence algorithms. Cameras add monitoring powerField data collection is challenging in the best of conditions, and in an environment as harsh as Antarctica, large-scale, long-term field monitoring studies are rare.To get around the problem, a multinational collaborative research effort has installed time-lapse cameras at more than 30 penguin breeding colonies in Antarctica and remote islands in the Southern Ocean. The network of cameras takes images of the penguins year-round, enabling researchers to monitor the health of the colonies over time and space by documenting nest survival rates and comparing changes in population dynamics and reproduction to shifts in temperature and human fishing activity. All without people being present.Gentoo penguins nesting at Port Lockroy, Antarctic Peninsula — one of hundreds of thousands of Penguin Watch time-lapse images. Image by Penguin Watch.Unlike motion-triggered camera traps, time-lapse cameras automatically take an image at set intervals, such as every hour, even if no motion or animal is detected. Scientists use them for automated monitoring of field sites, to capture a near-continuous record of occupancy and observations of a population or habitat over time.In Antarctica, the researchers use wire and stones to hold each stationary camera in place and position it to film multiple nests associated with, in some cases, more than 30 penguins. Once a year, workers on the ground replace the batteries and storage cards in the cameras.The authors say the images from time-lapse cameras have several advantages over cameras with a passive infrared (PIR) sensor triggered by body heat. Time-lapse cameras can show penguins, even at a far distance, which a passive infrared (PIR) sensor may not detect. Collecting data from constant time intervals enables the researchers to perform analyses, such as mark-recapture studies.A given camera may lack sufficient power to continue operating throughout an entire year with a PIR sensor. Increased function in the summer months could drain the battery and leave a colony unmonitored during crucial stages of the birds’ annual cycle (e.g. the arrival of adults in the spring).Camera installation at penguin colonies: (a) A wire rock basket, covered by rocks, supports the metal scaffold pole; (b) multiple metal “legs” are fastened to the main structure for support; each “foot” is secured using rocks. The “legs” in design (b) provide increased stability and are longer-lasting than the wire used in (a), which researchers found became brittle after approximately three years. Image by Fiona M. Jones, CC 4.0Similar to camera traps, time-lapse cameras set out over time generate large image data sets, with many thousands or millions of images, the analysis of which costs time and money. The network of 91 time-lapse cameras around Antarctica has generated millions of images, each of which might, or might not, contain penguins.Processing 6 million imagesThe effort has enlisted more than 50,000 volunteers over four years to annotate the images through a citizen science program called Penguin Watch, hosted by the Zooniverse. Penguin Watch offers the public access to thousands of images of penguins at colonies around the Southern Ocean and enables people to contribute to conservation research. Collectively, Penguin Watch volunteers have annotated more than 6 million images of gentoo, chinstrap, Adélie and king penguin colonies.The research team recently described its citizen science program in Nature’s Scientific Data journal. They assessed its success using a sample of nearly 74,000 images from 15 of the cameras in the network. Each camera generally captures one image every 30 or 60 minutes, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., year-round, and images are linked to their corresponding date, time, and temperature readings.This image taken by a time-lapse camera at Damoy Point, Weincke Island, Antarctic Peninsula (64.82° S, 63.49° W) is one of the nearly 74,000 images used in the study. The photo’s date, time, moon phase and temperature information are shown at the top of the image. Image by Jones et. al., 2018, CC 4.0The volunteers classify images by tagging individual penguins as “adult,” “chick” or “egg” and other animals, humans or ships as “other.” Several volunteers review each image to increase data reliability, and if a volunteer identifies animals in an image, the platform shows that image to 10 other volunteers. If none of the first four volunteers finds an animal in an image, that image is removed from the active data set.“Volunteers do not need to identify the penguin species, as most of the colonies we examine are single-species colonies,” lead author Fiona Jones of Oxford University told Mongabay. “If they wish, our volunteers can ‘flag up’ an interesting image on the Penguin Watch talk forums — for example, they might notice some unusual behaviour. Our online moderators will then be able to provide information about what they’ve seen.”Volunteers that detect animals in a Penguin Watch image are asked to tag individuals by clicking on them and then classify them as ‘adult’, ‘chick’, ‘egg’, or ‘other’ (the latter can be used to identify other fauna, ships or humans). Once an image has been classified, volunteers are given the opportunity to ‘talk’ about it on a Penguin Watch forum. Image by https://www.zooniverse.org/lab, via Jones et. al., 2018, CC 4.0Citizen scientists have proven a valuable resource to help researchers extract specific information from the resulting large image data sets. By categorizing images by their primary subject, including those with no animals, the Penguin Watch volunteers facilitate subsequent analyses that are more in-depth, such as detecting chick hatching or other short-lived breeding stages.