Radio on the Road

Radio Active 20068, un progetto nato durante la pandemia per coinvolgere i giovani dando loro l’opportunità di lavorare in un vero studio radiofonico. Così è nata Radio Active 20068, una web radio che conta più di 40 programmi radiofonici, alcuni dei quali condotti interamente da giovani. In due anni è riuscita a coinvolgere decine di ragazzi che oggi hanno la possibilità di confrontarsi con professionisti del settore facendo crescere la propria passione e le proprie capacità. Una vera e propria scuola che funge da trampolino di lancio per un percorso professionale le cui porte non si aprono facilmente.

Radio Active 20068 nasce dal desiderio dei ragazzi di fare radio, portando molte persone davanti ai nostri microfoni e viceversa. Questo offre l’opportunità ai giovani di un’ulteriore possibilità di mettersi in gioco: ricercare le notizie direttamente sul campo uscendo dallo studio radiofonico e portando gli ascoltatori con sé alla ricerca di nuove importanti testimonianze.

Per maggiori info: https://www.produzionidalbasso.com/project/radio-on-the-road/

Chinese hydropower giants and their biodiversity footprints

Two hydropower giants account for over half of the world’s dams, yet the biodiversity impacts of their projects remained largely unanalyzed and overlooked in planning processes. A new report, Advancing Ecological Civilization?, examines the biodiversity footprint of the world’s two largest dam-builders, PowerChina and China Three Gorges. It calls attention to the need for dam building companies to take urgent steps to address the increasing scale and severity of their environmental impacts. 

More info at https://www.hydrobiodiversityimpact.org/?emci=242dc644-723a-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&emdi=49dc4fc7-093c-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&ceid=2008792

Computer Laboratory Programme

Child’s Dream has been supporting the construction of schools in Lao PDR since 2006, and in the province of Xaignabouli (located on the northwest border of Lao PDR) since 2008. While building schools has certainly been a rewarding project, it did not take long to realise that many schools needed support beyond the construction of a school building. CsD noticed quickly that our secondary schools were often lacking computers and computer laboratories, leaving students underprepared when progressing in further academic and/or professional pursuits. Despite Lao PDR being one of the poorest countries in the world, the government consistently works towards improving their educational system, including the addition of computer classes as part of the national curriculum. Computer skills have become an increasingly essential part of higher education and a necessary skill set for many careers. Unfortunately, for many remote schools in Lao PDR, students do not have access to actual computers and therefore do not gain adequate computer skills by completion of their education.

More info at https://childsdream.org/computer-laboratory-programme/?utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=August_Newsletter_2021_-_English&utm_medium=email

Protecting the habitat of Niceforo’s Wren

Thryophilus nicefori is an endemic species of Colombia that was discovered in the 1940s and described by Rodolphe Meyer de Schaeunsee (author of “Birds of the Republic of Colombia”) in 1946. All known populations of the species face a progressive loss of habitat caused by the transformation of forests into farmland, the pressure of goat farming, forest fires, and the drying of streams and rivers. These activities have generated massive destruction of vegetation and have prevented its regeneration, which is why Thryophilus nicefori is currently listed as Critically Endangered (CR) according to the IUCN Red List. In residential areas, they are exposed to predation by domestic animals, such as cats. In the municipality of San Gil, where the species was first described and where seven pairs were reported in 2004, several have disappeared as a result of the urban expansion. The loss of territories and pairs has also been detected in the Butaregua and Macaregua villages due to the expansion of tobacco crops and pastures for livestock.

More info at https://proaves.org/en/niceforos-wren-critically-endangered-cr/

Our World Heritage is deeply tied to rivers and they need protection from dams

When the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) meets from July 16 to 31, they will be tasked with addressing urgent threats to some of the world’s most treasured sites of priceless natural and cultural heritage. Among the issues the committee must confront is the growing threat that dams pose to some of the world’s most iconic World Heritage sites. A recent study found that over 500 dams under construction or planned worldwide would be built in protected areas, while dams and other water infrastructure projects threaten at least 80 World Heritage sites. This number is only expected to grow as dam developers, faced with a dwindling number of viable hydro sites, pursue increasingly reckless projects such as the Batang Toru dam, which experts say could precipitate the extinction of the newly discovered Tapanuli orangutan. The increasing impact of dams on World Heritage sites has prompted a global outcry, most recently in the case of the Selous Game Reserve, a World Heritage site recognized as a biodiversity hotspot and one of the largest protected areas for African wildlife. The Tanzanian government’s decision to proceed with construction of the Julius Nyerere Dam in the Selous prompted a nearly unprecedented proposal from UNESCO to remove it from the list altogether.

