New Zealand’s Roadmap for Conservation and Environment Science

New Zealand’s government released its conservation and environment science priorities for the next 20 years in a new Roadmap. The full list of priorities is in the Roadmap on the Ministry for the Environment website at: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/more/about-us/conservation-and-environment-science-roadmap. The Roadmap is produced by the Department of Conservation, Ministry for the Environment and the Office of the …

Celestún Biosphere Reserve

Mexico – Decreed a wildlife refuge in 1979 and a biosphere reserve in the 1980s, the Celestún Biosphere Reserve is the cradle of ecotourism (cuna del ecoturismo). A bit of tourism history – in 1983 this place inspired Hector Ceballos-Lascurain to coin the e-word. The economy thrives on the fishing and tourism, particularly those interested …

Water

Photo: UNDP in Europe and Central Asia, Blyde River Canyon Sunset Water = a colorless, transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms. Celebrations February 2 World Wetlands Day March 22 World Water Day June 8 World Oceans Day Last Sunday …

#WorldWetlandsDay is February 2

Photo: Ron Mader, Clark County Wetlands Park World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2 to commemorate the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. Hashtag: #WorldWetlandsDay The theme for 2017 “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction” emphasizes the importance of the wetland ecosystem as a natural, effective …

Botanical Gardens

A botanical garden or botanic garden is a garden dedicated to the collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants labelled with their botanical names. – Wikipedia   Planeta.com National Day of Botanical Gardens in México   Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/garden        

Wilderness Notebook

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. – Gary Snyder In wildness is the preservation of the world. – Henry David Thoreau Wilderness is the state of complete awareness. – Gary Snyder, Turtle Island People can live their whole lives without love, and still live, and still function. And the same is …

Atlantic

The Atlantic Ocean occupies an elongated, S-shaped basin extending longitudinally between Eurasia and Africa to the east, and the Americas to the west. The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest of the world’s oceans with a total area of about 106,460,000 square kilometres (41,100,000 sq mi). It covers approximately 20 percent of the Earth’s surface and …