Conservation Programmes – Birdlife Med http://birdlifemed.org/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 02:24:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 EDITORIAL: Take part in the next tree planting campaign | New times http://birdlifemed.org/editorial-take-part-in-the-next-tree-planting-campaign-new-times/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 22:49:51 +0000 http://birdlifemed.org/editorial-take-part-in-the-next-tree-planting-campaign-new-times/ According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, up to 40% of cultivated land in Rwanda is exposed to severe erosion and more investment in remedial measures is needed. This means that hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers across the country could see their productivity drop if nothing is done to prevent […]]]>

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, up to 40% of cultivated land in Rwanda is exposed to severe erosion and more investment in remedial measures is needed.

This means that hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers across the country could see their productivity drop if nothing is done to prevent soil erosion.

We have become accustomed to aerial images and images of “brown” water in rivers across the country, which shows how we continue to lose our fertile soils to erosion.

This despite years of decent effort in afforestation and reforestation programs, as well as other environmental protection and conservation initiatives.

Indeed, figures indicate that Rwanda has recorded a net increase in forest cover of 11 percent over the past ten years, helping to fulfill the country’s commitment to increase forest cover to 30 percent of the area. total land before the scheduled date.

In addition, Rwanda is on track to meet its own commitment to restore 2 million hectares of deforested and degraded land, a target set in 2011 with a view to achieving it by 2030.

Halfway through the implementation process, the country is around 45 percent after successfully restoring some 900,000 hectares.

However, thanks in part to population pressure and competition for limited resources, there are still cases of encroachment on forest lands and other protected areas, while land degradation remains a serious threat.

This requires sustained and coordinated multisectoral efforts at different levels of society to ensure that the country continues to make progress towards the restoration of deforested and degraded lands. This would not only improve the resilience of small farmers to the challenges associated with climate change and effectively enhance food security, while promoting sustainable development.

That’s why it’s important that we all embrace and actively participate in initiatives designed to help preserve and restore natural ecosystems, including the upcoming campaign to plant over 43 million trees, scheduled for next month.

According to the Minister of the Environment, there is a plan for each household to plant three tree seedlings.

Seedlings will be provided by the government and other licensed private stakeholders, but this effort will not be successful without the full participation of ordinary citizens and other residents at the community level.

It is indeed a noble cause that should be supported, not only during planting, but also in the maintenance of seedlings afterwards. Planting and preserving trees should be an integral part of our daily routine.

editor@newtimesrwanda.com


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119th Nanda Devi Mahotsav starts at Nainital http://birdlifemed.org/119th-nanda-devi-mahotsav-starts-at-nainital/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 18:34:26 +0000 http://birdlifemed.org/119th-nanda-devi-mahotsav-starts-at-nainital/ The 119th seven-day Nanda Devi Mahotsav began solemnly in Nainital on Saturday. The feast began ritually in the hall of the organizing body – Shri Ram Sevak Sabha. After that, a group from the organizing body left for the village of Sariyatal near Jyolikot to obtain the plantain stems used to carve the idols of […]]]>

The 119th seven-day Nanda Devi Mahotsav began solemnly in Nainital on Saturday. The feast began ritually in the hall of the organizing body – Shri Ram Sevak Sabha. After that, a group from the organizing body left for the village of Sariyatal near Jyolikot to obtain the plantain stems used to carve the idols of the goddesses Naina and Sunanda. The main guest on the occasion, Deputy Inspector General of Police of the Kumaon region, Nilesh Anand Bharne and special guests Joint Magistrate Prateek Jain, former NS MP Jantwal and Sarita Arya expelled the group with the flag. Speaking on the occasion, Bharne said that the Nanda Devi Mahotsav is part of Nainital’s special identity. The organization of such festivals is very important for the preservation and enrichment of indigenous culture while motivating the younger generation. Various cultural and religious programs were also presented on the occasion. Folk dances and other presentations added to the enthusiasm and cheerfulness of locals and worshipers. Twenty-one saplings presented by conservationist Yashpal Rawat, which will be planted to offset ax plantain in Sariyatal have also been revered on occasion. Shri Ram Chief Sevak Sabha Manoj Sah and General Secretary Jagdish Chandra Bwadi welcomed all on the occasion and briefed them on the history and final details of the holiday.

Joint Magistrate Prateek Jain informed that on September 14 (Ashtami) the idols of the goddesses will be kept for the devotees to pay their obedience and at a time 30 devotees will be allowed to do so one by one. He further informed that an adequate police force had been deployed to the main site – the Naina Devi temple and to various parts of the town of Nainital for the seven-day festival.

