More than ever do we need your help to support the Mahenye Shangaan community living around Gonarezhou National Park in becoming food secure, which is the main objective of the nutrition gardens with Shangaan women.
We started developing these gardens to provide diverse and nutrient-rich vegetables to women and their families. A few families have now started to grow a healthy production of vegetables which is described as a very encouraging success "since the Mahenye Garden was commissioned it has been a great success, providing a range of good quality vegetable for local consumption" said one of the elders in the village.
There is no doubt that improving local livelihoods through adequate nutrition and food security is associated to positive wildlife conservation outcomes. As black rhinoceros have just been re-introduced in the Gonarezhou National Park, it is now vital to support Mahenye community to preserve their exceptional natural heritage, fo which they are the true custodians.
Jul 15, 2021
Opening the first One Health Garden in Morocco
By Dr Julie Garnier - Project Leader
Opening ceremony of the first One Health Garden
On the occasion of World Biodiversity Day in May, we organized the opening ceremony of the first One Health Garden of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants in Morocco.
This was made possible by much hard work form the whole field team during more than six months. A workshop was initially conducted with women from the argan oil cooperative to chose which species to grow, then a lot of work went into locating the plot where to grow the garden, fencing it against wild boar incursions, and setting up a reliable irrigation system.
The opening ceremony consisted in a morning of presentations about One Health and Biodiversity and the work of our One Health Association at the Medical Faculty Ibn Zohr in Agadir. The whole team of around twenty delegates then went to the garden in the douar of Aglagal where the garden is located near the women cooperative producing argan oil.
This garden will not only allow for the cultivation of important aromatic and medicinal plants in the argan forest, but it will also allow for the transmission of invaluable traditional environmental knowledge to future generations. This is One Health in action for conserving a unique bio-cultural heritage which is critically important to Morocco and to the world's biodiversity.
Training in Holistic Grazing to restore rangelands
When we started the One Health program with Mahenye community a few years ago, we developed a training program on Holistic Planned Grazing for farmers in the community in order to help restore rangelands which had been degraded under the combined action of overgrazing and erosion. This holistic technique which has been developed in Zimbabwe is very effective in restoring soil fertility, improving crop productivity and in reducing human-wildlife conflict.
As the world is preparing to celebrate World Environment Day and to launch the UN decade on Ecosystem Restoration in order to restore an area the size of China over the next 10 years, our One Health approach is visionary in having already promoted the restoration of drylands around conservation areas.