Sustainable solutions

for the coexistence

of wildlife and people

 

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Films and Links

 

The focus of our work is on promoting projects for the sustainable coexistence of people and wildlife and community based conservation. With the following films and links we would like to show some of these projects to give an idea of their work. With your help we are trying to support at least some of these projects.

 

 A film about the Ogiek indigenous people on Mount Elgon in western Kenya, one of our most important project regions:

 

Nashulai Maasai Conservancy, a project in the Masai Mara ecoregion in southwest Kenya, won the 2020 United Nations Equator Prize for its conservation model of coexistence with wildlife. A film:

 Mara Loita Community Rangers is another Maasai project in southwest Kenya in the Loita forest ecosystem. The film clearly shows how the local Maasai population takes the protection of wild animals and the ecosystem into their own hands.

 

Most indigenous peoples are protectors of their respective ecosystems simply because of their sustainable way of life, which has been proven over thousands of years, such as the Baka in the Central African rainforests in the film example. Nevertheless, in many African countries they are forcibly removed from the forest in order to use it economically or to set up national parks.

 

The Maasai have always been lion hunters, because lions threatened their livestock, invaded villages and also killed people. Killing a lion was "good" and part of the young warriors' initiation rites. Two biologists turned things around. Today many Maasai are in favor of lion protection and coexistence.

 

The Salween Peace Park in Myanmar on the border with Thailand is a model for how future nature conservation could be implemented. In contrast to a national park, where people living there have mostly been resettled, in a "peace park" wild animals and people live in the same habitat, as has been natural for decades. One of our future film projects will document whether the Salween Peace Park fully complies with this.

 

The temperate rainforests of the North American west coast are home to many Indian peoples, the First Nations, as they call themselves. The invasion of white European settlers brought disease and death to often entire villages and, as a result, the destruction of the forests and the plunder of the rich marine world. Today, the First Nations continue to fight to preserve forests, protect wildlife and preserve their culture.

 

Across the globe, indigenous communities are raising their voices to speak out against the pervasive plundering and selling off of ecosystems and biodiversity. Environmental associations and citizens' initiatives in the global north are beginning to show solidarity with them and work together to protect "Mother Earth". Our work is closely linked to these emerging networks.