cleandanube is a transnational project that provides people living along the Danube with the skill set to take environmentally-sound action in order to preserve the river’s unique landscape; whose pollution by macro- and microplastics is neither sufficiently understood nor effectively prevented.
Therefore Andreas Fath is swimming the length of the Danube in summer 2021. 2,857 kilometers.
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In our project Danube Diversity, we profiled people along the Danube who have their own point of view of the river as well as their personal concerns regarding it. They open up new vistas on the significance of the river as a natural and cultural landscape. In this film, you will meet Martina from Belgrade, Lana from Vukovar, Cili from Budapest, Thomas from Vienna and Dr. Gehring from Donaueschingen.
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In the summer of 2019, three international youth camps were held in Vienna, Budapest, Vukovar and Belgrade as part of the Danube Diversity Project. In these camps, young people tackled environmental issues in workshops and presentations. Under professional guidance, they made films on local issues and became active in the environment, for example, by building bee gardens.
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From the Black Forest to the Black Sea – in the summer of 2018, the world’s longest Danube picture went on tour. The painter Ana Tudor captured the unique Danube landscapes and their endangered plant and animal life on a kilometer of canvas. Downstream, we exhibited the painting in 14 cities and 8 countries, providing information about endangered species along the Danube. As part of the touring exhibition, we launched creative events with local partners that dealt with the transnational habitat of the Danube and its precious nature.
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Great Apes Education Program
Within key areas of Cameroon, we are using the educational program “Respect for the Remaining 250 Cross River Gorillas!“ to address children and teenagers in schools. Our intent is to bolster support in the region for the international Cross River Gorilla Action Plan and create an understanding of the plight of the animals. Together with the WWF Germany and Cameroon, the WCS Cameroon, ERuDeF plus numerous experts, the AWP compiled educational content that is now taught by teachers in this region.
The survival of the Cross River Gorillas
In June 2016, AWP traveled with WCS across the Takamanda-Mone region on a research mission. In addition to handing over cybertrackers, we also held talks on planned projects and set up networks. Our colleague in Cameroon, Bedwin Ngwasina, visited communities and schools in the Cross River region in order to get a picture of the situation.
We also made a movie about the flight of the Cross River Gorillas.
AWP`s first project along the Danube
Nature conservation in Serbia: Together with the WWF, the AWP is committed to wildlife protection on the Danube. The biodiversity in Gornje Podunavlje is an important part of Europe. In 2014 the AWP supports the national park with 18 bicycles and 8 binoculars in order to promote ecotourism and “enjoy nature with dignity”.
AWP's first projects
This film provides an overview of the first eight films made by the Association for Wildlife Protection. Shown, in addition, are two project ideas which were planned at that time. The film takes us to Peru, Cameroon, Estonia, Armenia, Indonesia, Serbia, Cameroon, Madagascar and South Africa, which shows how diverse AWP projects are.
The Wildliferun - an interactive game
Together with leading wildlife conservationists, such as WWF, ERuDeF, the Wildlife Conservation Society and ACF, AWP has developed an interactive group video game. The “crowd game,” takes a holistic approach to education, brings players closer to issues like species conservation and sustainability. We intend to go on the Wildliferun Tour” together with expert conservationists. The aim is to help people gain a better understanding for the life and importance of endangered species.
Great Fish River Reserve
The AWP aids the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) in releasing elephants into the Great Fish River Reserve. To this end, the association and its South African partner ECPTA invited scientists and landowners to a workshop to discuss the introduction of more elephants into the Great Fish River Nature Reserve. To protect against poachers and monitor the animals in the park, the AWP has also donated a drone with night vision to South Africa.
Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam
In January 2018, the Association for Wildlife Protection visited three different projects in Southeast Asia. The projects are funded by the Stiftung Artenschutz (Foundation for Species Protection). AWP made a donation to the foundation and wanted to learn more about the work they do and its commitment to the protection of endangered species. Financial support was provided for the protection of the highly endangered golden-headed langur in Vietnam and for a turtle enclosure in the ACCB in Cameroon.
The Sumatra Tiger
Sumatra, Indonesia is the home of the endangered Sumatra Tiger. Fires, logging, monoculture farming and hunting increasingly threaten the remaining population. AWP gave camera traps to WWF Indonesia to be used to observe the tiger population as well as to track down poachers. In addition, images captured by the cameras can be used to prove the existence of tigers in certain areas and promote their protection.
AWP in the Caucasus region
No other forests in the world within the moderate climatic zone shows a greater biodiversity than what is found in the Caucasus Mountains. Today only one quarter of the entire region remains intact and pristine. There are many rare species, such as the Caucasus leopard, wolf, lynx, Caucasian ram and brown bear. AWP went to Armenia to make a gift of a Lada SUV for the protection of local wildlife. The SUV will aid patrols in their job to halt poachers.
Gorillas in the Campo Ma'an National Park
Armed with 20 camera traps and a field laboratory, AWP traveled to Cameroon in March to aid the work of the WWF in the Campo Ma’an National Park. Camera traps help to monitor endangered species as well as keep track of the population and its existence. Moreover, a field laboratory equipment was provided to monitor the health of the gorillas. It should help in the detection of diseases and prevention of disease transfers between animals and humans in order to avert epidemics.
Pilot project: Danube painting
After learning of Ana Tudor’s record-breaking painting, AWP went to Serbia to talk to the artist about a large touring exhibition and the painting. A pilot project would allow the organization to garner experience with the painting and implement small exhibitions in the region. The enthusiastic feedback from the visitors of the exhibitions as well as the positive experiences with the painting encouraged the AWP to launch the project on a grand scale along the Danube and to prepare a corresponding project.
The European Mink
The AWP supported the breeding of the highly endangered European mink. We promoted the breeding station Tiit Maran at the Tallin Zoo in Estonia. Increasing industrialization and agricultural development is driving the European mink out of its habitat. River regulations and water pollution conspire to place extraordinary stress and pressure on the mink. On the top of this, the fur industry introduced the American mink, which competes for the indigenous mink’s food sources and habitat. Having been exploited by humans, the European mink is regarded as one of the most endangered mammals in Europe today.
A protected area along the Rio Tapiche
In contrast to many other unprotected areas in the Amazon region, human influence along the Rio Tapiche is still quite small while the forest remains largely untouched. Within a relatively small area is a great variety of habitats and species – up to 18 primate forms can be found here. AWP lent its support to Opportunities for Nature in their effort to make the area a protected zone with the donation of two wooden boats. One has an internal combustion engine for fast transportation, while the other is solar-powered for environmentally friendly and noiseless travel.
An auto workshop for Dzanga-Sangha
AWP’s first project was the financing of an auto workshop for Central Africa. The Dzanga-Sangha National Park is home to countless species that includes the western lowland gorillas. In cooperation with WWF Germany, equipment for repairing vehicles was shipped to Central Africa and assembled up there. In addition, equipment for the rangers was distributed. Thanks to the workshop, local organizations can now have their vehicles serviced and repaired, so they can continue their efforts in wildlife conservation. Moreover, work and training positions were created with the workshop.
Mobile Cinema for environmental education
The AWP has set up a mobile cinema in Madagascar, which serves as an essential component of an educational measure for nature and species conservation. The special feature of the cinema is, it can be operated by muscle power to generate electricity. A bicycle drives a dynamo that generates electrical power. Images can be projected onto the screen in the middle of the jungle without the need of a power cable. The film library includes informational videos about Madagascar’s unique but endangered animal world.