Amazon Day

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Today, 5 September is Amazon Day. This day, first commemorated in 1850, is supposed to be a celebration of the wonder and splendour of one of the most biodiverse places on our planet. Unfortunately, the Amazon rainforest has been in the news recently for the wrong reasons.

With its vast area of 7 million square kilometres (2,700,000 sq mi), five million of which are covered by forest, the Amazon today is one of humanity’s most precious natural heritage. This bio-geographic domain spreads out over 60% of Brazil’s total land surface and parts of it extend into nine South American countries – Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela and French Guyana. An estimated 33 million people inhabit the Amazon basin.

The Amazon is the home of an infinite number of animal and plant species. An incredible one in ten known species in the world lives in the Amazon rainforest. It is also a vitally important regulator of the global climate patterns and is a rich source of nutritional, medicinal, mineral and other forest-based raw materials.

Sadly the Amazon is nevertheless under serious threat from predatory human activities such as logging, mining, infrastructure construction and the conversion of standing forest into areas of pasture or cropland. This is even more abundantly clear in the light of the recent devastating and disastrous forest fires.

There is a lot you can do to help the Amazon and other rainforests over the globe. Firstly, take a deep breath! Rainforests are the lungs of our planet; breathe deeply and thank the rainforests. Secondly, talk about it – with everyone from family to friends and colleagues. Get the word out that the Amazon literally needs every one of us, just like we need it! You can, of course, contribute to local and global organisations that preserve the Amazon and other rainforests. These include Amazon Aid Foundation, Amazon Frontlines, Amazon Watch, and many others. Furthermore, choose products that use alternative sources of ingredients that don’t come from deforestation of the Amazon.

We here at Nature Travel Conservation are trying to spread the word about nature conservation in general, as well as specifically for the Amazon today. Go to www.naturetravelconservation.com to see what we are all about.

 

World Water Day

It’s a sad but true fact that over 2 billion people around the world still do not have daily access to clean water. This sad lack of such a basic human need is a tragedy that people around the world are seeking to redress.

This is also why the United Nations has set up World Water Day – a day where people can focus on the many ways ordinary people can get involved in helping people reclaim some dignity, and improve their long-term health through access to clean and safe water. Other water issues such as safeguarding aquatic eco-systems are also highlighted every year on this day. We need our water in all its forms!

Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.

The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘leaving no one behind. To ‘leave no one behind’, we must focus our efforts towards including people who have been marginalised or ignored. Water services must meet the needs of marginalised groups and their voices must be heard in decision-making processes. Regulatory and legal frameworks must recognise the right to water for all people, and sufficient funding must be fairly and effectively targeted at those who need it most.

Water is such a precious commodity that many take for granted. World Water Day is a chance to think about those people and places where water needs are still paramount, and seek to work together to find a solution.

Here at Nature Travel Conservation we believe each one of us has to be part of conserving nature and its wildlife for the generations to come after us, and we fully support World Water Day.

 

International day of Forests

Today, 21 March, is International Day of Forests!

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates forests and aims to increase the public awareness among communities about the values, significance and contributions of the forests to balance the life cycle for all living beings on earth.

The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The theme for 2019 is Forests and Education.

Forests are the complex living community of trees which provides home and shelter to a big range of animals and the soil beneath it is inhabited by a huge variety of invertebrates, fungi and bacteria, all playing a significant role in balancing the nutrients cycle in the soil. Forests therefore are an essential part of life on Earth. They provide shadow, shelter, and play a great role in gathering and releasing the water on earth and maintaining the flora and fauna habitat balance. The modern world, with its growing global population, increases the demands on forests, already at huge risk of deforestation and degradation. Each year more than 13 million hectares (32 million acres) of forests are lost, an area roughly the size of England!

Almost 30% of the total land worldwide is occupied by forests containing over 60,000 tree species which are ultimately some of the greatest sources of food, fuel, essential oils, resins, latex, gums, medicines, fiber, water and wood for the 7 billion people of the world. Simply put, we cannot survive without forests.

On the International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns and educating the younger generation about the significance of forests.

You can help by watching and sharing the official video on www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/ or you can plant a tree, or you can go for a walk in a local forest and marvel at its beauty, or join the conservation conversation using the #IntlForestDay hashtag. Whatever you decide to do, spread the word – the world needs forests!

We at Nature Travel Conservation support this exciting and necessary initiative to help save our planet. We are based in Namibia (not many forests there!) and offer specialised conservation safaris in that amazing country, with its remarkable history of innovation, sustainability, cooperation and success in the field of conservation. For more information visit www.naturetravelconservation.com or send an enquiry directly to info@naturetravelconservation.com

 

The privilege of our Conservation journey

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“The wildlife and it’s habitat can not speak. So we must and we will. Theodore Roosevelt”
To be part of conservation and to take our clients on safaris to wonderful destinations where they can see conservation first hand and be close to the magnificent animals that we concern ourselves about is such a privilege.
Join us on our blog where we will tell the story and share the experiences from our conservation safaris.