“Big congratulations to all the finalists with special mention to all the category winners announced at the SP PNG Sports Awards on Saturday in Port Moresby,” Alsop said. He further proposed for the creation of additional categorises to recognise community sports administrators. “I’d like to propose that the following categories be suggested for addition to the list of awards recognised next year. They play an incredible role in sport and the lives of many athletes,” Alsop said.And the categories are; Senior Coach of the Year, Junior Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Community Sport Event of the Year and Support Personnel of the Year.“Coaches, volunteers and support staff are all too often forgotten and rarely thanked for their service to our community through sport,” Alsop said. “It wouldn’t happen without them and they play the key relationship role in an athlete’s development.”Meanwhile, the winners of the 2017 SP Sports Awards are:Sports Media of the Year: EMTV sports coverage (Electronic Media)Sports Photo of the Year: Golden Girl – Nicolette Ageva by Mark Talia (Post-Courier)Sports Official of the Year: Frank Robby (Weightlifting)Community Sports Initiative: Girls Empowerment Though Cricket (Cricket PNG)Best Sportsperson with a disability: Joyleen Jeffrey (Para Athletics)People’s Choice Award: Colin Geno (Rugby League)Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Ryan Maskelyne (Swimming)Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Violet Apisah (Tennis)National Performance of the Year: Lae Snax Tigers (Rugby League)Female Athlete of the Year: Thelma Toua (Weightlifting)Team of the Year: PNG Kapuls (Football)Male Athlete of the Year: Morea Baru (Weightlifting) (File picture)
Vipers defeat Lahanis in close encounter
Yesterday they defeated the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis at the Oil Search National Football Stadium, 14 points to 10.It was neck and neck through-out the first half of the game until Larsen Marabe scored the first for the 3rd-placed Vipers, just a couple of minutes before the half-time whistle. Benton Leme met Marabe halfway with a conversion.Back into second half, the attacks and defense from both sides intensified, but not without a lot of ball handling errors as a fifth-placed Lahanis fought tooth and nail to get one over.Vipers, noticing the pressure coming from their opponents, increased their attacking strengths but succumbed to more dropped balls.The Lahanis took advantage of this with their first try from Amos Kafare.It was an unconverted try, but a penalty in the 57th minute to the Lahanis equalised the game 6 all.However, Vipers showed the visitors they were a team to be reckoned with.They push past the Lahanis’ defense when Gary Pep went in for the Vipers’ second try, putting them 10 ahead of Lahanis.Vipers sought after another try in Kerry Pep, who put it just in the right corner of the Lahanis tryline…and Brendon Gotuno brought the Vipers to 14.The Lahanis never backed down, going in for their second through Charlie Buka in the 78th minute.It was 14 – 10 in favour of the Vipers when the final whistle went off.
PNG taekwondo athletes prepping
The association hosted its championship on the 2nd of February, where top athletes were chosen for the compulsory sport of taekwondo.PNG’s taekwondo federation is confident in its athletes’ skills, as they were trained under the watchful eyes of three South Korean masters. Master Ha is an expert on taekwondo Pumsae, which generally involves a series of alternate offense and defense techniques.Master Kym is an expert on Kyorugi, which is sparring while Master Pak is a specialist in demonstrations. The trio with their translator spent a month with athletes, flying in to PNG on the 8th of January, and departing on the 5th of February.PNG World Taekwondo Federation president, John Cholai, said the training mainly focused on Kyorugi.“They’ve been training our athletes now for the last month, every day except Sundays, where they’ve been taking a bit of a break,” Cholai explained.“So from that we hope the athletes who have been training have actually stepped up and they’ll be able to put on their best performance.”Cholai said as part of their preparations for the Pacific Games, four top athletes will be travelling to South Korea on the 12th of March.“And also on the World Championships in Manchester in the United Kingdom. And then we also have the President’s Cup, the Australian President’s Cup at the Gold Coast in June, including the Korean Ambassador’s Cup, which is an annual event that we have in PNG, in Port Moresby. So all that will build on the athletes’ experience and we are looking forward to them actually doing a very good performance.“And this is actually the lead up for preparations for the Olympic Games. So in 2020 also we got plans for continuing development and training of our athletes.”Cholai thanked the trainers, who are from the Taekwondo Peace Corporation of South Korea, for taking a giant leap of faith by coming to PNG, despite negative perceptions.“And I think their perception of the country now has changed completely and maybe they’ll come back later on with their grandchildren,” said Cholai.The trio hosted a demonstration at the Port Moresby International School on February 4th before departing the next day, saying they were blown away by the experience in PNG.
