Monthly Archives: August 2013

Wildlife Works Offsets Volcom Fiji Pro 2013

Wildlife Works is ecstatic to be the official carbon offset provider of Sustainable Surf, at the Volcom Fiji Pro – Deep Blue Surfing Event!

Sustainable Surf is a non-profit charity organization that helps major surf contests reduce their impact with a comprehensive approach to reducing waste, using renewable energy and supporting local communities.

Utilizing our Kasigau REDD+ project we were able to offset 100% of the carbon from the Volcom FIjji Pro event that took place in June 2013!

The following information has been copied directly from sustainablesurf.org:

More African Trees = Healthier Fijian Reefs

More African Trees = Healthier Fijian Reefs

 

What is a Deep Blue Surfing Event anyway?

A Deep Blue Surfing Event is a more “Ocean Friendly” event, which has been endorsed by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) as a clear path for reducing environmental impacts of a professional surfing contest, while also providing social benefits for the local community.

Deep Blue Surfing Events address impacts directly related to the local contest area, including waste reduction, protection of natural resources, and the building of stronger communities. Deep Blue Surfing Events also reduce global threats to the sport of surfing itself from the effects of climate change, such as reductions in global wave heights, sea level rise, ocean acidification and the loss of the world’s living coral reefs, by reducing and offsetting carbon emissions from the event.

Summary of Impact Reductions:

The 2013 Volcom Fiji Pro (VFP) has been evaluated to have met or exceeded the minimum requirements, and has been designated as a Deep Blue Surfing Event™ by Sustainable Surf.

1.Waste Diversion: At least 40% of waste diverted from landfill

2.Climate Change: 100% of CO2 footprint mitigated (a “carbon-neutral” event)

3.Community Support: Three community-focused non-profit organization partners

Sustainable Surf’s post-event evaluation of Volcom’s efforts indicates that the Volcom Fiji Pro has exceeded the minimum requirements of three categories: Waste, Climate Change and Community Outreach. To receive a Deep Blue Surfing Event designation, an event is required to develop a data collection plan for measuring performance regarding the reduction of environmental impacts, and it must meet the minimum goals for at least two of the five major categories of environmental impacts. As with Volcom’s efforts last year, the remaining two categories (Energy and Transportation) remain a significant challenge (or are not as applicable) for this particular event, given the constraints of the remote contest site in Fiji. On the plus side, Tavarua’s remoteness does not allow for a large group of on-site spectators, which has an overall effect of helping to further reduce environmental impacts related to the majority of the categories measured.

The sustainability efforts of the 2013 Volcom Fiji Pro contest were aided in large part again, by the choice to site the majority of the event’s operational footprint at the world famous Tavarua Island Resort (TIR), which is instituting a robust sustainability strategy aimed at obtaining the first Sustainable Surf Tourism Certification – a program of the Center For Surf Research at San Diego State University.

For a detailed summery of the data, results and suggested improvements per category, visit SustainableSurf.org!

* * * * * * * * *

About Wildlife Works Carbon:

Wildlife Works is the world’s leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world’s forests.

Over a 15 year history Wildlife Works established a successful model that uses the emerging marketplace for REDD+ Carbon Offsets to protect threatened forests, wildlife, and communities.

The company helps local landowners in the developing world monetize their forest and biodiversity assets whether they are governments, communities, ownership groups, or private individuals.

Mwemba Primary School: Carbon credits create classrooms!

The community improvement teams at Wildlife Works are on a roll! Recently, we celebrated the grand opening of the Mwatate Secondary School funded by carbon credits as part of Wildlife Works’ brand of REDD, but we didn’t stop there! Wildlife Works is happy to announce the completion of the Mwemba Primary School building. The goal for the new Mwemba school, which is currently comprised of a preschool class, a staffroom and a toilet, is to eventually add 10 more classrooms, a library, an electricity connection and a kitchen among other utilities. Fortunately, several stakeholders were present during the official school opening and have promised to continue the progress that Wildlife Works has started.

