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.
Indonesia to extend ban on forest clearing: Govt official
JAKARTA, - Indonesia, home to the world's third-largest tropical forests and a powerful palm oil industry, will extend a ban on forest clearing, a government official said on Wednesday.
Southeast Asia's largest economy is under international pressure to curb deforestation and destruction of carbon-rich peatlands and forests that palm oil and mining companies say they need for expansion.
"Indonesia will extend the moratorium policy," Nur Masirpatin, policy advisor for the ministry of environment and forestry told reporters at a media event, without giving an exact timeframe or length of the renewal.
The world's biggest producer of palm oil imposed a two-year moratorium on clearing forest in May 2011 under a $1 billion (S$1.4 billion) climate deal with Norway aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation, and extended for two more years in May 2013.
US warehouse of 1.5 million stuffed animals stands as reminder of horrific illegal wildlife trade
US authorities say the $40 billion illegal wildlife trade is both a conservation and global security issue, as tiger and elephant populations decline and reports suggest the trade is used to fund world-wide terrorist activities.
The glass eyes stare out from the head of the tiger. Its mouth is painted a garish red, its tongue glued in place — one more victim of wildlife trafficking now sitting on a shelf in a warehouse in Colorado.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service runs the Property Repository 30km outside Denver.
About 1.5 million animals, or parts of animals, are here — lions, tigers, rhinos and elephants.
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Zimbabwe: Captured baby elephants should be turned over to a sanctuary for release
The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF) has called on the Government to place captured baby elephants in a rehabilitation sanctuary.
In a statement, ZCTF chairman Johnny Rodriguez said that would enable the elephants to be taken back into their natural wild habitat later.
The Government has been capturing baby elephants for export to China and other international destinations but conservationists say the move is cruel.
“With regard to the baby elephants which have been captured in Hwange National Park for intended export to China, we would appeal to the Zimbabwean Government to do the right thing and release these elephants into a rehabilitation sanctuary so that they can be released back into the wild.
“This would prove to the world that Zimbabwe is serious about conservation. We are asking this on behalf of thousands of animal lovers around the world,” said Rodriguez.
He urged Government to burn 72 tonnes of elephant tusks and five tonnes of rhino horn retrieved from poachers, saying that must be done in a public place and to be witnessed by conservationists and animal lovers.
If it complied, Zimbabwe would follow examples from Malawi, Kenya and Ethiopia that have incinerated captured tusks.