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Wildlife

On the Brink: Atlantic Puffins in Iceland

While not considered an endangered species, Atlantic Puffins are nevertheless facing numerous challenges in Iceland. Overfishing, pollution, climate change and even hunting have led to a population decline by 45.6% between 2003 and 2017. Marine biologist, science teacher and photographer Federico Facchin shares his encounters with this species and discusses the need to protect them.

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Nature

Conservation of European Forests

European forest ecosystems face various threats. Many of them originate from the management and exploitation systems in the past. However, numerous solutions are being applied in the current day to establish a balance between forestry and biodiversity. Ecologist and photographer Jeroen van Wijk reveals the challenges and solutions to conserve these forests.

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Wildlife

Saving Pangolins with Wild & Free

As the world’s most trafficked animal, the pangolin is a victim of horrendous injustice and cruelty. A pangolin is poached every 5 minutes, while 125,000 pangolins are illegally traded each year. Staggered by this statistic, Geraldine Morelli supports pangolin conservation, rehabilitation and release in Asia and Africa with her UK-based charity Wild & Free.

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Community

Seeds of Hope: Rural Women’s Assembly

The Rural Women’s Assembly links rural women together in a network all-over southern Africa. The aim is to advocate for them on a political level and train them in various fields. With the introduction of GMOs to South African farming, RWA has been an advocate for local farmer support, fair treatments and going back to local traditions of seed banks and agroecological techniques. Photographer Reto Steffen explores this initiative.

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Wildlife

The Mad Dogs of Madagascar

Recent findings have determined that 90% of Madagascar’s lemurs are endangered. Besides forest degradation, the population is also affected by non-native, invasive predators. Dogs and cats enter the forests in search of food, thereby damaging the fauna and killing endangered wildlife. Conservation photographer Patricia Seaton unveils an innovative project by Mad Dog Initiative, which strives to resolve this issue.

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Wildlife

Wildlife Conservation in Namibia

The majority of African species are under threat of extinction. The human-wildlife conflict, illegal poaching and trafficking, as well as lack of education are just some of the causes. Nature photographer, Romain Charrier explores the challenges of big cat conservation, as he embarks on a journey to Namibia in collaboration with the AfriCat Foundation.

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Community

Life in the Buffer Zone

Deneia is one of four villages located in the buffer zone in Cyprus. Near the village, a prehistoric settlement contributed to the rapid growth of a rodent population. These rodents afflicted the community in agricultural and livestock work, as well as being a source of infection and disease. Yet, the community discovered a sustainable, natural way to control the population.

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Nature

The Darkest Hour

Conservation storyteller and alpinist, Luca Fontana, explores the disappearance of glaciers on his most beloved mountains. Shining a light on climate change, he illustrates that there is still hope to make a difference through immediate and collective action.

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Wildlife

The Surin Project

The Surin Project is a non-profit organization in Thailand. Its main objective is to provide aid to captive elephants in Surin and establish alternative sources of income for the community. Conservation photographer Déa Starlling explores the challenges in Thailand and dives into potential solutions.

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