The new Mwemba Primary School

The new Mwemba Primary School

 

Taita-Taveta’s Deputy Governor Mary Ndiga at the new school opening

Taita-Taveta’s Deputy Governor Mary Ndiga at the new school opening

 

Schools are needed more than ever in the ranches and villages surrounding our project area in Southeast Kenya. Children as young as six years old walk up to eight kilometers to attend classes in the village of Shighadi ya Mwemba. The journey is long, tiring and wrought with dangerous wild animals. More than one pupil has missed school due to the long journey and the fear of wild animals has only heightened the human-wildlife conflict in the region. In 2010, town elders and administrative officials proposed building a school in Mwemba. They approached several potential donors and attempted to raise funds but could not meet the strict requirements, which include raising 10% of the total cost before beginning construction. The arrival of Wildlife Works and REDD+ in the villages of Mwatate and Mwachabo in 2011 provided a real boost to the community. In addition to providing funding for projects via sales of carbon credits, the presence of Wildlife Works has encouraged residents to plant trees and be more mindful of conservation and sustainable living techniques.

pic3 copy

The new Mwemba Primary School is just one of the education-targeted projects that the community has been able to undertake. Wildlife Works is also currently working on constructing a classroom in the Mngama Primary School, and building a new Ngangu water chamber.

From left to right: (speaking) Deputy Governor Mary Ndiga, Education Officer Stanley Mwang’ombe, Community Relation Officer Laurian Lenjo Mwandoe, and Ronald Mzame, the area chief of Mwachabo location.

From left to right: (speaking) Deputy Governor Mary Ndiga, Education
Officer Stanley Mwang’ombe, Community Relation Officer Laurian Lenjo Mwandoe, and Ronald Mzame, the area chief of Mwachabo location.

 

Wildlife Works’ Community Relations Manager Laurian Lenjo Mwandoe

Wildlife Works’ Community Relations Manager Laurian Lenjo Mwandoe

 

We at Wildlife Works are so proud to be a part of the celebration and we are thrilled to see communities directly benefitting from environmental conservation, not only in the short-term but also over generations to come.

Help Save Recently Discovered Rare Mountain Lions in Ethiopia

For the first time, mountain lions have been discovered in the Ethiopia Kafa project area. Kafa, the birthplace of wild arabica coffee, also harbors exciting wildlife, striking landscapes and vibrant cultures.

According to the Kafa Coffee Biosphere Reserve, The German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union provided the first evidence of lions in the Montane rain and cloud forest. Until now, the African lion had only been documented and photographed outside of the rainforest.

ethiopiamountainlion

First photo ever taken of a Forest Lion in Ethiopia ©Ioana Muntenescu/NABU

The discovery of lions in the Kafa Biosphere Reserve took place as part of the wider conservation work by our REDD partners Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, or NABU, in Southwest Ethiopia.

The African Mountain Lion is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and needs our protection. Aqua Vita Films, in collaboration with NABU, is currently raising money to make a documentary about the newly discovered lions. Education and information are key, as the lions could be killed if they are seen as a threat to the locals.

With your help, Aqua Vita Films can make the documentary “Expedition Jungle Lion” in order to learn more about these rare lions, raise awareness of them and protect them from the bullet. You are invited to become a part of this remarkable film through Aqua Vita’s Kickstarter fund: www.kickstarter.com/projects/aquavita/jungle-lions-film-worlds-first.

The following information is copied directly from the “Expedition Jungle Lion” Kickstarter page:

thestory

In the last real wilderness of Ethiopia mighty roars echo through the mountain jungle. Living here is a secret population of lions unknown to science until last year, but already they are under threat because they are feared. These forest lions truly are the ‘King of the Jungle’. Elusive yet bold, they hunt different prey, but how different are their lives from the lions of the savannah? Are they indeed an entirely new species of lion? This film will uncover the lion’s secrets.

We know very little about these lions. However one thing we do know is that over the years they have killed up to 850 livestock on the edge of the forest. Despite this, the locals never harmed these lions or shot them. That is because they respect them as they are very much part of their tradition and mythology. So when hunters were brought in to “deal” with the problem, the village elders told the farmers to mislead the marksmen to where the lions were, by giving false information about their whereabouts, so remarkably leaving not one lion killed.

It is now urgent that we document these lions before this happens again. Next time the lions may not be so lucky. We quickly need to give both the lions and the local people a voice, so to avoid a disaster. There are solutions to this problem and this film will explore these, and share it with a global audience.

