In conjunction with the recent Landcare conferences held in Australia and South Africa, a number of inspiring award winners were announced. A full list of the Australian Winners can be accessed through this link, with a sample of the African Landcare Network winners from the conferences shared below.
2014 Bob Hawke Landcare Award – Colin Sies, NSW
Colin Seis won the award for his pioneering development of ‘multi species pasture cropping’, known as pasture cropping. The practice, now internationally recognised by crop scientists helps produce food for the growing human population while restoring grasslands and soil, and subsequently the sustainability of farms.
Qantas Landcare Innovative Community Group Award – Roleybushcare, WA
The Roleybushcare formed to conserve bushlands in their area in Western Australia from phytophthora dieback. They designed and manufactured hydraulic tree injectors and injected over 18,000 trees to protect them and ensured every local bushland reserve had a registered custodian with council.
Africa LandCare Achievement Award – Kapchorwa District Landcare Chapter (KADLACC), Uganda
Originating from a community plagued by a myriad of complex and linked natural resource management issues, compounded by pressing social issues the Kapchorwa District Landcare Chapter (KADLACC) was formed in 2003. KADLACC operates as a community driven innovation platform which has supported member groups rehabilitate the degraded landscapes on the slopes of Mt Elgon and improve market access for produce. No where are these successes more evident then the reduced incidences of landslides which previously destroyed crops, property and even took lives.
Emerging LandCare in Africa Award – Anti-Erosion Control in the outlying districts of the city of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
Local NGO GIERI: Intervention’s Group for Guide and Integral Rehabilitation, were awarded the Emerging Award for their embracement of Landcare principles in mobilising the community within the catchment of Lake Kivu to address issues of land degradation caused by deforestation for firewood and construction materials. Despite operating in a high-risk environment plagued by rebels, the community dreams of the role of agroforestry in restoring their soils and protecting their land to attract youth into farming rather than warfare.