After sunset, the Naina Devi temple and the Shri Ram Sevak Sabha building were illuminated as part of the celebrations.


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Meghalaya must introduce “climate change” into the school curriculum http://birdlifemed.org/meghalaya-must-introduce-climate-change-into-the-school-curriculum/ Wed, 08 Sep 2021 19:00:35 +0000 http://birdlifemed.org/meghalaya-must-introduce-climate-change-into-the-school-curriculum/ By James Sangma The coronavirus has changed the view of the world, and extreme weather events around the world have brought the distant threat of climate change to our doorstep. Our consumption has exceeded the regeneration rate of the planet. Despite various sustainable development strategies implemented across the world, there is no escaping the reality […]]]>

By James Sangma

The coronavirus has changed the view of the world, and extreme weather events around the world have brought the distant threat of climate change to our doorstep. Our consumption has exceeded the regeneration rate of the planet. Despite various sustainable development strategies implemented across the world, there is no escaping the reality of 1.5 ° C.
There is a tidal wave of strong public sentiment as well as political pressure to treat nature as an asset in order to avoid the civilization-level challenge of climate change and it has been widely stated that governments have l opportunity and moral responsibility, especially after Covid-19 to use their fiscal stimulus programs to put the economy back on more resilient, inclusive and sustainable terms towards a nature-positive economy.
The recent school strikes led by Greta Thunberg and millions of young students around the world to protest against inaction in the face of climate change and their uncertain human future across the world are a true reflection of the civic generation of Generation Y and of Generation Z’s attitudes toward our planet’s future environment.
We have to think about intergenerational equity.
The Meghalaya, with its forest-based economy and nature-inspired spirituality rooted in its indigenous origins, must lead by example in leading the way towards a regenerative and conservation-based economy through public education in climate change and conservation in order to shape our human capital / young demographic dividend towards the 21st century ideals of a sustainable planet. It is essential that our young generation is upgraded on the knowledge, skills, values ​​and attitudes necessary to build a green, low emissions and climate resilient future.
The Meghalaya has one of the highest forest cover in the country as well as one of the most distinctive ecological heritages in the world and a state on the front line of climate change, it is essential for us to introduce and train our young generation towards indigenous peoples conservation approaches and building a cognition to adapt to the ever renewed climate change reality in the world through a curriculum on conservation and climate change in our education system.
The idea is to provide an education that will allow people to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions: economic, environmental and societal which will be in line with the geo-economic shift towards the organic and green economies of the future. In addition, Meghalaya, with its young demographic dividend, must help create human capital formation in tune with its fragile ecological existence and global green practices.
Progressive states like Odisha have just made disaster management a compulsory subject in schools and colleges, and Italy became the first country in the world to make climate change subject compulsory in schools, followed by New -Zeeland.
It is also important for our young population of Meghalaya to know its natural capital, its indigenous environment and the conservation protocols inscribed in our ancestral designs Khasi, Garo and Jaintia and of course our biodiversity heritage to be approached to adapt to reality. new bio-economies, green action and low-carbon livelihood opportunities of the future and also to help the State in its transition to the position of environmental leader on the lines of other forest economies in the world such as Costa Rica.
Climate change is a ‘hyper-object’ as Timothy Morton put it – a multi-pronged problem that requires intervention and an overhaul of economic and social structures and institutions as well as the mindset it has. ranges from adaptation to low-carbon lifestyles to livelihoods, from energy use to manufacturing and eating habits. It is not a theoretical subject but must be combined with practical knowledge. Biodiversity tours, regenerative agriculture courses, bioeconomy workforce development and environmental “hours of service” should also be part of this initiative.
Essentially, we need to build human and institutional capacity through education, values ​​and skills which are essential to revive Green Frontier industries and models in our state and we need to remember that today’s students are the stakeholders of tomorrow. Climate change and conservation as a school subject mark the beginning of our transition to a first state of the environment and ensuring intergenerational equity.
(The author is the Minister of Forests and Environment, Government of Meghalaya)


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Very successful Jan Aashirwad Yatras: Nadda http://birdlifemed.org/very-successful-jan-aashirwad-yatras-nadda/ Sat, 04 Sep 2021 18:31:23 +0000 http://birdlifemed.org/very-successful-jan-aashirwad-yatras-nadda/ Describing the “Jan Aashirwad Yatras” by the 39 newly appointed Union ministers in Narendra Modi’s government in several states as “very successful”, BJP chairman JP Nadda said on Saturday that the people’s “massive response” had made the opposition “nervous”. ‘and therefore he sought to put obstacles in the’ Yatras’. The “Jan Aashirwad Yatras”, which began […]]]>

Describing the “Jan Aashirwad Yatras” by the 39 newly appointed Union ministers in Narendra Modi’s government in several states as “very successful”, BJP chairman JP Nadda said on Saturday that the people’s “massive response” had made the opposition “nervous”. ‘and therefore he sought to put obstacles in the’ Yatras’.

