In December we had bad news from our Yakolima partnership in Papua New Guinea. All three villages were experiencing the worst drought in living memory.
A severe El Niño meant the usual rains didn’t fall this yearegetable gardens dried out and crops failed. Access to drinking water became difficult, with water wells drying up or becoming saline and communal rainwater storage tanks quickly emptied. Our partners had to travel by dinghy to a neighbouring village to fill tanks with drinking water.
While 40,000 delegates in Paris spent hours debating how to prevent global warming, climate change was already threatening lives on the ground.
We had an overwhelming response to our emergency appeal which meant that the 67 families in our Yakolima partnership survived a devastating drought. This means they can carry on protecting their forest and keeping the palm oil plantations at bay.
In 2016 we want to provide every family with a covered tank to store water safely when the rains return.
Thank you for your support in 2015 and here’s to saving more rainforest in 2016.