The Wild Land - Wild Spirit Foundation is based in Germany, but works since it´s beginning in different countries also. We visit and support projects, NGOs and local, often native, communities, organize tours for visitors, and research on our topic theme, the sustainable coexistence of wildlife and people.
Impressions of the last years starting in 2018 and going back.
East Africa / Kenya
Our foundation activities in East Africa started with supporting different organizations in wildlife conservation, local communities and indigenous people and went
on in developing some first own projects. Some impressions!
More images can be found on the project site: https://www.wildlifeandpeople.org/images/
More images are to find on the project site: https://www.wildlifeandpeople.org/images/
Base of our work in Germany is the Center for Global Sustainability in Darmstadt
A place for events, conferences, workshops.
We work with solar cooker, water filter a.o. technologies, teach about conservation and sustainability.
Working with solar cookers - solar cooker workshops
Teaching about nature and conservation!
For close to twenty years, Klaus worked with kids groups in the forests around Darmstadt, teaching outdoor skills and conservation.
Tree planting projects ...
... are part of our teachings at the Center for Global Sustainability and in the sorounding forests.
Solar cooker workshop with a group of youth
A feast in the forest
Roasting a wild boar in a traditional earth-oven, teaching about conservation and sustainability.
A friend of us, Ed E. Bryant, a traditional native carver from British Columbia, teaches carving a totem pole.
Visitors from South Korea learning about outdoor education.
A group of Korean teachers travelling through Europe came in for a day to learn about what to do with kids in the forests to start their own outdoor programs in Korea.
International march for the elephants in Munich and Düsseldorf 2013/2014, Germany
Meanwhile all over the world, people are marching for elephant conservation at the international elephant day.
Valentine and Klaus with an information stall on an event in Darmstadt.
In the newspaper
The conservation of tigers and Asian elephants brought Klaus first to Nepal, later to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Seeing the poverty and poor life conditions of the people in the countryside made him realize the necessity to involve the local population in conservation and to create "Win-Win" situations for wildlife and people.
Winning an environmental price in Germany allowed us to make some extra donations to projects in Nepal. Supports where given to schools, orphanages and solar energy projects.
Another goal was learning about living conditions of Nepali elephants in captivity.
Working in Elephant Nature Park (ENP) in Northern Thailand as a volunteer brought Klaus very close to Asian elephant conservation. ENP is an elephant sanctuary, founded by Saengduean Lek Chailert and the Save Elephant Foundation.
Since 2013, Klaus visites regularly, brings other volunteers and supports different projects of the Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand and Cambodia.
Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, together with Saengduean Lek Chailert
Wild elephant in Khao Yai Nationalpark
Thailand Cares, a project of the Save Elephant Foundation for local communities, supports schools.
Visiting Lao to research about deforestation, wildlife and the living conditions of the people along the Mekong.
Sunset above Luang Prabang, Mekong. Kids living at the Mekong. Working elephant. "Save the bears" project.
Coming in contact with the environmental situation in Cambodia, the Cambodian people, poverty, the landmine situation, high deforestation rate, made us decide to become engaged in Cambodia.
Opening an office in Siem Reap was the next step.
Our work was mostly research about the situation of wildlife, people and deforestation. Cambodia has one of the highest deforestation rates of the world and reduced it´s forest cover from 70% in 1975 to 3-7% in 2014.
We visited local communities, conservation projects, a permaculture project, the landmine relief fund, schools and monastries.
Supporting local communities with water filter and solar cooker
Water Filter "PAUL" (Portable Aqua Unit for Livesaving), designed by the University Kassel in Germany, can produce 1200 liter of good drinking water from pond or river water per day.
Rainforests, forest destruction, conservation, reforestation
Visiting Permaculture projects
A whole school build from plastic garbage
A window in the wall shows they are build from plastic bottles filled with plastic garbage.
Contacting Landmine Relief Fund
With William Morse from the Landmine Relief fund at the Cambodia Landmine Museum.
Working elephants and elephants in sanctuaries
Working elephants in Cambodia are mostly abused in tourism, some still work in logging. Some sanctuaries taking care of these elephants, trying to take them out of tourism and remaining logging projects.
Canada and the US West Coast
At the west coast of North America is the biggest temperate rainforest of the world, most of it threatened by clearcut logging. We have been involved in conservation activities for some years, visiting every year, volunteering, bringing interested people from Germany, supporting, ...
After a succsessful agreement to save the Great Bear Rainforest, an ancient rainforest of about 60.000 square kilometre, we switched to working in other themes also.
Some images of the rainforest, it´s people and conservation:
Native People - First Nations
Forests and wildlife, clearcut logging and conservation on the land of the First Nations