Get to know the Giant Armadillo

A sighting of the Giant Armadillo is hard to come by. This is partially because these creatures live in highly secluded and undisturbed habitat, but also because this species’ numbers are falling dramatically. The Giant Armadillo is now listed as vulnerable by the IUCN due to threats from poachers as well as mass habitat loss…

Nature Hero: Meet Sixto from the Excelsa Tree House

Sixto Cruz Astudillo is the owner and manager of the Excelsa Tree House, a social enterprise and ecotourism centre located within the Tambopata National Reserve in Peru. Sixto has lived here for more than 30 years with his family, building his livelihood around the sustainable use of the forest’s natural resources. About five years ago,…

Nature Hero: Meet Lina, President of COOPASER

Lina Palomino Santos is the President of COOPASER, a member owned farmers’ cooperative in the buffer zone of the Tambopata-Bahuaja Biodiversity Reserve Project area. She’s a fearless businesswoman, proud to represent female leadership, especially in agriculture. Lina is primarily a conservationist. “The conservation of forests is very important,” she says. “I believe that our survival…

Protecting manatee habitat on the Conservation Coast

The monitoring and surveillance of key threatened species is a crucial element of their protection, allowing conservationists to record changes in their abundance, but also to better understand their activities and response to local threats and activities. The conservation of manatee habitat is a key objective for the FUNDAECO team in Guatemala, the project developer…

Nature hero: Emilio Pitan, the indigenous Q’eqchi leader fighting for land titles in Guatemala

Emilio Pitan became the national representative of Guatemala’s indigenous Q’eqchi’ people in 2020—the same year that consecutive November hurricanes destroyed many Q’eqchi’ farms on the country’s Caribbean coast. Pitan had spent decades helping Q’eqchi’ farmers obtain legal titles for their land, yet now the weather was becoming too extreme and unpredictable for agriculture. Many of…

Finding value in ‘vintage’ vintages

Co-authored by Lisa Walker, CEO at Ecosphere+, and Andrew Mitchell, Founder and CEO at Equilibrium Futures The voluntary carbon credit market is heavily discounting older vintages. This may make no environmental sense, and in fact, like fine wine, in some cases perhaps these ‘vintage’ credits should be worth more?   Introduction Buyers in the voluntary…

Forest hero: Amao from Sinchi Rocha

Meet Amao. He’s from Sinchi Rocha, one of seven indigenous communities involved in the Nii Kaniti REDD+ project in Peru. Amao is a farmer, and has been producing cacao, cotton and papaya through agroforestry systems for over two years, on which he’s now a true expert. He’s been working closely with local NGO AIDER, the…