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Nature Solutionaries

Nature Solutionaries

By Veronika Perkova
Podcast about conservationists who do amazing things for nature and bring inspiration into our lives.
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Robichaud: How to save saola – an animal that no biologist has ever seen
With fewer than 50 animals in the wild, saola is possibly the most threatened mammal on the planet. Even though it was discovered in 1992, very little is known about it, as no biologist has ever seen it in the wild and there are only a handful of photos of it from camera traps – last one from 2013. To save the animal from extinction, the Saola Foundation for Annamite Mountains Conservation wants to lead an intensive search for the last saolas in order to capture them for a breeding program. William Robichaud, the president of the organization, talks about: Why saola was discovered so late Why saola is on the brink of extinction  Why it is so hard to find saola Why captive breeding program is necessary for the survival of saola How saola search can benefit other endangered species What methods they want to use to find and capture saolas How to effectively protect nature in the Annamite Mountains William Robichaud has been working on wildlife conservation in Laos and Vietnam for more than 25 years. In 2006, he co-founded the IUCN Saola Working Group, and served as its Coordinator until 2019. In 2015, the IUCN Species Survival Commission recognized Bill with its Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership, for his contributions to Saola conservation.  Links: Saola Foundation for Annamite Mountains Conservation The Saola Working Group
50:36
November 14, 2021
Paul R. Ehrlich: The Most Effective Conservation Strategy? Empower Women
The impact of our growing population on nature is such a sensitive topic that nobody really dares talk about it. Better sweep it under the carpet and forget about it, right? Well, not necessarily. If you think it through, the solution is really simple and beautiful: give women full rights, opportunities and access to family-planning methods. In this interview with Paul R. Ehrlich, the Bing Professor Emeritus of Population Studies at Stanford University, we talk about: What is a sustainable population and how to achieve it Why women play a key role in creating a sustainable planet How we can empower women and why women still don't have equal rights Why our Stone Age genes make it hard to address global issues and why we need to change culturally Why we need 8 billion Greta Thunbergs and everyone to spend 10% of their time helping out society What is Paul's vision of 2050 How hot soap operas can help us talk about overpopulation, and more. Paul Ralph Ehrlich (*1932) is an American biologist, best known for his warnings that population growth presents an extremely serious threat to the future of human civilization. The Population Bomb, a book that he co-authored with his wife, Anne, helped start a worldwide debate on the impact of rising population that continues today. Author of 50 books and thousands of articles, Ehrlich is the Bing Professor Emeritus of Population Studies at Stanford University, President of Stanford's Center for Conservation Biology and also president of the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere. Links: Paul R. Ehrlich on Wikipedia The Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere
51:10
October 19, 2021
Terry Spahr: Talking About Overpopulation Isn’t Sexy, But We Have to Do It
For 7.8 billion people to live sustainably on the planet, everyone would have to be a vegetarian; never drive a car or fly in an airplane; live in a one-room apartment with minimal electricity and no heat, hot water, washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher; and have only a few sets of clothes and pairs of shoes. Sounds crazy, right? But what's even crazier is that nobody, including environmentalists, really wants to talk about our growing population and consumption. With 7.8 billion people on the planet and a few billion more (between 9.4 and 12.7 billion people in 2100 based on UN estimates) to come, it is time we look at the elephant in the room. Together with Terry Spahr, the environmentalist and filmmaker behind "8 Billion Angels," we talk about: how population growth impacts our lives, health, and the planet why so few people talk about overpopulation and why some even deny it why having a smaller family is the most impactful thing anyone can do why providing access to education and family-planning methods helps both people and nature which countries are successfully slowing their population growth why reducing consumption is almost impossible why educating people about population is part of the solution Links: EarthOvershoot 8 Billion Angels
50:00
September 20, 2021
Sniegon: We Can Still Save African Elephants. Here's How
Even though the elephant population decline is a gigantic problem – only 415,000 elephants remain compared to 10 million in 1930 – there are ways to protect this iconic species. The nonprofit Save Elephants, in collaboration with EAGLE Network (organizations fighting corruption and wildlife crime), have seen some success protecting elephants in Congo, Cameroon and Chad.  On this episode, Arthur Sniegon, the founder of Save Elephants, talks about:   why elephants are being killed in Africa and why poaching is #1 problem how beehive fences mitigate conflict between small-scale farmers and migratory elephants in Chad what it's like to investigate the illegal market with ivory in Congo and Cameroon why better law enforcement is a strong tool in a toolkit to fight elephant poaching how detection dogs are used to prevent ivory and bushmeat smuggling Links:  Save Elephants' website Save Elephants on Facebook Save Elephants on Instagram Illustration by Veronika Perková