“The response from the general public to our project has been phenomenal — and not something we expected at all,” Jones said. “We simply couldn’t do our research without them.”A 2014 Zooniverse survey found that 90.6 percent of participating volunteers said they “like to contribute to scientific progress,” while 84.7 percent of people were “fascinated by the projects” in which they were involved. Individual responses also conveyed an enthusiasm for the projects and a desire to discover something new.“In order to attract volunteers, it is important to let them know why they are helping you,” Jones said. “They are giving up their free time to assist your research, so it’s great to give regular updates on how your project is progressing, and what all their hard work is going towards.”Where volunteers meet machine learningPenguin Watch launched in 2014, when volunteers began reviewing images from 2012 and 2013.Now, scientists are beginning to employ machine learning techniques to automate the image data extraction process. But where do machine learning algorithms get their training data?Each dot represents a single click, with colors specific to 10 individual volunteers. The researchers use a clustering algorithm to derive a single ‘consensus click’ from each group of markings. Image by Jones et. al., 2018, CC 4.0The volunteer data is one new source of big data sets. The Antarctic penguin volunteers have generated a large amount of information that can be used to train machine learning algorithms to carry out the task automatically.In fact, “The data exported from the Penguin Watch project have already been used to train machine learning algorithms,” Jones said. “The ultimate goal is to be able to use citizen science and machine learning in a complementary way, rather than one replacing the other.”CitationJones, F.M., Allen, C., Arteta, C., Arthur, J, Black, C., Emmerson, L.M., Freeman, R., Hines, G., Lintott, C.J., Macháčková, Z., Miller, G., Simpson, R., Southwell, C., Torsey, H.R., Zisserman, A., & Hart,T. (2018). Time-lapse imagery and volunteer classifications from the Zooniverse Penguin Watch project. Scientific Data 5(180124).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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New paper proposes a science-based ‘Global Deal for Nature’

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki A paper published in Science today outlines a new “Global Deal for Nature,” officially launching an effort to establish science-based conservation targets covering all of planet Earth, including terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.The Global Deal for Nature proposes a target of 30 percent of the planet to be fully protected under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity by 2030. But because much more of Earth’s natural ecosystems need to be preserved or restored in order to avert the worst impacts of runaway global warming, another 20 percent of the planet would be protected under the GDN as Climate Stabilization Areas (CSAs).Conservation scientists, environmental NGOs, and indigenous groups are urging governments to adopt the GDN as a companion commitment alongside the Paris Climate Agreement approved by nearly 200 countries in 2015. A paper published in Science today outlines a new “Global Deal for Nature,” officially launching an effort to establish science-based conservation targets covering all of planet Earth, including terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.The Global Deal for Nature proposes a target of 30 percent of the planet to be fully protected under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity by 2030. But because much more of Earth’s natural ecosystems need to be preserved or restored in order to avert the worst impacts of runaway global warming, another 20 percent of the planet would be protected under the GDN as Climate Stabilization Areas (CSAs).“Working in cohort with the Paris Agreement, CSAs would concentrate in habitats like mangroves, tundra, other peatlands, ancient grasslands, and boreal and tropical rainforest biomes that store vast reserves of carbon and other greenhouse gases, and prevent large-scale land cover change,” the authors of the paper write. CSAs would meet the definition of “Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures” (OECMs) adopted by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity late last year.Conservation scientists, environmental NGOs, and indigenous groups are urging governments to adopt the GDN as a companion commitment alongside the Paris Climate Agreement approved by nearly 200 countries in 2015.