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My last week by Ingvild Hartmann-Lørscher   (published in Kenya)

February 13, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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My last week in Kenya was great and so much better than expected. I couldn't have ended my time at Kigio any better.

Monday, 04.02, was pretty much a normal workday. We started the day with doing the monthly animal survey, where we counted all the animals along the road and 200 m to each side. After lunch I finally got to try biomass assessment. Biomass consists of doing to plots, which each consist of four squares. What you do is throw a square anywhere from where the plot is supposed to be done. Furthermore, you see how high the grass is, how much bare ground, woodies and dung there is and then you cut the grass. I thought it was quiet nice since it did not take very long and it was a very easy task.

Tuesday, 05.02, was a completely different day than we are used to. We went to Navaisha where we waited for a new volunteer to come, before we went to the World Wetland Celebration. It was a conference where they talked about the importance of wetlands around the world, but with the main focus on Kenya. We were guests at this conference. Several schools were also participation, and the conference was manly to inform the students more about the importance of wetlands and why we need them. The whole conference started with us walking in some sort of demonstration where the students were screaming different things about clean water and how it is our responsibility. I thought the whole thing was quiet interesting, and I got to learn a lot more about what wetlands are and why they are important. According to what several people, who worked within saving wetlands, said is that wetlands are the only water resource in Kenya. Wetlands a


re all clean rivers and lakes and if they are gone so is the drinking water. Something else that really interested me was how much water other countries used compared to those in Africa. Apparently we use on average 80 l of water each day, while a Kenyan person only uses 5 l. That is insane! After all the speeches and some of the schools had had a performance we planted trees. This was done because the disappearance of trees is one of the reasons why the wetlands decrease and the rich soil is washed away to the ocean. It was a very different, but interesting day.

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My last week by Ingvild Hartmann-Lørscher
My last week by Ingvild Hartmann-Lørscher