Petition for Atewa Forest: The petition appealing to the President of Ghana to save Atewa Forest has gained over 13,000 signatures. Please pray that the Ghanaian Government would see that forest’s value far exceeds any economic benefit that could be gained from bauxite extraction and that they respond to protect this globally important site, as it provides a habitat for many thousands of species and a clean water supply for millions of Ghanaians. Please pray too for wisdom and protection for our colleagues in Ghana as they publicly raise support for this campaign.
Aotearoa native wildlife: Aotearoa / New Zealand is often referred to as the seabird capital of the world. However, seabirds face an uncertain future due to the introduction of non-native predators by humans. A community biodiversity restoration project is protecting the nesting sites of Grey-faced Petrel (also known as Oi) and seeking to restore Mt Karioi as a seabird mountain. Pray for the successful fledging of petrel chicks and the ongoing work of the local community in enhancing the diversity of native wildlife in this area.
Endangered Ecosystem: The dry forest of the Peruvian coast is one of the most highly threatened ecosystems on earth. The trees capture water, help to prevent desertification, provide food for human and livestock consumption, and are habitats for many unique and endangered birds, mammals and reptiles. Pray for communities involved in dry forest conservation through reforestation, environmental education, and research activities in northern Peru.
Dakatcha Woodland: The Dakatcha Woodland is an extensive tract of coastal forest just north of the Sabaki River. Internationally recognised for holding some of Kenya’s rarest birds, it is gradually being eroded as the big trees are felled for charcoal. Now there is an even more serious threat - forest clearance to make way for Jatropha plantations for ‘bio-fuel’. Pray that the forest will be saved because of its conservation importance and also because of the local human communities depending on it, for fuel and food.
Lubigi Wetland: The Lubigi Wetland in Kampala City acts as a natural reservoir; it controls floods, is vital in replenishing the River Mayanja that drains into the Nile, and is rich in flora and fauna. Despite all this, it is being degraded by clay mining, planting of eucalyptus trees, livestock farming, over-fishing, industrial pollution, human settlement and the growing of agricultural crops. The national water and sewerage corporation has recently begun to construct a lagoon in the wetland, drawing attention and resistance from civil society organizations and key public opinion leaders. Pray for the protection of the wetland.
Asian Elephants: The Asian Elephant is an endangered species. Herds follow well-defined migration routes and when humans settle along these routes, conflicts follow. A sizable population is found around the Bannerghatta National Park. Here, subsistence farmers stay up at night to guard their crops from hungry elephants and so the people and the animals are often killed or injured. Pray for conservationists working to protect the elephants and help the farmers. Efforts are being made to change the farming practices so that crops are less likely to be raided and to find alternative income sources for these communities. Pray that there will always be enough unsettled lands for Asian Elephants to thrive.
Huarango forests: The Huarango forests on the south coast are amongst the most threatened in the world and their destruction has led to widespread soil erosion and desertification. Traditionally, they provide the local communities with food and fuel. In Ica, during December and January, volunteers from three churches replanted three hectares with over 3,000 Huarango seedlings and during 2010 they expect to plant a total of 11,000 seedlings across 10 hectares. Many people in the communities are very poor so food crops are also being grown in the tree nurseries. Pray for the various groups working to protect and restore the forests. In addition to the human benefits, the forests are a key refuge for desert species, including the very rare Slender-billed Finch.