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Mexico – Akumal Marine Protected Area Conservation Mexico Opwall News Project Sites 

Mexico – Akumal Marine Protected Area

Written by Dr Kathy Slater Photos courtesy of Akumal Dive Centre For the last 5 years Operation Wallacea has been operating in a small coastal town called Akumal that consists of extensive reefs, mangroves, lagoons, beaches with a high density of nesting sea turtles, and in one particular bay; abundant seagrasses and a large (60+) resident population of immature green... Read More
Photo Competition Winners Announced! Opwall News 

Photo Competition Winners Announced!

Over the Christmas period Opwall had it’s yearly photo competition and we finally have the winners! Bill Bailey was kind enough to pick our Top 3 photos and another winner was picked by the staff.  Bill had this to say about the winners – “Again, a very difficult decision to make as the standard of entries was so good. The... Read More
Indonesia – The Plastic Problem Conservation Indonesia Opwall News 

Indonesia – The Plastic Problem

Written by and Photos Courtesy of Emma Camp Plastic pollution accounts for 60-80 % of marine litter worldwide that totals approximately 14 billion pounds each year.  Due to ocean gyres, trash will accumulate in massive islands with an example of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch estimated to range in size from 700,000 square kilometers to more than 15,000 square kilometers.... Read More
Madagascar – Nocturnal Lemurs, What big eyes you have Conservation Madagascar Opwall News 

Madagascar – Nocturnal Lemurs, What big eyes you have

Written by Ute Radespiel, TiHo Hannover Photos Courtesy of Ben Evans Nocturnal lemurs account for more than two thirds of all known lemur species but we know much less about many of them than about their diurnal cousins. Like all lemur species, they are endemic to Madagascar, meaning that they cannot be found anywhere outside Madagascar. We are surveying the... Read More
Guyana – Reduced Impact Logging – is this a workable concept for biodiversity protection? Conservation Guyana Opwall News 

Guyana – Reduced Impact Logging – is this a workable concept for biodiversity protection?

Written by Dr Tim Coles Protecting forests from any form of exploitation as National Parks, Wildlife Preserves or any of a number of conservation categories, is a key component of forest and wildlife protection in most countries.  However, this strategy is never going to affect more than around 10% of the forests in a country (note there are exceptions to... Read More
Indonesia – Tracks and signs in the Buton forest Conservation Indonesia Opwall News 

Indonesia – Tracks and signs in the Buton forest

Written by Tom Martin The forests of Buton Island (the location of our Indonesian terrestrial study site) are home to several species of large endemic mammal. All these mammals remain poorly studied, partly because Wallacean species have been neglected by zoologists generally, but also because they are extremely hard to even observe, let alone study. Their shy nature and the... Read More