This is a Call
for applications for Internships to support World Heritage in Africa.
Within the framework of the 2012-2017 Action Plan for World Heritage in
Africa and its Regional Capacity Building Programme, three unique
internship opportunities are being offered from 1 March
2014 to 31 May 2014 in the following three international heritage
organizations: The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), located in
Midrand (South Africa) http://www.awhf.net/ The Centre for Heritage
Development in Africa (CHDA), located in Mombasa (Kenya)
http://www.heritageinafrica.org and The Ecole du Patrimoine Africain
(EPA), located in Porto-Novo (Benin) http://www.heritageinafrica.org
are required to be competent in either English or French. The deadline
for applications is 13 January 2014. Further information at http://www.awhf.net/?p=1670
The wildlife raid team in Pakistan, have caught four falcons from
Badhaber Kohot road Peshawar in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan that
were being carried to Karachi. The illegal poaching of this precious falcon was
banned due its decreased number in the whole world. Thus the wildlife raid team
was rewarded with Rs. 50,000 and additionally the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister
has also directed the department to take strict action against the illegal
hunting of falcons.
The first forest fire of the year 2013-2014 burnt four to five acres of
government reserved forest above Jazam, near Namseling in Thimphu, capital of
Bhutan. The fire had started around 12.30 pm on 25th December which
was later on fanned by strong winds. According to the Forestry Facts and
figures, 2013, about 12,175 acres of forest was destroyed by the fire last year
in the whole country.
Local farmers around Chamakharchhu River, northern Bhutan are worried because
paddy fields along the riverside are being washed away. Five landowners have claimed
that about 20 decimals of the land area have been washed away by the river
since 2010. If the protection activity is not undertaken soon, the river will
slowly erode the fields along its bank.
Timber smuggling is rising day by day in Batpora forest, 12Km from
Kupwara town, northern India. According to the locals, timbers are being
smuggled at night time and the forest officials are hand in glove with the
smugglers. In want of effective monitoring of the forest by the field staff the
forest will be transformed to barren land soon.
Locals of Kandi belt region in Jammu district, northern India had
constructed many ponds for harvesting rainwater to solve their problem of water
scarcity. But those ponds are now in risk due to new settlements in the area. Traditional
ponds are in the verge of extinction due to poor management, growing
population, growth of new residential colonies, solid waste dumping and