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.

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"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, November 17, 2009

Indonesia Forestry Ministry Asks for Cash Boost

The Jakarta Globe, Arti Ekawati

Saving Indonesia's forests will take five times its current budget, the Forestry Ministry says. (Photo: Ardiles Rante, AFP/Greenpeace handout)

The Ministry of Forestry said on Monday that it needed a more than fivefold raise in its budget for rehabilitating damaged forests if it is to meet the government rehabilitation target — a key part of efforts to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2020.

The ministry said it would ask the House of Representatives to increase its rehabilitation budget from the current Rp 500 billion ($53.5 million) a year to Rp 2.8 trillion in 2010.

Forestry Ministry Zulkifli Hasan said Rp 500 billion was nowhere near enough to meet the government target of revitalizing 500,000 hectares in 2010 by planting trees such as durian, sengon and teak. “It’s not enough and we will ask the House of Representative to increase the budget,” he said.

Indriastuti, the Forestry Ministry’s director general of land rehabilitation and community forestry, said about Rp 3 trillion was needed to rehabilitate 500,000 hectares of land a year.

According to Zulkifli, the Finance Ministry collects about Rp 2.5 trillion a year on average from forestry companies under the forest retribution fund. The money comes from concessions holders that manage government-owned woodlands and from firms that have converted forests to other uses such as plantations.

But only a small amount of this money reaches the Forestry Ministry, with much of the unspent funds going to non-forestry projects, he said.

Elfian Effendi, executive director of policy development institute Greenomics Indonesia, said the government should concentrate on developing more programs for sustainable forest management.

“The government must have concrete data on land which is going to be rehabilitated, and laws preventing people from converting forestry land to plantations or mining must be enforced.”

Currently, about four million hectares of state-owned forest have been converted to plantations without licenses and about 200,000 hectares were being used for mining without permission, Elfian said.

The vast area of damaged forestry land was a cause for alarm, he said. Based on Forest Ministry’ data, forest degradation averages 1.8 million hectares per year, and was mostly caused by illegal logging and opening up forestry land for other uses.

Data also show there is about 51.03 million hectares of damaged forestry land across the archipelago.

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