“The Global Deal for Nature (GDN) is a time-bound, science-driven plan to save the diversity and abundance of life on Earth,” according to the paper. “Pairing the GDN and the Paris Climate Agreement would avoid catastrophic climate change, conserve species, and secure essential ecosystem services. New findings give urgency to this union: Less than half of the terrestrial realm is intact, yet conserving all native ecosystems — coupled with energy transition measures — will be required to remain below a 1.5°C rise in average global temperature.”Indigenous lands are considered central to the premise of the GDN, the authors add in the paper: “Potentially prominent among OECMs are indigenous peoples’ lands, which account for 37% of all remaining natural lands across the Earth, and these lands store >293 gigatons of carbon. Although many of these lands meet the definition of a protected area, many others may be appropriately characterized as OECMs. Here, the global policies articulated in the Paris Agreement and the proposed GDN merge with addressing human rights. The direction, insights, rights, and voices of indigenous peoples are essential but rarely published in scientific journals.”‘One Earth’ climate model (LDF 1.5°C Scenario) from Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement (Teske, ed.) 2019. Land use emissions (gold) decline from current levels to zero in 2035, becoming carbon-negative in 2027. Approximately 400 GtCO2 in negative emissions through land restoration would be required to achieve a >67% chance of staying below 1.5˚C with a >50% chance of 1.4 degrees C by 2100. Carbon budgets are derived from the IPCC special report, “Global Warming of 1.5˚C” (2018), starting in 2018 and adjusted downward to account for total anthropogenic emissions from the pre-industrial era (circa 1750). Model compiled by Malte Meinshausen (MAGICC7.0/CMIP6-compliant).The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report last year highlighting the impacts of global warming that are already being felt around the globe and warning that those impacts would only get even more severe if global average temperature rise is not limited to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.“The science is telling us that if we go above 1.5˚C, we could experience an ‘extinction tsunami’ resulting in the collapse of many key ecosystems,” Thomas Lovejoy, the conservation biologist known as “The Godfather of Biodiversity” and a co-author of the GDN paper, said. “We cannot solve the biodiversity crisis without solving the climate crisis, and we cannot solve the climate crisis without solving the biodiversity crisis. The two are interlinked.”Eric Dinerstein, director of the biodiversity and wildlife program at the Washington, D.C.-based NGO RESOLVE, led the teams that wrote the new GDN paper and the 2017 study examining an “ecoregion-based approach” to protecting half the planet that it builds on. “Pairing a new ‘Global Deal for Nature’ with the Paris Climate Agreement would give us the best chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change, of conserving threatened species, and of ensuring the health of the ecosystems that are so essential for sustaining life on Earth,” Dinerstein said.The GDN campaign is being driven by One Earth, an initiative of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation that aims to marshal support from international institutions, governments, and citizens of planet Earth to support ambitious conservation goals. One Earth has launched an online petition drive at globaldealfornature.org along with RESOLVE and indigenous groups to build popular support for the GDN.“Science is telling us something our traditional knowledge has been warning of for decades: the Earth is dying,” Gregorio Mirabal, president of the indigenous group COICA (Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin), said. “We urgently need a Global Deal for Nature to restore half of the natural world as soon as possible and, as guardians of 80% of the planet’s biodiversity, indigenous peoples must play a central role in that pact. Indigenous communities truly understand what it means to live in harmony with nature — now governments need to recognize that our ancestral knowledge will be key to ensuring that we all have a future on this Earth.”Preserving tropical forests, like this rainforest in Madagascar, is a key part of meeting climate and biodiversity goals. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.CITATIONS• Dinerstein, E., Olson, D., Joshi, A., Vynne, C., Burgess, N. D., Wikramanayake, E., … & Hansen, M. (2017). An ecoregion-based approach to protecting half the terrestrial realm. BioScience, 67(6), 534-545. doi:10.1093/biosci/bix014• Dinerstein, E. et al. (2019). A Global Deal For Nature: Guiding principles, milestones, and targets. Science, 5(4), eaaw2869. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aaw2869Featured Image: A hummingbird in La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. Photo by Rhett Butler.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Adaptation To Climate Change, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Environment, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Rights, Marine Protected Areas, Protected Areas, Research last_img read more

Lift-off for thermal-imaging system to estimate wildlife populations

