FOR THE OCEAN
If coral reefs are the rainforests of the seas, then the Coral Triangle is the underwater equivalent of the Amazon. This is a bioregion that’s half the size of the United States, passes through six countries (the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands and East Timor), and harbours more marine species than anywhere else on the planet. There are single reefs in the Coral Triangle that contain more species than the entire Caribbean. When it comes to abundance and sheer scale, nowhere else comes close to the Coral Triangle.
The Coral Triangle can claim an impressive list of superlatives – it’s home to 76% of all known coral species, more than 3000 species of fish and 6 out of 7 of the world’s turtle species.That’s why the bioregion isquickly gaining a global profile as one of the planet’s most valuable natural assets, comparable to the Amazon. Just as the Amazon is the figurehead of the world’s rainforests – the so-called lungs of the earth – the Coral Triangle is developing iconic status as a marine treasure – the wellspring of the world’s oceans.
With its numerous natural attributes, growing stature as a destination, exuberant mix of marine based cultures and globally significant status as a fishery, the Coral Triangle makes for fascinating subject matter. There are sharks that walk the ocean bed, marine nomads who spend their lives at sea, constant new species discoveries and incredible destinations waiting to be uncovered. And with the growing awareness of the crisis facing the world’s oceans – and more specifically coral reef ecosystems – the need to highlight the impacts of overfishing, pollution and climate change has never been keener.
FOR THE YOUTH
The Natural Balance: Is directed by Carlos Delgado Morales, a farmer who has dedicated his life to building and repairing the sustainable local eco-system in him native home village of Bonafont, Caldas, Colombia. Bonafont is a village which
belongs to the municipality of Riosucio in the western department of Caldas. It is situated right in the coffee and sugar cane growing axis of Colombia producing one of Colombia’s biggest exports. As such it is an area naturally filled with lush green
mountains which have over time been turned into coffee and sugar cane farms, most often with use of harsh chemicals and clearing of forest, thus diminishing greatly the natural balance of the eco-system in the area. With the time Carlos has become recognised thanks to his amazing work through sustainable farming practices.
Some of his highlights has been the presentation on natural seeds vs. GMO seeds at the University of Caldas at the first Forum for the Environment, as well as sharing of his reforestation efforts at the Forum for the Environment 2015 at the Polytechnic Institute of Medellin. He is a member of Minister of Environment Civil Society Environmental Protection since 2010.
FOR THE EARTH
Kijabe Environment Volunteers: Is a voluntary community-based organization engaged in developing sustainable nature conservation programs in the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest. KENVO was formed in 1994 and officially registered in 1996. The major goal of KENVO is to promote conservation of the Kikuyu Escarpment ecosystems, while at the same time supporting community livelihoods. KENVO works in a number of key areas including capacity building, forest restoration, youth empowerment, promoting ecotourism, and research.
KENVO has helped improve the livelihood of communities, reduce threats on biodiversity and develop youth leadership. It collaborates with key stakeholders such as government departments, research institutions, private sector, and other development agencies to inform, educate and build the capacity of communities to embrace appropriate conservation practices in a sustainable way. The organization has evolved beyond this initial focus, however, into a flexible delivery mechanism for donor-funded interventions and a powerful vehicle for holistic local development.