A new Positive Handprint story – Earthwatch
International charity Earthwatch have some recent positive environmental restoration stories, achieved during their research projects, which they would like to share;
Mangroves of Kenya: The Mikoko Pamoja project aims to conserve an area of mangrove forest and plant trees in degraded beach areas, using funds from the carbon market to support conservation work and lead to community benefits such as school electrification and better health care. In 2011 the project succeeded in becoming carbon accredited.
South African penguins – Robben Island: A major disaster was averted, as penguins and other birds were affected by the oil slick from the ‘Seli II’ which ran aground opposite SANCCOB two years ago and finally broke up, releasing its remaining oil. An Earthwatch scientist caught three oiled penguins in the water to rehabilitate them.
Monitoring wildlife in Amazonian Peru: A Community-based wildlife management project in the Samiria River basin. This incorporated results of wildlife monitoring in management groups and local Cocama communities by providing capacity building and tools that helped these groups improve their wildlife; with a focus on bushmeat, fisheries, caiman, manatees, giant river otters, feline, and primate species.
You can find out more on these projects and the work Earthwatch does towards environmental restoration on their website: http://www.earthwatch.org/
A new Positive Handprint story – Africa Wood Grow
Africa Wood Grow is a Kenyan organisation, dedicated to rehabilitating the Earth for the the next generation and the protection of biodiversity. AWG’s current projects involve the planting of trees on a 20 acre farm. They produce their own tree seedlings of local species, planting a variety of trees to avoid monoculture and enhance biodiversity. AWG also employ local people and educate them in the importance of taking care of the environment in which they live. To find out more about AWG’s activities, you can view the short video below, or visit their website at: http://www.africawoodgrow.com/
A new Positive Handprint story – Restore The Mississippi River Delta
Restore the delta is a new campaign, aimed at helping to restore the ecological integrity and reverse the spatial decline of the Mississipi delta, in light of recent pressure on the delta from oil spills, hurricanes, sea level rise and so on. They involve a wide range of stakeholders and staff, and run projects including environmental restoration, community outreach, and challenging public policy. You can find out more on their website: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/
The organisation Earth Rebirth was set up to foster a sustainable future that provides environmental restoration through the means of social and economic evolution. Their focuses include alternative energy, transportation, fuel, waste management, and eco-friendly breakthroughs. One of their recent programmes is ‘Garden Your Own Growth’. Earth Rebirth have worked with children locally to educate them on next generation gardening, and intend to implement a large sustainable ecosystem garden that optimizes wildlife, water cycles and energy. You can find out more about their programmes on their website: http://earthrebirthnow.com
A new Positive Handprint story – Reforest Patagonia
Reforest Patagonia is a new nonprofit, public-private campaign whose aim is to create a citizen movement to plant one million native trees (lenga, ñirre, and coigüe species) in six national parks and reserves in Chile’s Patagonia―recovering 2,000 acres of protected wilderness in 2012. Last December, over 42,000 acres of the Torres Del Paine National Park were destroyed in a fire and this campaign aims to restore the ecological integrity of the affected area. You can find out more about the campaign on their website: http://www.reforestemospatagonia.cl
A new Positive Handprint story - A community pledge for conservation in Loreto Bay, Mexico
Conservation group ‘Rare’ have undertaken a campaign aimed at countering issues of over fishing in Loreto Bay, Mexico. The campaign has given the community access to training, opportunities and resources to protect their livelihoods. This has been combined with a conservation agreement between local parties to successfully manage fishing interests and preserve the natural resources of the marine environment. To read more about the campaign, visit: http://www.rareconservation.org/blog/2012/06/12/living-a-community-pledge-for-conservation-in-loreto-bay-mexico/
A new Positive Handprint story – Restoration of Upton Heath
