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Bay Area Tropical Forest Network

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The Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) is an social network in the Bay Area broadly interested in tropical forest conservation and ecology. We gather quarterly, typically for a happy hour beverage in the Peninsula area (usually Palo Alto, San Francisco, or Berkeley). Events are free and we provide snacks and drinks. Think Green Drinks but with a focus on forests.

Our goal is to foster peer-to-peer networking in a relaxed atmosphere where ideas, data, and collaboration flow freely. This is a great opportunity to connect with media, scientists, economists, foundations, activists, artists and many others thinking about these issues. Everyone is welcome! It is a great way to get in touch with other people working on similar interests or to learn more about current issues and initiatives in forest conservation. BATFN gatherings have resulted in grants, internships, academic opportunities, and new friendships

Attendees of BATFN typically include people from a range of fields and locations, including researchers and activists working in Brazil, Indonesia, Peru, Madagascar and other exiting places. If you are interested in exploring any of these areas — professionally, academically, or just out of casual interest – you shouldn’t miss BATFN events.

Next BATFN

The next BATFN will take place Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley (2607 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA).

We’re pleased to announce that Van Butsic will give a brief talk about the impact of conflict on forest loss in the Democratic Republic of Congo:
Many tropical countries have experienced violent conflict in recent decades, which may pose an additional, yet poorly understood threat for forests. Conflict may decrease or increase deforestation depending on the relationship between conflict and other causes of land use change, such as mining expansion or protected area establishment. Here we examine the impact of conflict on forest loss in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Using a panel instrumental variables approach we find that: i) conflict increases forest cover loss, ii) mining concessions increase forest cover loss, but in times of conflict this impact is lessened, and iii) protected areas reduce forest cover loss, even if conflict is present. Our results thus suggest that policy interventions designed to reduce violent conflict may have the co-benefit of reducing deforestation and that protected areas can be effective even in times of war.
Doors open at 6pm for networking/conversation and Butsic’s talk will likely begin around 7 pm, followed by discussion. We’ll provide some snacks and drinks, but any food, drink, or other contributions would be appreciated.

If you are interested in attending the event, it would be helpful if you RSVP via this form or the Facebook event page so we know how much food and drink to provide. The event is open to everyone so feel free to forward to your friends.

When: 6 pm-8:30 pm, Thursday, Feb 27, 2014
Where: Goldman School of Public Policy
UC Berkeley
2607 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA

November BATFN

The final BATFN of 2013 took place Sunday, November 17 from 6-8 pm on board Greenpeace’s ship, The Rainbow Warrior, which was docked at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero near the Exploratorium.

The theme for the event was “An Evening Exploring Solutions to Deforestation” and involved a panel of speakers who will talk about one solution that has worked in the past to reduce deforestation. Here is video from the speakers’ portion of the event.

BATFN Meeting: Solutions to Deforestation from Paul Stoutenburgh on Vimeo.

History:

  • BATFN 1 (Jun 2009): Stanford University.
  • BATFN 2 (Jul 2009): Stanford University. Presentation: Tropical forest news highlights for June 2009 (Rhett Butler)
  • BATFN 3 (Aug 2009): California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
  • BATFN 4 (Sep 2009): UC Berkeley. Presentation: What we know and what we still need to find out about deforestation in Brazil (Maria Bowman)
  • BATFN 5 (Oct 2009): UC Berkeley.
  • BATFN 6 (Nov 2009): Stanford University. Presentation: Oil palm plantation expansion in Indonesian Borneo: Tipping points and tradeoffs (Kim Carlson)
  • BATFN 7 (Dec 2009): Stanford University. Presentation: How rainforest shamans heal (Chris Herndon)
  • BATFN 8 (Jan 2010): UC Berkeley. Presentation: An overview of REDD and what happened in Copenhagen (Rhett Butler)
  • BATFN 9 (Feb 2010): RAN-San Francisco. Presentation: Palm oil and plantation forestry in Indonesia (Lafcadio Cortesi)
  • BATFN 10 (Mar 2010): Stanford University. Presentation: Global policies as a framework for effective local action to reduce deforestation (Suzi Kerr)
  • BATFN 11 (Apr 2010): Stanford University. Film: Owners of the Water – Conflict and Collaboration Over Rivers (Laura Graham)
  • BATFN 12 (May 2010): UC Berkeley. The Climate Impacts of Cattle Ranching Intensification in Brazil. (Avery Cohen)
  • BATFN 13 (Jun 2010): Stanford University. Presentation: REDD in Colombia (Brodie Ferguson)
  • BATFN 14 (Sep 2010): UC Berkeley. Presentation: California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and forests (Michael O’Hare)
  • BATFN 15 (Oct 2010): Stanford University.
  • BATFN 16 (Nov 2010): San Francisco.
  • BATFN 17 (Jan 2011): Berkeley (‘Last Nomads’ film screening).
  • BATFN 18 (Feb 2011): Palo Alto.
  • BATFN 19 (Mar 2011): RAN-San Francisco. (Lindsey Allen)
  • BATFN 20 (Apr 2011): Google – Mountain View. (Greg Asner)
  • BATFN 21 (May 2011): Greenpeace-San Francisco. (Rolf Skar)
  • BATFN 22 (July 2011): Palo Alto. (Holly Gibbs)
  • BATFN 23 (Oct 2011): Stanford University. (Nichol Simpson: Health in Harmony in Borneo)
  • BATFN 24 (Nov 2011): UC Berkeley. (Dan Hammer: FORMA, a global real-time remote sensing system)
  • BATFN 25 (Dec 2011): UC Berkeley. (Roger Leaky)
  • BATFN 26 (Jan 2012): Stanford University. (Andrew Stevenson: an inside-the-Beltway look at REDD finance)
  • BATFN 27 (Feb 2012): UC Berkeley. (Eco-Ola)
  • BATFN 28 (Mar 2012): Berkeley. (The Borneo Project)
  • BATFN 29 (Apr 2012): San Francisco. (Pandora Thomas)
  • BATFN 30 (May 2012): Stanford University. (William Laurance)
  • BATFN 31 (Jun 2012): California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
  • BATFN 32 (Sept 2012): San Francisco (Leila Salazar-Lopez of Amazon Watch)
  • BATFN 33 (Oct 2012): Berkeley (Bayu Wirayudha of the Friends of the National Parks Foundation in Indonesia)
  • BATFN 34 (Nov 2012): Stanford University (Jose Fragoso on indigenous spiritual beliefs help protect biodiversity)
  • BATFN 35 (Feb 2013): Stanford University (Rhett Butler on APP’s new forest policy)
  • BATFN 36 (May 2013): Greenpeace-San Francisco (Amy Moas on palm oil expansion in Central Africa)
  • BATFN 37 (Jun 2013): Stanford University (Claudia Stickler on deforestation and rainforest dams)
  • BATFN 38 (Nov 2013): San Francisco (Rainbow Warrior: Solutions to Deforestation)The idea for BATFN emerged somewhere between the Stanford campus and nearby walking trails, as Holly Gibbs and Rhett Butler discussed ideas to strengthen the tropical forest community in the Bay Area. Both Rhett and Holly saw a huge potential for community-building around a critical research and communication area.BATFN has been a great success from the start owing to the strong and sociable community surrounding us.

To sign up to the BATFN mailing list go to http://www.tropicalforestnetwork.org.

Wildlife Conservation Network Expo

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Wildlife Conservation Network Expo

Each year WCN brings together the world’s best wildlife conservationists to exhibit and speak about issues concerning endangered species around the world. In 2013 Jane Goodall, DBE will once again be the keynote speaker! Other attendees will include Sir Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants, Dr. Laurie Marker of Cheetah Conservation Fund, and the rest of the WCN Partners.

October 12, 2013
10am to 6pm
Mission Bay Conference Center
San Francisco, CA

http://wildlifeconservationnetwork.org/events/

San Francisco Naturalist Society Beach Cleanup 1-12-13

I joined the San Francisco Naturalist Society for their first beach cleanup on Saturday.  We started at noon at the end of Tarval on Ocean Beach all the way to the Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant. It was great to not only be cleaning up my local beach but my neighborhood. I am very lucky to live so close to the ocean and see it everyday.

View from my apartment looking down at Ocean Beach.

View from my street as I walk down to Ocean Beach.

The weather was phenomenal and sunny all day.  We were all overdressed and actually saw people out in tank tops and shorts in January!   It was a perfect day for a beach cleanup!

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California.

The SF Naturalist Society plans to have another one next winter and the motto is always the more the merrier. Apparently not many organizations do beach cleanups during this month but the Winter swells bring in a lot of debris and litter perfect for beachcombing. We found just about everything you could imagine on the beach Saturday from shoes, liquor bottles, straws, plastic rockets, cigarettes, plastic cigar tips, Christmas trees, hats, fishing string and the list goes on!  I just have to say really why do we need straws? Some people even brought home some souvenirs.  We followed up our hard work with plenty of beers out back at the Beach Chalet.  Good work team!  And a good team indeed.  You meet good people when you do good things!  Thank you Patrick and Jill for inviting me!

Beach Chalet beers after a hard days work!

Beach Chalet beers after a hard days work!

To learn more about the San Francisco Naturalist Society and their activities, which also include monthly meetings/seminars at the Randall Museum (http://www.randallmuseum.org) please see their website: http://www.sfns.org. 

The San Francisco Naturalist Society is dedicated to the enjoyment, study and preservation of the natural world.

