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Landau, 3. March 2020
+++Defensa Ambiental IV Region and other environmental groups have spoken out in advance of the hearing at the Environmental Court in Antofagasta (March 3rd), in order to bring attention to the threatened environmental destruction from the “Cruz Grande” and “Dominga” industrial port projects. Last year, the Chilean Supreme Court in Santiago accepted the legal action by the environmental protectionists against the previous ruling of the Environmental Court in Antofagasta. In it’s ruling, the Supreme Court reasoned that most of the arguments of the critics were valid. The court referred the case back to the Environmental Court with the requirement that it revisit the case and address the specific conditions of the project, and to deliberately examine and deal with the technical and professional objections against the projects. The hearing could take two to three days. It is expected that a ruling will be made within the next month.
+++On Friday, the 14th of February and Saturday, the 15th of February, Defensa Ambiental gathered signatures for the preservation of the “Humboldt Archipelago” in Coquimbo.
+++On Saturday the 22nd of February, Defensa Ambiental IV Region organized a demonstration in Pt. de Choros. An astonishing number of people took part in the march.
no a dominga+++On the 23rd and the 26th of February, Defensa Ambiental unveiled a meter-long banner at the Mall in La Serena, with the title “No a Dominga” (“No to Dominga”) (see photo).
+++On the 24th of February, Nancy Duman of Sphenisco-Chile gave the station “TV National” an interview on the threatened destruction of the “Humboldt Archipelago”. The station disseminated the interview throughout social media, and will continue to report about the conflict.
+++ On Saturday, the 29th of February, Defensa Ambiental carried out imaginative campaigns at five different places in La Serena, and collected 230 signatures in two hours.
+++Defensa Ambiental and Sphenisco-Chile will hold a press conference on March 3rd,,the day of the hearing in Antofagasta.
+++Sphenisco was chosen for further generous donations in February. (s.a., Sphenisco News Flash – December and February). For the first time, Sphenisco received a donation from the Stichting Wildlife Safari Park Beekse, located in Bergen, Holland. The donation was very generous. The park had announced that it wants to support the organization with further contributions. Just as in the previous year, the organization “Penguin Friends of Cuxhaven, e.V.” donated a part of its surplus from its successful work to Spheniso. Thank you very much!
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Landau, 10. February 2020
+++Sphenisco Chile has joined with varied partners in the campaign for a new constitution in Chile. Together with the group “Alianza Humboldt Coquimbo Atacama”, a public discussion on the theme〝Para qué – no a Dominga (something like “What’s the point of that?! No to Dominga!”) took place. The number of participants was unfortunately modest, but this made a particularly intense discussion and development of good ideas possible.
+++Together with FIMA (an NGO, Attorneys for the Environment) Sphenisco-Chile organized a discussion on January 23rd, called “The Constitution and the Environment – Virtuous Unconventional Thinkers”. A synopsis of the discussion will soon be provided. For February and March, events around this theme are planned as well, this time at the coastal villages of Chungungo and Caleta Hornos, as well as at La Higuera.
+++ At Sphenisco, we’re still receiving Christmas gifts, even in January and the beginning of February. The organization was the beneficiary of both large and small gifts (see also “sphenisco news flash – December”). Gifts were received from the Zoological Garden Hellabrunn in Munich (once again), the Zoo on the Sea in Bremerhaven, the Krefeld Zoo, and Pascal Jauss and Jochem Schatz. Also, for the first time, Sphenisco received a donation from the Netherlands. “Stichting Wildlife”, a foundation of Dutch zoos (Safaripark Beekse Bergen, ZooParc Overloon, AquaZoo Leeuwarden and Dierenrijk) supported Sphenisco as well with a generous amount. Thank you very much! 
+++Sphenisco would also like to extend greetings to its first organizational member from the Netherlands. The Dierenpark ZieZoo in Volkel became a member in order to support Sphenisco’s species-protection activities.
 +++ The Dutch foundation of the〝Ouwehand Dierenpark in Rhenen wants to promote environmental education work in Peru with a considerable sum. Sphenisco’s executive board has provided the foundation with the necessary information; the amount of the donation is yet to be determined.
+++Iván Garrido, Director of Andes Iron (port and mining project “Dominga”) was surprisingly replaced, and without a reason given. This does not look like authority and stability. His successor is Pedro Ducci, the son-in-law of Carlos Alberto Délano. Anyone who knows about the corruption scene in Chile remembers Mr. Délano. Within the context of the Penta Affair, Senior Délano was convicted together with Carlos Eugenio Lavin, for deliberate and repeated tax crimes.
+++Sphenisco’s executive board discussed the possibility of systematic counting of the breeding population of the Humboldt Penguin on all the larger islands in Chile, with the Chilean researcher Guillermo Luna (Universidad Católica del Norte, Coquimbo) and Alejando Simeone (Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago). At the Humboldt Archipelago, by use of telemetry, the intention is to also research the paths that the penguins take to their fishing grounds.
The executive board is also talking with the German researcher, Boris Culik (Kiel) (http://www.fh3.de), about a project to prevent the by-catch of penguins in the gillnet fishing industry on the coast of Chile.
+++“Alianza Humboldt Coquimbo Atacama” is calling for a demonstration in La Serena of families on February 29th, against the port and mining projects (Cruz Grande and Dominga). The specific motto for this demonstration has not yet been determined.
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Landau, 17 December 2019
+++ CEO Dr. Matthias Reinschmidt and his deputy Dr. Clemens Becker from the Zoo in Karlsruhe have invited Sphenisco - represented by Gabriele Knauf, Dr. Christina Schubert and Werner Knauf - to discuss a prospective closer cooperation. The foundation would like to support a project and will provide € 20,000 annually over several years.The board of directors are currently examining various proposals in order to plan a new project and to be able to conclude a definite agreement. After the species protection work of Sphenisco has also been supported by the Marlow Bird Park with € 10,000 annually as of this year, the board of directors are planning to implement projects that have previously been beyond the financial possibilities of the association.
+++ Already in the past few years, Sphenisco has received small and large donations, especially during the Christmas season. They regularly surpass the sum of membership fees. This pleasant tradition seems to continue this year. So far, the Zoo in Frankfurt, Tierpark Hellabrunn in Munich, Paulton‘s Park in Southampton, England, Beate and Jürgen Elling and last but not least the winemaker couple Ramsel (donations through the "Penguin Wine") have donated to the protection of species. Many thanks!
+++ Acorema, our partner in Peru (cooperation since the end of 2011) has presented a detailed report on the pedagogical work of the past two years. We will report at length, but ask for some patience. The board of directors have signed a new contract, running from December 2019 to November 2021, to make sure that Acorema can continue and once again expand its successful work in the province of Ica (southern Peru).
+++ The hearing before the Environmental Court in Antofagasta in the legal dispute concerning the „Dominga" mining and port project, which had been postponed to 27 November and then to 19 December, has again been postponed, this time until 3 March 2020.
+++ This past weekend many communities in Chile conducted plebiscites. The citizens voted on the demand for a new constitution. More than 90 percent are in favour of it. Moreover, in the individual municipalities the citizens were also able to vote on different issues. These included the withdrawal of water privatisation or the question whether environmental protection should be given constitutional status. Results are not available so far.
+++For weeks, manifestations and events have been taking place practically every day all over the country. 
In the upcoming weeks Sphenisco is planning two small seminars in coastal villages (Chungungo, Los Choros, Pt. de Choros). The topics will be: „Constitution and environmental protection" as well as the citizens‘ demands regarding their current living situation.
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