NANPA News* highlights NWNL and Alison M. Jones

*North American Nature Photography Association newsletter. I’ve always enjoyed water. I grew up on a small rural stream with frogs, moss, trout, rocks and fog. Years later, copiloting over sub-Sahara Africa, I saw clearly that where there was no water, there was no life. Thus, No Water No Life ® (NWNL) became the title of … Continue reading NANPA News* highlights NWNL and Alison M. Jones

Charcoal burning destroys Kenya’s forests

  How many trees are cut down to make one bag of charcoal? This illegal trade destroys endangered animals natural habitat and puts pressure on the entire ecosystem. Fact - In Kenya, charcoal provides energy for 82% of urban and 34% of rural households. Source: http://asokoinsight.com/news/illegal-logging-charcoal-burning-destroying-east-africas-forests/ - Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Lichen is part of the biodiversity of vegetation in our watersheds and serves as tool for water retention.

- Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

New pix shared

Check out NWNL's new photo gallery - Mara River Basin: Use and abuse of its water resources.

2nd Annual ‘Mara Day’ to raise awareness of degradation of Mara River basin ecosystem

On September 15th, stakeholders from Kenya, Tanzania and surrounding communities will come together to celebrate Mara Day to focus on the health of the Mara River. Informative activities and presentations aim to foster discussions on water quality, pollution, deforestation, drought and other environmental and social challenges facing the MRB and its sustainable development. More than … Continue reading 2nd Annual ‘Mara Day’ to raise awareness of degradation of Mara River basin ecosystem

NWNL expands its watershed coverage: This blog post discusses the Amazon’s Belo Monte Dam

… The international attention on the effects of building the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil’s Amazon is just one example of extended coverage we are starting to offer. The impacts surrounding the Belo Monte Dam are comparable to those of two NWNL case-study watersheds. Displacement caused by dams was experienced by British Canadians, First Nations and US communities in the Columbia River Basin, and may be forced on the half-million pastoralists in Ethiopia and Kenya hoping to stop construction of the Gibe Dams on the Omo River.…

NWNL Honored; and a Reforestation Debate

This month the International League of Conservation Photographers has recognized me as their “Photographer of the Month.”  Having been an ILCP Fellow since 2007, I appreciate this honor, especially as it helps NWNL raise awareness of freshwater issues.  The timing of this publicity also coincides with national interest on the Mississippi River Flood, problematic pollution … Continue reading NWNL Honored; and a Reforestation Debate

White Nile River Basin Expedition – Entebbe 3/27

This morning I will begin NWNL’s focus on the impacts of disease, human settlement and infrastructure here at the source of the Nile. Watershed issues NWNL is studying here include: The headwaters face deforestation, dams and increasing settlement; pollution and invasive species threaten the livelihoods of 30 million lakeshore inhabitants; and increases in floods and droughts are greatly impacting this watershed.

Mau Forest Degradation

NWNL's Mara River Expedition this fall began in Kenya's Mau Forest where severe deforestation has reduced water supplies, causing politicians and conservationists to enact bold solutions.

Funding the Mara River Expedition

I am diving in with our project's current challenge: EXPEDITION FUNDING! NWNL’s research, documentation and publications are based on its expeditions to North American and African case-study watersheds. By comparing approaches to freshwater issues and solutions in developed versus developing nations, NWNL distinguishes itself from most other organizations.