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.
Hats off to WFFT, fellow NGOS in Thailand and especially the Thai Department of National Parks for their tenacity in tackling tiger trade at the Tiger Temple. There are tiger trade operations masquerading as so-called "zoos" across Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China. Spouting nonsense about conservation value. Please don't visit anywhere that allows visitors to play with or handle tigers, anywhere that forces tigers to perform, keeps them in unnatural "herds", speed breeds tigers, or sells tiger bone wine, skins, teeth, claws etc. ... See MoreSee Less
BREAKING NEWS!!! Tiger Temple to face D-Day on Monday the 30th of May 2016
The WFFT has been in talks with authorities since the publishing of the article written by our founder Edwin Wiek in the Nation Newspaper a few weeks ago. See the article here bit.ly/1Z5S4dA.
We are very happy to announce the outcome of these talks. A press release yesterday issued by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) announced that the temple will be facing closure due to continuous breaches of the law and past agreements. After the Tiger Temple was granted a zoo license they still continued to sabotage agreements that had been stipulated by the DNP and refused legal checks on the tigers and other wildlife held at the temple.
The surrender to authorities of 10 more tigers last week was again refused by the temple, against the agreement made between authorities and the temple when the zoo permit was issued. Besides the closure of the temple, there is also a very big chance that the zoo license will be revoked, as requested by WFFT and other Thai NGO’s, as we all believe illegal wildlife traders should not be issued a zoo license. Evidence of illegal trade by the temple has been handed over by the ex-lawyer and veterinarian of the temple, both have been repeatedly threatened by staff and supporters of the temple.
An article in the Thai language Nation newspaper published last night bit.ly/1TKwIRz explains that the DNP now finds that the temple has pushed authorities over the limit by threatening them with another lawsuit requesting payment of over 5 million US dollars for the “care” of the tigers for the last 12 years, and the refusal to honor the agreement that at least 70 tigers would be surrendered to the authorities.
The WFFT fully supports the actions of the DNP and authorities in this case and has been invited to join the authorities at the Tiger Temple on Monday, we are sending a veterinary team to observe and assist if requested. The illegal trade in tigers and tiger-parts needs to be stopped. We are hopeful that this is the end of an establishment that has gone unpunished for far too long.
Africa: Senegal's southern forests may disappear by 2018, warns ecologist
Senegal's heavily forested southern region of Casamance will have no tree cover left by 2018 if illegal logging driven by Chinese demand is not addressed, a Senegalese ecologist warned Thursday.
Gambian loggers have long benefited from lax oversight of the area's forests to take prized rosewood timber over the border into the Gambia before exporting the logs to China.
Ecologist Haidar El Ali, a former environment minister, said the loggers' activities had "reached a point of no return," speaking at a press conference in Dakar on behalf of the environmental group he heads, Oceanium.
A reporting trip to the region by Oceanium captured images of a secret border market showing the collusion of Senegalese and Gambian loggers and Chinese middlemen, he said.
"Senegal has lost more than a million trees since 2010 while farmers in Gambia have pocketed 140 billion CFA ($238 million, 213 million euros) exporting the wood to China where the desire for furniture has exploded in the last few years," he added.
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