59:08
August 15, 2021
Mazariegos & Pimm: Animals in Western Andes Can Finally Find a Date
In this episode, I am talking to Luis Mazariegos and Stuart Pimm about their successful conservation project in Western Andes Cloud Forest, in Colombia, one of the most biodiverse spots on the planet. Since 2008, The Hummingbird Conservancy, with financial support from Saving Nature has restored 3,500 hectares of degraded land and connected about 100 km2 of intact forest with the main Andean chain into a land corridor. Together we talk about:  Why the Western Andes Cloud Forest is so unique Why creating land corridors is vital for species survival How corridors are built - land acquisition and restoration  How the corridor brought back pumas, ocelots and other species How the conservation project involves and benefits the local community What challenges the reserve faces Luis Mazariegos is a world's leading hummingbird photographer, founder of The Hummingbird Conservancy and virologist by profession. He resides in Colombia but frequently travels to US where he has company that sells bio pesticides.  Stuart Pimm is a world leader in the study of present day extinctions and he is currently, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University. Links:  The Hummingbird Conservancy  Saving Nature
50:15
July 15, 2021
Lisa Carne & Maya Trotz: Belize Is a Shining Star of Coral Reef Restoration
Lisa Carne is a marine biologist and founder of Fragments of Hope, a community-based organization that stands behind the most successful coral reef restoration project in the Caribbean. Dr. Maya Trotz is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida and a board member of Fragments of Hope.  Together we talk about:  - How Lisa started coral reef restoration in the Laughing Bird Caye National Park in Belize  - How coral reef restoration works (methods, techniques) - What results Fragments of Hope has achieved in Laughing Bird Caye National Park - What makes the conservation strategy so unusually effective  - If this strategy can be used by other conservationists elsewhere - Why interdisciplinary approach to reef restoration is important - What challenges Fragments of Hope face Links:  - Fragments of Hope - Maya Trotz's website - BBC article "How to regrow a wrecked coral reef"
01:34:18
June 15, 2021
Arjoon-Martins & Thompson: Protecting Sea Turtles and Mangrove Forests in Guyana
Annette Arjoon-Martins is a Guyanese conservationist and pilot who founded the Guyana Marine Conservation Society, an NGO that originally started with protecting sea turtles on Shell Beach and now aims to protect mangrove forests and marine habitats in general. Ivana Thompson is a young marine biologist who has recently joined the organization to deepen the scientific knowledge about sea turtles.  Together we talk about:  - Protecting of sea turtles on Shell Beach - Working with indigenous communities and finding alternative livelihoods - Restoring mangrove forests along the Guyanese coast - Barima Mora Passage – one of the largest most intact mangrove ecosystems in Guyana - Opportunities & threats of a newly discovered oil & gas industry for Guyanese nature Links:  - Guyana Marine Conservation Society Facebook page - REEL Guyana Youtube videos 
01:21:07
May 15, 2021
Hana Raza: Fighting for a Better Future for Persian Leopards in Iraq
Hana Raza is a Kurdish wildlife conservationist who rediscovered the Persion leopard, once thought to be extinct, in the mountains of Kurdistan in 2011. She dedicated her career to establishing a program for conserving this globally endangered species.  In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious award of Future for Nature. Together we talk about: Why it is important to protect the Persian leopard What the main threats that this animal faces in Iraq are What it’s like to be a woman conservationist in war-torn country Hana’s current efforts to establish a nature reserve in Qara Dagh Links: Nature Iraq Hana Raza’s Facebook
01:15:14
April 15, 2021
Tilo Nadler: Successful Conservation of Critically Endangered Delacour's Langur
In this episode, I talk to a German conservationist Tilo Nadler about:  - How he managed to establish the only viable population of Delacour's Langur in Vietnam - What it's like to negotiate an extension of an existing reserve - Why captive-born langurs are re-introduced in Trang An UNESCO World Heritage Site  - How Tilo tries to protect langurs threatened by limestone quarrying - What's the future of primates in Vietnam - Why law enforcement is so important in stopping illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam - What motivates Tilo to pursue conservation at the age of 80 Tilo Nadler (*1941) is a German-born primatologist and conservationist living in Vietnam. In 1993, Tilo founded the Endangered Primate Rescue Center which has rescued over 400 endangered and critically endangered primates and bred more than 300 of them. He also helped create a community of 30 local rangers in the Van Long Nature Reserve thanks to which poaching of Delacour's langurs has been eliminated and the population nearly quadrupled.  Links: - Endangered Primate Rescue Center - IUCN Green List of Protected Areas
58:35
February 12, 2021
František Příbrský: Let's Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Pangolins and Slow Lorises
František Příbrský is a Czech conservationist and field zoologist. Since 2014, he has been running The Kukang Rescue Program. What You Will Hear in This Interview: - What consequences illegal wildlife trade has for animals and humans - How animal black markets work - What it is like to run a rescue center for pangolins and slow lorises - How running an environmental school and a coffee project helps protect nature Links:  - The Kukang Rescue Program - Stolen Wildlife 
59:24
January 12, 2021