Water: “I’m something they take for granted”

That’s what Penélope Cruz, playing one of our most precious elements: water. Water is everywhere, maybe that’s why we take it for granted. Or maybe it’s because we’re part of a generation that learnt that water was an inexhaustible resource. It was. Not any more.

We’re supposed to know by now that we can use it all up, which means we can finish with life. Is it possible that a notion that was implanted in us very early in our lives, is tattooed in our subconscious? That would explain why our action keep threatening this indispensable resource, why we keep taking it for granted.  Continue reading

Nature is Speaking

The voices of Nature is Speaking

The voices of Nature is Speaking

Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford, Ian Somerhalder and Lupita Nyong´o have donated their voice so nature can, literally, talk to us.

Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.

Human beings are part of nature.

Nature is not dependent on human beings to exist.

Human beings, on the other hand, are totally

dependent on nature to exist.

The growing number of people on the planet

and how we live here is going to determine the future of nature.

And the future of us.

It will evolve.

The question is, will it be with us or without us?

If nature could talk, it would probably say it doesn’t much matter either way.

We must understand there are aspects of how our planet evolves

that are totally out of our control.

But there are things that we can manage,

control and do responsibly that will allow us

and the planet to evolve together.

We are Conservation International and we need

your help. Our movement is dedicated to managing

those things we can control. Better.

Country by country.

Business by business.

Human by human.

We are not about us vs. them.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an American,

a Canadian

or a Papua New Guinean.

You don’t even have to be particularly fond of the ocean

or have a soft spot for elephants.

This is simply about all of us coming together

to do what needs to be done.

Because if we don’t, nature will continue to evolve. Without us.

Here’s to the future. With humans.

When reefs smell good

When we go to a place that smells bad, we normally pick up and leave. Things in the ocean are not so different.

planctonLets begin by clarifying that many marine organisms are a part of plancton at some point in their lives. Thousands of crabs, shrimp, oysters, octopus and fish are born and live as eggs and microscopic larvae that float and drift along the seas. That is, until they mature and grow. Many corals present this characteristic and have planctonic larvae that help them disperse to new areas. Continue reading

10 things you didn’t know about the ocean


ci_74583944_Small1. More than 90% of the planet’s living biomass is in the oceans. 

There is much more life in our seas than on land. But we’re not taking care of it: approximately 50% of the world’s coastal ecosystems (coral reefs, mangroves, sea grasses for instance) have been altered or destroyed by the increase pressure of cities, industries, aquaculture, tourism, etc. 

2. Less than 10% of the ocean has been explored by human beings. 

Technology has enabled us to increase our knowledge of the oceans. However it seems we know more about outer space than about our blue planet. Deepening our knowledge would strengthen their conservation since we’d understand how to better protect them.

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“ Wherever protection has been implemented, improvement is evident”

“Wherever protection has been implemented, improvement is evident” Juan José Alvarado, CIMAR

Juan José Alvarado (CIMAR researcher) and Cindy Fernández (CIMAR researcher) have been observing the Costa Rican reefs for nearly two years through an unprecedented effort. Their extensive work turns them into the most knowledgeable and experienced people on the reefs that are hidden underneath the Pacific of Costa Rica. 

monitoreo3What conclusions have you reached after so many dives, so much data collected and so much analysis? 

JJ: The big surprise of the monitoring has been Osa. Particularly, Golfo Dulce. This area has traditionally been impacted by sedimentation and gold extraction … But it is evident that the conservation strategies implemented around the Gulf are working. The live coral coverage is really high; invertebrate diversity is high, among fish, there is a rich diversity. Golfo Dulce has a live coral coverage higher than Coco’s Island. It is the richest point along the coast.

C: One would tend to think that Golfo Dulce is unsuitable for reef development, but we realize that the conservation strategies that have been ongoing for fifteen years are indeed working.

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