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From Extraction to Final Product: Following the Artisanal Gold Production Network in the Eastern DR Congo

Words: Ben Radley Photographs: Robert Carrubba In the Democratic Republic of the Congo tens of thousands of rural families have experienced a long-term decline in their on-farm subsistence capacity due to government policy, war and demographic pressures. After agriculture, artisanal mining is now the second most important livelihood in the eastern DRC despite the inherent dangers of the work. Between 2013 and 2015, the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) visited 1,615 artisanal mines across the region, recording the presence of 239,700 miners. Around 80 percent of these miners were working in gold mines, and around two-thirds were working in...

The Indonesian Parrot Project

We have been in touch with the Indonesian Parrot Project for a while now and today we are thrilled to announce our new collaboration with them for making a conservation documentary about their very important work in Indonesia, and possibly for research as well. The Indonesian Parrot Project (IPP) was founded in 2001 by Dr. Stewart Metz with the mission to help to conserve endangered Indonesian cockatoos through actions both in situ and ex situ. In the past decades they initiated and managed several successful conservation programs. Their most highlighted project protects one of the rarest and most threatened...

Heralding the Macaw Kingdom

The Macaw Project started with a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo 3 years ago. Thanks to the initial support of many people, the documentary is getting well known worldwide, participating in film festivals, broadcasted in national TV channels, being translated to 6 languages, and most importantly spreading the word about an important conservation collaboration among researchers, members of native communities, and eco-tourists. Conservation research in the Peruvian Amazon has a much longer history. Researchers from many different fields study the rainforest ecosystem, from the ground level all the way up to the canopy and even higher with remote sensing. Carrying...
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