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Casa Dorada on the Forefront of Sea Turtle Conservation Efforts in Los Cabos Located in an idyllic destination of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and with a philosophy rooted in supporting the surrounding natural ecology, Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa is committed to the conservation of one of the world’s most beloved creatures, the sea turtle. Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico, May 24, 2017 --( Having created the Casa Dorada Sanctuary Project back in 2008 and working together with other local entities, the resort has dedicated significant financial and human resources to ensuring that adequate measures are in place to safeguard nests, protect eggs and eventually successfully release baby turtles into the sea. Every summer and fall, guests staying at Casa Dorada are fortunate to witness the arrival of female turtles on the beach right in front of the resort to lay their eggs. Then, 6 weeks later baby turtles are born making their way to the sea for the very first time, offering one of nature’s most touching spectacles. The most common turtle species encountered in Los Cabos is the olive ridley and even though the sea turtle nesting season in Los Cabos officially begins in May, we witness them year round with a particular increase during the period between August and November. Casa Dorada and its turtle conservation efforts To date, the Casa Dorada Sanctuary Project has protected more than 3,000 turtle nests and released more than 350,000 offspring into the sea. These efforts have helped in making the Cabo San Lucas Bay and Los Cabos a vitally important nesting area for the olive ridley. Local involvement In order to continue protecting turtles in the area, regional governments have created The Los Cabos Sea Turtle Conservation Program. In 2005 many of the community’s hotels, resorts, restaurants, and organizations have joined in, creating The Los Cabos Sea Turtle Protection Network. In 2008, Casa Dorada was officially added to this strategic coalition. Later, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources granted the hotel federal permission to establish a working nursery for the safekeeping of olive ridley eggs, a privilege only a handful of institutions in the Southern Baja have enjoyed. About Casa Dorada With an incomparable location on Medano Beach--the best swimmable beach of Cabo, Casa Dorada is just steps away from world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and the marina. As a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a collection of the world’s finest independent luxury hotels, Casa Dorada Los Cabos brings the upscale service and family-friendly features to the Cabo San Lucas oceanfront. The Resort grants visitors a more convenient, yet equally spectacular, alternative to the more remote hotel zone of the Tourist Corridor. Boasting unobstructed vistas of Land’s End and the famous Arch, Casa Dorada is just 30 minutes away from Los Cabos International Airport. All of the 188 spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and penthouses, open up to Los Cabos’ most dazzling ocean view, while the luminous and contemporary interiors ensure your comfort and satisfaction. Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico, May 24, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Located in an idyllic destination of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and with a philosophy rooted in supporting the surrounding natural ecology, Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa is committed to the conservation of one of the world’s most beloved creatures, the sea turtle. As we observe World Turtle Day, Casa Dorada invites guests to participate in supporting its efforts to protect endangered turtles who arrive at the shores of Cabo San Lucas.Having created the Casa Dorada Sanctuary Project back in 2008 and working together with other local entities, the resort has dedicated significant financial and human resources to ensuring that adequate measures are in place to safeguard nests, protect eggs and eventually successfully release baby turtles into the sea.Every summer and fall, guests staying at Casa Dorada are fortunate to witness the arrival of female turtles on the beach right in front of the resort to lay their eggs. Then, 6 weeks later baby turtles are born making their way to the sea for the very first time, offering one of nature’s most touching spectacles. The most common turtle species encountered in Los Cabos is the olive ridley and even though the sea turtle nesting season in Los Cabos officially begins in May, we witness them year round with a particular increase during the period between August and November.Casa Dorada and its turtle conservation effortsTo date, the Casa Dorada Sanctuary Project has protected more than 3,000 turtle nests and released more than 350,000 offspring into the sea. These efforts have helped in making the Cabo San Lucas Bay and Los Cabos a vitally important nesting area for the olive ridley.Local involvementIn order to continue protecting turtles in the area, regional governments have created The Los Cabos Sea Turtle Conservation Program. In 2005 many of the community’s hotels, resorts, restaurants, and organizations have joined in, creating The Los Cabos Sea Turtle Protection Network. In 2008, Casa Dorada was officially added to this strategic coalition. Later, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources granted the hotel federal permission to establish a working nursery for the safekeeping of olive ridley eggs, a privilege only a handful of institutions in the Southern Baja have enjoyed.About Casa DoradaWith an incomparable location on Medano Beach--the best swimmable beach of Cabo, Casa Dorada is just steps away from world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and the marina. As a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a collection of the world’s finest independent luxury hotels, Casa Dorada Los Cabos brings the upscale service and family-friendly features to the Cabo San Lucas oceanfront. The Resort grants visitors a more convenient, yet equally spectacular, alternative to the more remote hotel zone of the Tourist Corridor. Boasting unobstructed vistas of Land’s End and the famous Arch, Casa Dorada is just 30 minutes away from Los Cabos International Airport. All of the 188 spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and penthouses, open up to Los Cabos’ most dazzling ocean view, while the luminous and contemporary interiors ensure your comfort and satisfaction. Click here to view the company profile of Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