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October is a busy month for environmentalists in San Francisco

The last few weeks have been eventful and I think I only made it to half the activities I was invited to.  Following the 2012 Wildlife Conservation Network Expo I attended the 7th Annual Amazon Watch Luncheon and another monthly meeting with Bay Area Tropical Forest Network.  Upon meeting new friends at these two events I was introduced to a weekend long National Bioneers Conference that ended with an afterparty set in the beautiful redwoods of West Marin.

Atossa Soltani, Executive Director of Amazon Watch speaking at the Luncheon.

Atossa Soltani, Executive Director of Amazon Watch speaking at the Luncheon.

PARE BELOMONTE – indigenous people freeing the Xingu River in the state of Pará, Brazil.

Tupak and other indigenous Amazonian guests speak about their dependent livelihoods within and around the rivers of the Amazon.

Board members share their personal stories and experiences in the Amazon.

Board members share their personal stories and experiences in the Amazon.

Nina Gualinga and myself at the 7th Annual Amazon Watch Luncheon October 15th, 2012.

The earrings are made by the women from Sarayaku, Ecuador. It´s made of guacamaya azul bird feathers.  The people eat the birds and make earings with the feathers so no part of the animal goes to waste.

Nina selling jewelry from Ecuador at the Amazon Watch Luncheon.

Tupak and I discussing REDD-plus.

The Amazon provides countless medicines and herbs. This natural analgesic sample was given to guests, grown and harvested by sustainable communities of the Peruvian Amazon jungle.

www.amazonwatch.org

Following the Amazon Watch Luncheon I took off to the University of California, Berkeley to attend a monthly Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) meeting.

The University of California, Berkeley

There is an Oxford in every town.

Ultimate frisbee

University life=ultimate frisbee @Memorial Glade

CAL classes taken outside at Memorial Glade during lovely October East Bay weather.

Sather Tower, known to most as the Campanile, is perhaps UC Berkeley’s most famous symbol. Visible for miles, it stands 307 feet tall and is the third tallest bell and clock-tower in the world. The observation platform, located 200 feet up, provides visitors with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area and of the campus. It is reachable via the combination of an elevator and stairs. The Campanile was completed in 1914.

Dr. Bayu Wirayudha, founder and CEO of Friends of The National Parks Foundations speaks about his work in Indonesia at the Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) October meeting.

Meetings are held in various locations in the Bay Area with new speakers, snacks and refreshments! The public is encouraged to attend.  www.tropicalforestnetwork.org

Two days later Bayu received the 2012 Rainforest Award in San Francisco for his “lifelong commitment to deep activism, species and forest conservation as well as groundbreaking community development projects

The Award was given by the international conservation organization Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

The award was presented at RAN’s annual gala awards ceremony, REVEL: The Art of Activism, on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in San Francisco.

As an honoree, Bayu joined a rich history of previous awardees that includes Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Maria Gunnoe, Vandana Shiva, Indigenous activists from around the world and many more. Each of these luminaries, have been leaders in protecting the worlds remaining rainforests, breaking North America’s addiction to fossil fuels, stemming the climate crisis and safeguarding human rights.

RAN stated that their organization has “been deeply impressed by your work as Founder and Director of Friends of the National Parks Foundation and believe that this is your time to receive our prestigious award.

Bayu accepted the award with thanked his team in FNPF for their dedication, commitment and hard work, most especially Basuki Budi Santoso, FNPF’s manager in Kalimantan.

www.fnpf.org

Read more about RAN and see photos / video of the event below.

RAN website

REVEL: the Art of Activism – the award giving ceremony in San Francisco

And finally the weekend was wrapped up by the 2012 Bioneers Conference at the Marin Center in San Rafael October 19-21st.  The acclaimed annual National Bioneers Conference is a pre-eminent leading-edge knowledge forum where brilliant social and scientific innovators illuminate breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. As a network of networks, Bioneers connects people with solutions and each other in an inspiring celebration of the applied genius of nature and human ingenuity.

www.bioneers.org

I finished the weekend with a bang assisting my friend Matteo as a bartender at the Bioneers afterparty at Soltice Grove in West Marin.  Definitely a couple weeks to remember and many new friends!  I am happy and grateful to be welcomed into such an extraordinary community of environmentalists in the Bay Area.

Matthew (MATE-O) Sluder serving Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate and his own brand Lifted Spirits concoction cocktails.

www.guayaki.com

www.liftedspirits.com

Drink to your health!

50 Years To Save This Species (UCSC Long Marine Laboratory)

Saving endangered species through physiology. We have 50 years to save the Hawaiian monk seal — to stop them from going extinct. The students that we train today are going to be absolutely key to saving the species. This episode of Onward California follows Terrie Williams, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, as she provides students with the hands-on knowledge that they need to make a difference. To see more stories visit http://www.onwardcalifornia.com/#stories