In August 2018, ECL-participant Lamek Kiula won the Global Landscape Forum (GLF) Nairobi 2018-Photo Contest as best photographer among over 400 candidates who submitted their work from all over Africa. The competition aimed at portraying African landscapes through the eyes of the youth and to highlight their significance to African youth. The organizer praised the broad participation as “proving beyond any doubt the unique beauty of African landscapes and the grassroots determination to defend them”.
Every year, Africa loses an estimated 2.8 million hectares of forest, with deforestation and land degradation seriously affecting its environment and people. The 2018 GLF Nairobi helped to build and align international, national and private sector support for forest and landscape restoration and aims to pave the way for turning this support into action. Lameck was among 15 people from Tanzania who were funded to attend the forum meetings. The event concluded a three-week online course on restoration with two days of training on restoration leadership and two days at the UN Environment Headquarter in Nairobi.
Lameck sees a high necessity for more youth engagement in environmental protection. “For most of us as youths we should see these efforts towards restoration as an opportunity – we have to rise up now. The challenge we are all facing is climate change”.
„The photo was taken from the small hills of Tarangire National Park with the purpose of showing how the river Tarangire which have been affected by the activities carried out with human being around the source of the river. It was taken during the second exchange phase of ECL where Germany and Tanzania participants met in Tanzania for practical studies. This river is the main source of water for all wild animals and plants around the park. The photo shows how now the river is undergoing drought. So, imagine how the living organisms will suffer if serious measure will not be taken as soon as possible, restoration of the park’s need”Lameck Kiula
Lameck is already highly engaged in climate change issues. He is a participant of the ongoing “Empowerment for Climate Leadership”-Program, an exchange project under weltwärts extra curricula program which aims at empowering the youths in Germany and Tanzania on climate change and sustainable development initiatives. It aims to tackle the UN-Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 13: Climate Action. By increasing global learning and knowledge sharing about climate adaptation and mitigation in the Global North as well as the Global South, future leaders are sensitized and empowered to take actions for sustainable development and fostering international cooperation on much needed action towards climate protection. Next to online module studies in international twinning pairs as one of the approaches of the project, two physical meetings of the 21 participants took place in November 2017 and June 2018. During the exchange phase in Tanzania, the participants visited renewable energy project sites on the mainland and Zanzibar and the Tarangire National Park, where the picture was taken. The ECL-Project is realized in cooperation between the Climate Action Network Tanzania and Germanwatch and is funded by Engagement Global.