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Following the example of the Brazilian photographer and environmentalist Sebastião Salgado we teamed up with the musician, cabaret artist and director Rainald Grebe for a tree-planting campaign on a forest plot in Brandenburg, which is managed by the VSOW for the purpose of renaturation. On the occasion of his concert at the Berliner Waldbühne on 31.07.2021, Rainald Grebe started a fundraising campaign to plant trees in the Bugk Forest under our patronage and in cooperation with the Bergwaldprojekt e.V. Under the supervision of forest ranger Peter Schwarz, we will plant deciduous trees in autumn 2021. These will have very positive…

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Represente – the future is ours! 60 min Full HD RePresente documents diverse voices and images of feminism, self-governing and cooperative economies as well as the ecological and community-supported agriculture of Argentina. The protagonists of these stories are members of Argentinian social movements and organizations that have fought in recent years’ struggles and are constantly building viable alternatives to the crisis-ridden, neo-liberal and neo-colonial system.   The documentary is a collaboration between German and Argentine alternative media collectives which has its origin in the intense days of December 2018 when the G20 summit took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  …

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March 2020 Civil society organisations (including VSOW) from Denmark, France, Germany, Georgia, Central Asia, the US, Indonesia and Romania have submitted their joint inputs on the implementation of AIIB’s Environmental and Social Framework for phase one of the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) review. The joint submission highlights concerns for how the ESF has been poorly applied to the screening and implementation of projects against the backdrop of weakened transparency and accountability since the ESF went operational in 2017. Civil societies in these countries therefore call on the AIIB to assess the implementation of ESF during the review period, and…

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Ausstellung Donnerstag, 10. Mai 2018 – Montag, 21. Mai 2018 in  GOLD OHNE GLANZ? | MULTIMEDIALE AUSSTELLUNG UND VORTRAG – EXHIBITION AND LECTURE EINE REISE ZU KONVENTIONELLEN GOLDSCHÜRFERN UND FAIRTRADE KOOPERATIVEN IN AFRIKA! Ausgerüstet lediglich mit einer kleinen Kopflampe, genau wie die Kumpel in Ostafrika, begeben sich die Besucher der multimedialen Ausstellung  in die nachgebauten Minenschächte in einer uns zur Verfügung stehenden Kartoffelscheune auf dem Hof Klein Witzeetze 6. Die Hofgemeinschaft beteiligt sich zum dritten Mal an der Kulturellen Landpartien, dem größten, selbstorganisierten Kulturfestival Norddeutschlands. Rund 50 Höfe öffnen zwischen Himmelfahrt und Pfingsten ihre Tore, der Hof kw6 mit einem…

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Previous Next In June 2017 we held our first volunteer based activity in our forest in Bugk, outside Berlin. A fence was build with a group of Volunteers to protect an area of the forest, that we want to restore as a nature near mixed forest. The section of the forest has been used as part of a commercial mono-culture tree plantation in the past. 

Previous Next In April 2017 we received a donation of fruit and other trees. A member of the Association turned out to have an old fruit tree plantation outside of Berlin. We decided to turn it in to an agroforestry project and gave the donated trees a new home. 

Previous Next In March 2018 we organized a one-week environmental education activity with a biology class of the Andreas-Gymnasium in Berlin. On the agenda: the ecological context of natural regeneration as a principle of forest development and appropriate measures to support it. Students learned the theory and worked hands-on. Thus, a series of boxes for jays and perches for birds of prey have been created for the forest area in Bugk that we manage. Now, the offspring of young oak trees on the former monoculture of pines can grow up protected against predators, such as deer and mice.

Each of the three project locations is located on the former Inca Foothills and adjoins national park areas: the Munay Suyu Costa on the Pacific coast, near Canoa, the Munay Suyu Andes, in the Andes near the city of Cuenca, and the Munay Suyu Amazonia, in the tropical Rain forest near the village Tena. We have been working on the vision of the Munay Suyu since the spring of 2018. There is much to do in the “School for ancient wisdom”. Since the project sites have not been maintained for many years, many invasive plant species have spread that are…

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