The “Jan Aashirwad Yatras”, which began on Independence Day and lasted until August 28, 2021, traveled more than 24,000 km in 14 days during which more than 5,000 programs were held, said Nadda.

“All of these programs were very successful, which also ensured the enthusiastic participation of people from all walks of life. All credit for the success of the ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ goes to the Indian people, ”he said.

These “Yatras” were undertaken under the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he inducted 39 new ministers during his first expansion of the Union cabinet in the past two years on July 6, dropping many weights. heavy including Ravishankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar.

“The Indian people of all states warmly welcomed the new ministers and congratulated the government of the Bharatiya Janata party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for contributing to the development and progress of India,” BJP said in a statement. .

He said that since 2014, the Prime Minister has “worked tirelessly and with complete dedication and dedication” to serve the people of the country and to ensure the welfare and welfare of all sections of our society.

He claimed that over the past 7 years “all calamities and problems have been turned into opportunities by Narendra Modi’s government. Whether it’s managing Covid-19, running the world’s largest and fastest Covid vaccination program, evacuating Indians stranded in any part of the world, or preserving and the preservation of the great culture and traditions of our great country. “

Nadda said that “Jan Aashirwad Yatras” across the country left “opposition parties disturbed and nervous and they tried in vain to disrupt and create obstacles in our Yatra and our programs”.

“All the ploys and turmoil have failed to shake the strong support and confidence that the people have placed in Narendra Modi’s government.


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The First Lady brings joy to Makoni http://birdlifemed.org/the-first-lady-brings-joy-to-makoni/ Sat, 28 Aug 2021 22:16:58 +0000 http://birdlifemed.org/the-first-lady-brings-joy-to-makoni/ Sunday mail Tendai Rupapa in Manicaland ENVIRONMENTAL Ambassador, First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa, lamented the free cutting of trees and the increased incidence of veld fires in Manicaland, saying this is causing soil erosion and destroying the natural habitat of wild animals and other creatures. She made the remarks yesterday at a traditional cooking competition in […]]]>

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Tendai Rupapa in Manicaland

ENVIRONMENTAL Ambassador, First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa, lamented the free cutting of trees and the increased incidence of veld fires in Manicaland, saying this is causing soil erosion and destroying the natural habitat of wild animals and other creatures.

She made the remarks yesterday at a traditional cooking competition in Makoni district, where she was invited as a guest of honor.

Women present traditional dishes prepared at the Amai Traditional Food Cooking Competition in Rusape yesterday.

“The regions I crossed have become semi-deserts; rave gwenga and all native trees have been destroyed.

“The earth is now bare, let’s not do this Manicaland. Let’s preserve our forests. Let’s preserve our environment. This contributes to climate change and when it rains we will be washed away. The trees and forests you burn are essential. Trees are lives and we must preserve them, ”she said.

The First Lady is so passionate about the environment that she has always spearheaded tree planting initiatives and other environmental conservation programs.

First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa presents a sofa to the winner of Amai’s traditional meal cooking competition, Ms. Joyce Chihwai, and her husband, Mr. Richard Chihwai, in Rusape yesterday. Photo: John Manzongo

An official with the Manicaland Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mr Never Bonde, said Manicaland was once a forestry hub, but it was no longer the case.

He thanked the First Lady for denouncing deforestation.

“Deforestation has reached a critical level here in Manicaland, in large part due to tobacco farmers. Brick moulders are also plentiful here. We urge them to participate in planting trees to replace those they have used. Trees are essential to life and many human activities depend on the use of trees. We are happy that the First Lady saw what a lot of people here don’t see. As Manicaland, let’s immediately put his wise advice into action, ”he said.

Makoni District held an exciting traditional meal cooking competition, in which the winners won various prizes as part of a campaign to promote traditional dishes, which have high nutritional value and medicinal properties.

The prizes included a set of canapes, pots and pans, a gas stove and a tank.

The traditionally themed competition, in which various traditional dishes were prepared, was inspired by the First Lady, who led a nationwide campaign to promote indigenous foods to ensure people eat healthy foods.