They are shy and elusive. They are tinier than a dolphin. And they are disappearing fast. Despite heroic efforts, vaquita porpoises are dying at astounding rates in illegal fishing nets in their limited habitat in the northwestern corner of the Gulf of California. Last week, two more vaquitas were found dead. Fewer than 30 vaquitas are believed to be alive today, making them the most endangered marine mammal in the world. But there is reason to hope. An unusual, diverse, international coalition of partners called VaquitaCPR and led by the Mexican government has worked feverishly to develop a bold, first-ever emergency plan to rescue the vaquita and place them in a sanctuary until illegal fishing is ended and their habitat is cleared of deadly gillnets. This week, the Mexican government's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) announced a pledge of up to $3 million dollars to help launch the first critical phase of this emergency plan, including construction of a sea pen sanctuary. This is a significant financial commitment, but additional support from the public is vital to ensure the full implementation of this daring effort to recover a population that totaled 600 animals just 20 years ago. "The challenge is staggering," says The Marine Mammal Center's Executive Director Dr. Jeff Boehm, who is leading the coalition's fundraising efforts. "How we respond to this emergency reveals who we are as a society. It sets precedent. We are asking the public to step up and donate what they can today at http://www. to match the Mexican government's generous funding. Additional donations are needed for veterinary care, staffing, and equipment and to ensure the program is not cut short because of lack of funds." The critical need for support from the public to help save the vaquita has been reinforced by a number of celebrities, who are asking their fans to help fund the project, according to Dr. Cynthia Smith, Executive Director of the National Marine Mammal Foundation. The Foundation is one of the primary partners supporting VaquitaCPR. Dr. Smith thanks singer, songwriter, and actress Miley Cyrus, and actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Hemsworth, and Carolyn Hennesy. "Public outreach and awareness is so essential to this project," said Dr. Smith. "When people understand the world is about to lose something dear, they will try to make a difference." The caring, compassion, and concern that prompted the development of the emergency plan to save the vaquita from extinction gained additional support today. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced its members have committed their support through its Save Animals from Extinction (SAFE) program and pledged to raise additional funds for VaquitaCPR. In recent years, significant contributions have enabled efforts that have focused on assessing the population and educating the public about the devastating threat facing the endangered porpoise. The Mexican government has expended more than $100 million to date on these efforts and more. According to Debborah Luke, AZA's Senior Vice President for Conservation & Science, the AZA community has also contributed to vaquita conservation through its innovative SAFE program in the past five years. The illegal gillnets killing vaquita are used to catch another endangered species, the totoaba. The fish's dried swim bladders fetch huge sums of money in China and Hong Kong, where it is believed the bladders help maintain youthful-looking skin. "We are very grateful that both the Mexican government and AZA have pledged support and hope it will inspire others who share our determination to save the vaquita to donate," emphasized Dr. Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, lead researcher and head of Mexico's International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA). "Does the public care enough to help save the most endangered marine mammal in the world? I think so. We can't stand by and watch this precious resource disappear. It will be challenging, but we must try." To support the rescue effort, learn more about the vaquita and for information about VaquitaCPR, visit VaquitaCPR.org VaquitaCPR is led by Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). 'VaquitaCPR' is dedicated to conserving, protecting, and helping this rare porpoise recover. The National Marine Mammal Foundation, The Marine Mammal Center, and the Chicago Zoological Society are primary partners in this extraordinary conservation effort. Key collaborators in Mexico include the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA), the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC), the Mexican Association of Habitats for the Interaction and Protection of Marine Mammals (AMHMAR), and Acuario Oceanico. Additional United States collaborators are Duke University and the Marine Mammal Commission, with NOAA Fisheries providing technical expertise. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Dolphin Quest, SeaWorld, Vancouver Aquarium, the International Marine Animal Trainer's Association and the Association of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums are offering support and expertise to the program and assisting with fundraising.


