Tag - Sustainable Development

To compensate our forests
New Sponsor : Uvinum
Give a respite to the forest
Sustainable energy, challenge and solution
The great potential of agroforestry
FAO helps Gambian farmers to face climate changes
The West Africa’s Fouta Djallon region
Worldcoo has a new project!

To compensate our forests

On World Environment Day Worldcoo has a new project to protect our forests!

In times of massive industrialization and urbanization all over the world, nature and biodiversity are highly in danger, and with them our whole ecosystem. Forests are known for being the lungs of our planet but yet we keep destroying them. Everyone agrees sustainable development is a solution to guarantee future generations will still have natural ressources. But what is sustainable development in concrete terms? Having a responsible consumption, recycling, advocating for the environment on World Environment Day (and also the other 364 days of the year!)…

Now the environmental NGO AcciónNatura is offering you a new way of doing sustainable development. It seems inevitable to consume, to build, to create waste in our societies. But what if we could give back to nature? The CompensaNatura campaign gives us the opportunity to make up for the place we take upon nature by preserving endangered biodiversity. 

By buying harvesting  rights for m2 of old Mediterranean forest in Spain or tropical rainforest in Equador you can make sure that biodiversity is preserved in these areas for at least 25 years. 

Thanks to our sponsor LetsBonus who’s fully engaged in environment protection along with AcciónNatura we can all do something to compensate Mother Nature on her day.  

The campaign has started, more information soon!

New Sponsor : Uvinum

Uvinum is Worldcoo’s brand new sponsor.

Uvinum is an innovative ecommerce founded in 2009 in Barcelona which provides a large and personalized selection of wines and other alcohols. It is part of Verticomm group, an ecommerce gathering that is expanding internationally to meet all your needs.

As a sponsor, they decided to support the project Solar equipment for the Agroforestry School of the Dindefelo Community  in Dindefelo, Senegal, carried out by the NGO Jane Goodall Institute. We thank them a lot!

Website of Uvinum: http://www.uvinum.es/

Give a respite to the forest

Wild chimpanzees inhabiting in the Dindefelo Community Reserve, south of Senegal, depend almost exclusively on a fruit called Lare in the local language (Saba senegalensis) at the peak of the dry season. Not only is Lare a keystone resource for chimpanzees, but specifically for the families living in this area who derive a great percentage of their annual income from this wild fruit harvest. It is a very popular product in cities like Dakar, where it is consumed prepared as a juice or just raw. In the past two years  massive exploitation and uncontrolled bush fires have reduced into a minimum the amount of Lare in its natural habitat.

To solve this situation citizens of the Dindefelo Rural Community have taken an extraordinary and courageous decision based on the technical reports from the Jane Goodall Institute Spain (IJGE) and Management Committee Community Nature Reserve Dindefelo (RNCD): To set an ecological truce for the Lare extraction in all the forests of the Community during the year 2013.

This means that many families will no longer economically benefit from the Lare harvest, important income during the year. The role of the income generated by this harvest has an enormous effect on the economy of the harvesters and their families. Due to the Lare truce extraction this year, the Rural Community and the Jane Goodall Institute Spain are financially compensating the families involved. Also and most important, together, they are creating new sustainable alternatives to harvesting wild Lare: They have put in place Lare nursery beds and the saplings are being transplanted to reforest protected areas along with other wild species like Thiale (Spondias mombin), also eaten by chimpanzees. Families who harvested wild Lare are now responsible of taking care, growing and transplanting the Lare nurseries back into the forest.

We don’t know if it’s due to this program, but the fact is that the researchers from The Jane Goodall Institute working in the area have confirmed the return of the chimpanzees to certain important fruiting areas where there used to be conflicts between locals and chimpanzees themselves. Now everyone seems to be more at ease! You can see the video of the Dindefelo chimpanzees, caught on a camera trap put by the research team last week.

Sustainable energy, challenge and solution

Today, an important part of the world’s population, about 17%, is without access to electricity. Another 35% is dependent on energies like coal and wood in order to cook or heat. What’s the result? Over 4 million people are killed by indoor air pollution. Unsurprisingly, most of them are located in Africa and Asia. Developing countries are facing major challenges by trying to stem shortages in power supplies. But the underinvestment cannot afford a reliable and a good quality of electricity production.

How to solve the problems?

Scientific and technologic innovations brought least-cost solutions to develop renewable energy. Because there are two problems to face actually. In one hand, we have to make sure that energy production is sustainable and viable for the environment. In an other hand, we need solid business plans to ensure that projects are profitable.