Some of the dishes prepared during the traditional Amai cooking competition in Rusape yesterday.

The First Lady, the country’s health ambassador, was the guest of honor at the event to testify to the success of the program she launched.

She honored the event following an invitation from Mrs. Redempter Gwasira, wife of Chief Makoni.

She said she was grateful to the First Lady for accepting the community’s invitation.

“I am grateful for this day that the First Lady came to our district. As the wives of chiefs across the country, we are their ambassadors in the communities in which we live. We are now holding his national traditional cooking competition in our districts and neighborhoods so that his vision is reflected in every home. Amai brought us back to our culture through the traditional cooking competition. We invited her to see what we are doing at the district level. Country food is healthy and medicinal, and we promise to keep its vision alive, ”she said.

His feelings were shared by Ms. Tsitsi Chengeta Makumbe, wife of Chef Makumbe, who also thanked the First Lady for her vision, saying that as the chef’s wives, they also wanted the whole nation to know and embrace the food. traditional, readily available and nutritious.

The village chief, Mrs. Rhoda Kusotera, could not hide her joy at having received the visit of the First Lady and participating in the cooking competition.

“I want to thank the First Lady who led us and started such a program to take us back to the good old days of what we ate with our parents. Back then, our bodies were resistant to certain diseases due to the traditional food and herbs that we consume. Nowadays, most people prefer take-out and other exotic dishes to our nutritious foods. These exotic dishes are responsible for the increase in illnesses. I’m 72, but most people think I’m 52 because of the kind of food we grew up eating. If I stand side by side with someone 50 years old, you will find that I am stronger; and even if you give them a hoe to work in the fields, they won’t keep up with my pace. I thank the First Lady for what she has done, and continues to do, for our nation, Zimbabwe. As village chiefs, we partnered with the chiefs’ wives and brought the program to the neighborhood and district levels so that they appreciated that we had returned to our traditional way of life. Today, we invited the First Lady to come and see where her program is, ”she said.

The contestants yesterday came from all over the district and featured many ways to package the dishes to make them look appealing.

Among her dishes, Ms. Joyce Chihwai prepared a traditional pizza.

She made the paste from mashed cassava, while the toppings included tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, butter beans and madora.

She also made rupiza wraps whose dough was also made from cassava powder.

The filling had chicken breast mixed with rupiza.

Ms. Agnes Chimukuyu made herbal coffee using roasted and mashed soy beans mixed with Makoni and three leaf tea.

Other participants prepared yam chips served with road runner, karongonda pie, rice fritters, pumpkin chips, peanut fritters, grasshopper kebab, millet sadza, cassava sadza, mazondo, madora, mandere, birds , okra, road runner and fish.

The juices were made from a root called bombwe, which is found in rocky areas and soaked in water.

The juice helps ward off illnesses and stimulate appetite.

There was also maheu, Makoni tea and Zumbani tea.

Snacks included corn chips made from flour and eggs, roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted peanuts, banana chips and tsenza.

In the competition, Ms. Chihwai came out on top and received a set of sofas, while Ms. Blessing Gowe, who came second, won a gas stove and tank.

Ms. Takesure Mwapenya, who came third, walked away with a set of pots.

Ms. Chihwayi was in seventh heaven after being named the winner.

She danced and screamed, thanking the First Lady.

“I never thought I’d win a sofa set in my whole life. I thank our First Lady Amai Mnangagwa for her vision. I also want to thank Amai Chief Makoni, who is one of the First Lady’s Ambassadors, for advancing Amai’s vision. She fulfilled the task entrusted to her by our First Lady. I urge other women to participate in such competitions which benefit the nation. Country foods are very nutritious and it is time for us to fully embrace our locally available food as a country, ”she said happily.

In her speech, the First Lady congratulated the residents of Manicaland for continuing her program for the benefit of all residents.

“Here in Manicaland you have unique dishes that cannot be found in other provinces, and I am grateful to you, through Chef Makoni’s wife, for inviting me here. I saw that you have the zeal to make this program gain ground among the people. I have organized this grill contest in 10 provinces, but you invited me here today in Makoni district. I would like to thank everyone who entered the competition. For me, as a mother, you are winners.

