The Lookfar Podcast tells the stories of conservation leaders from around the world working on the front lines to defend our planet's wild and wondrous places. The Lookfar Podcast is hosted by Scott Stone, founder of Lookfar Conservation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. More at lookfar.org.
Restoring the Atlantic Forest of Brazil
36:08Nicholas and Raquel Locke of the Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu (REGUA), located in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, join us on the Lookfar Podcast for an in-person discussion with Scott Stone and Marlies Quirino of Lookfar Conservation. We talk about REGUA’s efforts to connect and protect the highly biodiverse forests of the Guapiaçu Valley, just a few hours drive from Rio de Janeiro, and the many ways in which restoring forests helps create sustainable economic opportunities for surrounding communities.
Regenerative Agriculture - Sustaining Livelihoods, Uplifting Communities, and Safeguarding Health
56:07David LeZaks, a Senior Fellow at the Croatan Institute, and David Strelneck, founder of Nourish, join us on the Lookfar Podcast to discuss the opportunities for farmers and the benefits for the public of regenerative agriculture. LeZaks and Strelneck tell us about the different dimensions of regenerative agriculture, discussing ecological, economic, social, and cultural drivers and ways in which new technology platforms could revolutionize price discovery and market access, including through an initiative they’re working on called New Food Marketplace. We then dive into the benefits of regenerative agriculture for nature, people, and the economy, and how the United States and Europe can learn from regenerative systems that have been implemented in the Global South. Make sure to listen until the end where David LeZaks takes us to ‘the dark matter of food’. The Food Marketplace project is a collaboration between The Croatan Institute, Nourish, MarketSquare, and the Bionutrient Food Association. See links below for more information. New Food Marketplace rewards farmers for the benefits of Regenerative Agriculture Croatan Institute Nourish MarketSquare Bionutrient Food Association
Wetlands International - Engaging Communities and Inspiring Action
38:42Rafaela Nicola and Gaston Fulquet of Wetlands International join us this month on the Lookfar Podcast. We talk about the many threats facing the world’s great wetlands and how Wetlands International’s community-centric efforts seek to combat those threats, working collaboratively with regional and local governments, civil society, and the private sector. Rafaela also shares insights from partnering with the Kadiweu indigenous communities in the Pantanal in Brazil, and Gaston details his work in the Parana Basin in Argentina. A fascinating and hopeful discussion as we kick of "Season 2" of the Lookfar Podcast.
Paul Rice - Trading Fair for a Sustainable Future
40:13Paul Rice joins us on the Lookfar Podcast this week. Back in 1998, Paul founded Fair Trade USA and serves as its president and CEO. Paul shares with us his first introduction to fair trade when working with farmers in the mountains of Nicaragua in the 1980s. We then delve into Fair Trade today, with nearly one million farmers and workers from 62 countries selling products into the United States under the Fair Trade Certified label, generating $846 million in premiums that’s helped to provide much needed housing, education, health care, and other benefits to local communities. And we look ahead at the future of Fair Trade and the powerful role socially and environmentally conscious businesses can play in building a more sustainable world.
Martin Schaefer & Adriana Argoti - Expanding the Canandé Reserve
22:48The Lookfar Podcast returns to the Canandé Reserve in Ecuador this week, where we find a mostly dry and somewhat quiet spot to sit and talk with Martin Schaefer and Adriana Argoti of Fundación Jocotoco, which manages Canandé and fifteen other protected reserves across much of Ecuador’s most biodiverse and threatened ecosystems. Martin and Adriana talk with us about the significant new land acquisitions that have added more than 4,000 hectares (nearly 10,000 acres) to Canandé and the construction of the Chocó Lab, where Jocotoco can expand the scientific research conducted throughout the reserve. With the late afternoon sounds of the forest in the background, we also dwell on the immense challenges still facing the imperiled forests of the Ecuadorian Chocó and Jocotoco’s ambitions and hopes for the future.
