Looking through the info I have on Good Being Done, I was delighted to see that forestry authorities in Shaanxi Province have launched an ecological corridor programme.
The province is situated in the north west of China, and the idea behind the programme is to connect habitats of giant pandas which have become fragmented. This means that the pandas will be able to move between the habitats.
By way of bridge construction and road culvert clearance, six such corridors will be built by 2027 in the Qinling mountains areas. The pandas will then be able to move around more easily.
That’s not all – bamboo trees will be planted along the corridors, and vegetation will be restored. This means that the pandas will have more to eat.
The thing is that this defragmentation of panda habitat was all down to human activities again. Human doings such as road traffic and hydropower station construction caused it. And that meant the pandas couldn’t connect and breed – they find breeding hard enough as it is – so it didn’t help the panda population.
Nationwide research showed that there were about 345 wild pandas living in the Qinling areas, so may there be many more in the future!
The IFAW (that’s the International Fund for Animal Welfare) have planted 1,500 koala trees on Irish comedian Jimeion’s property.
A number of private land owners in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, have taken action to keep the local koalas safe. They are allowing parts of their properties to be re-planted with eucalyptus trees. This means the koalas can have a safe haven and pass through the landscape.
The idea came from Bangalow Koalas who want to restore a koala wildlife corridor from Byron Bay to Repentance Creek. A neighbour of Jimeion kindly let everyone use his paddock so that they could get to the steep land behind Jimeion’s property.
Over 120 people came to help, all wanting to help plant koala trees and secure the species’ future. Amongst them were old and young volunteers – plus tourists from the UK and Germany. Imagine going home after your holiday and telling people you were part of a volunteer group which planted trees to help secure koalas’ future!
The land had been prepared already and the holes pre-dug. Saplings had been provided – and all the volunteers planted 1,500 trees IN ONE HOUR! They trees were the koalas’ favourite local food trees such as red gum, swamp mahogany, tallow wood and the important medicinal melaleuca that koalas eat from instinct when they don’t feel well.
The trees grow quickly in the climate and in a few years they will be home for koalas, birds and native wildlife. And Jimeoin hopes that by planting trees on his land, the koalas will stay.
The key message IFAW want us to take from this is that yes, there are messages of loss and possible extinction of koalas. They are certainly in trouble. But there is hope – and crucially THERE IS A SOLUTION.
IFAW and Bangalow Koalas hope to plant 25,000 trees by the end of the year.
It’s a fantastic thing to do and I hope they make it. A big thank you to both IFAW and Bangalow Koalas, and also to volunteers and – of course – to the land owners who are willing to help the koalas in this way
Visit Bangalow Koalas here – check out their gallery, whatever you do. It has some beautiful photos and videos of the Bangalow Koalas! You can become a member or donate through their website to help.
Here’s a video of another project Bungalow Koalas worked on with the Northern Rivers Community Foundation. They started a wildlife corridor in Binna Burra in the Northern Riveres of NSW to help conserve the local koalas.
High in the Himalayas, one of the world’s most beautiful big cats – the snow leopard - roams the lonely mountain slopes
There are only about 4,000 snow leopards left in the wild. And now their habitat is threatened with new roads, dams and mining projects disrupting habitats and leaving them with no-where to go. One of the snow leopards’ last refuges could have a highway built straight through the middle of it.
But there’s a cunning plan.
Two Avaazers are working with the local community and the Rainforest Trust to buy up and protect snow leopard habitats. And if they can raise enough money, they’ll create a vast, permanent snow leopard conservation corridor which blocks the road completely.
Snow leopards, red pandas, pangolins, wild yaks, the Himalayan Black Bear, clouded leopards, and hundreds of species of butterflies all need us to dig in and lend a paw to make this purchase happen and keep it safe from road construction and mining.
We need to buy this precious corner of the world and protect it for snow leopards and all the other wildlife who live there. The money must be raised within a few weeks – the more of us who chip in the better – and then we can create this snow leopard sanctuary together.
Chip in now to protect this precious corner of the world, and to help preserve the planet's most threatened biodiversity hotspots -- before we lose them forever:
In the last few years, Avaaz has bought a rainforest in Indonesia for orangutans, its funded a Maasai-led wildlife corridor in the Seregeti, and protected a vital piece of the Galapagos. Now it’s time to fight for the snow leopards.
As well as talks and demos to learn from, live music to listen to and stalls to explore, there are a lot of gardens you can take a look at and be inspired by.
One of these has been designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who has worked with Andree Davies and Adam White, to create their garden.
One of these new features is called the Global Impact Gardens. Believe in Tomorrow, On the Brink and The Forest Will See You Now are all designed to make us think.
The Forest Will See You Now has been designed to challenge us and to encourage us to change our attitudes and behaviours. We need forests, there’s no doubt about that.
On The Brink draws attention to our plastic blindness, the garden represents the oceans being on the brink of a manmade ecological disaster. Clusters of new growth emerging suggest it isn’t too late, after all.
Believe in Tomorrow aims to help reconnect children with nature. The walk-through garden is part-oasis, part playgrouand and part-classroom and it looks to inspire and educate children about the natural world. Local children have grown some of the plants – and built boats for the pond!
Another exiting garden is the BBC Springwatch Garden, which I think is sending a really important message. Private gardens in Britain now cover an area larger than all of the country’s nature reserves put together; so they are very important when it comes to helping wildlife. The garden at RHS Hampton Court shows 3 gardens belonging to 3 different neighbours and each with their own characters and features which attract wildlife. The overall effect is to show how neighbours can really work towards a common cause with their gardening and help the wider world i.e. wildlife.