“Many think that the preparation of traditional dishes is now outdated, but it is not. We are Zimbabweans with our own culture and our own food, embrace where we are from. Foods that were eaten in the past help prevent disease and what goes wrong with promoting good health. Yes, we visit hospitals where we are given medicine to heal quickly. Let’s eat traditional foods to combine with medicines given by health care practitioners. I was happy to see different types of pulses. I encourage you to dry the vegetables during the rainy season for future use. In the dry season, you will have enough to cook for the children. To all the wives of chefs across the country, let us continue to encourage traditional dishes in our communities, ”she said.

On Covid-19, the mother of the nation said, “As a health ambassador, I encourage you to follow protocols to stay healthy. Let us also embrace vaccination and do not listen to those who spread lies about vaccination. “

She encouraged people with noncommunicable diseases to take their medication all the time in order to stay healthy.

Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Nokuthula Matsikenyere said the fruits of the First Lady’s interventions were there for everyone to see.

“We are witnessing the results of your Amai efforts; sign that you have not worked in vain. As Manicaland, we will make sure that all the programs you have initiated are broadcast in all districts and neighborhoods. Each of our districts has its own unique traditional foods. Thank you Amai for accepting our invitation as Manicaland, ”she said.

Participants and the elderly present received baskets of food and toiletries from the First Lady.


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SA wins two awards at the 10th Rhino Conservation Awards for the protection of endangered species http://birdlifemed.org/sa-wins-two-awards-at-the-10th-rhino-conservation-awards-for-the-protection-of-endangered-species/ Wed, 25 Aug 2021 14:03:08 +0000 http://birdlifemed.org/sa-wins-two-awards-at-the-10th-rhino-conservation-awards-for-the-protection-of-endangered-species/ DURBAN – South Africa won two awards at the 10th annual Rhino Conservation Awards. The awards, which have taken place virtually, recognize the work of individuals and organizations across Africa who play a vital role in the protection of endangered species. Sebenzile Rwexu, Great Fish River Nature Reserve, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, South […]]]>

DURBAN – South Africa won two awards at the 10th annual Rhino Conservation Awards.

The awards, which have taken place virtually, recognize the work of individuals and organizations across Africa who play a vital role in the protection of endangered species.

Sebenzile Rwexu, Great Fish River Nature Reserve, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, South Africa, received the award for best ranger.

The Game Rangers Association of Africa said Rwexu’s 36 years as a ranger has allowed him to hone excellent bush craft skills.

His natural leadership skills and qualities have been put to good use in mentoring young rangers, he said.

“As a senior ranger, Sebenzile leads head-to-head, maintains a high level of fitness and shows unwavering determination using his exceptional tracking skills to ensure he has been directly involved in all arrests. carried out in the reserve during the last 12 months.

“He continues to set an exceptional example for his peers and despite what the day may bring him, he keeps a smile and an unwavering commitment to getting the job done. He is a forest ranger and a leader who deserves to be recognized, ”said the association.

Lucrescencia Macuacua from Limpopo National Park, National Administration of Conservation Areas, Mozambique, was the first finalist in this category while Samuel Ndlovu from Kruger National Park was the second finalist.

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental and Corporate Surveys (ECIs) received the award for best conservation advocate.

The association said SANParks ECI has made a significant impact by taking a proactive approach in the fight against wildlife poaching.

“They were directly or indirectly responsible for or involved in the arrests of 89 rhino poachers during the reporting period inside and outside South African National Parks. They continue to provide excellent support and work closely with the rangers on the front lines of conservation, ”he said.

In this category, Neville Agesa Mise of Diani Turtle Watch – Local Ocean Conservation in Kenya was the first finalist while the South African organization StopRhinoPoaching.com was the second finalist.

Other recipients include:

  • Best Game Warden – Bryce Clemence, Anti-Poaching Specialist, Save Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe
  • Best Conservation Team – Niassa Carnivore Project, Mozambique

The association said the awards were meant to recognize the exceptional work of these people and organizations across Africa, with the past 12 months becoming arguably the most difficult.

“Each finalist has made extraordinary contributions to the conservation of endangered species and each deserves to be recognized and recognized for the incredible work they do on the front lines of conservation. The Rhino Conservation Awards provide the platform to celebrate those engaged, selfless and courageous individuals and organizations who make a difference, ”he said.

Chris Galliers, president of the International Federation of Rangers and 2021 award judge, said that in light of global programs such as the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration and the current Covid-19 pandemic, the functions of the ranger are increasingly recognized as indispensable. .

“The Rhino Conservation Awards have given us the opportunity to be inspired by people and organizations who have performed their tasks in a committed and selfless manner, to protect our most valuable asset upon which all economies, livelihoods and livelihoods depend. our well-being, ”he said. noted.


