Niger Trip 2009
I have left to Niger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niger with our Art Ambassador
Jean Doucet for two reasons: one for FIMA and second to analyze situation in Niger and make first ONG contact over there. I have been visiting parks and local villages, to see local life style and I have been very surprised by kindest and knowledge of people, actually they depend of local agriculture and rivers, the dry impact of climate change is very high in environmental degradation in Niger, local biodiversity suffer a lot by dry impacts.
. While most of what is now Niger has been subsumed into the inhospitable Saharadesert in the last two thousand years, five thousand years ago the north of the country was fertile grasslands.
I strongly believe, man can still change local situation in developing sustainable live hoods by improving in water technologies and agriculture to manage harmony in biodiversity which suffer year by year.
Trekking across savannah, forest, and the deserts of Africa, Giraffe populations and overturning common wisdom regarding their taxonomies. It had long been accepted knowledge that the giraffe was made up of one species and several subspecies, however now appears that several of the subspecies may in fact be distinct species. The giraffe has suffered significant declines in the past decade with the total population dropping some 30 percent across Africa. Conservation efforts since the 1990s have led to a sizable growth in population, though largely limited to the single Dosso herd. From a low of 50 individuals, in 2007 there were some 175 wild individuals.
Intensive efforts have been made within Niger, especially in the area just north of the Dosso Partial Faunal Reserve. From there, the largest existing herd migrates seasonally to the drier highlands along the Dallol Bossovalley, as far north as Kouré, some 80km southeast of Niamey. This area, though under little formal regulation, is the centre for Nigerien and international efforts to maintain habitat, smooth relations between the herd and area farmers, and provide opportunities for tourism, organized by the "Association pour la Sauvegarde des Girafes du Niger". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_African_Giraffe
West Africa's once verdant and extensive rainforests are now a historical footnote. Gone to build ships and furniture, feed hungry mouths, and supply minerals and gems to the West, the band of tropical forests that once extended from Guinea to Cameroon are virtually gone. The loss of West Africa's rainforests have triggered a number of environmental problems that have contributed to social unrest and exacerbated poverty across the region.
The West African nation of Niger is facing an increasingly alarming food crisis as the UN announced it would double the number of people it was feeding today despite continuing budget shortfalls in its World Food Program (WFP). Failing rains have caused crop yields in Niger to decline, while food prices are rising and livestock prices falling. Officials say these trends have created a perfect-storm for a crisis in Niger, which according to Amadou Sayo from CARE International, is occurring "out of the public eye."
As you all see this country biggest problem is climate dry impact If mankind make efforts to change this situation by greening and developing watering systems and sustainable agriculture all this miseries can change in to great green live hoods and wild live. I believe man have the possibilities to make radical change!