Elisha Thompson from the group DONET, in Dodoma, received training and equipment in early 2009. He went on to investigate street children and their fight for survival at the bottom of the social chain amid drug and sexual abuse.. The result was a moving film called ‘Dream’. EIA connected Elisha Thompson with Haki Elimu and he was subsequently funded by the organisation to produce two TV spots urging the Government to inject TZS 60 billion into improving education and build 22,000 new homes for teachers. These were shown on TV daily, helping to build public support.Elisha received funds from EIA to document forest destruction by charcoal manufacturers, and has produced several TV spots campaigning on maternal health.Several of his films screened at the Uninhibited Muse Festival in the USA, and he is now mentoring new project participants in field investigations.
PINGOS Forum, in Arusha, received training and equipment from EIA in early 2009 and went on to produce a film highlighteing the government eviction of Maasai tribesmen to protect the operations of an influential Emirati hunting company, the OBC. The film features testimony of the associated brutalities and the burning of homes, revealing how the government is failing its people in favour of lucrative deals.A screeing at the Swedish Embassy prompted the Ambassador to launch a fact-finding mission into the evictions. The film was also shared among delegates at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, in Gambia, garnering international support. Maasai communities have in turn been empowered to demonstrate and give testimony in court.In addition, PINGOS received a small grant from EIA to investigate and document the impacts of raw effluence from an oil distillery on local communities. Following a media campaign, the company was pressured to construct a treatment plant. PINGOs is now helping to open a legal case against the distillery.
Maajabu conducted a field investigation in an area in Loliondo, which the central government wanted to gazette as a National Forest Reserve. The government planned to expel Maasai communities in the area, accusing them of illegally logging and destroying the forest. Maajabu’s investigation showed outsiders were responsible for the destruction.In April 2010, Maajabu showed their film ‘Our Beloved Forests’ to the Tanzanian Director of Forests,. He agreed to accompany Maajabu to Loliondo and subsequently declared the area a ‘Village Forest Reserve’ to be managed by the Maasai communities.
TGNP, a gender-based organisation, used visuals and the media to lobby for a female Speaker in Parliament. In 2011, for the first time ever, the ruling party nominated a woman as Parliamentary Speaker.
The project has also led to the creation of a strong national network. Individuals trained by EIA have begun working cooperatively; for example, in response to the proposed construction of the Serengeti Highway, NGOs have come together to produce a campaign film calling for an alternative route less disruptive to wildlife migration. The government recently announced it would support this option instead of the original route.
Whales, dolphins and porpoises are under fresh threat in the EU
Fishing nets and gear pose a significant threat to dolphins, porpoises and whales. Accidental entanglement in fishing gear often proves fatal to cetaceans. Those animals unable to free themselves will endure horrific deaths, suffering serious injuries while struggling to escape and eventually suffocating underwater.
... Yet, despite legally binding requirements to monitor and reduce cetacean bycatch, high numbers of dolphins, porpoises and whales continue to die unnecessarily in our waters. There has been a failure to sufficiently monitor cetacean bycatch in most fisheries, which – in turn – has also hampered attempts to take effective mitigation measures to eliminate the problem.
Recognising the weaknesses in the current cetacean bycatch legislation, last year the European Commission adopted a proposal to repeal it and incorporate its provisions into a new regulation on the conservation of fishery resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures as part of a wider suite of measures to protect marine ecosystems.
This proposed legislation provides an opportunity to improve monitoring and mitigation requirements against cetacean bycatch, but sadly lacks the detailed technical measures that are necessary. It is now up to both the Council and Parliament to try to strengthen the legislation to provide European cetaceans with the increased protection that they desperately need.
Congratulations to EIA Forests Campaign legend Faith Doherty on braving freezing temperatures to complete London's Serpentine Swim on Sunday!
The long months and chill mornings of training paid off as she swam the mile to raise more than £1,120 in sponsorship for EIA.
Afterwards, Faith said: "Thank-you everyone who supported EIA and myself for this challenge - it was an amazing time with so many people who just love to swim. All your donations, and personal messages got me across the finish line, they really did!"
Image: Left, five tonnes of pangolins before being burnt after a huge seizure in Indonesia en route to Hong Kong or China via Vietnam, April 2015 (c) Paul Hilton for Wildlife Conservation Society; right, Asian pangolin ... See MoreSee Less