Biodiversity and the green stranger

Most people tend to translate the concept of biodiversity simply into numbers of species. How many species are present in a particular area? In some countries an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required by law in case of proposed development of an area. Unfortunately, this is (still) no obligation on Curacao, although some developers take steps on their own in order to market themselves as having a ‘green’ image. Such a EIA seems quite a powerful tool, but in most […] Read more »

2011 International Year of Forests – the Amazon

Amazon, ‘sexy’ forests There is no tropical rainforest in the world as famous as the Amazon forest, an area of ​​approximately 7 million square kilometers where more than half of all rainforest in the world resides. This tropical jungle is spread out over nine different countries. The main part is in Brazil with 60% of the total area but it also extends to Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Guyana, Venezuela, Suriname, Ecuador and French Guyana. The great diversity of flora and fauna […] Read more »