Ryan Lynch and Mike Ellis - Protecting the Pacific Forest of Ecuador
27:52This week on The Lookfar Podcast: Voices from the Wild, we visit with Third Millennium Alliance (TMA) at the Jama-Coaque Reserve in the Manabí Province of Ecuador. Joining us is TMA CEO Ryan Lynch and TMA’s Director of Research Mike Ellis, plus a quick visit with TMA biologist Moisés Tenorio and TMA co-founder Jerry Toth, who shares TMA’s vision for the future of the Pacific Forest of Ecuador -- one of the world’s most endangered forest ecosystems. But our focus is with Mike, an ornithologist, and Ryan, a herpetologist -- the first time both a “birder” and a “herper” have been on the podcast together. Mike and Ryan talk about the extraordinary biodiversity of the Pacific Forest and the many species of birds, reptiles, and amphibians they’ve observed and recorded as part of their work at the Jama-Coaque Reserve. They also share a few of the challenges of living in close quarters in TMA’s remote research station -- with the herper always out late and the birder always up early. Good thing they’re such good friends, or there might’ve been trouble!
Maas Goote - Conserving and Restoring Forest and Wetland Ecosystems
32:44DOB Ecology CEO Maas Goote joins Scott and Lookfar COO Marlies Quirino on The Lookfar Podcast: Voices from the Wild. This is the first of three forthcoming episodes recorded last month in Ecuador -- this one in the Canandé Reserve while DOB Ecology and Lookfar visited with our partner Fundación Jocotoco. So enjoy the evening sounds of the rainforest accompanying our discussion! (We'll return in the coming weeks with more from Jocotoco.) Maas talks about his background in international environmental law, where among other things he served as the Dutch government's lead climate negotiator, and his transition to heading a charitable foundation supporting forest and wetland conservation and restoration projects in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He shares his views on DOB Ecology's donor strategy and how protecting biodiversity, particularly by maintaining large, interconnected habitats, can play a critical role in combating climate impacts and mitigating emissions. A fascinating, wide-ranging, interdisciplinary discussion with Maas.
Luli Masera - Rewilding in Argentina
44:00Luli Masera is the Strategy and Partnerships Director for Rewilding Argentina, an Argentine nonprofit organization seeking to prevent species extinction and reverse environmental degradation, with the goal of restoring the functionality of ecosystems and the well-being of surrounding communities. Luli stops by the Lookfar Podcast to talk about the diverse array of landscapes in which Rewilding Argentina works -- the grasslands of Iberá, the forests of El Impenetrable in the Gran Chaco, and the steppes of Patagonia, among others -- and the remarkable multitude of locally extirpated species successfully reintroduced to Argentina, including the giant river otter, collared peccary, red-and-green macaw, marsh deer, and, of course, the jaguar.
Lilian Pintea - Using Data to Connect Communities to Conservation
45:41Dr. Lilian Pintea of the Jane Goodall Institute joins us this week on The Lookfar Podcast: Voices from the Wild. From his upbringing in rural Moldova and Romania to his studies at Moscow State University and the University of Minnesota, Lilian has long been passionate about wild animals and their habitats. As Vice President for Conservation Science at the Jane Goodall Institute, Lilian has spent nearly twenty years applying satellite imagery and other remote sensing and data integration technologies to Dr. Goodall’s community-led conservation work in Gombe National Park, Tanzania and throughout the chimpanzee range in Africa.
Avi Garbow - Advocating for the Earth
49:20Avi Garbow joins us this week on The Lookfar Podcast: Voices from the Wild. Avi serves as the environmental advocate for Patagonia, Inc., whose corporate ethos and activism center on protecting the climate and conserving public lands while building ambitious environmental standards into its supply chains and customer outreach. Before joining Patagonia, Avi served in the Obama Administration, as General Counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency. More recently, Avi took a temporary leave from his post at Patagonia to serve as an advisor to the Biden Administration and EPA Administrator Michael Regan. Avi talks with Scott about the differences between the public and the private sector when seeking to advance the frontiers of environmental protection, delving into law, policy, politics, and corporate citizenship and sustainability. Available on all major podcast platforms. Just search “Lookfar” and you’ll find it!