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Prize-winning work for the environment

Activities such as bee keeping are promoted to prevent poaching (WRENmedia)
Activities such as bee keeping are promoted to prevent poaching

Eleven years after taking over the North Luangwa Wildlife Conservation and Community Development Programme in Zambia, Hammerskjoeld Simwinga has been awarded one of six Goldman Environmental Prizes. His work assisting local communities to set up local activities, such as bee keeping and fishing instead of poaching, has credited him the US$125,000 award, often referred to as the Nobel Prize for the environment. Together with the Zambia Wildlife Agency, Simwinga also set up community projects to make sunflower oil, plant food crops and keep chickens instead of poaching elephants, which he made communities realise attracted tourists, and therefore money. The programme provides 35,000 people with healthcare and education services, and has grown to include 64 villages. According to Reuters News Agency, poaching has dwindled and wildlife is returning to the area. A Mongolian herder is the winner from Asia. Tsetsegee Munkhbayar successfully worked with government and grassroots organizations to shut down destructive mining operations along Mongolia's scarce waterways. Wangari Maathai is among previous winners of the prize.

Date published: May 2007


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