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What is the Cerrado?

What is the Cerrado? Cerrado is the word used in Brazil to define the vegetation that covers the central part of the South-American continent, most of which is part of the territory of Brazil. This is the ecosystem equivalent to the African Savanna, but don’t be fooled by the analogy. The Cerrado looks in many places more like a short forest, than a savanna. As you can see in this picture below. That makes it a great area for trekking. The biological

My trip to Iguazu

My Trip To Iguazu National Park I have just finished my third year studying Materials Science at Oxford University and went to Iguazu national park in June-July 2018 to work on Green Planet Ventures’ ICMBio data analysis project. The opportunity to be in a real working environment in another country was a very useful, but also challenging experience. I spent the first week adjusting to work in the office and immersing myself in the culture of a new country, with people

Costa Rica, Follow the tracks!

Traveling to Costa Rica? Read On! Costa Rica is a small country but contrary to what one might first think, it is quite a complex one to travel around of and/or to decide on what to do and where to go. This is due to its immense variety and complex geography amid its small size. Costa Rica is located on the strip of land that joins North America with South America, next to Panamá, nearer the South American end. It has

My Trip Was Brilliant!

I am Belinda, a second year student in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University My trip was brilliant! I went to do the vertebrates’ monitoring trip in Serra da Bodoquena National Park. This is an 8 day expedition into the National Park area to monitor bird and mammal species. I did four treks, spending four to five hours walking in the jungle to take note of all species we could see. The trails are about nine kilometres long and you walk in

Oxford University Students in Iguazu

Oxford University Summer Internship and Green Planet Ventures in Iguazu National Park Green Planet Ventures is a social enterprise dedicated to tropical forests conservation. Our work involves helping forest research and conservation institutes in the tropics, to overcome some of their challenges. Part of our work is bringing university students, qualified and or studying a relevant subject to do work experience and internships in these organisations. In this way we achieve win, win situations. The students get opportunities to: Apply their theoretical

CLIMATE CHANGE

As a result of human impact on our climate, there are changes to come in the shape of natural disasters, droughts, floods, earthquakes, storms and others. The countries most vulnerable to those changes are located in the tropics, where we also find the biggest percent of the biodiversity of the planet. Coincidentally, these are precisely the countries least developed economically, hence lack the resources to adapt. So we feel a moral obligation to support these countries climate change adaptation endeavors,

WHY FORESTS ARE SO IMPORTANT

Forests are home to nearly 80% of the terrestrial biodiversity of the planet. They provide livelihood for more than a billion people around the world and help regulate climate. Hence their importance to combat climate change. Furthermore, most biodiversity rich countries, are economically poor and their rural population depend directly on forests and other natural resources for their livelihood. They lack financial resources for their subsistence, let alone for environmental conservation and research. That is why we are committed to forest conservation

OUR BATS PROJECT IN COSTA RICA HAS RE-DISCOVERED A SPECIES!!

The ecological reserve of Sarapiqui in Heredia, Costa Rica, where Green Planet Ventures’ interns and volunteers work, has found a species of bat (Furipterus horrens), unseen for years. The species had not been seen in Costa Rica for 45 years (since 1973) and they were about to declare it extinct in the country, when the finding took place. See the local news. This is a rare species with a reported distribution range from Nicaragua to Brazil, appearing mainly in caves in

WHAT TO EXPECT CHOOSING A PLACEMENT WITH GPV

So, you’ve seen the Green Planet Ventures website, you’re a student looking to do some meaningful research and field work, but you want to know more about what you’ll be doing, where you’ll be staying and who you will be working with! That’s why I’ve written this introduction; to help you anticipate what to expect when you take a research placement with Green Planet Ventures. Firstly, where will you be staying and carrying out this vital research? That is a brilliant

Social and Environmental Goals Finally in one Place

The 17 sustainable development goals framework is a long stride towards sustainable development. This was a long overdue step that was finally consummated exactly two years ago. Before 2015, development and the environment had been divorced in such a way that made the idea of sustainable development a chimera. For the past seven decades, in fact since the creation of the United Nations in the middle of last century after the II Wold War, Environment and development negotiations were two

SHORT AND BITTER: ACTUALIZE YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON FOREST LOSS

In 2016 the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports a total global loss of 7 mi ha of forests. That is an area roughly the size of the republic of Ireland, or one and a half the size of Costa Rica. Due to the increasing human population, it’s not surprising to see that 85% of that is due to conversion to agriculture. What is worse is that the greatest conversion took place in the tropics, in countries considered low income. Not

My Master’s Dissertation Research with GPV

My Master’s Dissertation Research with Green Planet Ventures June- July 2018 I am Rosie, I joined Green Planet Ventures’ sustainable development project in the Amazon for six weeks from June- July 2018. The project is hosted by their partner ICMBio based in Acre (the western most part of the Brazilian Amazon).I did my undergrad in Geography at Sussex University and worked for a few years before I enrolled in the Environmental Governance Master’s at Oxford University.The objective of my trip was