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São Tomé – a heart-felt report from the field
[Posted on behalf of Norbert Schaffer, Head of International Policy and Species Recovery] And brilliant it was! A day I will never forget. The most memorable thing was not the tropical rain forest (completely untouched primary forest, and secondary forest after re-growth). Not the torrential rain...
16 Jan 2012
São Tomé - not the best at football, but boy, just look at the biodiversity!
[Posted on behalf of José Tavares] São Tomé’s world ranking – 196th. About right, nodded Luis, as we stood in the exuberant crowd watching the São Tomé-Lesotho official qualifier for the next CAN (Africa’s nations cup). It was Sunday, our only day...
18 Jan 2012
São Tomé - saving forests, saving species
[Posted on behalf of José Tavares, Partner Development Officer] Smack. No matter how many times I come to the tropics, when I step out of a plane there is always that sudden, startling feeling that enchants me. Smack. This what Norbert Schaffer, myself and Luis Costa (Director of Birdlife Portugal...
13 Jan 2012
São Tomé - standing up for those smaller than ourselves
[Posted on behalf of José Tavares] “You are certainly aware that an oil palm plantation is the tropical equivalent of a corn field – almost zero biodiversity?” Norbert’s directness in the long meeting with the Dutch manager of a Belgian-French palm oil multinational...
19 Jan 2012
São Tomé - positive changes afoot
[Posted on behalf of Norbert Schaffer, Head of International Policy and Species Recovery - and apologies for the delay, corrupted file stopped play!] What a contrast between the rain, heat, mud and sweat we experienced in the habitat of the dwarf olive ibis and the white-collared, air conditioned...
27 Jan 2012
São Tomé - gearing up to search for endemics
[Posted on behalf of José Tavares, Partner Development Officer] “Brilliant!” Norbert’s face lit up. We were sitting in the open air hotel lobby/breakfast room, and so I looked out to see if he had spotted one of the endemic birds – I had heard the common São Tomé...
14 Jan 2012
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