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Monday, April 05, 2010





Sunday, April 04, 2010

Plant tree species of local origin!

Conserving and using sustainably local biodiversity, including trees

ENO-Environment Online project as a global virtual school and network has an excellent idea of promoting tree planting, good environment and sustainable development.

When trees are planted it is good to think carefully what kinds of trees and ecosystems are originally adapted and best to each locality, to each region. If foreign trees are planted, then the end results may be harmful to local species. Think e. g. Eucalyptus species. These are native species of Australia, but they can be succesfully grown in many other regions of the world. Many kinds of unexpected side effects have been found. Eucalyptus species often produce litter that is poisoneous to other organisms, they are too efficient of taking water from the soil, ground water may even disappear, small rivers may become dry during dry seasons etc.

Usually, the best option is to cultivate local tree species of local origin. During evolution life has diversified, organisms and ecosystems are different is each region. During prehistory and history local people have learnt how to best use vegetation sustainably for shelter, food, medicines etc. Even in the same country there may be big differences in genetical adaptation of species to local circumtances. The main principle is to keep and to learn sustainable use of local biodiversity. Learning to identify local species can be facilitated by using NatureGate Online Service: Many species or genera are cosmopolitan or circumpolar. IUCN recommends NatureGate Online Service.

NatureGate Ltd (University of Helsinki as one of the partners) is interested in collaboration to create local sister NatureGate Online Services to each country and region of the world.

Best wishes from a friend of ENO-Environment Online project

Prof. Dr. Mauri Ã…hlberg FLS,
Professor of Biology and Sustainability Education
(University of Helsinki).

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Language packs already in 11 languages

ENO National Coordinators in different countries have translated instructions into their languages. At the moment we have them in 13 languages:

Arabic, Azerbaijani, Dutch, English, Finnish,French, Italian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Spanish, Slovak and Ukrainian.

More translations soon to come, find them here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stavanger, Norway

"International School of Stavanger (Norway) and their project SWEC (Show We Care) will be raising money to plant trees with 'Trees for Life' in Scotland. This is a project to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest thus helping the environment and helping to bring back the native wildlife to the area. So far SWEC have 'planted' 297 trees and we hope to fund at least another 150 this year. In addition we will plant a few tree in our school grounds again, on 21 May 2010."

ENO Tree Planting Day 21 May in Benin

Maximin Djondo: ENO Benin Coordinator:

This year BEES Environment Club will organise the event with its five new school partners in the central part of Benin and this will be assisted by the Benin national wood authority. The total 2062 trees to be planted represents the number of students registered to take part to that event

Monday, March 15, 2010

The International Year of Biodiversity

You are an integral part of nature; your fate is tightly linked with biodiversity, the huge variety of other animals and plants, the places they live and their surrounding environments, all over the world.

You rely on this diversity of life to provide you with the food, fuel, medicine and other essentials you simply cannot live without. Yet this rich diversity is being lost at a greatly accelerated rate because of human activities. This impoverishes us all and weakens the ability of the living systems, on which we depend, to resist growing threats such as climate change.

The United Nations proclaimed 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity, and people all over the world are working to safeguard this irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss. This is vital for current and future human wellbeing. We need to do more. Now is the time to act.

The International Year of Biodiversity is a unique opportunity to increase understanding of the vital role that biodiversity plays in sustaining life on Earth.

Please find more information here:

Instructions in different languages

Please find detailed instructions how to carry out this event. They will be here soon in different languages:

Azerbaijani (by Irada Aliyeva)
Dutch (by Lieven Van Parys)


Register to event

It is easy to join this event. Just fill in the registration form here.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010


Biodiversity is life -

To celebrate the international year of biodiversity 2010 , ENO Programme invites you to plant trees for biodiversity and sustainable future.

This big day will take place on the 21st of May 2010. It is a global event and reaches ENO schools in 150 countries, The first trees will be planted at noon in Oceania. Following the Sun, new trees will be put to earth in Asia, Europe and Africa. Finally this chain of trees will reach Americas. Globe has turned on its axis.

This day is also to celebrate the international day for biological diversity, 22nd of May. Let's reflect on our achievements to safeguard biodiversity and focus on the urgency of our challenge for the future. It is time to act.

Together with actual planting schools are welcome to play our play The Drops Of Life or sing our tree planting song, dance and celebrate.

This is an open call for any schools interested! How to get involved? Af first register your school/group online, by 1st of May 2010. You will receive a certificate for your contribution. Find instructions, more information and material for the day soon in this blog. Welcome to build a more sustainable future with us!

More information:

ENO Programme

Thursday, January 28, 2010

ENO Tree Planting Photos 21 SEP

Please find some photos in the albums for 21 SEP 2009:

ENO Asia

ENO Africa

ENO Americas

ENO Europe