The Malindi office organised a Patron’s workshop on 22nd May, 2010 at the WCK Office hall. At least 39 teachers attended the one day seminar that was themed “Environment and Peace Awareness”
The facilitators were Mr. Tsofa Mweni from A-Rocha Kenya who tackled the environment matters. His was a presentation on the current environmental degradation and efforts to restore it to its former glory.
The afternoon session was handled by Ms. Zena Ochieng’ who is a Forestry Officer under the Jilore Forest Office. She made presentation on Conflict that arisies from Environmental Degradation.
The one day seminar was made possible by the ReCoMap Indian Ocean Project currently being run by the WCK Coast and Malindi Offices.
Patrons attending the workshop
WCK-Malindi Education Officer Maryam Jenneby addressing the participants.
What do you think of this elephant? It’s such a disturbing image. But it happens, and its done by people. Just like what happened to this elephant, thousands of innocent and voiceless wild creatures are subjected to all sorts of inhumane treatment everyday. We need to change our negative perceptions towards wildlife conservation through learning and actions. The Mobile Conservation Education Unit welcomes you in undertaking the vital task of educating and involving hundreds of thousands of Kenyan children and communities in wildlife conservation. Let’s learn to treat our wild animals in a humane way
The Wildlife Clubs of Kenya had earlier own requested for a material support from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Last month the RSPB donated 4 pairs of binoculars. Through the RSPB International Environment Education manager Barrie Cooper we (WCK) send our sincere gratitudes for this kind donation . The binoculars would be used at the Wajee Nature Park. This is a hot spot for the endangered Hindes babbler, only six members of this species are found here. We would also like to appreciate Brenton H and many others who joined us in ’Save the Hindes babbler campaign’ by giving a kind financial donation early this year.
More material and financial support is highly welcomed. More binoculars, bird guides, camping facilities and conservation publications are needed for the increasing number of school students, local and international visitors who visit the site in search of the Hindes babbler. WCK now focuses on effectively educating and involving the local school children and communities in conserving this vital habitat. In the month of September alone 20 schools and over 5,000 school children were visited, educated and fully incorporated in the Hindes babbler awareness campaign by the WCK’s Mobile Conservation Education Unit.
By moses: The forest is in Kitui Central district and is of great economic importance to the residents of this arid district. The vegetation cover of the forest is changing at an alarming rate due human activities. Kavonge is the only main water tower in the larger Kitui District. It is also a source of tributaries feeding into Ntheeu and Kalundu river which is a source of livelihood to communities living downstream. The rivers now are dry as sign of environmental destruction in the forest. Endangered tree species such east african sandal wood, scientifically known as Osyris Lanceolata among others are dominant in the forest. wildlife is also another valuable resource in the forest.
WCK has been promoting grassroots participation in tree planting activities and enhancing environmental stability through the youth. we recognise the importance of the youth as an important tool for effective tranfer of tree planting techniques. Eological walks have also been going on in the forest for awareness creation and educational purposes. We intend to plant 10,000 seedling in this rain season (October – December) to rehabilitate the forest.
-USD 100 – could help to plant 750 seedlings in the forest.
-USD 500 – could help to purchase 3750 seedlings.
-USD 1000 - could help to restore 1/4 ha of the forest.
Please help! Your gift today will not only restore the forest but will give the community a brighter future.
students inside the forest Kalundu river originates in the forest pupils holding seedlings ready to plant in the forest
By Gabriel:The climate change effects are now real. The rains are unpredictable. With a big percentage of the Africa population including Kenya depending on rain fed agriculture, then social and economic future of this region is blink. Climate change is also among the major threats facing our wildlife. In this year’s drought for example Kenya has lost 40 out of its 2000 grevy zebras, 600 hippos, over 200 elephants and hundreds of other species. The Wildlife Clubs of Kenya’s Mobile Conservation Education Unit, has embarked on serious measures of educating and involving the school children and public at large in combating the climate change effects and more specifically developing suitable adaptive and mitigation measures. In the month of July, September and October 2009 alone a total of 25,600 school children have benefited from this charitable wildlife education program. Extensive public educational programs, creating climate change publications, tree planting measures, proper ways of harvesting and storing water, balancing both wildlife and livestock requirements are some of the key measures in place. Thousands of our school children have as well been involved in the Seal The Deal petition form signing ahead of the COP 15 Copenhagen summit this year. Your financial and material support will make it possible for us to jointly address this critical issue.
Education Officers from the various Regional Offices met at Wildlife Direct office in Hurlingham, Nairobi on 25th September 2009 for a training on enhancement on capacity on blog posting and management. This training would help in promotion and giving us an opportunity to show the rest of the world of the various environmental and conservation activities undertaken in the various centres. Thanks to Wildlife Direct and Wildlife Clubs of Kenya Headquarters for this
It been interesting to learn about blog techniques that will assist education officers in the regions to share information about their respective areas.It will assist in support of conservation activities .
From lef t Mr. Gitahi, Mr. Mwendwa, Mr. Katumbi and Mr. Majani (standing)
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