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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.
 
W.K.
 
translated by Erich Greiner
 
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PinguinweinSilver Medal for the 2019 ‟Penguin Wine”

Landau 6. February, 2020.

The ‟Penguin Wine”, a 2019 White Burgundy from the Ramsel Vineyard in Kirrweiler, Germany, was honored with a Silver Medal from the Rheinland-Pfalz Chamber of Agriculture.
A great compliment to Karl Ramsel, who grew and matured the wine, and a (to be expected) confirmation for connoisseurs and friends of the ‟Penguin Wine”, an objective approval, so to speak, for their good taste.

The Agricultural Commerce of Rheinland-Pfalz awards medals in gold, silver and bronze for whines with premium quality wines. These medals have been awarded for the last 67 years. This year, 1.208 vineyards took part, and provided 17.064 products for review. The prizes are seen as valid and objective substantiation of high Quality.

Whoever has tried sampled the wines from Karl Ramsel knows that his competence is not limited to white burgundy. It is thus not surprising that his 2018 Merlot and his 2019 Chardonnay also received awards. Karl is a premium wine maker.

W.K.

translated by Erich Greiner

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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.
 
W.K.
translated by Angelika Veelken
 
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