Carlos Ruiz Zafòn was one of the most prominent contemporary writers and by far, one of my all time favourites. He died at the age of 55 on the 19th June 2020, leaving behind a precious legacy difficult to unfold and impossible to explain. Nevertheless, trying to describe it, is definitely worth a… Read More »The Legacy of Zafòn: an untold tale
The increasing Islamophobia in the Western World is a dangerous phenomenon, common nowadays. The rise of Populist parties, nationalism and drastic cultural distinctions, these are among many symptoms of the rising Islamophobia, mainly caused by violence in Muslim countries, anti-Western terrorism attacks, the attitude and the radicalization of certain immigrants… Read More »The issue of Islamophobia
The Angel’s game is a novel wrote by Carlos Ruiz Zafón in 2009, it is the second book of the tetralogy of The Cemetery of Forgotten books. The story takes place in a beautiful and cruel Barcellona between the 1920s and 1930s and introduce us to the life of David… Read More »The Angel’s Game
In these last weeks we have been observers of a disgusting phenomena, the one of revenge porn and exchange of child sexual abuse material on Telegram. This Russian chat was invented by Pavel and Nikolaj Durov, it counts thousand of subscribers. The main characteristic of this platform is the… Read More »Telegram’s responsibility on revenge porn: are there any?
Lev Tolstoj once said that even if people are used to think that reality is what exists, true reality is what never existed. He said that the ideal is the only thing that we truly know and understand, and he believes that only the ideal can guide us as individuals… Read More »Mission and vision: the role of the leader within the group
Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park has a key role in the protection and conservation of terrestrial and marine habitat since its creation in 1988.
How can the natural resources of the Bocas del Toro archipelago best be managed in order to promote conservation and sustainable use also considering the socio-economic environment?
This isn’t an easy question, in fact, tourism in the region affects both human and ecological activity and the effects of this tourism boom in Bocas del Toro on human and natural resources has yet to be fully quantified.
The goal is to promote a sustainable tourism while taking in consideration marine and terrestrial ecology, socio-economics, culture, and environmental policy, but we still have a long way to go in order to achieve that.
The park protects forests, mangroves, monkeys, sloths, caiman, crocodile, 28 different species of amphibians and reptiles including the rana roja, typical of that area. Also, Playa Larga on Isla Bastimentos is a very important nesting site for sea turtles, that use it as a nesting site from April through September.
The park was structured and developed under a species-specific approach to the protection of marine ecosystems, its main goal was the one to preserve a “representative sample of the marine and coastal ecosystems” of the region, considered at risk.
A second thing to take in account for the creation of the park was its use for recreational and tourism purposes, and regarding this topic issues arose.
The populations that lived there and depended on the area were not asked for feedback regarding limits and use of terrestrial and marine resources, and this led to numerous problems.
For example, indigenous Ngöbe communities that utilize the resources of the area felt that their right and need were not taken seriously and in consideration when maturing the park’s limits. The limits infringed upon the Ngöbe’s subsistence territories, and the prohibitions settled did not take in account that the Ngöbe rely heavily on fishing in the area as a subsistence strategy and a mean of surviving.
This condition led to a feeling of resentment by local residents who had traditionally relied upon the resources and who were threatened by what they considered coercive conservation.
Bocatoreneans of different cultural backgrounds are convinced that their need were ignored by Panamanian government, changes were instituted without consultation, and this allowed corruption to flourish.
This situation is not completely solved nowadays, even with the development of a more sustainable and respectful tourism and a more conscious participation in it of the population.
There are still many problems to face in order to achieve a good balance and to protect this beautiful area in a right and regardful way.
Arianna Maviglia Read More »The Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park
Music is a fundamental part of everyday life. It keeps us awake, helps us fall asleep and keeps us company during the day. Different kind of music helps us express and feel different kind of emotions, as music is able to spark the human imagination and lead our creativity. Music… Read More »When does the sound become music?
The allegory of Good and Bad government is a series of three fresco panels, located in Siena’s Palazzo pubblico, more specifically in the Sala dei Nove (Salon of Nine), which was the council hall of the Republic of Siena’s nine executive magistrates. The fresco was painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti between… Read More »The allegory of Good government
Today, the average life expectancy is about 72 worldwide, but two hundred years ago, no country in the world could expect its population to live past 40. Technological and medical developments gave us the chance to live longer and healthier lives, and even thought that the maximum human life span… Read More »Can we live forever?
And do we want to? Today, the average life expectancy is about 72 worldwide, but two hundred years ago, no country in the world could expect its population to live past 40. Technological and medical developments gave us the chance to live longer and healthier lives, and even though that… Read More »Can we live forever?
«Limelight» by Charlie Chaplin “there’s something just as inevitable as death, and that’s life.” Limelight is a film written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, based on a novella written by Chaplin entitled “Footlights” It can be considered Chaplin’s most personal film, and his farawell, even if it is… Read More »“Limelight” by Charlie Chaplin