“If the perils of our time are unprecedented, then so are the opportunities.” ~Dr. Rod Salm
Last Saturday October 13th 2012, we had four special guests in our Environmental Education Class in Bitung!
Hood Elliot, his lovely wife June and their charming little daughter Evie accompanied us together with our wonderful friend Reyni Palohoen. They are our dear friends and supporters of Selamatkan Yaki who helped us in this week’s class about English language.
“Why include an English class in environmental education?” you may ask. Well, as English is the first international language, it is an important way of communicating about conservation and environmental education!
By learning English, we can communicate, spread the message, raise awareness and help people understand and care!
Please help us spread the message about the Critically Endangered Crested Black Macaques through education and by raising awareness in North Sulawesi!!
In the week of September 24th -28th, the Selamatkan Yaki team gave talks at the UNSRAT University in Manado! On a Tuesday afternoon, our volunteers Lynne and Thirza headed for the Campus gates of the UNSRAT university. Here they were joined by Selamatkan yaki’s Education Officer, Junita Siwi, to discuss which Nature Lovers’ Club to visit first. Amazingly, nearly every faculty of UNSRAT University has a Nature Lovers’ club! The members of each club meet up almost every day after the lectures and participate in meetings and several outdoor activities (such as climbing, rafting, and survival trips into the forest). Additionally, the clubs provide the students with a nice place to hang out and socialise.
The first club to welcome us was the MPA Asterioda, Fakultas Peternakan (Faculty of Animal Husbandry). This group of eleven people were very friendly and gathered around the projector while listening to our talk about Selamatkan Yaki. In our talk we introduced the project Selamatkan Yaki to these students by explaining who we are, what we are currently doing as a conservation project and what our plans are for future activities!
Sulawesi has a very high percentage of endemic plants and animal species that are found nowhere else in the world, such as the Maleo, Anoa, Babirusa, Kuskus and Tarsier! Around a quarter of all bird species are found here as well as approximately 2/3 of the mammals.
We are realizing that conservation research in Sulawesi hasn’t received the same attention as other parts of Indonesia. And this is why we would like to increase our efforts to protect this special area with all its richness. We hope to team up with the students of the UNSRAT University and join our efforts to conserve this unique area!
We would like to thank the three Nature Lovers’ Clubs very much for their time and for giving us the opportunity to meet them and tell them about the Critically Endangered black crested macaque (Yaki) and our project Selamatkan Yaki that aims to protect these special primates and their habitat!
Furthermore, special thanks to Dr Johny S Tasirin for inviting us to give a talk about SY to his students of the biodiversity class. It was a privilege to stand in front of the class and having such an interested audience: teachers and students alike!
Last Saturday, we had our weekly Environmental Education class at the SMP1 in Bitung! The 7th lesson already and this time our field project manager Harry Hilser introduced the topic Sustainable Agriculture to the students.
For more than 10,000 years, mankind has relied on agriculture for food production. Approximately 50 years ago, one out of every 19 people was a farmer. Today, only one out of 115 persons has a farm, which means that, especially given our population growth in the last 50 years, farming is done on a much larger scale. As a result of this, farming is currently causing 80% of the world’s deforestation and is the greatest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction.
Our livestock is almost three times the number of people in the world and we eat more than 100 million tons of fish each year! How much water do you think is needed to make 400kg of potatoes? That’s only 13 litres. Though to produce 1kg of beef it takes 13,000 litres!!!! Subsequently, we have high production costs and a great deal of waste. Most countries in the world throw away half their edible food and 40-60% of the fish we catch are thrown away! For example, for every pound of wild-caught shrimp, at least 10 pounds of other sea life (by-catch) are also caught and often simply thrown away. Millions of sharks, hundreds of thousands of sea birds and marine mammals, and numerous endangered sea turtles and other creatures die each year as a result of by-catch.
As much as 80% of world’s resources are consumed by just 20% of population! We have to stop our food waste and distribute our food more equally among all people! As the legendary Mohandas K. Gandhi says ~ ‘There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.’
So, how do we do this? Well, present day different concepts are developed. First, companies can integrate the Animal, Consumer & Environment (ACE) principle, which aims to maintain high animal welfare standards, while satisfying the consumer and minimising the impact on our environment.
