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Bay Area Wilderness Training celebrated its fifth year in April. Since 1999, BAWT has served over 2,000 youths, and has trained well over 200 youth workers and teachers in outdoor leadership skills. A weekend-long gathering held to mark the project’s anniversary featured a panel discussion and a silent auction, which raised approximately $2,000 for the organization.

Global Service Corps is looking for volunteers to work at the Suksasongkhraw Orphanage in Thailand. The orphanage school has more than 1,100 students in grades one to twelve and only 34 teachers, two of them English teachers. GSC volunteers assist teachers and students in English. For more information, call (415) 788-3666 x128 or e-mail gsc@earthisland.org.

Working in co-ordination with the local NGO Kelola and the village of Tiwoho, Mangrove Action Project has successfully completed its first Coastal Communities Resource Center (CCRC). The CCRC has hosted several relevant workshops and training sessions, offering information exchange and hands-on training in building improved cook stoves, bamboo processing for building construction, furniture building, mangrove restoration, and wastewater gardening.

Four members of SAVE International jointly presented a paper at The 2004 International Symposium for the Conservation of the Black-Faced Spoonbill in the East Asian Region in Seoul on June 4-5. Organized by KFEM (Korean Federation for Environmental Movement), Korea’s largest environmental organization, this symposium included presenters from Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, and Vietnam—almost every country that the endangered birds visit during their annual migration up and down the Pacific coast.

SAVE members and others visited sites important for the spoonbills, which come to Korea to nest and breed during the summer. The highlight was a rare and heavily supervised view of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.

UniversitÁrea Protegida (UÁP) Nicaragua would like to thank its first visiting member group, Mateo, Christina, and Manicito Davis from Santa Barbara, California, for their two-week tour of the four Nicaraguan natural reserves where UAP-sponsored students are conducting their thesis work. In their time in Nicaragua, they saw the natural beauty and biodiversity that exist in these areas, and met and talked with a number of students who are being supported by all UAP members.

Faultline, California’s Environmental Magazine has just finished an extensive Web site redesign. The new site is faster to load, far more accessible to the disabled and to people with slower net connections, and allows readers to talk back, leaving comments after each article and discussing issues with other readers. The site is updated almost every day. Check it out (and make your voice heard) at www.faultline.org.

EII’s newest project, Reef Protection International (RPI), aims to aid worldwide coral reef conservation by transforming behavior and business practices surrounding the ornamental fish trade. RPI’s ultimate goal is ending imports of vulnerable coral reef wildlife to the United States. Stay tuned for more exciting news about RPI.

   

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