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. Indian Newspaper
"the Hitvada"
reports about Martin's visit in October, 2006

. "The Times of India" online reports about anti-poaching in TATR (Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve) and Mr Dhanwatey collaboration with Martin...

NAIROBI (Kenya), Newsletter February 2011

Dear readers,

Our first newsletter from Kenya !

Half January 2011, Martin has left from South Africa towards Kenya with our loyal Land rover ‘Lady’. A long journey of 4000 kilometres through Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania. Lady kept very well and even at the borders there was not too much delay (the passing through can sometimes take days), so that Martin arrived at dr. Zeke Davidson and his wife Kate, within 8 days. They live just outside Nairobi.

Dr. Zeke Davidson is a colleague wildlife conservationist who has worked in Zimbabwe for the Oxford Hwange Lion Research Project and since 1 year for Marwell Wildlife in Kenya. Martin immediately started with arranging all the paperwork for the registration of ALL4AP as an NGO in Kenya. 1 Set is ready and contains 35 pages! inclusive all attachments.
After handing over these papers we have to wait for the reply which will take about 6 to 8 weeks, and in the worst scenario months. We will sharply keep an eye on it but this is the time which it takes normally. After that Martin can apply for his work permit.

In the meantime we certainly do not rest! Martin will join dr. Davidson soon on a trip towards the Samburu province.
Martin was already asked to train the scouts in that particular area to improve and optimize their discipline in GPS-reading and -handling in order to get the utmost result out of the sightings.

To ‘install’ ALL4AP a.s.a.p. on Kenya’s maps, Martin can use as much help as possible on the floor. That is why I took 3 months unpaid leave, to come to Kenya from February until April, to work as a volunteer and do my utmost to assist ALL4AP and Martin the best I can. The power supply, telephone- and internet connections are far more reliable than they were in Zimbabwe, so while Martin is trying to do as much fieldwork as possible, I can do the administration, PR, sponsor approach etc.

2 Days ago we moved to an apartment of an English lady who is temporarily working abroad. The apartment is in the centre of Nairobi where all the main companies and governmental offices are found, so we are very close in case more forms or signatures are needed.

From the ALL4AP team in Zimbabwe we have no news yet. They started end of January after Christmas holidays, so in next newsletter we will keep you updated.
The team in Vumba which Martin trained in November last year are doing very well. Please find underneath a copy of an article in the Zimbabwean newspaper.

See you end of February !
Martin and Ilma

Newspaper ‘Zimbabwean’, published on 2011-01-15

Vumba’s biodiversity is protected and over 400 snares destroyed.
Referred to as “Mountains of the Mist”, Vumba means mist in Shona, the local language of this area of the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. This beautiful mountainous area is covered with unique fauna and flora and is sanctuary to endangered species such as the Samango monkey.
With so many negative and depressing reports coming out of Zimbabwe, it is uplifting to be able to give some positive feedback on a current issue. Towards the end of 2010 we wrote about WEPU (Wildlife & Environment Protection Units) one of the latest projects being facilitated through a collaborative approach to conservation. Environment Africa, together with Tikki Hywood Trust, the Vumba Wildlife Management Authority co-ordinated the project together with the local Vumba community under the Vumba Green Fund. This unique PPCP (Public, Private, Community Partnership) approach to conservation and communities is a vision for Zimbabwe to enhance the protection of our biodiversity and at the same time uplift the livelihoods of communities. Vumba is the first of the WEPU units which we envision operating throughout Zimbabwe in areas where wildlife and the environment are under threat from poachers, land invaders and locals alike.

Sadly, due to pressures such as severe poverty, unemployment and pure greed on the part of unscrupulous individuals and syndicates, poaching in all its forms is endemic in Zimbabwe.
Since the deployment of the 8 committed WEPU scouts in the Vumba *) in December 2010 the achievements to date have been overwhelming. 400 wire snares have been found and destroyed, 12 nylon snares, 23 whip traps, 4 fishing nets and axes used for the illegal chopping down of wood. 8 poachers have been arrested and an 18 ton truck used to transport illegally gained wood has been impounded. Whilst on patrol the scouts record wildlife sightings and recently two large troops of 20 plus Samango monkeys and Blue Duiker have been seen in the area. Snaring of wildlife, fish poaching and wood cutting are the major negative environment issues in the Vumba which need to stopped. Just recently, people from outside the local communities have been found moving into the lower ends of the Bunga forest, where they are clearing pristine forest land for farming. This is of huge concern to all involved in the Vumba and with the support of all the various stakeholders has to be halted.


*) Trained by Martin (ALL4AP), see our newsletter of December 2010