Guayapi : découverte  des savoirs ancestraux
Sep23

Guayapi : découverte  des savoirs ancestraux

Guayapi : découverte  des savoirs ancestraux   A  l’occasion de la fête de la gastronomie, Guayapi, une petite boutique spécialisée sur les produits issus de l’agriculture biologique en Amazonie et au Sri Lanka, organise depuis vendredi jusqu’à dimanche  des journées portes ouvertes  en partenariat avec l’organisation internationale  Slow Food, une association luttant pour la préservation des traditions culinaires dans le monde. En plein cœur de Paris, cette boutique *, plus  connue sous « le nom  de Show Room Guyapi », accueille une clientèle avertie, intéressée par des nouveaux modes  de consommation durables, mais aussi soucieuse du respect des cultures autochtones et du savoir traditionnel.   Présentation. Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Le Waranà En 1981, Claudie Ravel,  passionnée par la biodiversité, découvre les plantes traditionnelles issues de terroirs d’Amazonie bolivienne. A partir de 1987, elle réalise des études de faisabilité juridico-scientifique pendant trois ans pour la mise en place d’un marché de plantes de la flore amazonienne. En 1990,  l’activité Guayapi démarre avec l’importation et la distribution de plusieurs produits, dont  le Guaranà ou Waranà (en langue locale), le produit phare de Guayapi. Le Waranà signifiant principe de la connaissance en langue Satéré Mawé pousse à l’état sauvage  en Amazonie brésilienne depuis des millénaires  entre le rio Tapjos et le rio Madeira : deux forêts ancestrales où les indiens Mawé se déplaçaient avec une espèce végétale, une liane présentée par le botaniste Christian Frantz Pollini, au XVIIIème siècle comme « Paullina cupana ». Cette plante est aujourd’hui protégée dans une réserve  au cœur de la région, dans un  territoire de 780 000 kilomètres carrés. Décrite comme le sanctuaire écologique et culturel du Waranà des Satara-Mawé, cette réserve est aussi un lieu de culte pour les indiens mawés qui honorent les mères waranà qui sont des lianes sauvages pouvant aller jusqu’à 12 mètres de hauteur.  Ces fleurs blanches en épi avec des fruits  rouges sont réunies en grappes.  Les graines  sont ensuite séchées lentement dans des fours de terre cuite. Puis, elles sont  séparées de leur pellicule externe, pillées au mortier et modelés en bâtons connus sous le nom de pains de waranà. Tendus au dessus d’un feu de bois aromatique, les pains de waranà  sont par la suite grattés à l’aide d’une pierre basalte et deviennent une poudre. Cette poudre est riche en phosphore, potassium, vitamines et tanins et permet de lutter contre la fatigue et stimule les fonctions cognitives et la mémoire. Estampillé  « Satéré Mawé », le waranà est commercialisé sous forme de poudre et de gélules et sous d’autres formes. Il est présenté par Guayapi comme un puissant dynamisant physique et cérébral sans effet d’excitation.  Guayapi s’engage dans le commerce équitable avec les Indiens Sateré Mawé dans...

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Sustainable Development: Women in Tanzania are fighting for equal rights
Sep23

Sustainable Development: Women in Tanzania are fighting for equal rights

Sustainable Development: Women in Tanzania  are fighting for equal rights By Deodatus Mfugale     In  Asha Kadgo, a Land Tights Monitor in Uhambingeto Village in Kilolo District of Iringa Region in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands. Land Rights Monitors help to resolve land-based conflicts in their communities, provide paralegal guidance and raise awareness on landrights in their communities.          ...

