Art for Conservation Education

August 7, 2017

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Kenya

Art for Conservation Education

About the Implementing organization

Name: The Laikipian

Country: Kenya

Year of establishment: 2013

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization, Community enterprise or business

Description

The Laikipian will creatively inform the target audience on the increasing cases of environment and natural resources degradation and other vices such as poaching. Our art will highlight the dangers of such human activities to the perpetrators as well as future generations.

The destruction of habitat and the extinction of wildlife is a global phenomenon that cannot only be tackled on a local scale as it is fuelled by destructive behaviour that is not limited to one country alone and therefore a need to use of a universal language-art.

Our Art for Conservation has five education platforms: ’ Hunt Me Not’ conservation comic series, ‘Let’s Go Wild’ kids colour book, interactive conservation board game, environmental education posters and use of brand names and slogans to raise awareness on conservation

Each product will explain how conservation efforts can be combined with the daily lives of ordinary people, so that they can develop creative solutions and play a key role in mitigating the effects of environmental degradation. Each product has a different primary audience: the colouring book is aimed at young children, the game is made for general public, and the comic is more appropriate for teenagers and adults. If a new generation is empowered through conservation education and act now, they will construct a solid foundation on which to build a path for a better future.

Nature Element

Forests / Wetlands / Rivers / Wildlife

Type of Action

Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Renewable energy / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

    

Environmental Impacts

Conservation of Chonnir forest has led to improving the moisture content of soil. Water was drying up affecting not only the Somdal village but the surrounding two villages which depend on the water source from this forest. Water to terrace paddy field was depleting resulting to abandoning of many terrace fields. Conservation of this forest has recharged water sources and the paddy fields have been reclaimed after 7-8 years.

This forest patch is connected to Patkai hills in Nagaland through Tingshong forest.No hunting is allowed in this forest. Therefore, villagers started spotting wild animals which were almost vanished from the surrounding forest due to heavy degradation of forest and habitat loss.

Improvement of water supply to the village compound has improved sanitation and cleanliness of the village. This also reduced the workload of women as generally women take the responsibility to fetch water from the ponds if it were not supplied in the compound due to lack of water supply source.

Sustainable Development Impacts

1. Recharging the water source and therefore enabling the villagers to reclaim terrace field has helped in ensuring food security to villagers.
2. With the retention of moisture around the village, there has been an improvement in homestead gardening. Livestock keeping has improved which provided supplementary income as well as better nutrition to the families.

3. There has been an improvement in production of NTFPs which in turn has boosted the skills and income of women groups as they developed skills on value addition and sell the products.
4. Improvement in water source helped the village to improve sanitation and cleanliness in the village.

5. Less availability of forest land for cultivation and other livelihood needs made villagers to diversify their economic activities. Non-farm based activities such as weaving, petty business, food processing, animal husbandry, handicraft etc. have provided sustainable alternative livelihood options to this indigenous community.

Scalability

Protection of large scale of forest patch in the village which has less land for cultivation was a big challenge. However, diversification of economic activities from farm-based to non-farm based activities made it possible to protect the forest. This forest being part of forest Patkai hill in Nagaland forms an animal corridor through Tingshong forest. Protecting contagious forest in the neighboring villages will protect the watershed of Iril river -one of the main rivers of Manipur which falls into the Loktak Lake which is one of the biggest freshwater lakes in India.

Replicability

Neighboring villages of Somdal cultivate marijuana on the hillock after clearing the forest. The indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers and weedicides has polluted the soil and surrounding area as much as that the stream flowing from and through the hillock has been contaminated and the water has been made unfit for drinking. As such neighboring villages namely Phalee and L Phungdhar are depending on the water source from Chonnir forest and taking permission from Somdal village. Somdal village is talking to these neighboring villages to plan themselves as they cannot share the water forever. Neighboring villages have also started to feel the impact of forest depletion and unsustainable land use practices. These villages can develop community-based rules and regulation for the management of their degraded forest and plan to restore the health of the forest as has been done by Somdal. These villages have the same landscape, land use pattern and practices and culture.

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