Other strategies are agroforestry, a method of agriculture in which crops are grown within forests thus preserving the majority of forest and its biodiversity. Third, permaculture adopts the method of using mixed species crops based on natural systems instead of our most common monoculture (one crop for large areas of land). We can also apply aquaponics: a closed, zero waste system which combines fisheries with agriculture as the waste of fish fertilises the soil for the crops and the crops filter the water for the fish. Another example is the verticrop approach, which consists of high yield crops in urban areas and uses only 8% of water while producing 20x the normal amount!
Through these developments that minimises our impact on our natural resources, we have hope that we can continue with agriculture on a sustainable basis which will feed all the world’s population while keeping our world’s forests and oceans with its rich biodiversity in tact and maintaining high animal welfare.
We are very excited as we have our very first Selamatkan Yaki project T-shirts!!!
By buying a T-shirt you become an ambassador for the Yaki by promoting our work and at the same time supporting Selamatkan Yaki through your donation.
Are you interested? Please contact our field manager, Harry Hilser, at email@example.com!!
Thank you for supporting us!!
Initiated to highlight the plight of endangered species, World Animal Day has become a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. To celebrate World Animal Day, we would like to invite you to sharing your wishes and ideas with us.
As Selamatkan Yaki team, we take the opportunity to share our experience:
In the middle of the shoulders (Bahu) of Manado, North Sulawesi (Indonesia) lives a little puppy named Pip. Pip lost all her fur in only two weeks due to a bad flea infection and she is very itchy all day.
Today, the Selamatkan Yaki team gave Pip a lovely bath with anti-flea shampoo for dogs, so we are hoping that Pip will stop being itchy, will grow back her fur and be a happy puppy again!
Nama saya Thirza and I’m from the Netherlands (Belanda). I’m proud to be the second volunteer helping Selamatkan Yaki! This is my first time in Indonesia and I have only visited Sulawesi so far as this island is such a special area with its rich biodiversity and smiling people that it is hard to leave! I have travelled from Makassar to Manado, before joining SY’s team. The travel was a great introduction to Sulawesi’s nature and cultures.
My background is primarily in animal welfare and conservation. I have completed a Bachelor programme in Animal Husbandry and for my Masters I have studied Primate Conservation in England, together with Harry who is field manager of Selamatkan Yaki. I have mainly worked with chimpanzees in zoos and in sanctuaries as well as with gorillas in zoos and in the wild in Africa. I am delighted to now volunteer for SY and be a part of this conservation project that aims to protect the yaki!
Already a month ago, we spent four days in Makassar, South Sulawesi, to attend the Wallace and Darwin Symposium, which was hosted by the Hasanuddin University (Indonesia) and the Charles Darwin University (Australia). Celebrating the scientific legacy of famous naturalists Alfred Russell Wallace and Charles Darwin, the conference focused on the ‘Wallacea’ region: one of the most biologically richest biodiversity hotspots in the world with a high level of endemic species (terrestrial, marine and freshwater). Increasing unsustainable development, population growth and climate change are major problems within this region, as they threaten the unique biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of human well-beings, thus the symposium not only reflected upon this wondrous diversity of life but also encouraged discussions of how to preserve it.
Different traditional dances and the amazing performances of the students’ choir built the frame of the conference and the students did an incredible job with the realization of the whole symposium!
We were really impressed by the variety of stakeholders and the number of different topics that were presented during these three days. The symposium included scientific research, education and conservation projects as well as industrial developments and it was a fantastic opportunity for Selamatkan Yaki to present our programme to the international audience.
We met many interesting and lovely people, who are doing inspiring work in this region. Hopefully, we created a new network and made a start to build new partnerships between different organizations to work closer togetherand to share experiences and ideas how to preserve this beautiful and unique region.
We also met Christina and Monica Carosi, who are working for a research project on another macaque species in Sulawesi, the endangered Macaca maura, whose natural habitat is in the south of Sulawesi. Hopefully, we will have the chance to collaborate with them in the future and maybe together we can found a new alliance for the protection of the macaque species unique to Sulawesi.
This exciting symposium in Makassar was a wonderful experience and it has been a great way forward to spreading the news and building contacts!