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)

Friday, July 6, 2007

Reforestation to provide livelihoods for forest dwellers

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

People living in the remote regencies of Sumatra and Kalimantan will be able to earn extra income by the end of the year by participating in reforestation schemes funded by low-interest loans from the Reforestation Finance Agency (BPPH).

The agency, which has been established by the Forestry Ministry, is gearing up to provide loans of up to Rp 6.34 million (around US$698) per hectare for those interested in planting trees on denuded or degraded land.

"The agency has selected 28 fast-growing species, including Acacia, which can be harvested for timber after seven to eight years," said Roni Saefulloh, head of the directorate general of cooperation at the Forestry Ministry during a panel discussion held by a not-for-profit environmental organization, the Elsda Institute, on Wednesday.

The agency has earmarked 5.4 million hectares for the project, which covers eight provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan, most of which have been badly affected by illegal logging.

Roni said that the reforestation program should provide livelihoods for 360,000 families, each of which could plant up to 15 hectares.

"Each family will have to plant 1.75 hectares in the first year, and another 1.75 hectares in each subsequent year," said Roni, adding that scheme had been specially designed to be gradual so as to enable the agency to oversee its progress.

"If they are allowed to cultivate all of the 15 hectares at once, we are afraid they might spend the loans on something else," said Roni.

Sumiati, a unit head at the Finance Ministry and member of the agency, said that the interest charged on the loans would be based on the interest rate set by the Deposit Insurance Agency (LPS), which currently stands at 8.5 percent, below the average commercial lending rate of some 14 percent.

Roni said that those taking out loans would have to repay them after their first harvests, which meant seven to eight years down the track.

In addition to providing loans to individuals, the program will also target timber firms, Roni said, adding that in total the agency intended to disburse Rp 1.4 trillion in loans to both individuals and firms.

The loans will be taken from the reforestation fund, which holds monies paid to the Forestry Ministry by companies operating in the timber industry.

Roni said, however, that the loans to the timber firms would carry commercial interest rates.

"The agency has identified 3.6 million hectares for the industry reforestation program, with the loans amounting to between Rp 8.2 million and Rp 11 million per hectare," said Roni.

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