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, February 23, 2007

Miners in forest areas to be required to pay up-front compensation

Urip Hudiono, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

In the latest effort to improve protection of the country's rain forests, the government will require mining firms operating in both plantation and protected forests to make an up-front compensation payment for the destruction of forest cover and to cover any environmental damage their activities might cause.

It will also revoke a mining company's lease -- which is renewable every five years-- and rehabilitate the area if the firm is found to have abandoned the site, Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban said after a Thursday meeting on the issue with Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, and Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman M. Lutfi.

The new policy comes against the backdrop of the House of Representatives's deliberations of the draft mining law, and the upcoming signing of a new investment deal worth US$1.2 billion in Pomala, South Sulawesi, with Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto.

It may also be seen as a compromise between the divergent interests of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry -- which wants to encourage more mining -- and the Forestry Ministry and State Ministry for the Environment -- both of which are concerned with protecting Indonesia's forests.

"I think this is a step forward. We've all agreed that those involved in mining in forest areas will have to take conservation and environmental aspects into consideration. Previously there was no mechanism requiring them to pay for this," Kaban said.

Further explaining the new policy, which will be put into effect through a regulation of the forestry minister issued in line with the proposed new mining law, Kaban said the amount of the forest compensation payment would be assessed on a case-by-case basis depending on how much forest was destroyed by each mining operation.

Those operating in protected areas will be required to pay more than those mining in forestry plantations, he said.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati had earlier proposed that the compensation payments be treated as local taxes for accounting purposes.

Kaban declined to say how much the compensation payments might amount to.

Purnomo said that assessments would be conducted by an inter-ministerial team under the coordination of the Vice President and senior government officials so as to avoid conflicts of interest.

Last year, the Forestry Ministry issued a regulation requiring every mining firm that wishes to operate in forest areas to provide compensatory land amounting to twice the area of the site on which it proposed to establish its mine. Those failing to comply with the requirement within a period of two years are required to pay a penalty amounting to 1 percent of their production values.

Mining firms and associations objected to the regulation, arguing it would impose too much of a burden on top of the royalties they already had to pay.

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