We are mounting an expedition to film their behaviour, estimate how many there are, what they are hunting, their interactions with the indigenous coffee harvesters and the threats they face. Using our unique skills of wildlife filming, camera traps and field craft we will set out to reveal the true life of these mysterious lions. The film aims to help protect these lion by revealing their uniqueness and importance to our planet.

These lions are found in forests where the original coffee was discovered. The locals perform coffee ceremonies and talk of their spiritual relationship with the lion. They have a second sense, hearing a twig snap or a bird call they stop and say “The King is Here”.

Although the locals talked about lions in the forest, no-one listened to them. Last year NABU, the renowned German conservation organisation, provided the first evidence of lions in the Afro-montane rain and cloud forest. It astounded the world press, African lions had only before been recorded on savannah and thorny scrub, not living high up in remote mountain rainforests.

Lions are gravely imperiled and on the IUCN RED LIST. Habitat loss, prey depletion, hunting, and poisonings have decimated Africa’s lions. In the last 100 years, it is believed that the lion population has declined by 85% and now are extinct in 26 African countries.

These forests are also known as Ethiopia’s green lungs. They catch the rain that feeds the rivers that support the nation. They are the birthplace of Arabica coffee that first grew here 1000 years ago. Incredible bird, plant, monkey species live here along with hippo, bush pig, leopard and our secret lions.

Lions have always been revered in Ethiopia and they are on the national currency. But tolerance is changing and today the relationship with the lions is in danger of disintegrating due to the loss of lion habitat, forcing lions into farming areas. More and more kills of livestock are being reported and conservationists fear that the respectful relationship between man and lion could change for the worse. This film will reveal the special relation the locals have for the lions, despite their livestock being killed.

NABU is working with people such as Dr Hans Bauer who has 15 years experience in conservation management he first studied the lions of Cameroon. The film will highlight the importance of future research on these lions, and so protecting them.

monkey

Black-faced Vervet Monkey ©Svane Bender/NABU

thefilm

EXPEDITION JUNGLE LION is an Aqua Vita Films production with the assistance of NABU Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union in Germany. NABU are working to research, protect and manage the incredible wildlife in this Biosphere Reserve and work to protect the forest people. We passionately feel that this remarkable story needs to be told!

This film will be used to inform schools, organizations, corporations, businesses and governments about the importance of these lions and why they need to be protected. We ask you to keep pledging beyond our goal, as the bigger the funding, the better the film. One aim is make a greater in depth film about these lions for international broadcast, but we cannot do this unless we get this footage first.

thesupport

So why do we need your support? We are investing a lot of time and expertise in developing this film, as well as providing latest High Definition film equipment. However it is important that we raise enough funds, not just to get out there, but also, to allow us to spend the time needed to get crucial footage of these amazing rare lions. Every penny that is pledged goes 100% into the production of the film.

Our top reward gives you the opportunity to join us on our expedition for one week. The second highest an opportunity to be in the cuttingroom to see the film taking shape. However our other rewards allow you to be very much a partner in this project.

Dr Bernard Walton says, “This film can only be made with your pledge. Please look at the rewards carefully and see what you will receive by contributing to this important project. To protect these lions, we need to better understand them and to do that, we ask you to be part of this exciting project – the world’s first film on Jungle Lions!”

Thank you.

thedirector

diretor2

therisks

This film is ambitious but also realistic. We are experienced nature filmmakers who have worked with all the major broadcasters, such as BBC, National Geographic Channel, Animal Planet, etc. We always weigh up the challenges carefully and we are very positive about this expedition. Bernard Walton has 30 years experience in nature film production, most of that with the BBC Natural History Unit. We are working closely with German biologists and field workers who are with NABU Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union who are associated with Birdlife International. They have been working in the these forests for several years and they have assisted in the first photographs to be taken.

We currently judge that given enough time and armed with the right video capture equipment, we should be able film these lions for the very first time. Principally the more time we have out there, the greater the chances of success and the more behaviour we shall film. For this reason we encourage you to help us exceed the minimum pledge required and help give these newly discovered lions a real chance to survive in the future.

Please visit Kickstarter.com to back this project, ask a question or find out more about the film “Expedition Jungle Lion” www.kickstarter.com/projects/aquavita/jungle-lions-film-worlds-first

WHAT IS WILDLIFE WORKS?

Protecting + Forests + Wildlife + Community since 1997.

Wildlife Works is the world's leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world's forests.