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, December 12, 2007

WB launches financing for forest-saving scheme

Evi Mariani, The Jakarta Post, Nusa Dua, Bali

The World Bank launched Tuesday a US$160 million financing scheme to provide incentives to developing countries that protect their forests.

Called the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the scheme aims to reduce deforestation and forest degradation by compensating developing countries for carbon dioxide reductions realized by maintaining their forests.

"The focus will be on indigenous people dependent on forests," said World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

The money is provided by nine wealthy countries. Germany has committed US$59 million, the United Kingdom US$30 million, the Netherlands US$22 million, Australia and Japan US$10 million each, France and Switzerland US$7 million each, Denmark and Finland US$5 million each.

In addition, the U.S.-based The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has committed US$5 million to the scheme.

The World Bank and some of the international ministers present highlighted the importance of consultation with indigenous people before a projects starts.

"We must ensure protection of the rights of the indigenous people," said Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Germany's federal minister for economic cooperation and development.

"Under the terms of the facility, governments will ensure that indigenous people dependent on forests, as well as other forest dwellers, will be meaningfully consulted during the drafting of their country's Readiness Plan and REDD Strategy, and benefit from capacity building," Zoellick said.

Thirty countries from Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region have requested an opportunity to participate, Zoellick said.

The FCPF will have two mechanisms. First is the "readiness mechanism" that will assist approximately 20 countries in preparing themselves to participate in a future, large-scale, system of positive incentives for REDD (reduce emissions from avoided Deforestation and forest degradation), a scheme proposed by 11 countries with large tracts of forest, including Indonesia.

The second is the "carbon finance mechanism", which will enable an initial group of these countries that will have successfully participated in the Readiness Mechanism to pilot incentive payments for REDD.

Dozens of activists from environmental groups like Friends of the Earth, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment and Global Forest Coalition, staged a protest outside the conference room where the launch took place.

They said the inclusion of forests in the carbon market would not help improve the climate and instead would only deprive forest dwellers of their rights.

"Carbon finance mechanisms in developing countries result in forests being transferred or sold to large corporations which hope to acquire profitable 'carbon credits' associated with those forests at some point in the future," World Rainforest Movement spokesperson Ana Filipini said.

The activists also said that past projects involving indigenous people in the forest carbon market had been guided by unfair contracts.

"Forest people in Uganda who got a reforestation project, for example, they were under the impression that it was a charity; they didn't ask for details in the contract," said Juta Kill from the European Union Forest Campaign.

She said the contract was so unfair that the indigenous people ended up buried in debt to replace several dead trees.

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