Latam Eco Review: Hungry manatees and grand theft tortoise

Latam Eco Review: Hungry manatees and grand theft tortoise

The recent top stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay Latam, concerned hungry manatees in Venezuelan zoos; giant tortoises stolen from the Galápagos Islands; and a ban on free, prior and informed consent in Colombian extractive projects. Venezuelan zoos struggle to feed their animals Venezuela’s ongoing economic crisis is affecting the ability of researchers and zoo staff to conserve vulnerable species, such as the American manatee (Trichechus manatus), the Arrau turtle (Podocnemis expansa) and the Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius). Efforts continue despite the lack of food and resources, and growing insecurity. A manatee at Bararida Zoo in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Image by Carlos Silva. Colombian court blocks FPIC Colombia’s environmental sector is reeling from a court ruling against free, prior and informed consent and a political proposal to drop the precautionary principle in consideration of large extractive and infrastructure projects. The Constitutional Court ruled against community consultation on extractive projects on their lands. The surprise decision directly affects consultations in two communities on mining on their land in the central department of Cundimarca. Coal mining is one of the activities for which operators will no longer be required to seek free, prior and informed consent from affected communities. Image by Daniel Reina Romero/Semana Sostenible. Chinese oil companies invade Bolivia’s Amazon parks Chinese energy companies are operating with impunity in national parks in the Bolivian Amazon, according to indigenous leaders and NGO investigators. The most ambitious project covers 1008 square kilometers (389 square miles) between Madidi National Park, Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve, and…

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