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Landscape of the Year 2018/2019 Senegal/The Gambia News (15)
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  Students from the Landscape of the Year visit Dakar 

The students from the Collège d’Enseignement Moyen (Middle School) in Koumbidja Socé close to Koungheul contributed greatly to the success of the opening event of the Landscape of the Year. Their accompanying teacher Mahamadou Lamine describes the excursion to Dakar, which the students were invited to by the board of ASAN:

During the yearly school excursion, students from the Collège d’Enseignement Moyen in Koumbidja Socé, the location of the opening ceremony of the Landscape of the Year, spent two days from June 8 – 9 in the Naturefriends House „Maison Alioune Diagne Mbor“ in Petit Mbao, where they visited Dakar and the surrounding areas.

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Landscape of the Year 2018/2019 Senegal/The Gambia News (14)
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„Mama Africa“ – a holiday amongst friends

About 300 km to the West from Janjanbureh, the Gambian centre of the Landscape of the Year, the participants of the “Tour d’Horizon” had a short visit with “Mama Africa” in January 2018 and quickly became friends with the Gambian artist Isha Fofana – “Mama Africa” – and her German husband Bernd Ax. ”Mama Africa” is not only an exquisite holiday resort, but also a social project.

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Landscape of the Year 2018/2019 Senegal/The Gambia News (13)
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News from JUST ACT, partner organization of NFI in the Landscape of the Year 

NFI has reported on its partner organization in TheGambia (JUST ACT - Janjanbureh Uniting Sustainable Tourism And Community Training) on several occasions, most recently on the blog about the Friends of Nature journey "Tour d'horizon" in January 2018 (interview with the organization's director, Omar Jammeh, in English, German and French ---> ) and in the Info-Mail Science (German).
 
These reports concerned the work of JUST ACT in the field of sustainable tourism. This is currently taking place within the framework of the "The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project" (2017 - 2021), funded by the EU and the ITC (International Trade Centre), to “boost job creation and support long-term economic sustainability for the Gambia”. 
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Landscape of the Year 2018-2019 Senegal/Gambia News (12)
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The Women’s Initiative The Gambia in Njaw
During their travels to African countries, Naturefriends are especially interested in the role of women and visit exceptional women’s projects. For the “Tour d’Horizon” in January 2018, the participants got the chance to get to know a fantastic women’s association. Arlette Orry wrote an article about the visit for the current newsletter of Naturefriends France. The editors and Arlette gave us permission to print her text here:

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Landscape of the Year 2018-2019 Senegal/Gambia News (11)
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Landscape of the year Senegal/The Gambia  - Moving ahead at full speed
After the amazing opening event with 800 participants from 11 countries, motivation and expectations in the region are high. Therefore, it’s important to continue with the next steps in order to contribute to a sustainable development of the region. Tree plantings in selected villages – initiated by African and European Naturefriends together with local people – will stay at the focus of the activities.

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