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)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

IFC and the World Bank Involve Multi Stakeholders to Promote Sustainable Palm Oil Sector

Antara News, Wednesday, May 19, 2010 18:46 WIB

Jakarta, Indonesia, May 18, 2010 (ANTARA) -- IFC and the World Bank held consultations with multiple stakeholders in Indonesia in Medan, Pontianak, and Jakarta May 3-7, 2010, as part of a broad global consultative process to develop the World Bank Group Palm Oil Strategy. 140 participants from civil society organizations, affected communities, large and smallholder producers, goverment, and researchers took part in the consultations.

"IFC and the World Bank seek to promote sustainable practices in the sector that will benefit the poor and preserve forests, biodiversity and forest communities," said Adam Sack, IFC Indonesia Country Manager. "The challenges in the sector are vast and require coordinated efforts by multiple stakeholders. The current consultative process is a beginning of what we hope to become an on-going dialogue and partnership with a range of stakeholders as we work together towards common objectives," he added.

The participants of the consultations in Indonesia expressed support for the World Bank Group's continued engagement in the palm oil sector alongside other partners seeking to promote solutions to move the sector to sustainable footing. Social and governance issues in the palm oil sector dominated the discussions, focusing on land use, land disputes, unified and transparent laws and regulations as well as their effective enforcement.

Other issues discussed included giving fair economic opportunities for smallholder producers, preserving natural resources, and protecting the rights of indigenous communities. There was an overall consensus on the need to support smallholder producers through increased access to finance, better inputs and production practices, and improved contractual relations with larger companies.

Attendees from civil society groups included Sawit Watch, Greenpeace, Setara Foundation, Borneo Child Aid Society, and Tenaganita. Representatives from the private sector included Sinar Mas, Bank Mandiri, Rea Kaltim, Musim Mas dan Wilmar. Researchers from CIFOR, Zoological Society of London and Indonesian Palm Oil Palm Research Institution among others participated in the consultations. The National Planning and Development Agency (BAPPENAS), Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Trade officials, representatives from the Indonesian Plantations Association (IPA), Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA) and Malaysian Palm Oil Association also attended.

The consultations in Indonesia are a part of a global outreach by the World Bank Group to seek input into developing its global strategy of future engagement in the palm oil sector. Until this strategy is in place, the World Bank Group is refraining from developing new projects in the sector. Consultations with multiple stakeholders have been held in Washington DC, USA and in San Jose, Costa Rica. Further consultations are being planned in Accra, Ghana and Amsterdam, Netherlands. For further information about the World Bank Group multi stakeholder palm oil strategy development process, please visit:

For further information, please contact:

In Jakarta:

Novita Wund, IFC
Phone: (+62) 8118400438

In Washington, D.C.:

Irina Likhachova, IFC
Phone: (+1) 202 473 1813

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