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Naturfreunde im Gespräch: Manfred Pils, Präsident der Naturfreunde Internationale
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Manfred Pils from Austria was re-elected as President of the international umbrella organisation by the Congress of Naturefriends International in Lage Vuursche (Netherlands). The staff at NFI congratulates him on his re-election!
 
Manfred Pils shares his vision for the future of the Naturefriends movement and talks about current challenges, as well as his personal goals.  

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Landscape of the Year 2018/2019 – Senegal/The Gambia News (6)
Landscape of the Year - LdJ 2017/18
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© Jane Smith

Coming soon: The first African Landscape of the Year in the border region between Senegal and the Gambia will ceremoniously be opened on January 13th, 2018! The official opening event will take place in Koumbidja Socé, at the Senegalese-Gambian border – including a varied music and arts programme, as well as activities together with the local community and a tree planting event. 

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Landscape of the Year 2018-2019 Senegal/The Gambia News (5)
Landscape of the Year - LdJ 2017/18
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© Eve Andersson/Gambia Tourist Board

Nature and biodiversity conservation in the "Landscape of the Year"  

The region chosen as "Landscape of the Year 2018/2019 – Senegal-The Gambia" is located in the vicinity of Koungheul (Senegal) and Janjanbureh (The Gambia) – two cities on the border of the Sahel zone – and is marked by the impact of climate change. On the Senegalese side, the effects on vegetation and biodiversity are particularly evident. The Gambian side benefits from the Gambia River, which plays an important role in maintaining biodiversity. 

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Living Climate Justice! In Solidarity Towards a Better Future!
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© Leni de Jager
 
Vienna, 24th of october 2017


In the next years, Naturefriends International will put the fight against climate change and for more climate justice into the focus of its work. It makes specific politic demands and calls on politicians to act quickly.

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Landscape of the Year 2018-2019 Senegal/Gambia News (4)
Landscape of the Year - LdJ 2017/18
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© ASAN

Naturefriends planting fruit trees in the Landscape of the Year

In the past a core task of Naturefriends in Africa consisted of reforestation and planting projects. This holds also true with Senegalese Naturefriends, who have been planting trees in the public space for more than 30 years with seedlings from their own tree nursery. In recent years, Senegal's agriculture has suffered massively from the effects of climate change, and the yields have declined dramatically due to lack of or irregular rainfall. Inspired by experiences in The Gambia, Senegalese Naturefriends have been re-orientating their planting activity away from public areas, towards fruit trees in the family gardens ("concessions"). Thus, the villages are being offered prospects for an increase in family income and also for increased self-sufficiency with fresh or self-processed fruits.

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