August Edition of Wild Talk

25 August 2009 | News story

Biofuel, palm oil, REDD and six young gorillas are the topics covered in the audio-only interviews on Wild Talk.

The August edition of Wild Talk has now been published at www.iucn.org/wildtalk

Six young gorillas rescued in Gabon:
Six orphan gorillas are one step closer to a completely independent life, thanks to a successful rescue operation in the Fernan-Vaz Lagoon in Gabon.The rescue is the first part of a three year reintroduction project, which follows the guidelines for introduction into the wild, set up by IUCN. The parents of the six orphans, all critically endangered western lowland gorillas, have lost their lives to illegal bush meat trade. The transfer was led by the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project (FGVP) director Nick Bachand and his team of Gabonese keepers.Nik told Wild Talk more about the rescue and his views on illegal bush meat trade.

Making palm oil green:
Palm oil plantations do not have a good reputation when it comes to the environment. Acres of lucious rainforest, rich in species, are chopped down to make way for huge, monotonous plantations which produce palm oil, used for anything from cosmetics to biofuels. But a new scheme to certify palm oil plantations as sustainable has recently swung into action, known as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, or RSPO for short. Robert Zuehlke takes Wild Talk through the certification process and discusses consumer demand for sustainable palm oil.

Back to biofuel basics:
What exactly are biofuels? Are they competing for resources needed to grow food and therefore causing a hike in global food prices? This and much more is explained in an interview with IUCN's Chief Scientist, Jeff McNeely. He discusses how biofuels have, in fact, been used for centuries and argues that the main concern from IUCN's point of view is how they will impact on biodiversity conservation.

Make sure REDD rewards right people:
Ghan Shyam Pandey, from the Federation of Community Forest Users in Nepal, speaks to Wild Talk about the community-managed forests in his region. He says Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) will have to compensate the communities who actually protect the forests, rather than the governments and state agencies, if it is to be sustainable.