This Tuesday we presented our group work about the six different landscapes all over the world. Each group had to analyse one landscape concerning Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Ecotourism and Carbon.
Locations of the landscapes
|Group 1||Peru North|
|Group 2||Peru South|
|Group 3||Tanzania East|
|Group 4||Finland North|
|Group 5||Indonesia East|
|Group 6||Tanzania West|
Cause of an unexpected emergency we had to start with group 2, their landscape was the Tambopata Buffer Zone in South Peru one of the region with the highest biodiversity worldwide. The sector of Ecotourism is also growing there but gold mining is destroying the forests more and more.
Group 3 followed up and presented their results from Zanzibar where we had a lower biodiversity but this special mangrove forests and coral reefs which were threatened by tourism and the high population density. In history Sansibar was a centre for slave trading and the birth place of Freddy Mercury.
After that, Group 1 returned and gave us a short overview about Peru North where the biodiversity is similar to Peru South but there is less tourism currently. We had carbon in a pie chart, high tech for the presentation and missed the gymnastic exercises of one of the teammates whose system had refused to sign a memorandum of understanding with the local Finnish cuisine.
Finland North was the next landscape and group 3 presented us the difference in Biodiversity to the tropical landscapes. Only a few species are living here which makes the landscape unique. Tourism is a big economic factor in summertime people are visiting the national park and in wintertime here is a famous ski resort.
After lunch group 5 presented their findings on the Indonesian East landscape. I.e. Kalimantan. It was the best presentation we ever had which was not a wonder because global mama has a global experience. They had interesting findings on the degradation of peatlands: draining them to plant oil palm plantations would have the greatest emissions compared to all other landscapes.
Last but not least group 6 who were dealing with Tanzania West gave their presentation. They had tried to quantify some parameters, which ended up raising a lot of debate e.g the biodiversity quality. After a lengthy discussion, they admitted that it was superficial quantification and everybody breathed a sigh of academic relief.
The session ended with an unofficial dancing ceremony from Global Mama and the Zulu to-be king.
Global Mama and German Son