In addition to the search for the black spider monkey (Ateles fusciceps), NPC Colombia has held environmental education and biodiversity workshops with children from different rural communities in the Colombian West. Full of curiosity and interest, the children have explored the terms ‘biodiversity’ and ‘conservation’. There’s a lot of hope in these little people, and also a lot still to do.
For two weeks we have been enjoying the start of our latest environmental education program in rural schools in Uchiza and Saposoa, Peru. The program is running in primary and secondary schools, through workshops focused on biodiversity conservation; using varied activities including painting, theatre, reading, games, stories, and group discussions, among others. The program is designed to promote awareness of the importance of caring for and preserving the different ecosystems that surround the villages, whilst taking into account the reality that each student lives.
NPC staff and local teachers in the Bosque del Sinai Conservation Concession area have been working hard on our environmental education programme. Getting the next generation excited about conservation is an important part of what we do.
Today we were involved in the rescue of two endangered white bellied spider monkeys and a scarlet macaw from a tourist bar in the city of Yurimaguas. Thanks to the professionalism of the authorities involved (The environmental public prosecutor, the regional government of Loreto and the police) the operation went very smoothly and now the animals are on their way to a rescue centre where they will recover and eventually be released back to the wild.
Environmental education is vital to ensure a strong future for the forests and their inhabitants. Volunteers Erick and Monica continued our education work this week with school children in Moyobamba, Peru.
We are pleased to be able to continue our environmental education work in Pucallpa, Peru.
Here are some photos of today’s environmental education activities in the Jose Abelardo Quiñones González primary school in Pucallpa. Our good friend Kevin Arnold Huamán Huamani, with the help of Sandra Gonzales Delgado, have been doing activities in 4 classes and will continue this work in many more schools throughout the city for the next 3 weeks. NPC Peru is supporting this work, together with SERFOR and other institutions.
The activities included some wonderful drawing and colouring, as you can see here in the pictures.