Dorset wildlife trust are undertaking a wide scale restoration of Upton Heath, after it was damaged by fire in 2011. Following the blaze, which swept through a third of the heath, work is beginning to bring the area back to a good condition for the extremely rare wildlife that depends on the habitat. The project will focus not only on the burnt area but on restoring a recently acquired section of the heath, which is urgently in need of management work following years of invasion by pine, birch and some non-native species. You can read more on this restoration project at the following link:
A new Positive Handprint story – Environmental Restoration in the Everglades
The Everglades foundation are currently undertaking several restoration projects, aimed at providing recreational, economic and environmental benefits to local residents. You can read more about their projects at the following link:
A new Positive Handprint Story - Coral Restoration in the Florida Keys
The National Marine Sanctuary foundation are running a large scale project aimed at restoring coral in the Florida Keys, the world’s third largest reef. You can read more about the project on their website: http://nmsfocean.org/
A new Positive Handprint Story - McMurry Natural Area Restoration
Ecological restoration company Biohabitats have a positive handprint story to share. They have recently implemented a restoration project in Colorado, in the McMurry Natural Area, located within an urban greenbelt, where decades of gravel mining scarred the landscape and left open water gravel pits with very little biological diversity and minimal ecological function. Working closely with the City, Biohabitats led a design-build effort to convert the gravel pits into an ecologically functioning landscape.
You can read more about the project at the following link: http://www.biohabitats.com/projects/mcmurry-natural-area-restoration/
Peter Knupffer (Twitter: @PeterKnupffer) has shared this positive handprint story:
Peter was a volunteer for a reforestation project in India. The experience had changed his view and inspired him to make a difference to the world. To read a blog entry about his experience, please visit the link below:
A new positive handprint story – The Bee Cause
It would cost the UK £1.8 billion every year to hand-pollinate crops without bees – 20% more than previously thought – according to new research launched by Friends of the Earth. They are therefore launching a new project, to help conserve and restore bee populations, and you can get involved too!
In recent years Britain has lost over half the honey bees kept in managed hives and wild honey bees are nearly extinct. Solitary bees are declining in more than half the areas they’ve been studied and some species of bumblebee have been lost altogether.
Bees and other pollinating insects are responsible for most of our favourite fruit and vegetables. One reason for their decline is a shortage of natural habitats, so Friends of the Earth has outlined simple steps people can take in their gardens to help provide it:
• Sow bee-friendly seeds and plant bee-friendly flowers in your garden such as mixed wildflowers packets, single-flowering roses, open and flat-headed flowers like verbena and yarrow and tubular-shaped flowers such as foxgloves.
• Create a place to nest for solitary bees by piling together hollow stems and creating a ‘bee hotel’.
• Try to provide a small amount of rainwater in a shallow birdbath or tray which honeybees need to keep their hive at the right temperature.
More info is available at: www.foe.co.uk/bees
A new positive handprint story – ‘From coalmines to good times’
‘Dedicated work by local people and government bodies has rehabilitated lifeless rivers in South Wales, restoring former
industrial areas to places of beauty and recreation’. This project has helped to restore the ecology of previously degraded rivers in coal mining communities, rehabilitating aquatic life and
restoring biodiversity, and engaging the local community. More information on the project is available below:
A Positive Handprint story – Algae Reduction in Missisquoi Bay
This Video; ‘Bloom – the Plight of Lake Champlain’ narrated by actor Chris Cooper has been created to highlight the threat of Blue-green algae bloom to lakes. The video also highlights the efforts of lake managers to tackle this threat and help to restore the ecological integrity of the lake system.
A new Handprint story – The INGA Foundation
Supported by Artists project Earth, the INGA foundation are working to help restore the Amazon Rainforest and produce a positive handprint for the earth. They work with subsistence farmers to offer a sustainable alternative to slash-and-burn agriculture, helping to counter rainforest deforestation, restore soil fertility and address the issues of food insecurity faced by local people. Please visit their website if you would like to find out more:
We love to share stories about what people are doing to restore the earth and produce a positive handprint. If you have a story you would like to share, please contact us!