Garrote J.,Complutense University of Madrid | Alvarenga F.M.,Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources | Diez-Herrero A.,Geological Survey of Spain
Journal of Hydrology | Year: 2016

The village of Pajares de Pedraza (Segovia, Spain) is located in the floodplain of the Cega River, a left bank tributary of the Douro River. Repeated flash flood events occur in this small village because of its upstream catchment area, mountainous character and impermeable lithology, which reduce concentration time to just a few hours. River overbank flow has frequently caused flooding and property damage to homes and rural properties, most notably in 1927, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2013 and 2014. Consequently, a detailed analysis was carried out to quantify the economic risk of flash floods in peri-urban and rural areas.Magnitudes and exceedance probabilities were obtained from a flood frequency analysis of maximum discharges. To determine the extent and characteristics of the flooded area, we performed 2D hydraulic modeling (Iber 2.0 software) based on LIDAR (1. m) topography and considering three different scenarios associated with the initial construction (1997) and subsequent extension (2013) of a linear defense structure (rockfill dike or levee) to protect the population.Specific stage-damage functions were expressly developed using in situ data collection for exposed elements, with special emphasis on urban-type categories. The average number of elements and their unit value were established. The relationship between water depth and the height at which electric outlets, furniture, household goods, etc. were located was analyzed; due to its effect on the form of the function. Other nonspecific magnitude-damage functions were used in order to compare both economic estimates.The results indicate that the use of non-specific magnitude-damage functions leads to a significant overestimation of economic losses, partly linked to the use of general economic cost data. Furthermore, a detailed classification and financial assessment of exposed assets is the most important step to ensure a correct estimate of financial losses. In both cases, this should include a consideration of the socio-economic and cultural conditions prevailing in the area, as well as the types of flood that affect it. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.


Gonzalez-Riancho P.,University of Cantabria | Aguirre-Ayerbe I.,University of Cantabria | Garcia-Aguilar O.,University of Cantabria | Medina R.,University of Cantabria | And 6 more authors.
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences | Year: 2014

Advances in the understanding and prediction of tsunami impacts allow for the development of risk reduction strategies for tsunami-prone areas. This paper presents a tsunami vulnerability and risk assessment for the case study of El Salvador, the applied methodology dealing with the complexity and variability of coastal zones by means of (i) an integral approach to cover the entire risk-related process from the hazard, vulnerability and risk assessments to the final risk management; (ii) an integrated approach to combine and aggregate the information stemming from the different dimensions of coupled human and natural systems; and (iii) a dynamic and scale-dependent approach to integrate the spatiotemporal variability considerations. This work also aims at establishing a clear connection to translate the vulnerability and risk assessment results into adequate target-oriented risk reduction measures, trying to bridge the gap between science and management for the tsunami hazard. The approach is applicable to other types of hazards, having been successfully applied to climate-change-related flooding hazard. © Author(s) 2014.


Gonzalez-Riancho P.,University of Cantabria | Aguirre-Ayerbe I.,University of Cantabria | Aniel-Quiroga I.,University of Cantabria | Abad S.,University of Cantabria | And 6 more authors.
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences | Year: 2013

Advances in the understanding and prediction of tsunami impacts allow the development of risk reduction strategies for tsunami-prone areas. This paper presents an integral framework for the formulation of tsunami evacuation plans based on tsunami vulnerability assessment and evacuation modelling. This framework considers (i) the hazard aspects (tsunami flooding characteristics and arrival time), (ii) the characteristics of the exposed area (people, shelters and road network), (iii) the current tsunami warning procedures and timing, (iv) the time needed to evacuate the population, and (v) the identification of measures to improve the evacuation process. The proposed methodological framework aims to bridge between risk assessment and risk management in terms of tsunami evacuation, as it allows for an estimation of the degree of evacuation success of specific management options, as well as for the classification and prioritization of the gathered information, in order to formulate an optimal evacuation plan. The framework has been applied to the El Salvador case study, demonstrating its applicability to site-specific response times and population characteristics. © Author(s) 2013.


