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MR T
  • MR T
  • Bristol
  • United Kingdom

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Precisely what you can do to save the rainforest.

To introduce myself, I am a biologist and film-maker. During a year spent working in Peru's remote Amazon I created a wildlife documentary to promote the continued protection of one of the worlds richest forests.

The Tambopata region in which I was working is a huge conservation success story. Eco-lodges sited along the Tambopata river provide an alternate source of income for the local economy that doesn't damage the rainforest as does logging, gold mining and other major economic powers in the area. Costa rica has also done this very successfully and I believe other countries should follow suit. Rainforest's can be a significant economic resource without being exploited.

If you have some spare time, I ask that you watch my film, appreciate the beauty of the rainforest and if you can, visit. Please send and share it with anyone you think may be interested or like to go.

There are many areas close to the Tambopata that are not yet afforded legal protection, the lower Las Piedras river would be one of them. The diversity is astounding there and you can help promote conservation in the area by visiting one of the two lodges along that river.

Feel free to message me for more information.

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    Nov 3 2013: The destruction of our rainforests is driven by poverty.If there was a global fund to compensate local rural communities they wouldn't need to exploit it . the problem being local governments in those regions are corrupt and any funds would be. syphoned. Off to fill there own pockets.
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      Nov 3 2013: Personally I don't think paying subsidies to millions of people for not doing something harmful is a winning strategy. I'm talking about what you can actually do as an individual to help conserve the rainforest, not the government. Tourism is a viable economic alternative to logging, mining etc... We need to find ways to make money from conserving our rainforests. This way everyone gets what they want.
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        Nov 3 2013: Not even if the subsidies were invested in alternative employment and trades for communities living on the rainforests periphery instead of logging. farming and hunting?
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          Nov 3 2013: Well yeah then that would be great, as long as the investment is helping the economy to be sustainable in its own right, like start-up grants or no interest loans for businesses promoting conservation.

          I read your previous comment to mean 'Give the loggers and miners money to sit on their arse's for not working!

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