Is PACE making a difference?
PACE shares simple, practical solutions that people have used to solve local environmental problems. The PACE pack is a set of multi-media educational materials with chapters on Living with Wildlife, Soil, Water, Forests, Energy, Urban Life and Living by the Ocean. The first edition was produced in 2004. Fourteen thousand PACE packs have now been shared with partners in 34 African countries, provided and delivered free of charge (thanks to fantastic sponsorship from DHL).
IMPACT ---- As a result of PACE use in the past two years alone more than 6000 people started applying PACE solutions to their local environmental problems, with benefit to more than 14,000 people.
- 58% of partners who use the wildlife sections report that they or their communities are using solutions they learned about in PACE to help solve their human : wildlife conflict problems.
- More people are monitoring human wildlife conflict than did so before using PACE.
- More people are actively protecting wildlife than before using PACE.
- Particularly heartening is that we are even seeing more people finding ways to earn a living from leaving wildlife alive after learning from PACE.
- Of those who use the water sections of PACE 70% report that they or their communities are now using solutions from PACE to help solve water related problems, protecting water sources is one example.
- Of those who use the soil sections 70% report uptake of solutions learned from PACE – composting organic waste, growing vegetables, using green manure to improve soil quality and other permaculture and conservation farming techniques that are featured in the PACE action sheets and films.
- 62% of those who use the forest sections report that they or their communities are using PACE solutions to address related problems – planting trees, reducing deforestation, ensuring wood comes from sustainable sources.
From the outset PACE sought to address environmental issues confronting poorer people as they go about their daily lives. We’re particularly proud that partners find our energy content valuable and use it to improve conditions in their homes, lifting standards of living and family health in concrete ways – techniques to reduce kitchen smoke, decrease wood fuel consumption and improve safety of cooking stoves have been popular.
The topics in our Urban Living sections are relevant to any size of human, from a single household to city. The action sheets and films are popular in schools, providing projects and practical activities of an appropriate scale, relevance and in synch with new curricula which emphasise equipping learners with skills development. Impact in terms of uptake of solutions in this domain concern problems of plastic and paper and other organic waste management, improving toilets, tree planting (for fruit, shade and agroforestry) as well as vegetable gardening. PACE resources have been used to help schools and Conservation Education Centres create new sustainability policies that include up to date waste management practices – collecting, separating, reusing, recycling and composting waste and linking these processes to the global sustainability agenda, to ecological systems and cycles and of course to climate change.
We are excited that PACE remains popular and relevant. We're thrilled that it is so widely used for problem solving that's providing a better future for human and wildlife communities across Africa.