Africa

PACE and Ninety One’s — Next Generation of Conservation heroes

Through July and August children from Ninety One in the UK, USA, Poland and young PACE partners from conservation clubs across Africa will partake in talks and tours by rangers and conservationists at projects in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Madagascar. The youngsters have also been paired up for 1:1 video chats so that young conservationists from clubs and schools in South Africa, Lewa and Lamu in Kenya, Uganda and Cameroon can explain work on protection of animals and the environment in their [...]

New edition of the PACE reader ‘Africa our Home’

"For long, children have been told tales woven from the natural world's 'behaviours and occurrences' and spun into stories that have life skills at their core. Most of these stories gave African children a glimpse into their cultures, their history and most important of all, how to live and interact with nature. It is with no doubt that 'Africa, our Home' will do the same for young bright minds across Africa. It will transport children from landscapes and places they know [...]

Jockul Ndowen School, Gambia

Regular hand washing and social distancing is a mainstay of the battle against covid, and the battle isn’t over. Uganda, Kenya and Cameroon have seen recent peaks in covid cases, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa have localised peaks, with school closures, curfews and local travel restrictions in some areas.  But for many of our partners regular handwashing itself is a challenge. Intermittent and low volume of water in taps is common – in Cameroon people report a whole month with no [...]

School environment club planting trees in Maroua

April and May are the hottest months in the Far north region of Cameroon. Temperatures range between 36 and 42, sometimes 46 oC - pretty challenging for indoor classes when there is no air conditioning.  At Jacques de Bernon Catholic School in Maroua because of these extreme temperatures and as a a covid precaution,  lessons have moved outside.  It has made the teachers and learners appreciate the shade of mango trees planted on campus by the school's founders. The situation has [...]

Biochar Action sheet now available in french

The FAO estimates that 2.4 billion people depend on wood energy for cooking and heating.  In African countries the proportion of people using wood fuels as a main or only source of energy can be startling. Ninety percent of the population in Sierra Leone are estimated to rely on charcoal or firewood for energy, and 85% in Mali. In Madagascar, Senegal, Chad and Niger, the figures are similar.  In urban areas the trend is from wood towards charcoal.  Charcoal stoves are [...]

New PACE materials in french – White thorn / Faidherbia albida

The Faidherbia albida action sheet is now available in french.   Faidherbia albida, the white thorn or White acacia, is a tree well known to people in most arid and semi-arid parts of Africa. It characterises many landscapes and is much valued. The seeds and leaves are an important food for domestic and wild animals. It fertilises the soil, protects against the harsh sun and grows where many other species can not survive. But it is becoming scarcer in many places, natural regeneration [...]

Conservation education back on track in Zimbabwe

Primary schools reopened four weeks ago.  Teachers have had time to catch up, get a routine in place and, importantly, to re-launch the pupils extra-curricular Conservation education. Palloma Pachiti (in yellow) is manager of Sebakwe Conservation Education Centre in the Midlands of Zimbabwe.  She's excited to be revisiting schools that received face masks and help setting up Tippy Taps in January. Inside Palloma's wider programme with the kids she's introducing them to the idea of using 'nudges'  - ways to prompt, [...]

Biochar Action sheet

Our new PACE Action sheet explains how, at community or household level, people can take advantage of the benefits Biochar can bring to their daily lives.   Simple, low or no cost artisanal methods to improve lives, livelihoods, and the environment – locally and globally. It was written with Graeme Boyd-Moss, inspired by experience on his parents small holding in north western Kenya. Biochar has been integral to life at Spencer’s Farm for nearly 20 years. It has ensured that they have [...]

Green gold, Ana tree, White thorn, Faidherbia albida.

Even before climate change and a domestic energy crisis are brought into the equation, desertification in arid and semi-arid regions of Africa is a huge problem. A solution, to desertification,  as well as climate change and domestic energy problems, and one which needs to be promoted and encouraged again and again, is the planting of trees.  Planting trees is something most people just don't think about - 'trees look after themselves, we haven't planted them in the past, they have always [...]

‘BIOCHAR’ – carbon negative cooking.

Carbon neutral cooking is good, but Carbon negative cooking is even better. Biochar can achieve just that, along with multiple other benefits to the environment and human well-being.  We learned about biochar from a family in north western Kenya where biochar has been central to life on their farm for nearly 20 years. It enabled them to reverse uncontrolled loss of tree cover and environmental degradation caused by high consumption of fuel wood.  It has ensured that they have clean, safe [...]