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Local produce project celebrates successful shoots in second year http://birdlifemed.org/local-produce-project-celebrates-successful-shoots-in-second-year/ Mon, 23 Aug 2021 16:17:27 +0000 http://birdlifemed.org/local-produce-project-celebrates-successful-shoots-in-second-year/ Conservation of meadows was an important theme at Johnston CP School during the summer session. Print and digital download photos available Despite challenges for students over the past year, local children have continued to embrace new outdoor learning methods through a program funded by South Hook LNG and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust and […]]]>

Despite challenges for students over the past year, local children have continued to embrace new outdoor learning methods through a program funded by South Hook LNG and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust and implemented in partnership with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

The Roots / Gwreiddiau project was set up in early 2020 with the aim of strengthening links between schools and local food producers and raising awareness of how food is produced.

Since then, the project has grown steadily, facilitating a wide range of outdoor learning opportunities in several local primary schools in the Milford Schools Cluster area.

Conservation of meadows was an important theme at Johnston CP School during the summer session.

During a visit to a conservation meadow at a local farm, students learned skills in identifying plants and pollinators and met National Park conservation officer Julie Garlick, who spoke about her consistent role. connect landowners to conservation work.

After using their bushcraft skills to roast marshmallows over a fire, the students returned to school full of ideas.

A grassland management plan is now in place for a field at the school, and it is hoped that data will be collected from it to map the impact of conservation management over time.

Other Roots-related developments at CP Johnston include assembling a new tunnel, planting potatoes and other vegetables in a subdivision, and purchasing new equipment for the bushcraft area.

At Neyland Community School, the Roots Project enabled teachers and students to continue their learning outdoors, with training facilitated by Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools and delivered by Tir Coed. Raised beds were also installed, filled and planted as part of a school culture zone.

Students at Gelliswick VC School have also received support from the program to develop cultivation areas and are exploring interesting ideas for incorporating nearby natural sites and resources into the program.

Other schools that will benefit from the Roots project include St Francis Catholic School in Milford Haven, which is considering setting up a new herb garden in their backyard; and Coastlands CP, which has gone from planting orchards to reorganizing school growing areas and learning about bees with National Park Ranger Vicky Sewell.

Nichola Couceiro, director of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust, said: Children get by being part of the program.

“We would like to thank the National Park Authority staff, teachers and community members who made it possible to provide such valuable outdoor learning experiences, and we look forward to seeing the impact of the project in the future. years to come.”

To learn more about the outdoor learning programs available in schools, visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/for-schools-and-educators.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust is a registered charity, established to help care for and protect the national park. To find out more about the association and the work it supports, visit www.pembrokeshirecoasttrust.wales

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‘Neeruravu’ to recharge the groundwater of Pullampara – The New Indian Express http://birdlifemed.org/neeruravu-to-recharge-the-groundwater-of-pullampara-the-new-indian-express/ Sun, 22 Aug 2021 21:12:00 +0000 http://birdlifemed.org/neeruravu-to-recharge-the-groundwater-of-pullampara-the-new-indian-express/ Express news service THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A model watershed conservation project has started at Pullampara grama panchayat in the capital with the active participation of the local community. It aims to recharge groundwater through a multitude of programs and also livelihood projects for local communities. This is a pilot project of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment […]]]>

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A model watershed conservation project has started at Pullampara grama panchayat in the capital with the active participation of the local community. It aims to recharge groundwater through a multitude of programs and also livelihood projects for local communities.

This is a pilot project of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) state mission for soil and water conservation in the state. Entitled “Neeruravu”, the first phase of the project is being implemented in the Chullalam watershed under the Pullampara panchayat. Water resource recharge programs, including domestic wells and income generation for the population, will be implemented on approximately 266 hectares of land located in Mukkudi and Chullalam neighborhoods, according to panchayat president Rajesh P V .

A GIS-based survey is the first job in which details of water resources, land holdings and crops would be recorded. “Water resources rejuvenation projects are a priority. All wells located in the project area would be recharged free of charge. Compost pits and soaking pits will also be built in the households, ”Rajesh said.

All works will be carried out under the MGNREGS program. The project will also see a shift in the course of MGNREGS which, until now, were scattered works such as agricultural works and improvement of public roads. The “Neeruravu” is a global project involving activities for environmental conservation, scientific agriculture and sustainable livelihoods.