Barca not considering swoop for Neymar, says vice-president
Barcelona have no plans to re-sign Neymar from Paris St Germain, the club’s vice-president Jordi Cardoner said on Friday, knocking down media reports the La Liga champions were ready to tempt the Brazilian forward back to the Nou Camp.Neymar won two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League in four years with Barca and formed a lethal partnership with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, departing in July 2017 after the Paris giants exercised his release clause.“No-one on the Barca board has talked about the possibility of bringing back Neymar, right now we can’t give an answer because no-one has even mentioned it,” Cardoner told radio station SER Catalunya on Friday.Neymar, 26, helped lead PSG to a domestic treble this year although his first season in France was tarnished by a public dispute with team mate Edinson Cavani over taking penalties and a foot injury sustained in March which forced him out for the rest of the campaign.Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo said in a front-page story on Wednesday that the player has told Barca he wants to return after becoming disillusioned with life in Paris.“He was the one who left, it would be different if we hadn’t believed him and now we wanted to bring him back, but that’s not the case,” Cardoner added.“If we did want to sign him then the board would have to discuss it but until now no-one has talked about it.”
Villa’s epic tussle with Forest joins impressive list
Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest drew 5-5 on Wednesday night to join the ranks of English football’s highest-scoring games.Their combined 10-goal outburst was far from unprecedented, though, and here Press Association Sport looks back over the highest-scoring league games since 2010.Aston Villa 5 Nottingham Forest 5, Championship, November 28, 2018Tammy Abraham scored four for Villa but it was not enough to secure three points as Lewis Grabban pounced for an 82nd-minute equaliser.Bristol City 5 Hull 5, Championship, April 21, 2018The Tigers clinched safety friom relegation in unconventional style. They came from 4-2 down to lead 5-4 before Joe Bryan’s stoppage-time equaliser prompted the Hull Daily Mail’s live online report to declare: “Well this is just a farce isn’t it?”Luton 8 Yeovil 2, League Two, August 5, 2017Yeovil’s early lead was long forgotten by the time James Collins marked his Luton debut with a hat-trick and Isaac Vassell scored twice. Alan McCormack and brothers Olly and Elliot Lee were also on target, while Yeovil even missed a penalty along the way.Bristol City 8 Walsall 2, League One, May 3, 2015From 2-2 at half-time, City roared clear with a hat-trick from defender Aden Flint and two goals each from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Kieran Agard before collecting the League One trophy.Wolves 6 Rotherham 4, League One, April 18, 2014Nouha Dicko’s third goal put Wolves 4-2 up but Agard completed a hat-trick of his own as Rotherham scored in the 84th and 88th minutes to level – only for Sam Ricketts to restore Wolves’ lead in the last minute before Kevin McDonald added another deep into stoppage time.West Brom 5 Manchester United 5, Premier League, May 19, 2013Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United reign ended in bizarre style as Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick to earn Albion a point after United led 3-0 and 5-2. United striker Robin Van Persie joked afterwards that he had been “waiting for some Fergie time” in which to snatch a winner.Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3, Premier League, December 29, 2012Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick and set up two Olivier Giroud goals to inspire the Gunners after Newcastle had equalised on three occasions.Leeds 3 Nottingham Forest 7, Championship, March 20, 2012Garath McCleary scored four goals and Dexter Blackstock two as Forest, having been pegged back from 3-1 up to 3-3, ultimately ran riot.Manchester United 8 Arsenal 2, Premier League, August 28, 2011Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick and Ashley Young netted twice, while Van Persie missed an Arsenal penalty against his future employers and Carl Jenkinson was sent off. The scoreline made it an ignominious debut for Gunners pair Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Accrington 7 Gillingham 4, League Two, October 2, 2010Two Phil Edwards penalties in four second-half minutes helped Accrington to a thrilling win. Gillingham’s Mark Bentley also scored twice but was later sent off.Chesterfield 5 Crewe 5, League Two, October 2, 2010Remarkably, Accrington’s win was not the only League Two game that day to hit double figures. Crewe led 3-0, 4-1 and 5-3 but the hosts fought back with two goals apiece from Jack Lester and Danny Whitaker, the latter with a pair of spot-kicks.Leeds 4 Preston 6, Championship, September 28, 2010Leeds led 4-1 before half-time thanks to Davide Somma’s brace, but a Jon Parkin hat-trick was the stand-out contribution as North End hit back in stunning style.Rotherham 6 Cheltenham 4, League Two, August 21, 2010Adam Le Fondre scored four times as the Millers came from 3-1 down to spark a play-off bid that ultimately came up short.Burton 5 Cheltenham 6, League Two, March 13, 2010Michael Pook scored in the 84th, 90th and 94th minutes as Cheltenham recovered from 4-2 and 5-3 down to snatch a dramatic victory.