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Artificial Intelligence, Borneo Orangutan, cameras, Conservation Solutions, Drones, Great Apes, Law Enforcement, Monitoring, Rainforests, Sensors, Surveying, Technology, Thermal Imagery, Wildtech A research team hailed a breakthrough in their imaging system’s ability to detect and identify orangutans in tropical rainforest.They now plan for computer algorithms to report back what a thermal camera has seen in real time.The researchers believe the system could also be used to spot poachers targeting rare species. A prototype system to identify rare species in real time using thermal-imaging cameras mounted on unmanned aircraft, or drones, passed its latest test when it successfully identified orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in Borneo’s rainforest. Having previously used the technologies to detect spider monkeys in Mexico and riverine rabbits in South Africa, a team of scientists developing the system plan to have it ready for widespread use in two years.During field trials, the airborne thermal cameras detected 41 orangutans, each confirmed by observers on the ground. It also spotted proboscis monkeys, which it distinguished from the orangutans, and Asian elephants.Proboscis monkeys in Sabah, Malaysia. These monkeys are smaller than orangutan and they move in groups, while orangutans are typically solitary. Image courtesy of Liverpool John Moores University and WWF.Thermal-imaging cameras detect animals’ body heat, so they do not require sunlight or a flash to illuminate their subjects and can be used at night.The tropical rainforest trials demonstrated the cameras work in a challenging environment where animals are partially hidden by vegetation and where the heat of the wildlife could be masked by the temperature of the surrounding habitat.The research team found the camera was able to pick up animals’ heat signatures through gaps in the vegetation, and they worked at first light before the surrounding environment had warmed up. Orangutans’ arboreal nature also made them easier for aerial cameras to spot.An orangutan by day partially visible amidst the leafy vegetation. The thermal imagery used in the study could detect orangutans by their heat emission as well as humans could spot them on the ground but was faster and thus able to survey a much larger area of forest. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.“Two years from now, we’re hoping to roll this out as a ‘You tell us what you want, we can build a system that works for you,’” one of the team’s collaborators, Claire Burke, an astro-ecologist at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), told Mongabay in an interview. “We want this to be as useful as possible, which means we need to do field studies in as wide a range of environments, and with as many different species, as possible.”But it’s the scientists’ methods of processing the data that are ground-breaking, Burke said. As previously reported by Mongabay, this aspect of the project has come from the field of astrophysics.Different animals are warm and cold in different parts of their bodies, something which Burke calls their “unique thermal fingerprints.” The idea eventually is that object detection software on board the drones will be able to identify species from the images and notify researchers, saying what it has seen and where.An orangutan climbing in Sabah, Malaysia displays a unique thermal fingerprint. The underside of this animal is warmer than its back, which is covered by thick hair. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.“Every identification the system gives will come with a confidence value,” Burke said. “It will say, ‘I am 95 percent sure that was an orangutan’, or even ‘I am 60 percent sure that was a man hiding in the bush’, and if he’s not supposed to be there, then the local authorities can go and sort him out.”To date, the software has “learned” the thermal fingerprints of two species of antelope, rhinos, chimpanzees and baboons from trials conducted at a local safari park.Serge Wich, an expert in primate behavioral ecology also at LJMU and the project’s lead conservationist, told Mongabay that the system could allow researchers to obtain more precise estimates of orangutan numbers. Australian researchers have advanced a comparable method combining drones, thermal imagery, and machine learning to automatically survey koalas and other cryptic species in eucalyptus forests and estimate error rates.Currently, Wich explained, scientists estimate orangutan populations by counting their nests from the ground, but this method is cumbersome and time-consuming and may not detect declines of less than about 25 percent. In addition, many populations are counted by extrapolation because huge areas of habitat have not been surveyed.Counts from thermal images taken from drone-mounted cameras are potentially more accurate than ground counts and can also cover a much larger area in less time. Field workers counting animals in rainforest can cover about 200 meters (650 feet) in an hour, explained Burke, but a fixed-wing drone can cover a kilometer (0.6 miles) in 10 minutes – roughly 30 times quicker.The importance of flying in the evening or early morning. At 0700, the men walking are easily distinguished from the surrounding cool vegetation, whereas by 0930, the heat produced by the men is less obvious because the surroundings have also warmed up. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.