‘Neeruravu’ will cover four watersheds in the panchayat in phases, Rajesh said. “The asset development works will significantly improve the income of local communities. Eligible families will receive assets for free. These would be cow barns, chicken coops, goats, azolla tanks, biogas plants, compost and sumps. Support will also be given to the cultivation of fodder grass, ”he said.

A lakh of fruit trees would be cultivated as part of the project. “We are very optimistic about the program. The panchayat once produced surplus agricultural products and had sufficient drinking water for all households. But now we are facing a severe shortage of drinking water during the summer. The project will help us solve the problem in a few years, ”Rajesh said.

Water conservation activities will be undertaken in the watersheds as part of a large Vamanapuram River rejuvenation program. The pilot phase of the river conservation project is located in Pullampara, where 12 kilometers of river flow.


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Nearly 100 animals safely transferred from Kruger to Mozambique in collaborative conservation victory – SAPeople http://birdlifemed.org/nearly-100-animals-safely-transferred-from-kruger-to-mozambique-in-collaborative-conservation-victory-sapeople/ Sun, 22 Aug 2021 13:37:23 +0000 http://birdlifemed.org/nearly-100-animals-safely-transferred-from-kruger-to-mozambique-in-collaborative-conservation-victory-sapeople/ Translocations require carefully coordinated efforts, including expert flight skills. Photos provided Another victory for cross-border conservation, a series of successful wildlife transfers has enabled 27 zebras and 62 blue wildebeests to safely travel the 1,250 km journey from Kruger National Park in South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique . These new arrivals are […]]]>
Translocations require carefully coordinated efforts, including expert flight skills. Photos provided

Another victory for cross-border conservation, a series of successful wildlife transfers has enabled 27 zebras and 62 blue wildebeests to safely travel the 1,250 km journey from Kruger National Park in South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique . These new arrivals are welcome additions to the more than 2,300 reintroduced animals that are now thriving as part of the restoration and management programs implemented at Zinave.

KNP wildebeest translocation
A thundering herd of blue wildebeest is expertly led through the various sections of the capture funnel.

Since 2018, more than 700 animals have been transferred thanks to a donation from the South African Ministry of Forests, Fisheries and Environment to the Ministry of Lands and Environment of Mozambique, as they work together, with the support from the Peace Parks Foundation, to reconstitute and reconstruct key parks in the Greater Limpopo Transboundary Conservation Area. SA Environment Minister Barbara Creecy said:

“The translocation of species from Kruger National Park to Zinave National Park in
Mozambique is an important indication of how South Africa’s conservation success contributes to Africa’s rewilding. The success of the ongoing cross-border collaborations is an outstanding example of how African countries are working together to address conservation issues and develop the ecotourism sector.

The world-famous 2 million hectare Kruger National Park, managed by South African National Parks, offers a wildlife experience that ranks among the best in Africa. With over 147 mammal species thriving in abundant numbers thanks to many years of expert conservation management and protection strategies, the park is well positioned to support the restoration of decimated protected areas in neighboring southern African countries.

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The restoration of Zinave National Park has been one of the most remarkable in southern Africa
conservation success stories. After decades of human impacts that severely disrupted the 408,000 ha park’s natural ecosystems and healthy wildlife populations, work began to restore Zinave to its former glory in 2016, with the signing of a co-management agreement between the National Administration of Conservation Areas of Mozambique and the Peace Parks.

Through this partnership, significant investments have been made to improve conservation management, anti-poaching, infrastructure development, tourism development and community development interventions in the park.

Animals are transported safely in specially adapted trucks from South Africa to Mozambique
The animals are transported safely in trucks specially adapted for the task.

Today, thanks to donations of wild animals from South Africa and Zimbabwe and thanks to the repopulation of other parts of Mozambique, Zinave now has 13 species, including impala, reedbuck, waterbuck, buffalo, the zebra, the wildebeest, the giraffe, the sable and the elephant.

Thriving in their safe and abundant habitat, these reintroduced populations have more than doubled in number to nearly 6,000 animals. With the rise of herbivore populations, the first predators – a clan of four spotted hyenas – were reintroduced into the park at the end of 2020 and have already produced their own offspring.

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The 27 zebras graze peacefully in their new home in Zinave National Park. Photos provided

Mozambique’s Minister of Territory and Environment, Ivete Maibaze, says:

“It is encouraging to see how healthy populations of wildlife have boosted the potential of
increased tourism and related income opportunities in and around Zinave. The park is poised to become a major contributor to Mozambique’s ecotourism economies. We highly appreciate the cross-border partnerships we have with our government partners in South Africa and with the Peace Parks Foundation. It is a wonderful example of how regional partnerships can help build a more prosperous future for Southern Africa and its people.

