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

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 [...]

PACE – helping people adapt to climate change

Africa bears little blame for the world's current climate crisis, yet is one of the continents most effected by and most vulnerable to climate change and variability.  Isn't it ironic that after a connecting with kids in the UK and USA  over the summer, 16 year old Ruth Mbabazi in rural Uganda (Gasiza parish) said she'd learned "that the whole world is fighting against climate change, I thought we were the only ones doing it" It is because people across Africa [...]

PACE, Climate change, Wildlife and Communities in Africa –

      Climate change is already impacting on the daily lives of people in rural and urban Africa and it is a massive issue for conservation.  Climate Change is affecting the livelihoods and well being of people, is having an impact on ecosystems and on wildlife - impacts which are inextricably linked, and exacerbate each other. It has not gone unnoticed at PACE that the number of requests from wildlife rangers for ideas and materials to resolve conflict between local communities [...]

Young Conservationists inspiring each other after a hard year of home schooling.

    The PACE & Ninety One Next Generation of conservation heroes education and exchange holiday programme has been a huge success.  It involved more than 90 people, over five weeks. There were group talks with professional conservationists, interactive virtual visits to an eco-school and Education Centre at Lewa Conservancy in Kenya, and fifty 1:1 video chats between children in different countries.  We wanted to connect young conservationists, help them share ideas, and provide a platform, especially for children in Africa, [...]

The Next Generation of Ninety One conservation heroes

It's fantastic to hear the impressions of our young people as they meet and chat between continents as part of our Next Generation summer programme. From Uganda - " I learnt that the whole world is fighting against climate change together, because I'd thought we were the only ones doing it." "I have learnt that Uganda has wildlife more than the UK has, as I've been told that they have no mountain gorillas there." "I have also learned that an idea [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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