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)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Indigenous people start mapping territory

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Sat, 03/13/2010 9:18 AM

Indigenous people have begun mapping their customary land across the country in an effort to gain recognition amid conflict with the government and business communities over land ownership.

The Alliance of Archipelagic Indigenous People (AMAN) estimated the indigenous people had traditionally occupied about 20 million hectares of land, most natural forest.

AMAN, with its 1,163 communities occupying about 7.5 million hectares of land, mapped 2.3 million hectares of customary land.

“We will submit the map to the government as a reference for land policies,” secretary-general of AMAN, Abdon Nababan, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

The mapping was organized by AMAN, Forest Watch Indonesia and the Network for Participatory Mapping.

The coalition set up a customary land registration body that will be in charge of mapping the land traditionally occupied by indigenous people.

Abdon said that massive conversions of forest occupied by customary communities were undertaken for business purposes, including plantations, and mining had yet to negate the involvement of indigenous groups.

It then led to repeated conflicts between customary communities with business players.

The map will determine the total forest belonging to indigenous people, which will be used as a source for their livelihood.

He said that the government must change its perspective in managing the country’s natural resources by ignoring the rights of indigenous people and undermining local wisdom in protecting forests.

“The government still looks at customary land as state forest, though the indigenous people occupied the area long before the government’s presence,” he said.

“Indigenous people need legal certainty,” he said.

Articles 18B and 28I in the amended 1945 Constitution say that the state recognizes and respects the rights of indigenous people.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to discuss a draft bill on recognition rights of customary communities this year.

The 1999 ministerial decree on guidelines on resolving the rights of customary land stipulates the state protected customary community.

So far, the Forestry Ministry and the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry have ignored communal rights by issuing mining permits and forest concessions.

Coordinator of the BRWA, Kasmita Widodo, said the mapping process would take place in three years. The locations would be determined during the congress in April in Medan, North Sumatra.

The customary community roles has been a crucial issue in international climate change talks in protecting forests to prevent carbon leakage once the deforestation and forest degradation scheme to reduce emissions (REDD) occurs.

The unclear status of indigenous people managing forests may hamper the REDD program’ implementation.

Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta said at least 20 percent of revenue from the REDD scheme should be transferred to indigenous people, who play crucial roles in protecting the forest.

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