News Article | November 21, 2016
Site: en.prnasia.com

SUZHOU, China, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. (GCL-SI) , (Shenzhen: 002506), a subsidiary of the world's leading energy group GCL, recently announced the cooperation with China National Complete Engineering Corporation (CCEC) in the Chernobyl PV plant project. To help rebuild the "exclusion zone" with solar power thirty years after the Chernobyl accident marks another important move of GCL-SI toward global market. The 1986 explosion and meltdown in Chernobyl released vast quantities of radiation, contaminating approximately 30 km2 of land with fallout. The Ukrainian government now aims to give a new renewable life to the exclusion zone. In October, the country's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources claimed the plan to build a PV plant at Chernobyl. "Its cheap land and abundant sunlight constitute a solid foundation for the project. In addition, the remaining electric transmission facilities are ready for reuse," said Ostap Semerak, Ukraine's minister of environment and natural resources. Two Chinese companies will play significant parts in Chernobyl's revival. Whereas CCEC as the general contractor manages the overall project, GCL-SI offers consultancy and planning service as well as PV facilities to the project. According to GCL-SI, construction of the over 1 GW PV plant is expected to initiate in 2017. Once completed, Chernobyl will re-catch the global attention as a revived site of solar energy. "There will be remarkable social benefits and economical ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy. We are glad that we are making joint efforts with Ukraine to rebuild the community for the local people," said Mr. Shu Hua, Chairman of GCL-SI. Regarding GCL-SI's overseas strategy, Mr. Shu further commented, "We have been dedicated to providing integrated solar services and will take diverse approaches this year to drive penetration and achieve global presence. The Chernobyl project is also one of our key steps to approach abroad." GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen: 002506) (GCL-SI), is part of the GOLDEN CONCORD Group (GCL), an international energy company specializing in clean and sustainable power production, founded in 1990. With global assets worth nearly USD16 billion, GCL achieved module shipment output of over 2GW in 2015, and supplies 29% of the total wafer capacity yield worldwide, representing a 22.2% silicon market share. CCEC is a subsidiary of the National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH), which is affiliated by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.


News Article | November 21, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

SUZHOU, China, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. (GCL-SI) , (Shenzhen: 002506), a subsidiary of the world's leading energy group GCL, recently announced the cooperation with China National Complete Engineering Corporation (CCEC) in the Chernobyl PV plant project. To help rebuild the "exclusion zone" with solar power thirty years after the Chernobyl accident marks another important move of GCL-SI toward global market. The 1986 explosion and meltdown in Chernobyl released vast quantities of radiation, contaminating approximately 30 km2 of land with fallout. The Ukrainian government now aims to give a new renewable life to the exclusion zone. In October, the country's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources claimed the plan to build a PV plant at Chernobyl. "Its cheap land and abundant sunlight constitute a solid foundation for the project. In addition, the remaining electric transmission facilities are ready for reuse," said Ostap Semerak, Ukraine's minister of environment and natural resources. Two Chinese companies will play significant parts in Chernobyl's revival. Whereas CCEC as the general contractor manages the overall project, GCL-SI offers consultancy and planning service as well as PV facilities to the project. According to GCL-SI, construction of the over 1 GW PV plant is expected to initiate in 2017. Once completed, Chernobyl will re-catch the global attention as a revived site of solar energy. "There will be remarkable social benefits and economical ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy. We are glad that we are making joint efforts with Ukraine to rebuild the community for the local people," said Mr. Shu Hua, Chairman of GCL-SI. Regarding GCL-SI's overseas strategy, Mr. Shu further commented, "We have been dedicated to providing integrated solar services and will take diverse approaches this year to drive penetration and achieve global presence. The Chernobyl project is also one of our key steps to approach abroad." GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen: 002506) (GCL-SI), is part of the GOLDEN CONCORD Group (GCL), an international energy company specializing in clean and sustainable power production, founded in 1990. With global assets worth nearly USD16 billion, GCL achieved module shipment output of over 2GW in 2015, and supplies 29% of the total wafer capacity yield worldwide, representing a 22.2% silicon market share. CCEC is a subsidiary of the National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH), which is affiliated by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.


