Teaching conservation

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, [...]

Painted dog conservation

Jo Taylor, from the Karingani Game Reserve in Mozambique talked to our young conservationists about Painted Dogs yesterday - as guest speaker in the second of this season's PACE webinar series.  Jo is a field ecology technician on Karingani Game Reserve in Mozambique.  She manages wildlife monitoring across 150,000 ha of  Karingani, a privately managed reserve, that is part of a vast conservation landscape that includes Kruger national park in eastern South Africa, and contiguous national parks and conservation areas in [...]

Young conservationists across Africa learn about Turtle conservation

Young people from across Africa came together to launch the 2022 PACE webinars today. Atwaa and Teresa from Lamcot on Lamu island in Kenya gave a fascinating presentation on Sea turtle conservation, followed by an hour long Q & A session.  Nearly 100 participants joined us, using a wide range of equipment and settings:  school and university students, wildlife clubs, youth groups, teachers and conservation educators, logging in from Victoria Falls, Hwange and Vumba National Parks in Zimbabwe, from South Africa, [...]

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 [...]

PACE supporting educators as schools reopen

    Huge thanks again to DHL, our fantastic logistics partner, for super efficient support getting PACE materials to partners in the field. DHL are this minute working on getting these new PACE packs to educators in Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya. Without them we couldn't support the invaluable work of organisations and individuals as they help communities improve their standard of living in ways that support wildlife and nature. "Myself and the team are really [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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