Now, here are some renewable energy sources that could do it : hydropower, wind power, solar, and geothermal.

Electricity access is a hot topic today, because innovations are bringing new solutions, and because of the power of the energy sector. What do you think about that? Do you believe in a proper world with energy for all?

The great potential of agroforestry

When we talk about agroforestry, two main configurations are possible. The first one is to plant trees (in line) inside plowed and cultivated agricultural plots in a sustainable manner. The second one is to make cohabit trees and pets. Thus, the profitability of lands is improved because of a better organization.

In the case of the Wordcoo project located in Dindefelo’s Natural Reserve (Map), the electrical equipments required will be used to organize the agroforestry. They are absolutely necessary because the project consist also in building a school. Then, they will be able to manage natural resources in the best way (without waist), they will improve the food security, and they even will contribute to the endangered chimpanzee’s survival in the region.

All these developments will make Dindefelo a reference in West Africa for biodiversity.

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FAO helps Gambian farmers to face climate changes

Gambia is subject to severe weather condition. In 2012, many areas were touched and that affected the productive capacity of agriculture.

In this way the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), under the Emergency Assistance Project for the fourth time, set training programs to help Gambian farmers adapt to climate changes. Thus, farmers will be able to better manage the weather risks in order to preserve their productive capacity.

The objective of these programs, according to the FAO assistant rep, is to ensure that they build the capacity of communities and targeted vulnerable households and people, to enable them tackle hazards like drought and floods.” says an article from Allafrica.

It is important to point out that the main target of all helps for Gambia is to learn them how to be autonomous. They need to face problems by themselves to evolve and reach a better level of development. In an other hand, they need materials to work in acceptable conditions and many others stuff to handle such a development.

At last, those aids are in line with the Worldcoo project which consist to give workshops, materials and building material. Furthermore, Gambian farmers would be able to face to bad wether conditions with greater ease and safety.

The West Africa’s Fouta Djallon region

As you may know, the Solar equipment for the Agroforestry School of the Dindefelo Community project is located in southern Senegal. But, its impact area is much bigger. In fact, the project aims to preserve apes in all the Fouta Djallon region. That’s why Jane Godall Institute recently decided to name the school as Fouta Djallon Biological School.

Fouta Djallon covers the western African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Senegal. The majority of people live in Middle Guinea and they speak a Niger-Congo language called Futa Jalo.

The region consists mainly of rolling grasslands, at an average elevation of about 900 m. Erosion by rain and rivers has carved deep jungle canyons and valleys into the sandstone. It receives a great deal of rainfall, and the headwaters of three major rivers, the Tinkisso River (major upriver tributary of the Niger), the Gambia River and the Senegal River, have their sources on it. Some authors also refer to Fouta Djallon as the Switzerland of West Africa.

Here, in this amazing environment, we find one of the biggest chimpanzee’s reserves in West Africa, and the Fouta Djallon Biological School mission is to preserve its natural biodiversity.

The school will start its activities very soon. Thanks to the help provided by the Universidad de Alicante, the construction is almost done, and now, one of the few remaining points is the solar equipment needed for the electrification.

Are you helping Fouta Djallon?

The Worldcoo Team

Worldcoo has a new project!

Worldcoo presents today a new project from the Jane Goodall Institute. This is the first project that comes out of the recent collaboration between Worldcoo and the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD).

“Solar equipment for the Agroforestry School of the Dindefelo Community” is the new Worldcoo’s project, from the Jane Goodall Institute. The main goal of this project is to improve agroforestry management skills among local communities. There is a school, located at the Dindefelo’s Natural Reserve, southeast of Senegal, managed by the local community, which wants to become a reference in West Africa for biodiversity, agroforestry and natural resource management, and food security improvement. Jane Goodall Institute wishes that this centre will contribute to the endangered chimpanzees’ survival in the region.

This project is part for another already started project. The main one seeks to achieve two different goals:
1) Building the research and training facilities, and
2) Equipping them with the basic equipment to function.

The first goal is already fund, and the organization hopes it will be accomplished by the month of April 2013. What they are presenting in Worldcoo is the funding they need to accomplish the second one, equally important but not funded yet. To make it possible, solar panels are the first priority to allow setting up a regular calendar of trainings and classes with all guarantees.

The primatologist Jane Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977, as a global non-profit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. Their work builds on Dr. Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision, specifically all related in understanding and treatment of apes through research, public education and advocacy.

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