Messi returns but Argentina lose 3-1 to Venezuela
Argentina’s Lionel Messi returned to international duty for the first time since the World Cup on Friday but it was a disappointing night for the forward as his side lost 3-1 to Venezuela in a friendly match in Madrid.Messi showed flashes of brilliance but it was not his night as Venezuela put three past their more illustrious rivals for the first time with goals from Salomon Rondon, Jhon Murillo and Josef Martinez. Lautaro Martinez got Argentina’s consolation.Messi took a sabbatical after his country’s early departure from last year’s finals in Russia but he returned with a clean shaven new look to captain the side in the all-South American affair at Atletico Madrid’s Metropolitano stadium.Venezuela had only beaten Argentina once in 23 previous encounters, but they got the perfect start after five minutes when Rondon brought down a long pass inside the box and crashed a shot past keeper Franco Armani.Rondon should have made it two with a header in the 40th but the second goal was only moments away as Murillo took advantage of a quick free kick to scamper to the edge of the box and curl a lovely right-foot shot into the far corner of the net.Lautaro Martinez finished off a superb counter attack to pull Argentina back into the game after 59 minutes but their hopes were short lived and Venezuela’s Josef Martinez made it 3-1 from the penalty spot with a quarter of an hour remaining.“In the first half we created chances but they scored twice when we made mistakes,” said Lautaro Martinez. “In the second half we did well and moved the ball about but they got that penalty. We need to keep improving.”Argentina face Morocco in Tangier on Tuesday, while Venezuela’s next face Catalonia in Girona on Monday
Premier League to launch official Hall of Fame
The Premier League has revealed plans to launch its official Hall of Fame, with the first two players to be inducted next month.The Hall of Fame will recognise and celebrate the exceptional skill and talent of those who have graced the Premier League since its inception in 1992. Candidates must have retired and only a player’s Premier League career is considered.The first two inductees will be announced at a special event on March 19 alongside a shortlist of additional nominees which fans will be able to vote for for future inclusion.“Since 1992, the Premier League has been home to world-class players who have defined generations and provided us with compelling football season after season,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.“A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best. It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers.”Each inductee will receive a personalised medallion, engraved with the year of their induction.
Rexona-Sesc claims fifth spot in thriller against Hisamitsu Springs
Outside hitter Gabi gave Rexona-Sesc the 30-29 lead in the fourth set and needed only one point to claim the win but Risa Shinnabe had other plans for Hisamitsu Springs as she scored twice to give the 2014 Asian club champions the 31-30 lead.Yuki Ishii then made sure there was a fifth set with an off-the-block kill but the final period was theirs to lose.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentMonique led Rexona-Sesc, which placed fourth in last year’s tournament, with 21 points but Juciely was not far behind with 20.Anne Bujis and Gabi were also in the scoring fray for the Rio club with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Carolina Da Silva added 12. Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway MOST READ Cubs beat Dodgers 5-0 to reach 1st World Series since 1945 Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila View comments Shinnabe had 19 points to lead Hisamitsu Springs while Ishii and captain Miyu Nagaoka added 18 points apiece.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK We are young Rexona-Sesc Rio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRexona-Sesc Rio settled for the fifth spot in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship overcoming Hisamitsu Springs Kobe in five sets, 20-25, 25-22, 25-15, 30-32, 15-7 in the Classification stages Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.After struggling to dispose the Japanese in the fourth set, the South American champions then lit it up in the fifth set with Juciely capping it off with a running spike to seal Rexona-Sesc’s place in the world championships.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter
Azkals keep semis bid alive with draw vs Indonesia
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was the second time in the match that the Azkals equalized after Misagh Bahadoran also put them on level terms with an opportunistic strike off a Stephan Schrock free kick in the 31st minute.Fachruddin Aryanto gave Indonesia the lead with a header from close range off a free kick from Stefano Lilipaly in the seventh minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe draw puts the Azkals in second spot with two points heading into the final match day, but the result also keeps Indonesia and Singapore alive for that last semifinal spot from the group. The hosts were held to a scoreless draw by Singapore last Saturday.The Philippines face Thailand at PSS on Friday, while Indonesia and Singapore clash at Rizal Memorial Stadium. Both games will kick off simultaneously at 8 p.m. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports AFF Suzuki Cup game between Philippines and Indonesia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE, Bulacan – Phil Younghusband scored a late yet precious goal as the Philippines salvaged a 2-2 draw against a spirited Indonesian side to keep its semifinal bid alive in the AFF Suzuki Cup at Philippine Sports Stadium.The Azkals skipper curled home a free kick from 25 yards out in the 81st minute to cancel out Boas Salossa’s strike early in the second half and give the hosts a glimmer of hope to survive from Group A.