Progress in Paraguay

 


Much progress has occurred in Paraguay in the years since the establishment of the Paraguay Conservation Action Partnership, headquartered at Sunset Zoo.  Recently, the Escuela Agricola San Franciso in Paraguay was named a finalist for the British Broadcasting Company’s (BBC) World Challenge 2008.  The World Challenge ’08 is “is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. World Challenge ’08 is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell, and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference.” 

Though Sunset Zoo is not directly involved with the Escuela Agricola San Franciso in Paraguay, Dr. Bob Klemm, our Conservation Officer visited the school in 2004 as President of the Kansas-Paraguay Partners of the Americas and made these observations: “It is an outstanding school…students have their own compost piles and garden plot, all fertilizers are made on site, students once graduated get a one-time stipend to establish a farm crop for their own profit, they run their own store and every faculty member of the school is REQUIRED to have a garden plot that mirrors the “green” protocol used at the school.   At the time, at least, it was one of only TWO Agricultural Schools worldwide that was completely self-sustaining-  the other one (I believe) was in California…”

Learn more about this breakthrough conservation initiative in Paraguay at: http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/html/project08_sufficient.html.

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