Working at local scale-community based conservation.
This is a “brown-mantled tamarin” (Saguinus fuscicollis), a victim of pet trade derived from hunting. He’s hold at the local shop to draw customer’s attention. The normal approach to this problem it would be to call the authorities, they would seize him and take him to a rescue center. However, in my situation it is the worst idea possible. Since I’m helping to create a natural reserve to protect the critically endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey, I need as many allies as possible; and local people will take a key role in the success of the project. Reporting them to authorities it won’t have other consequences than making enemies.
My solution is to work with those people, putting them on my side. I hired the local hunters as field guides. Doing so, I have stopped the illegal hunting due to they don’t have to rely on hunting to survive owing to they have already a salary. Besides of making them aware of the importance of primate community, I’m training them as field-and-touristic guides. This not only will stop hunting locally but it will improve people livelihood having a more reliable source of income.
Gardens by the bay
新加坡的Gardens by the bay 花園。。。。他是21世紀裡，人造花園的新指標。大約腹地是177個足球場大，而且self sustain!
flower dome, 是模擬乾燥冷卻的環境，Cloud forest模擬“潮濕的雨林環境” 裡有一個35工尺高的人造瀑布。。可是實際模擬了 海拔2000的中級山環境。。。 這個花園園區內你會看到總共18顆像科幻電影裡，外星球的樹，叫"Super Tree“
11顆Super tree上有太陽能板支撐了整個園區的電力，而且是PV系統。 PV(photovoltaic ell)系統不會製造出有毒氣體，也不會污染水源.
其他7顆"Super Tree"是Flower Dome",還有"Cloud Forest"的水源循環散熱系統。 整個園區的水源是把177個足球場的雨水集中起來，循環到花園內， 再把熱的水抽到supertree上面進行散熱，再把冷卻過的水循環不斷的輸送到花園內。
Having won the President’s Design Award in 2013, Gardens by the bay consists of one of the most innovative park designs in Singapore. Gardens by the bay is also one of the most ambitious green projects that Singapore has ever embarked. The design covers about 177 soccer field and has raised the bar for urban green spaces in 21st century.
Inspired by our national flower- the orchids, the Super trees, ranging from 25m to 50m, are made of shield metal and concrete that supports plants, aerial walkway and restaurants. There were designs by Andrew Grant. There are in total of 18 Supertrees, 11 in which are equipped with solar photovoltaic cells. Photovoltaic cells are semiconductors that generate electrical current when expose to light as it converts light into enegy. Such energy either supports the lighting up of the Supertrees at night or supports the water technology in the domes. Other SuperTrees serves as a container for air exhausts. Each of such trees also has steel structures for various ferns and flowers to live on. The tallest Supertree of 50m even has a bistro on top for tourists to visit.
One of my favorite things to do is the tarzan swing. That feeling as you rush through the air is always worth it. It's moments like these that drive me.
This particular one was my favorite as it was located in a small forest in Monteverde, Costa Rica called the cloud forest. It's my absolute favorite place in the world.