leonardodicaprio The Caribbean island of #StVincent is suffering a series of explosive volcanic eruptions that has forced 20,000 people out of their homes, destroyed large tracts of forest, and sent toxic ash raining down across the island.
The St Vincent & the Grenadines Forestry Department needs your help as they work tirelessly to clear fallen trees, restore the nation’s water and power supplies and rescue wild animals.
📢 Help them by clicking the link in @faunafloraint ’s bio.
leonardodicaprio A @virunganationalpark update from @global_wildlife_conservation : Virunga, Africa’s oldest National Park builds peace through conservation in a war-torn region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 🇨🇩 (DRC). As the continent’s most biologically diverse protected area, it is home to more than 🌿 2,000 plant species, 🐦 706 bird species, and 🦍 218 mammal species. It is one of 16,000 Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), as it is of global importance to the planet’s overall health and the persistence of biodiversity.
The past year has been an especially challenging year for Virunga’s wildlife, wildlands, and their guardians. The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a deficit in funding for protected areas around the world, due to a halt in ecotourism. And 6 Vriunga rangers lost their lives in an attack in January.
🤝 We are rewilding Virunga with the @EuropeanCommission and @VirungaNationalPark , to restore the park’s ecosystems with a focus on great apes, and by building on the Virunga Alliance Program to create more than 100,000 jobs that draw people out of the armed militia and into productive society.
🤔 Are you ready to rewild Virunga with us? With the help of @LeonardoDiCaprio and @EmersonCollective , and with substantial support from the European Commission, The Virunga Fund is using 100% of its donations to provide urgent support and protection for our partners on the ground. Follow our link in @global_wildlife_conservation ’s bio to donate. Your donation as low as $8 can help support Virunga’s rangers.
leonardodicaprio From @TheWCS : Vehicle collisions are a growing threat to primates living in increasingly fragmented habitats crisscrossed by roads. Now, new research shows speedbumps can protect one of Africa's rarest primates.
Endangered Zanzibar red colobus are found only in the Zanzibar archipelago. Reliant on Unguja Island’s forests for their survival, around half of the population is found in Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park.
Historic data from there showed that one colobus was killed on average every 2-3 weeks by traffic. After speedbumps were installed, that was cut to one every six weeks, says new research co-authored by @thewcs .
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leonardodicaprio From @yaleenvironment360 : 45% of the intact forests in the Amazon are in Indigenous territories, comprising an area that sequesters more carbon than all the tropical forests in either Indonesia or the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Securing the land rights of Indigenous and tribal communities in the Amazon could help absorb CO2 emissions at low costs to governments. Indigenous peoples control up to 1.5 million square miles of Amazon forest — more than a third of all forests in Latin America.
As the Amazon has been steadily degraded in recent years by land clearing for ranching, agribusiness, and development, and as rising temperatures have led to droughts and increased fires, scientists have warned that the Amazon could reach a tipping point in which the world’s largest tropical forest ceases to play a central role in key global ecosystem functions, such as carbon sequestration.
“When you have almost half of the intact forest in the Amazon in Indigenous and Afro-descendant territories, then they have to be a big part of any discussion about a tipping point,” David Kaimowitz, manager of the FAO’s Forest and FarmFacility and the lead author of the report, told Mongabay.
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