Africa

PACE at Makuleke, South Africa

The PACE coordinator was in Makuleke, Limpopo Province, in South Africa this month. We were invited by the local Makuleke Park Manager, as part of our collaboration with the Southern Africa Wildlife College. The Makuleke people were one of the first communities to win back land that they were forced off of to create Kruger National Park. They now have full ownership, and co-manage their 22,000 ha of land within the KNP, alongside SAN Parks, the National Park authority.  The Makuleke [...]

“Thank you for making my work easier and impactful”

The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre provide visits, workshops and outreach for schools and communities in the Entebbe area, and from further afield.  We are thrilled that access to PACE resources has enabled them to increase their impact. Richard Otiti, Conservation Educator at UWEC, has been organising seminars to help communities live peacefully alongside their wildlife neighbours. "Lugasa School for example neighbours Mabira Forest Reserve. The communities where the school is located are currently struggling with Vervet monkeys.  The monkeys destroy crops.  [...]

Conservation education reducing poaching in Zimbabwe

Amos Gwema, winner of the 2020 Tusk Ranger award, is doing superb work using community-based conservation education to solve wildlife protection crises on the ground. Amos, in Zimbabwe, started his education campaign when he realised the extent to which poachers were taking advantage of rural communities to further unlawful hunting activities.  He uses PACE and other resources to educate communities, including about wildlife crime and problems that result from it, and what they can do to prevent it.  As rural communities [...]

New avenues for learning

We are Nathashia Khosa, Siphokazi Sibeko and Bongiwe Hlabane.  We are interns in the Southern Africa Wildlife College,  in the Community and Youth Development department. Our internship is for a year.  We live in a village called Welverdiend in Mpumalanga Province which is next to the Greater Kruger National Park where the college is located.  We are one of the communities that was displaced by the park when it was created. This week the PACE coordinator visited.  At the beginning of [...]

Caleb’s Frog champions.

A new evangelism is sweeping across Africa. When he was a young zoologist and learned that many frogs and other West African amphibians were in danger of extinction, persecuted because of a lack of knowledge, and misguided beliefs, Caleb Boateng-Ofori jumped into action. He focused his career on frogs, studied them to PhD level, and became the first professional herpetologist in Ghana.  At just 40 he was a senior researcher with Ghana's research council.  Independently, Caleb set up Herp conservation Ghana, [...]

PACE digital – integrating conservation education into classroom teaching.

Lewa Wildlife conservancy in Kenya has a groundbreaking Digital Literacy Programme. By kitting out schools with digital equipment, digitising curriculum material and training teachers on how to use these they have hugely increased the quality of education, and learning outcomes, for kids living in previously marginalised rural conservation areas. In 2020 PACE started working with the DLP.  They created a PACE channel containing 214 PACE conservation education resources and added this to the Lewa schools 'intranet.'   More than 94% of PACE [...]

for partners in west and central Africa

the PACE supplement 'Energy and climate change' is now available in french - for more information contact pace@tusk.org  

Bee keeping action sheet

Human beings have been collecting honey and other products from wild bees for thousands of years.  But it can be difficult to find wild bee nests and can be risky to remove the honey.  Beekeeping on the other hand, is a fantastic way to conveniently access your own supply of honey, at little cost.  As well as providing honey and wax for home consumption, honeybee products can be sold to provide a good income, either locally or on a bigger scale. [...]

Young PACE leaders make a virtual visit to Lewa Education Centre in Kenya

Thirty six young Conservation leaders and their coordinators made a virtual visit to the Education Centre at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya last Thursday. The youngsters are all members of school Wildlife or Environment Clubs that participated in our series of Conservation talks and virtual visits in the school holiday, organised with Ninety One. We are thrilled that so many children were able to overcome connectivity and equipment constraints to learn from such experienced conservation educators - and hugely grateful to [...]

Climate Smart Agriculture

  Climate Smart agriculture, also called Conservation farming is a no till approach.  No plough is used to till the soil.  The lack of tilling maintains soil particle size meaning that more water can infiltrate deeper.  This, with the extra organic matter added to the soil makes farms more resistant to drought, and also to erosion. Soils contain carbon dioxide and extensive ploughing or hand-tilling releases all this carbon dioxide into the atmosphere increasing greenhouse gas emissions. In ‘Conservation Farming’ permanent [...]

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