A healthy environment is the basis for all life. In Biovision’s projects, an understanding of ecological relationships is encouraged among the local people, and methods for sustainable use of natural resources are introduced. Organic agriculture and the sustainable use of sensitive ecosystems serve the protection of forests, soil, water and biodiversity.
Biovision’s projects present possibilities as to how fragile ecosystems such as savannahs and forests can be used in a conservational way, without destroying the basis for life.
Biodiversity is in danger the world over – in Africa, many habitats for rare plant and animal species are threatened by environmental exploitation, for example the Kakamega Forest; it is the largest remaining rainforest in Kenya and home to over 350 different bird species and many medicinal plants as yet barely researched. Deforestation threatens this ancient rainforest and its unique biodiversity.
The creation of new sources of income for local people reduces the increasing exploitation of the Kakamega Forest and strengthens the health of the environment. An example of a successful project is Naturub®, the first officially certified, local herbal medicine. Since the start of the project, more than 400,000 units of Naturub® have been produced and sold. By improving methods of cultivation and producing herbal medicines, smallholders have tripled their income.
In the area of environmental health, the successful beekeeping project in Tolay in Ethiopia will now be rolled out nationally with support from the Ethiopian government and other donors. The expanded project will provide 12,500 unemployed young people with new opportunities to earn money.