TENDUA - Association for biodiversity conservation

Newsletter n°4

Dear Members and Friends,

Autumn has already set in … It is cold and grey but when the sun makes its appearance, the trees offer us an explosion of light and color. The most ancient traditions see trees as symbol of life, but now they are mistreated by humans, through deforestation in Asia, Brazil, and Madagascar for the exploitation of palm oil, soy oil and the traffic of precious wood.

Another report: ocean abysses are becoming objects of greed among the economic powers: “The Sea is the future of men” is a title in Figaro magazine of October 22nd, 2010. Not satisfied with destroying forests and mistreating the forest canopy, exploiting lands and seas, man strives to patent all that he can from the depths. He justifies his pillage by calling it scientific research for the future of all yet for the benefit of the very few. TENDUA is bringing up many questions just to make us all aware of the problems, so that we can look for concrete solutions and change our daily attitude.

There is a little hope with the outcome the European week for the sharks in 2009 and the objectives set for 2010. The Newsletter will also contain some very concrete advice on how to help out birds when winter sets in.

Our agenda will take us to Montier-en-Der to the festival of animal photography, the meeting-place of nature lovers during the 3rd week-end of November. Finally, another event not to be missed next January: the Scuba Diving Exhibition in Paris and the presence of TENDUA on the stand of AQUAREV.

Happy reading !

[1Lester Russell Brown (born in 1934) is an American agro-economist and environmental analyst. Pioneer in research on sustainable development, he was one of the first – and most prolific - to write about problems linked to ecology

[2Oil cakes The solid residue that is left after certain oily seeds, such as cottonseed and linseed, that have been pressed free of their oil. It is ground and used as cattle feed or fertilizer

[3Primary forests a relatively intact natural forest which has not been disturbed or modified by human activity in several hundred years and is characterized by an abundance of mature trees

[4A written declaration is a text of a maximum of 200 words on a matter falling within the European Union’s sphere of activities. 
Written declarations are printed in all the official languages, distributed and entered in a register. 
MEPs can use written declarations to launch or relaunch a debate on a subject that comes within the EU’s remit. A group of up to five MEPs can submit a written declaration by presenting a text to be signed by their colleagues. 
If the declaration is signed by a majority of the MEPs, it is forwarded to the President, who announces it in plenary. 
At the end of the part-session, the declaration is forwarded to the institutions named in the text, together with the names of the signatories. 
It is included in the minutes of the sitting at which it is announced. 
Publication in the minutes closes the procedure

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