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Somaliland: recognition and peace

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017

Laas Geel

It’s International Peace Day on 21st September, this Thursday. A day officially dedicated by the United Nations (UN), I note that the theme this year is Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All. It’s a worthy theme, and in respect of Africa, makes me think of the autonomous region of Somaliland.  If you haven’t heard of Somaliland,…

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Jess Jones and saving pilot whales

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

Jess-Jones-saving-pilot-whales

Just a quick note to welcome Jess Jones to the team and to share one of her many experiences when travelling the world, a three-year trip from which she has relatively recently returned.  After coming back and working a stint at a campsite in Italy, and running a pub in Essex, Jess joined us in…

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Where goodwill begins to make a lasting impact

Friday, 8th September, 2017

Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour

You may remember our post about the Dorothy Stringer rugby Goodwill Tour of South Africa in 2015. If not, then Dorothy Stringer is one of our local state schools. It’s large, it’s caring, and it has been known over the years for its dedication not just to what goes on in the classroom, but also…

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A new democracy: Kenya annuls elections

Tuesday, 5th September, 2017

Kenyatta's opposition celebrates after Kenya elections are annulled

While no doubt Kenya’s recent total ban on plastic bags continues to make headlines across the world, the perhaps even bigger story is the fact that last Friday its Supreme Court invalidated last month’s general elections, ordering a new election within 60 days. This is a wonderful thing, whatever it brings by way of potential…

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Heads up: Kenya’s banned plastic bags

Friday, 1st September, 2017

Plastic bags

Kenyans can now expect to incur up to a $40,000 fine or four years in jail for producing, distributing or even possessing plastic bags. The ban has come after ten years of back-and-forth discussions and three failed attempts to enforce it. When polymers were first discovered near the turn of the 19th century, plastics and…

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Kenya in 30 seconds: Jamie hits the road

Tuesday, 29th August, 2017

My apologies on the lateness for this one, but (finally) last week I had the pleasure of catching up with Jamie, who told me all about her trip to Kenya earlier on in the year. Among many a memorable moment, the trip included spending time with Ol Malo’s pet pig, Sausage, being tracked by anti-poaching…

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Client Earth: working with the law

Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017

With Donald Trump contentiously pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement and with BBC Radio 4 sparking a backlash over its decision to include Lord Lawson, a prominent global warming sceptic, in a discussion on climate change, environmental concerns are once again at the forefront of public consciousness.   The worrying aspect, however, is that they were ever allowed to abate.   As NASA outline, previous scientific…

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Wild Philanthropy: an update

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017

Will-in-helicopter-with Anti-Poaching Team at Moyowosi

If you’re wondering where we’re at with Wild Philanthropy, you’re not alone. Things have been moving a pace and much has evolved since the conception of the idea over a decade ago. Paul Herbertson is increasingly driving the model forward as Will’s right hand man as Conservation Enterprise Director. His job share between Fauna &…

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A very Scottish jaunt

Tuesday, 8th August, 2017

Harriet speeding down a hill near Loch Ness

If you’ve tried to get in touch with me over the last few weeks then I apologise profusely for the radio silence. I have been cycling coast to coast across Scotland, far from the reach of my computer. My wife and I took the long train journey from Brighton to Inverness – you’d struggle to…

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Rwanda hikes gorilla permits: conservation boost or backward step?

Tuesday, 1st August, 2017

Mountain Gorilla Family

Rwanda’s doubling – from $750 to $1,500 – of gorilla trekking permits earlier this year has come to the surprise and even dismay of many in the tourism sector. In addition to receiving much negative press, with ground and tour operators complaining of the unseemly speed with which it made the decision, Rwanda appears to hand the competition…

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