“There are declines going on that we have not been spotting,” Wich said. “Our paper last year [in Current Biology] showed half the orangutan population of Borneo had disappeared between 1999 and 2015. That came as a big shock to us. By using this new system, we may be able to do more precise counts and over larger areas.”The team will next try out the system on bamboo lemurs, which live in marshy areas around Madagascar’s Lac Alaotra, providing a new challenge for the thermal-imaging and object detection technologies.Next steps in astro-ecology research Thermal-imaging cameras have trouble accurately picking up an animal’s heat signature in hot environments, and the current technology cannot capture images at high resolution. Wich said the system will probably work best for animals, such as other great apes, that are relatively large and usually found in the open or high up in a forest. The drones with thermal cameras they used to detect spider monkeys produced more reliable counts than ground surveys when monkeys were found in large numbers.The project’s Tarot X4 drone with TeAx Fusion Zoom dual thermal-visible spectrum cameras, ready to take off in the early morning when the air and vegetation are cooler than the warm bodies of orangutans and other large mammals. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.So far, the cameras have been attached to multi-rotor drones, which have a maximum flying time of 30 minutes. Once the software is fully developed, the team will switch to fixed-wing models, which fly for between one and two hours. Burke estimated a complete system could be assembled for about $13,000.The researchers are confident the system will also be able to spot and identify humans and could therefore be used by anti-poaching teams because poachers frequently operate under cover of darkness. “There’s lots of interest from national parks and private reserves,” Wich said. Article published by Sue Palminteri FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

In Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa, Gullele Botanical Garden captivates city dwellers

first_imgGullele Botanic Garden (GBG) is the first of its kind located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Officially inaugurated and opened to the public in January 2019, it has become increasingly popular among the city’s residents and educators.On a smaller scale, similar initiatives such as Shashemene Botanical Garden are being undertaken elsewhere in the country. ADDIS ABABA — Five miles northwest of Addis Ababa’s thriving city center is the lush Gullele Botanic Garden (GBG), the first well-established site of its kind in Ethiopia that covers both forest and semi-forest vegetation.Of the more than 2,500 botanical gardens that exist in the world, only an estimated 4 percent are in Africa, many of which can be traced back to colonial times in the 18th and 19th centuries.Unpublished GBG records show that efforts to establish a botanical garden in Ethiopia date as far back as four decades. However, Gullele was only officially inaugurated in January 2019, 14 years after it was realized as a joint venture between Addis Ababa University and the city administration, which provided full funding for the 705-hectare (1,740-acre) park.Berhanu Belay, the garden’s director of botanical research and development, says awareness has improved significantly since then and that it’s even been referred to as the “green lung” of Ethiopia’s capital.Conservation of plant speciesA green house at the Gullele Botanical Garden in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo courtesy Gullele Botanical Garden.Over the past year, the botanical garden received recognition from Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), a U.K. charity membership organization, for its focus and best practices on plant conservation. According to BGCI, more than 9,600 trees worldwide are in danger of extinction and more than 1,900 are critically endangered.Belay says his main priority this year is to introduce and cultivate critically endangered indigenous and endemic plant species, such as Euphorbia burgeri, known locally as qulqual, and Erythrina burana, or welina.With the increase in Ethiopia’s population and scarcity of agricultural land, forest degradation and the consequent loss of biodiversity have become key problems for the country. Studies show that 13 percent of the total woody plant flora in Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea are endangered.Eradicating eucalyptus treesThe Gullele Botanic Garden in 2017. Photo by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese.Eucalyptus trees were first introduced into the country in 1895, during the reign of Emperor Menelik II, who recognized the scarcity of and high demand for fuelwood among the population.More than a century later, the once-exotic tree has become increasingly popular among farmers and abounds in many parts of the country. Studies show that its fast growth rate, short rotation nature and multi-faceted value have made it an ideal tree, especially in rural and semi-urban parts of the country that mainly grow it to generate income.However, many experts say it’s not suitable for the environment, since it requires more moisture than indigenous vegetation, releases toxic chemicals into the soil, and threatens local species.The botanical garden took the task of removing Eucalyptus globulus trees seriously. When established in 2005, 90 percent of