EcoPeace Middle East Environmental Peacemaking Newsletter

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Green Economy Initiatives holds seminar on EcoTourism Business Development

EcoPeace’s “Green Economy Initiatives” (GEI) project held a 2-day cross border meeting this month with Israeli Professor m1
Dr. Uri Mayer Chissik – who leads an education program on food heritage and community involvement – and staff from our Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark (SHE) in Jordan.  A partnership is being explored between the two, whereby Dr. Chissik would like to give training workshops to the SHE EcoPark staff on “food foraging”, an activity that can then be incorporated into the environmental education programs offered at the Park.

m2Also this month, the GEI project held the Final Seminar of the business consultant project phase at the Sharhabil bin Hassneh EcoPark in Jordan.  This seminar concluded the first stage of developing the cross-border touristic itineraries between Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian Tour Operators and Tour Guides, choosing the best programs that…

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Biomes and Biodiversity

Biodiversity

“Despite our many advances, our environment is still threatened by a range of problems including; global climate change, energy dependence on unsustainable fossil fuels, and loss of biodiversity.” – Dan Lipinski

Should humans be concerned with the extinction rate?

If humans are not concerned with terrestrial or aquatic extinction they should be, especially when it comes to the trophic cascade of the African Forest Elephant which is a keystone species in Kenya. Trophic cascade is defined as the “cascading effect that a change in the size of one population at the top of the food web has on the population below it.” (Turk & Bensel, 2014) Because of the rapid decline of the African Forest Elephant due to human-wildlife conflict other r-selected and k-selected species that rely on elephant activity for their survival will also be affected.

African Forest Elephants are a lot like humans whereas they are family orientated, social, self-aware, mourn the loss of family members, and the calf’s are dependent upon their mother’s milk the first few years of their life. Without their mother or families to protect them it would only be a matter of time before the calf would succumb to the elements or from a broken heart. (Bradshaw, 2004) Because African Forest Elephants gestation period is roughly two years, when herds of elephants are killed by poachers for their ivory the chances of extinction increases as maturity levels for reproduction do not occur until around 15 years of age. Continue reading