Thursday, December 9, 2010

Conservation For People

  • Preserving the biodiversity in hot spots is not working as a conservation strategy, and the economy isn’t getting any benefits either.
  • It doesn’t make sense to help nature without getting advantages along with it.
  • The hot spot strategy doesn’t make sense because only nature benefits from the projects, while harming anthropocentric ecosystems. Like a museum, tourists can come and see the attraction but can’t touch the items. However, in the preserved ecosystems, attracting tourism is not their main focus, therefore, it doesn’t make any money to help support the new method.
  • The chosen strategy would be to preserve everything you can while still helping the economy. This attracts more people and benefits them with essential needs.
  • The ecosystems that provide shelter for animals as well as storm barriers are being ignored due to the new engineering projects that increase the rate of habitat loss. The NOAA solved this problem by overlapping the threatened area with the most populated area that would be affected, which resulted in more followers.
  • Humans don’t act upon an event until they are directly effected. One example is the vultures in India that were being poisoned from the drug, diclofenac, that was distributed to cows. They were not immediately linked to humans until rabies spread from dogs eating their carcasses.
  • Maintaining the environment is the key to eliminating poverty.
  • Publicize the people’s needs for certain ecosystems, then establish their status on a hot spot scale.
  • Ecuador was experiencing a condor reservation problem where the water in the lower lands were undrinkable. A 2% tax on Quito, Ecuador’s citizens supply the fund for a better water system and 11 guards hired to watch over the park, developed by the USAID.
  • Namibia has one of the worst child stunt problem, poverty, and depleting black rhino population. Game tracking was established bu the USAID and helps about 60 communities in the process. 3,500 jobs have been created due to the project.
  • Farmers, hunters, loggers, and other civilians complain that national parks are limiting their food, water, and carning resources.
  • Only 30% of the people have heard of biodiversity.
  • Studies show that the world’s most diverse locations are seasonal homes where animals stop to find shelter. For example, half a million penguins stop by to find shelter in Argentina’s non-endemic plant space where 70,000 tourists visit them each year.
  • Ecosystem service strategy: provisioning- supplying food or genetic resources; regulating- providing flood control, climate modulation, or other similar functions; cultural- offering benefits that are non-material such as a sense of place and spiritual well-being; supporting- delivering the most basic elements of an ecosystem, including nutrient cycling, soil formation or pollination.
  • Approximately 2 million people die each year from unfiltered water. Conserving wetlands and forests would solve the problem and raise more supporters than if they were to just advertise the benefits of the land and animals in it.
  • To prevent needing the help after the damage is done, conservatives should start working together with developers. This impacts causes and saves time later.
  • Public organizations such as the World Bank and the Goldman Sachs Group are supporting these projects encouraging nations to be “greener”.