Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Ministry allocates Rp 4.2t for forest restoration

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The government has announced a Rp 4.2 trillion program aimed at encouraging people to participate in efforts to restore the country's forests and revitalize the forestry industry.

"Up to now, the public has been relegated to the role of spectator, but now communities will be able to actively participate in both forest conservation and the revitalization of the forestry industry," Forestry Minister MS Kaban said last week.

Indonesia has approximately 141 million hectares of forest, of which an estimated 95 million hectares have been set aside as production forests and conversion areas. The country is currently the ninth biggest pulp producer in the world.

The government plans to encourage people living near pulp factories to help develop production forests that will support the expansion of local pulp production, while discouraging the felling of trees in natural forests.

Currently, only two of the seven pulp firms in Indonesia, PT Musi Hutan Persada and PT Tanjung Enim Lestari, both in Sumatra, use their own production plantations to provide timber for pulp processing. All of the other companies use natural forest timber.

"People living within a maximum radius of 200 kilometers from a factory site will be trained to plant for forestry plantations," said Kaban.

The Forestry Ministry and Finance Ministry are in the process of establishing a general services body to support the implementation of the forestry plantation program among local communities.

Kaban said he expected Indonesia to become at least the third largest pulp producer in the world by 2009, through the expansion of forestry plantations from the current two to three million hectares to five million hectares.

The Forestry Ministry is targeting the establishment of one million hectares of new forestry plantations in 2007 alone. Kaban predicted that nine million hectares of forestry plantations would be available by 2014 if this new program was properly implemented.

Total pulp production for 2006 is expected to come in at 5.8 million tons, an increase of 7.4 percent from last year's 5.4 million tons.

As much as 45 percent of pulp produced in Indonesia and 35 percent of paper is exported.

Last year, Indonesia supplied 2.7 percent of the total global demand of 200 million tons of pulp and 2.5 percent of total global demand of 350 million tons of paper.

Global paper consumption is expected to rise to 490 million tons by 2020.

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