I. Clean-ups
II. Rubbish pit renovation
III. Recycling for conservation

Rubbish clean-ups

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Problem: Enormous accumulation of rubbish at campsites and along tourist trekking paths. Rubbish diminishes the tourist experience, harming the tourist economy, and poses a health risk to the endangered SMNP wildlife.

Solution: Monthly clean-ups. We pay 76 people from local communities to collect rubbish once a month. Clean-up teams are assigned to various campsites and trail areas, and are supplied with latex gloves and reusable barrels for rubbish collection. With the help of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), rubbish is responsibly disposed of in the nearby city of Gondar.

Cost: Approximately 500 USD/month (14,295 ETB). This includes stipends for workers, gloves, and disposal fees.

Funds still needed?: Yes. Our clean-ups are only possible for as long as we continue to receive donations. With your help, we will try to support this program for as long as possible.

Donate to this initiative here.

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Rubbish pit renovation

Problem: Campsite rubbish pits are shallow and open, attracting wildlife and allowing rubbish to be strewn across the landscape. Trash foraging alters wildlife behavior & ecology and poses extreme health hazards.

Solution: Renovate rubbish pits. Working with EWCA officials, we are making new, deeper rubbish pits with custom-fit covers that permit trash disposal while preventing wildlife access. One pit (Chenek campsite) is complete, the rest to follow. All local labor is used.

Cost: $3500 USD in materials, transport, and labor.

Funds still needed?: Yes. We have raised enough money to cover two rubbish pits and that construction is underway. Six additional rubbish pits remain open, and geladas and wolves will continue to feed in these pits until they are covered.

Donate to this initiative here.

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Recycling for conservation

Problem: A) Plastic waste. B) Unemployment. If the 29,000 tourists that visit the SMNP annually stay an average of five days and drink 2 bottles of water a day, we can expect nearly 300,000 plastic water bottles to be discarded in the park every year. Additionally, unemployment leads to increased livestock grazing, land cultivation, and tour guide saturation in the park.

Solution: Collection and recycling of plastic bottles into materials that can be used for craft-making. Employment of local women, who are among the most commonly unemployed and disenfranchised, to manage the recycling and produce crafts for sale. A percentage of the sale of crafts made by local women with recycled plastic from the SMNP will go back into conservation activities.

This initiative is in the planning stages. Please contact us for further information.