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COP 23: “climate deniers will be defeated”- Tajiel Urioh
Sep23

COP 23: “climate deniers will be defeated”- Tajiel Urioh

COP 23 : “climate deniers will be defeated”- Tajiel Urioh Green Icon- Tajiel Urioh is a young activist from Tanzania. He is the founder of Green Icon, an non profit organization aims to fight climate change. Interview. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Eraenvironnement.com: Could you please introduce yourself?   I’m Tajiel Urioh, 28 years old from Arusha in Tanzania. I am currently based in Dar es Salaam. Since my childhood I always wanted to protect the  environment particularly plants. In secondary school, I thought about being a botanist. I finally studied later geography and Environment: my passion. I have now a BA Hons on Geography and Environmental Studies from University of Dar es Salaam . I’m a Founder and Executive Director of The Green Icon,  a non-profit organization I found in 2012 when I was second year student. Tajiel Urioh: What is The Green Icon about? The Green Icon is a non-profit organization working on environmental conservation, climate action, energy and green youth development. Action for Resilience is a flagship motto for our organization. We have been working with media houses and youth programmes. And we re thinking to  work with grassroot community now particularly on climate change adaptation, renewable energy and access to safe and clean water.   Two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, how do you proceed to help the communities understand the land issues? I see the consensus on adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction as one of the big victory the world experienced in recent years. On Paris agreement, first I’m very proud that I was one of CSOs soldiers who pushed governments tireless on this agreement, I remember the push on inclusion of Loss and Damage as per Warsaw International Mechanisms for Loss and Damage. I remember that night when all nations agreed and it was really a break heaven step. I’m now working with community on different youth groups and community on conservation and reforestation. With  my organization,  we are also working on raising awareness  for land conservation and well management as per call of Paris Agreement and SDG Goal 15 (Life on Land). How does your organization work with Women? The Green Icon recognizes the role of women. Women are drivers of change in community particularly when there are empowered. It  is for this  reason that we are working closely with girls and women. Women are good agent of changes especially in adaptation measures in agriculture sector where most of them are directly involved in Tanzania. Currently girls who are working with us are becoming voice of  the voice less in...

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World Rhino Day : there are now just 4,800 black rhino individuals left in the wild-UN ENVIRONMENT
Sep22

World Rhino Day : there are now just 4,800 black rhino individuals left in the wild-UN ENVIRONMENT

World Rhino Day : there are now just 4,800 black rhino individuals left in the wild-UN ENVIRONMENT By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   About 96 percent  of black rhinos were lost to large-scale poaching between 1970 and 1992, according to UN Environment. Although numbers have recovered since, today there are now just 4,800 black rhino individuals left in the wild. Rhino populations and sub-species have disappeared entirely from several Asian and African countries in recent years recalled the UN Environment. In 2011, the Western Black Rhino was declared extinct, and there is only a single surviving individual of the Northern white rhino. International Trade is strictly prohibited. All five species of rhinos, two in Africa and three in Asia are included in CITES  (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species). One of the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 15 is to: “Take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products.”...

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Climate Change in Tanzania: Farmers are Waiting for solutions
Sep21

Climate Change in Tanzania: Farmers are Waiting for solutions

Climate Change in Tanzania:  Farmers are waiting for solutions By Deodatus Mfugale* The farmers in Nyamwage village in Tanzania are facing two challenges:  changing climate and a new disease is affecting the rice crops. The rainfall patten is a real problem in this village. Sometimes it rains unexpectedly: in June, while the rainy season had lond ended in the area and farmers had just harvested their crops , part of the crops was destroyed by “out-of -season rainfall”. These farmers do not know where to find alternatives and they feel left behind.         Deodatus Mfugale is an experienced freelance environmental journalist based in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. He is a media consultant/trainer specializing in environment, climate change, extractives industry and investigative journalism. He works on voluntary basis with the Journalists Environmental Association Of Tanzania (JET) in the areas of writing features, editing and conducting short term training sessions. Currently, he writes as a correspondent for Daily News and The Guardian newspapers, two Tanzanian newspapers. But he was formerly employed by The Guardian Ltd where he served as a news editor, and a features editor before he resigned in 2009. He is now a Board Memberof Shahidi wa Maji (Water Witness). Between 2012 and 2014. He served as a Member to the Advisory Committee of the Climate Change Research, Education and Outreach Programme of the University of Dar es Salaam. He has attended many climate change meetings and other international...

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