Kruger and Zinave National Parks respectively form the westernmost and easternmost anchor parks of a transboundary vital wildlife corridor within the Greater Limpopo Transboundary Conservation Area.

Translocations require carefully coordinated efforts, including expert flight skills.
Translocations require carefully coordinated efforts, including expert flight skills.

Wildlife monitoring has identified various species, such as elephants, lions and wild dogs, which use this cross-border migration route to access water, food and breeding grounds. Ensuring healthy and protected ecosystems in these areas is therefore not only important for parks, but also for the region’s environmental well-being, its natural resources and human development.


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Recruitment firm offers laptops to pair of New College Lanarkshire graduate students http://birdlifemed.org/recruitment-firm-offers-laptops-to-pair-of-new-college-lanarkshire-graduate-students/ Wed, 11 Aug 2021 16:20:00 +0000 http://birdlifemed.org/recruitment-firm-offers-laptops-to-pair-of-new-college-lanarkshire-graduate-students/ A Lanarkshire recruiting company donated laptops to two science students at New College Lanarkshire (NCL) ready to continue their studies at the university. Bellshill-based STEM Recruitment Solutions donated the new ICT equipment to graduate students Lorna Cheung and Dylan Granger to support their STEM journeys. Lorna recently completed her studies in HNC Biosciences, while Dylan […]]]>

A Lanarkshire recruiting company donated laptops to two science students at New College Lanarkshire (NCL) ready to continue their studies at the university.

Bellshill-based STEM Recruitment Solutions donated the new ICT equipment to graduate students Lorna Cheung and Dylan Granger to support their STEM journeys.

Lorna recently completed her studies in HNC Biosciences, while Dylan studied SWAP Access to Health Sciences.



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Both students accepted their laptops on the college’s Coatbridge campus before the start of the degree programs in the new academic year.

They spoke about their career goals and qualification paths with Darren Orr, director of STEM Recruitment Solutions, a former research chemist at the US Department of Energy.

Lorna gained a sought-after location to study the BSc in Ecological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, and also got a job as a Sample Manager at the Lighthouse Lab at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital after attending an online lecture by Marie Clare Pearse. , responsible for workforce planning at the University of Glasgow, organized by the NCL science team.

Lorna, who lives in Coatbridge, told Lanarkshire Live: “I am truly amazed to have been nominated by my speakers to receive this laptop. I’m so happy and feel like good things really come in threes.

“I am delighted to be going to Edinburgh United, but nervous at the same time. And I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work at Lighthouse Lab at such an important time with COVID.

“I first studied NQ Animal Biology and Conservation at NCL in 2017. I was pregnant when I graduated and the plan was to come back a year later, but mom’s life took hold. above.

“It’s sad to leave after my HNC in Bioscience and leave everything I know, but I know there is so much out there.”

Dylan, meanwhile, is currently studying a four-year sports science degree at the University of Glasgow, after which he intends to complete a master’s degree in physiotherapy.

Dylan, who lives in Glasgow, said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity – the email to say that I was given a laptop came out of the blue and took a huge load off my list. things to do in college.

“The SWAP course on Access to Health Sciences has been a good year – it got me back to the heart of the matter in terms of going back to school and learning. He gave me the confidence to go to college.

“I had been working in recruiting for two years before, but when the pandemic hit things turned a bit sideways. It allowed me to see where I wanted to go and the SWAP course was perfect to make it easier for me to resume my studies.

“I’m interested in physiotherapy because it gives you the opportunity to interact with people and do something where I can help people get back to normal life.”

Based at Strathclyde Business Park, STEM Recruitment Solutions specializes in jobs in the Scottish pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Darren Orr, of the firm, said: “I’m a scientist who started recruiting and I just love to give back. I feel like I’ve been a little misinformed when getting career advice so I believes it is important to empower people and help them make the right career choices.

“Lorna and Dylan are so excited and you can tell they really want to do well. I wish them all the best in their careers.”

Derek Steven, Science Program and Quality Manager at NCL, added: “I watched Darren’s vlog on LinkedIn looking for science students who would stand out and benefit from the gift of a laptop for continue their studies at the university, and I asked our team to recommend students.

“Lorna and Dylan were exceptional and highly motivated students who both deserve this donation from STEM Recruitment Solutions.

“Laptops will mean a lot as we have seen how important the use of technology has become over the past 18 months which will be fantastic for their studies at university.”

To learn more about NCL’s range of science courses, go online


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