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Djibouti Nature is committed to implementing a programme of environmental education and awareness to protect nature intended primarily for schools and local communities. This programme in collaboration with the “Service de l’Enseignement de base du Ministère de l’Education Nationale ” works with students at all levels and teachers in schools to raise awareness and reach through them, the wider communities. The environmental education programme helps target groups (teachers, students, general public and education sectors’ stakeholders) to understand importance of nature and how to coexist wisely with nature. Education, awareness and advocacy Programme feeds attitudes and behaviour change, skills, knowledge, values and prepares environmentally friendly-citizens who care and protect nature, and instilling a sense of environmental responsibility to our nation citizens. The Environmental Education programme will target Strategic objectives/results:

  1. Increase and enhance public awareness, knowledge and participation on nature conservation within local communities, students at all levels and the general public;
  2. Create awareness of the link between nature conservation and sustainable livelihoods as well as the importance of nature services that improve in the quality of people lives;
  3. Mainstream environmental issues into school curriculum and students involved in environmental education especially at ecologically sensitive areas and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs);
  4. Ensure coordination, integration and collaboration in environmental education programs;
  5. Partner with Government, corporate and businesses to promote the integration of environmental education and conservation within corporate vision,

Target audience

This Environmental Education programme aims to support school environmental clubs to be self-sufficient in the organisation of round tables, create school nurseries, conducts door-to-door activities or field trips and awareness of nature protection as well as to produce publications on environmental issues. Further, it will cater for all age cohorts and socio-economic groups in the country to create awareness on conservation and natural resources management to a wide cross section of the society. The following groups will be targeted for environmental education;

  1. Wider public: To raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage members to participate in sound environmental initiatives to protect nature;
  2. Local community groups/nature resource users: to create awareness on sustainable use of resources and promote voluntary self-help initiatives in the community to reduce dependence on the resource in use;
  3. Media: to use media to highlight environmental issues in both print and electronic for education purposes;
  4. Government institutions: to contribute educating efforts destined to government authorities on environmental issues to formulate and implement sound environmental policies to manage natural resources.

The country

Djibouti’s landmass being over 90% desert comprising ecosystems made up of high mountains “Moussa Ali, Arrey, Goda…” and rocky plateaus with deep dry valleys and semi-arid to arid lowlands which are home to a variety of rare species of flora and fauna adapted to extreme climatic conditions from semi-arid to arid climates. Shrubby and partially treed grasslands and steppes dominate the lowland ecosystems.

The geographical position in the Horn of Africa and relatively close to the Arabian Peninsula at the eastern mouth of the Red Sea at the entrance to the Rift Valley (Bab-El-Mandeb Strait) makes the country a true biogeography crossroads characterized by a wide variety of terrestrial and marine ecosystems with a biodiversity of global importance with numerous rediscoveries or discoveries of new or remarkable species in the country without forgetting to mention the 405 species of birds recorded until the end of December 2023 and others of course will be discovered to be added to the list of birds of the country..

In this regard, a number of terrestrial and marine ecosystems in the country, although most ecosystems have not yet been systematically studied and that the knowledge of the country’s biodiversity in general is still relatively limited, the sites cited below represent the most important areas supporting a large number of wildlife species and flora recorded to date:

  1. Ali-Sabieh / Assamo
  2. Digri Plateau – Djalelo
  3. Grand Bara Plain
  4. Allol / Madgoul
  5. Goba’ad plain
  6. Goda Massif / Forêt du Day
  7. Dalha Plateau
  8. Godoria / Doumeira
  9. Hanlé Plain / Agna / Galafi
  10. Gaggade – Daoudaoua Plain
  11. Haramous / Loyada
  12. Musha / Maskali Islands
  13. Seven-Brothers Islands
  14. Lake Abhé
  15. Mabla Moutains

Efforts aimed at contributing to the protection of biodiversity and improving the living conditions of communities

To build the bridge connecting man and nature, Djibouti Nature raises funds for local sustainable development projects to contribute to national efforts to improve the living conditions of poor and vulnerable communities in the hinterland, where the most important ecosystems remain intact and support the daily life of a significant part of the population. the Djiboutian population who still practice a traditional nomadic lifestyle.

As such, since its creation in 1999, Djibouti Nature has implemented more than 31 small projects including a wide range of activities ranging from beekeeping, pasture restoration, tree planting, education and raising awareness of environmental protection and carrying out field studies in order to contribute to national efforts to improve knowledge of the country’s biodiversity.

And all these small projects were implemented in collaboration with established local communities and were implemented in the context of efforts to conserve nature and improve the living conditions of poor and vulnerable communities behind -country. Despite the small size of most projects which lasted a year or even three years, the results obtained were quite remarkable, notably citing the Horn of Africa Climate Change Program project implemented in Assamo in the Ali-Sabieh region from 2015 to 2018.

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