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CASE STUDY: Improving protected area management through business-skill sharing

Improving protected area management through business-skill sharing

Earth Skills Network (ESN) brings leaders from the business world and protected area managers together, in a mentor-mentee relationship, to share knowledge and transfer key business skills with a view to improving the business management in protected areas. Earthwatch have worked with Shell on this programme for over 10 years. In this time 64 Shell business mentors have been partnered with 184 protected area staff from 20 African and 6 Asian countries.

Farouk Dubiure - Park Manager at Mole National Park at Lajuma Research Centre, South Africa

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CASE STUDY: Earthwatch and Shell Group work together to conserve leopards and monkeys in South Africa

NGO Earthwatch Europe and multi-national Shell work together to conserve leopards and monkeys in South Africa

Across South Africa, conflict between humans and animals is rising due to increased habitat fragmentation caused by farming, commercial activities and government land reforms. In addition, local landowners tend to think of leopards as major killers of their livestock and primates as a major pest species, leading to lethal control measures being used across the region. 

Earthwatch is working with Shell in South Africa to help reduce human-wildlife conflict. Through their collaboration, the NGO and multi-national corporation deliver a results-orientated employee engagement programme – Earthwatch Expeditions – leading to personal and professional development opportunities and increased understanding of global sustainability issues amongst Shell staff, greater engagement with local communities, and direct environmental interventions. 

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Forget fast fashion: the art of sustainable clothes shopping

The environmental impact of the clothing industry is well documented. Last year in the UK alone, 235m items of clothing were sent to landfill. The fashion industry produces 20 per cent of global wastewater and 10 per cent of global carbon emissions - more than all international flights and maritime shipping. For anyone who is looking to reduce their carbon footprint, cutting back on new clothes and shopping sprees is an obvious quick-win. But even when we know the facts, it can take us a while to commit to changing our behaviour.

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GUEST BLOG: The time to act on the climate emergency is now

As the UN Secretary General's Climate Action Summit gets underway in New York, Lucian J. Hudson, Chair, Earthwatch Europe, and Peter Hudson, writer on the environment and climate campaigner, consider the scale of the challenge we face, and the need for urgent - and unprecedented - collaborative action across government, business and civil society.


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