Conservation

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 [...]

Careers in Conservation – Sociologist

Many people do not know how they can be involved in or how they could work in conservation.   The PACE Careers in Conservation module tries to address this by showing a wide range of employment and career roles that exist. It shares the stories of people who have made successful careers in Conservation - the kind of jobs they have, what it involves and the impact they have had. Successful conservation is as much about people as it is about wildlife. [...]

Careers in Conservation – Teacher

Education, teachers and trainers are the backbone of conservation. We depend on them: from language teachers explaining vocabulary; biology teachers explaining ecosystems, water and soil cycles; maths teachers providing the skills to understand statistics, to community educators helping rural communities protect their livestock and earn a living alongside wildlife.   Teachers in schools, colleges, urban and rural communities, in education centres and local councils are making a massive contribution to conservation across Africa. If you are making career choices and keen on [...]

Careers in Conservation

We're all relieved that lockdowns are beginning to ease, and people can start planning again. PACE is about sharing Conservation success stories, sharing solutions to common problems between communities across Africa.  Finding a way to earn our living is definitely a common problem.  For young people in Africa wondering about your future we invite you to consider conservation, the PACE Careers in Conservation module will help you get excited about the future! It shows the great range of employment and types [...]

PACE Vocab – keystone “KEYSTONE SPECIES”

  A key stone is the central supporting stone at the top of an arch, it holds all the others in place. If a keystone is removed the arch collapses. A keystone species has the same role. Keystone species maintain the balance in their ecosystem, keep it functioning and healthy. If a keystone species is removed or disappears then food webs, habitats, ecosystems and the plants and animals living there are all disrupted. Because they are so important, keystone species are [...]

Staying informed, protecting & caring for ourselves, each other and the environment 

      Over recent weeks much of the discussion amongst PACE educators, and there’s been a lot,  has focused on their concern to be informed about Corona virus and COVID-19. As community leaders and educators they are anxious to understand, to have correct facts, to know how to prepare, how to protect, how to respond when people are unwell and how best to advise those around them. They are aware that many people have limited access to information, and don’t [...]

‘PERMACULTURE’ providing for our families, protecting nature.

Our lockdown VOCAB for this week is 'PERMACULTURE' Now that schools and jobsites are closed and sources of income drying up, people across Africa are looking for ways to feed their families, some in desperation.  Those of you turning to your farms, vegetable gardens and orchards, any space and way to produce food, this post is especially for you. Permaculture is a way to grow more food for less – less cost, less space and less work. Permaculture works in the [...]

PACE Lockdown ‘VOCAB’

The 'Vocab' word for this week is " Z O O  N O S E S " The gentle animal in the picture is not a zoonose.  But today is the 50th international Earth day, a day to think about the wildlife, ecosystems and all living inhabitants of our planet - their combined health, security and long term well being. We are also in the middle of a global pandemic. The two make this word especially topical, and the picture very [...]