More info at https://www.internationalrivers.org/news/our-world-heritage-is-deeply-tied-to-rivers-and-they-need-protection-from-dams/?emci=b36739d3-69f4-eb11-b563-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=b55517a1-7df4-eb11-b563-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=2008792

New School Library to Inspire Future Generations in Cambodia

The only school in Sambour Village located deep inside the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary has a new school library– painted the International Crane Foundation’s branded blue color!The region is the most important breeding area for Eastern Sarus Cranes in Cambodia, and we are proud to have helped build this important addition to the community that will educate generations to come.


More info at https://savingcranes.org/new-school-library-to-inspire-future-generations-in-cambodia/

WildAid Marine on Team for First Joint Patrol of Scorpion Reef National Park

The Yucatán Peninsula houses many rich and productive ecosystems, from coastal lagoons to mangrove forests to coral reefs. Last winter, Impact Blue, WildAid Marine, and the Regional Federation of Fishing Cooperatives in Yucatán came together to develop an effective, low-cost Marine Protection System (MPS) Plan to strengthen the enforcement of fisheries regulations in Scorpion Reef National Park (SRNP). Last month, the first interinstitutional patrols of SRNP were completed, and patrolling agencies intercepted, and inspected a number of vessels, some of which were found to be violating area regulations. These joint patrols mark a significant step towards improving the protection of Scorpion Reef National Park and sustainable management of local fisheries resources.


More info at https://marine.wildaid.org/first-joint-patrol-of-scorpion-reef-national-park-finds-evidence-of-illegal-fishing-activity/

Colombia: The World’s Leader in Butterfly Species Diversity

A team of butterfly experts published a Checklist of Colombian Butterflies, which contains, for the first time, 3,642 species of lepidoptera that fly in the national territory. With this publication, Colombia has officially become the country with the largest number of butterfly species on the planet.


More info at https://proaves.org/en/colombia-the-worlds-leader-in-butterfly-species-diversity/

Deforestation is Threatening the Unique Habitat for the Tolimense Poison Frog

The deforestation of tropical moist forests in the buffer zones of the Ranita Dorada ProAves Reserve, located in the mountains of the Falan municipality, in the Tolima department, threatens the biodiversity of the conserved area, in which 2 species of frogs are found: the Tolimense poison frog (Andinobates tolimensis) and the dotted poison frog (andinobates dorisswansonae) endemic to Colombia and categorized as Vulnerable (VU) by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). n the last few decades, the transformation of native forests in areas dedicated to deforestation have become the main threat to habitat for many species that depend on these conservation areas for survival. After many years of significant environmental destruction, the Fundación ProAves acquired the property that makes up the Ranita Dorada ProAves Reserve. It succeeded in a notable regeneration of native plant species in primary and secondary succession in what used to be paddocks, ultimately recuperating part of the habitat for various amphibious, mammal and bird species.

More info at https://proaves.org/en/deforestation-is-threatening-the-unique-habitat-for-the-tolimense-poison-frog/

Empowered Youth as the Agents of Positive Change in Myanmar

Child’s Dream has been supporting the Myint-mo Education Foundation (MEF), formerly also known as Myanmar Community Academies Programme (MCAP), since 2013. MEF currently operates five academies in the following ethnic states: Kayin (Karen), Kayah (Karenni), Kachin, Shan and Chin. Their aim is to support potential socially-engaged youth from diverse backgrounds in developing their skills and abilities to make positive changes in their communities. They achieve this by running a 2-year intensive academic programme focusing on general knowledge, social science, English language, computer skills, social entrepreneurship, project management and community development. This will enhance the students’ capacity to analyse local issues, increase their ability to formulate creative strategies to make positive change and to make connections with groups where they can initiate community development projects.

More info at https://childsdream.org/empowered-youth-as-the-agents-of-positive-change-in-myanmar/?utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=May_Newsletter_2021_-_English&utm_medium=email