the garden was predominantly covered in the species known as southern bluegum. Today, an estimated 420 hectares (1,040 acres), or 65 percent of the coverage, has been successfully removed.Since September 2018 alone, the garden has employed hundreds of local people to successfully clear more than 40 hectares (100 acres) of land and replace it with indigenous plants.Raising awareness among youthStudents of Bole Gerji Primary and Secondary school in Addis Ababa planting trees that they received from the botanical garden as part of its ‘Model Gardening’ Project. Image courtesy Gullele Botanical Garden.Gebreselassie Mebrhatu is a facilitator for an environmental protection club at the Bole Gerji primary school in Addis Ababa. Every year before the rainy season starts, he and the 78 other members of the club set out to dig the ground and plant trees around their school. The school is part of GBG’s model gardening project, which supports students to plant indigenous trees like Acacia abyssinica, known locally as girar.According to Eshetu Worku, an environmental education officer at the botanical garden, the model gardening project was launched a couple of years ago at 10 primary and secondary schools in Addis Ababa, where students get a hands-on education in horticulture by taking plants from the botanical garden to their schools.“We want to enable people to have an understanding and care for their environment because they unnecessarily cut plants or remove forests out of the lack of knowledge. So we create awareness in order to avoid the consequences that come out of cutting trees,” Worku says.In recent years, GBG has made a serious effort to promote the garden through various media outlets and stakeholders. Consequently, more than 10,000 people visited the botanical garden in the first half of 2019 alone.The majority of these are students from primary and secondary schools in the capital city and higher education institutions all over the country, benefiting from the provision of ecological science education support from the garden.Relevance for the communityEmployees are seen at the nursing site in Gullele Botanical Garden in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo courtesy Gullele Botanical Garden.Martha Tadesse, 28, started an all-women’s hiking group, Berchi (“be strong” in Amharic), in June 2017 through social media. Since its establishment, the group has hiked together in the botanical garden several times.“Living in a city like Addis [Ababa] where there are few or no green areas, [the] botanical garden is a gift to residents around it,” said Tadesse, who said she has hiked there more than 10 times in the past three years.But Tadesse isn’t the only one who enjoys spending time in the garden. Yoga teacher and writer Heran Tadesse (no relation) has been giving yoga classes in the botanical garden for the past six months.“Every time I visit the Gullele Botanic Garden, there are wedding pictures being taken and communities gather to celebrate the special events,” she says. “Like the other day, I witnessed an Islamic wedding, Protestant wedding as well as a traditional Oromo wedding. Culturally enriching and refreshing!”Records at the botanical garden show that since its establishment in 2005, more than 50,000 people have visited for leisure, education and research.Other initiatives for new botanical gardensA view of Shashemene Botanical Garden in February 2018. Photo by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese.While not on the same scale as Gullele Botanic Garden, botanical gardens have sprung up in the towns of Shashemene and Jimma, under the auspices of the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute.The 17-hectare (42-acre) Shashemene botanical garden, situated 249 kilometers (155 miles) south of Addis Ababa, was established in 2005. But it wasn’t until 2013 that it fully commenced the activities of conservation, ecotourism and plant nursery. It’s home to the Lephis Forest field gene bank, where rare indigenous trees like Albizia gummifera and Prunus africana are planted and protected.The institute grows more than 200 indigenous and 12 endemic plant species at the nursery site that produces more than 100,000 seedlings every year to be distributed to the community and restore degraded land in the region.But the small yearly budget of $60,000, an estimated 50 percent of which goes toward administration fees, and a quarry site just outside the perimeter are among the challenges hindering it from possible future expansions and meeting expected standards for a botanical garden. The town of Shashemene is also struggling with a shortage of drinking water and loss of water bodies, which has affected how the garden cultivates plants in its vicinity.Banner image: Students of Bole Gerji Primary and Secondary school in Addis Ababa planting trees that they received from the botanical garden as part of its ‘Model Gardening’ Project. Image courtesy Gullele Botanical Garden.Maheder Haileselassie Tadese is an award-winning freelance photographer and journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. More of her work can be found here. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Botany, Ecotourism, Ex-situ Conservation, Forests, Medicinal Plants, Plants Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Genevieve Belmakerlast_img read more