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes A win by the Azkals over the Thais – a feat that has never been done in the 20-year history of the tournament – should end complications and secure them a place in the next round for the fourth straight edition of the competition.But a draw against the Thais means the winner of the Indonesia-Singapore clash will make the semifinals. A draw for both games will send the Azkals to the next round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Gary Payton sees self in Avery Bradley, Tony Allen PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town
For the famed chimps of Gombe, human encroachment takes a toll
Article published by Isabel Esterman Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The chimpanzee population in Gombe National Park in Tanzania has declined significantly in recent years.Among other factors, loss of suitable habitats due to charcoal production and smallholder agriculture has contributed to this drop.The Jane Goodall Institute, domiciled in Gombe, is now working with the communities living near the park to address these issues. GOMBE, Tanzania — On the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, 16 kilometers (10 miles) north of the town of Kigoma in Tanzania, lies the green, dense forest of Gombe National Park. Made famous by British primatologist Jane Goodall’s decades-long research on the park’s resident chimpanzees, Gombe, at 52 square kilometers (20 square miles), is among the smallest parks in Tanzania.The park doesn’t have a perimeter fence surrounding it. This has allowed chimpanzees to move in and out freely, following age-old forest corridors that connect their core habitats. Since the late 1990s, many of these corridors have, however, been cleared for charcoal, timber, settlements and farming, which has resulted in increased human-chimpanzee conflict and declining chimpanzee numbers.Until the early 1970s, Gombe, upgraded to a national park from a game reserve in 1968, boasted a population of between 150 and 160 chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Today, chimpanzee numbers in the park are down to about 95, according to Andrew Collins, director of baboon research at the Gombe Stream Research Centre, part of the Jane Goodall Institute.Tanzania’s remaining chimpanzee populations are also in trouble. The country has about 2,500 of the great apes, most of them the eastern chimpanzee subspecies (P.t. schweinfurthii). Of these, more than 1,000 chimpanzees are found outside formally protected areas and face imminent dangers due to the conversion of suitable habitats to farmland and human settlements.A tracker employed by the Jane Goodall Institute’s Gombe Stream Research Centre follows chimpanzees to keep a record of their behavior. Image by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.Threats from smallholder agricultureEvidence of destruction of forests in the Kigoma region, where Gombe sits, is everywhere. The road from Kigoma town to Kakonko district is lined with sacks of charcoal, neatly stacked for sale to passing travelers. Forests have also been cleared on either side of the road to make way for farming. Cassava is a popular crop, and oil palms dot every parcel of land. Palm oil is sold at every shopping center, with a 1.5-liter (3.1-pint) bottle going for 5,000 Tanzanian shillings ($2).In fact, smallholder agriculture is likely the single most vicious threat to chimpanzees in Tanzania, according to the Tanzania Chimpanzee Conservation Action Plan 2018-2023, a joint strategy between governmental and nongovernmental organizations to protect the country’s eastern chimpanzees.One of the main contributors to the reduction of chimpanzee habitats is the growing popularity of the African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) in western Tanzania. The Kigoma region in particular is known for smallholder oil palm cultivation, with farmers sending more than 150,000 liters (40,000 gallons) of palm oil annually to local refineries. Villagers living around Gombe cultivate the palm tree among other crops. Homesteads on the outskirts of Kigoma town are obscured by towering palm trees.The demand for palm oil could grow even bigger as the country aims for self-sufficiency in edible oils. In June 2018, the government of Tanzania slapped a higher tax on imported edible and refined cooking oils, in a bid stimulate domestic production. Recent research by the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation, as reported by Food Business Africa, found that Tanzania’s annual production of 180,000 tonnes of edible oil only covers about one-third of local demand. By 2030, the foundation estimates that demand could rise to 700,000 tonnes. Upping domestic production means clearing more farmland for oil palm cultivation, and therefore further destruction of suitable habitats for chimpanzees.A Gombe Stream Research Centre employee taking notes as chimpanzees take a break from feeding. Image by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.Migration leads to increased chimp-human contactThose habitats are in many cases linked by forest corridors with sufficient food, that allow chimpanzees to move freely without human interference. But expanding farmlands have degraded these critical chimpanzee lifelines. Corridors connecting Gombe National Park to the rural wards of Kazuramimba and Ilagala are in especially poor condition, according to the national chimpanzee action plan. Chimpanzees moving out of Gombe into these corridors frequently encounter human settlements or people engaged in farming or charcoal burning, resulting in conflict.