Breuste J.,University of Salzburg | Jayathunga S.,Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Hercynia | Year: 2010

Tourism in nature-based destinations is prominent in many countries where mass tourism takes place. The study focuses on the representatives of nature conservation and ecotourism in all biomes of Sri Lanka. It aims at the investigation of nature conservation strategies adopted and of which ecosystems are highly utilised for tourism. Simultaneously, the representation and interaction between biomes, nature conservation strategies and ecotourism are evaluated in order to identify the influence and effectiveness of each other. Digital maps show the defined biomes in the different bioregions. The bioregions are demarcated in accordance with geographical, climatical and biological features and characters. Major biomes identified in the country are forest, wetland, coastal and marine biomes. The management categories of nature conservation, namely strict nature reserves, nature reserves, national parks, marine reserves, sanctuaries, natural forests and wetlands are evaluated in accordance with their objectives, efficiency and effectiveness. Activities of nature-based tourism take place in different biomes like jeep safaris, nature trekking and boating and are categorised in different aspects as wildlife watching, bird watching and nature admiring. The study shows the dominance of state involvement in nature conservation in different kinds. Many nature conservation strategies are concentrated on forest biomes. Nature-based tourism is not equally distributed among all biomes and is mainly focused in the forest biomes in the dry-zone bioregion. In this bioregion, many national parks are situated and infrastructure for tourism has been developed. In other biomes is much more potential available for promoting tourism. A physical study should be conducted to determine what the reasons and constraints of the actual situation are as well as to answer the question what other biomes offer potential for further expansion and development of ecotourism in terms of nature conservation and socioeconomic development of the local people.


Kaudia A.A.,Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Geneva Reports on the World Economy | Year: 2015

Low-income countries have been propelled through international discourse to accord higher priority to adaptation to climate change compared to mitigation. The INDC ‘bottom-up’ approach to reaching the 2°C target gives the flexibility for low-income countries to articulate policies responsive to the needs of their communities and national development priorities. These include the entitlement of developing countries to growth and reduced climate change-induced scarcity of natural resources like water, food, energy, wood and fiber. Therefore, the negotiations should strike a balance between mitigation and adaption and include financial support to carry out these policies in line with Article 4.7 of the convention on implementation of commitments by developing countries. In this spirit, this chapter recommends that the target output of COP21 should be a legally binding agreement applicable to all that would be based on the principles of the UNFCCC and, in particular, the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities based on respective capabilities. Challenges with enforcement and the feasibility of all aspects of actions being legally binding should be anticipated. © 2015, Centre for Economic Policy Research. All rights reserved.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 9, 2017) - WOLVERINE MINERALS CORP. - (TSX VENTURE:WLV)(FRANKFURT:4LPP) (the "Company") announces today, that further to its news release of November 29, 2016, the TSX Venture Exchange has approved and the Company has closed the option agreement dated November 28, 2016 (the "Option Agreement") with Almadex Minerals Limited ("Almadex") regarding the Los Venados property in Sonora State, Mexico (the "Property"). Almadex, through its subsidiary, granted an option to the Company to acquire a 100% interest in the Property (the "Option") on the terms and conditions of the Option Agreement. The terms of the Option Agreement are set out in the Company's News Release dated November 29, 2016. The Company has issued 250,000 common shares to Almadex on closing of the Option Agreement which Shares are subject to a four month hold period expiring June 9, 2017. On January 24, 2017, the Company filed a geological report regarding the Property which can be found under the Company's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. The Los Venados property is immediately adjacent to the producing Mulatos and La India gold mines. Alteration mapping and geochemical sampling indicate that the property covers a possible high-sulphidation epithermal mineralization system similar in nature to that on the adjacent Mulatos and La India Mine projects. The Los Venados property has signed surface access agreements in place and has received full SEMARNAT (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources) approval for 12 drill pad locations. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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