“I can recall about three chimpanzees that went into the villages and were killed,” Deus Mjungu, director of chimpanzee research at the Gombe Stream Research Centre, told Mongabay. “Two of them were in 1998, and one, an adult male, was killed in 2001. More recently, though, healthy chimpanzees have left the forest and were seen again.”There are also some 1,200 chimpanzees living outside Gombe, Collins said. Some of these chimpanzee families live close to Gombe, near the village of Mwamgongo, for instance, about 6 kilometers (4 miles) from the park’s northern border. Other chimp families can be found as far as the eastern border of Mpanda district, more than 250 kilometers (155 miles) away.Chimpanzees that live inside Gombe sometimes leave the park to find a new family outside. Female chimps may leave their community to join other communities upon reaching reproductive age. They also move out of the park to look for food, which can be scarce during the dry season, Collins said.It’s during such migrations that healthy chimpanzees from Gombe may be hunted and killed, Collins added.Wild fruits like these make up the main diet for the chimpanzees at Gombe National Park. But the search for food can bring chimps out of the forest and into conflict with humans. Image by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.With forests being cleared for human settlements, chimpanzees end up eating what they can find, and this includes crops on farms. This in turn results in conflict with farmers trying to protect their crops.Human migration into chimpanzee habitats has also had an impact. Just across Lake Tanganyika, which marks Gombe’s western boundary, is the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a few kilometers north lies Burundi. Both countries have experienced violent upheavals in the recent past, causing some 300,000 people to seek refuge in northern Tanzania. This influx of refugees, many of them put up in rural areas in Kigoma, has put further pressure on chimpanzee habitat due to the demand for building material, firewood and charcoal.There’s also the threat of bushmeat hunting. Provided with meager rations, refugees in Tanzania have been known to hunt wild game, including endangered species, to supplement their diets. Neither Tanzanians nor Burundians have traditionally eaten apes, Mjungu said, but many Congolese ethnic groups do. While no incidents of bushmeat hunting have been reported in the greater Gombe ecosystem, chimpanzees continue to disappear, Mjungu said. He added he couldn’t rule out the possibility that bushmeat hunting was taking place.A researcher tracking chimpanzees inside Gombe National Park . Image by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.Working toward a peaceful coexistenceTo encourage peaceful coexistence between the people living next to the park and the chimpanzees, the Jane Goodall Institute has embarked on a number of initiatives. It worked with local communities to create a land use plan for their villages, for instance. The researchers began by using satellite imagery to map the area. Then, armed with printouts of the area maps, they canvassed the villages to ask residents for their input. From these discussions, villagers identified areas used for settlements, land for grazing their livestock, and water catchment areas.“Just by sitting with them and sharing with them on those maps … we drew their attention and slowly discussed on how we could harmoniously use the area,” Mjungu said.The resulting land-use plan eventually led to an agreement between the park and people living in surrounding villages in which the latter set aside an area of their village land for conservation. These village forest reserves include forest, water catchment areas and riverbanks, and act as suitable habitats and corridors for chimpanzees. Most of them occur along the borders of the park and along chimpanzee corridors, Collins said, to ensure that chimpanzees feed and move freely.Of the more than 100 villages surrounding Gombe, around 70 have set aside such village reserves. According to Mjungu the project has been successful except for a few instances where some people have started unsustainably harvesting the trees within their village reserves, flouting the agreement. Since the reserves lie in the villages and not inside the park, neither the park authorities nor the Gombe Stream Research Centre have much authority over them.To bring about change, the Gombe Stream Research Centre is helping create awareness among schoolchildren about the importance of protecting the environment. Students, for example, have grown seedlings at school and transplanted them back in their homes under the village reserve program.“It is more effective when children are the ones telling the parents that ‘we need to plant more trees to protect the environment’ than when it is coming from somebody else,” said Jumanne Kikwale, a resident of Mwamgongo village, north of Gombe National Park, who also works at the Gombe Stream Research Centre. “This is what happened and the message was received well.”The entrance to Gombe National Park from the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Image by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.Banner image: A chimpanzee inside Gombe National Park, by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.Editor’s note: Jane Goodall is a member of Mongabay’s advisory board.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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