Plant and animal diversity is crucial to human existence and can facilitate adjusting to changing environmental conditions, such as those resulting from global climate change. In light of these facts, the United Nations has named the years 2011 to 2020 the UN Decade of Biodiversity.
We are involved in helping conserve a diverse plant and animal population as well. Telekom Deutschland has been cooperating with the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) environmental organization for more than ten years and sponsored a total of 774 environmental protection and nature conservation projects as well as environmental education activities as of the end of February 2012. Our employees also volunteer in nature conservation projects.
The United Nations named 2011 the International Year of Forests. We were happy to take up the call to help preserve forests as important habitats for animals and plants and decided to extend our Living Forests nature conservation fund until December 31, 2012. The fund has sponsored six projects since it was founded. Two of those were successfully completed in 2011:
- Habitats for the hazel dormouse: In 2010 the Deutsche Verband für Landschaftspflege in Saxony (DVL) created better living conditions for the native hazel dormouse by conducting forestry work in the Niederlausitz region. The association conducted several educational events and workshops in the first half of 2011 in order to raise awareness of forest owners and forestry managers regarding the needs of the heavily protected rodents. The project was concluded successfully in September 2011. Results show that it is particularly important to restore coppiced woodlands to promote biodiversity and to protect endangered species. To raise customer awareness about the topic, Telekom reported on this project in its customer magazine, "telekom_life" in 2011 and conducted a hazel dormouse drawing competition for children in collaboration with the German environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe. Around 80 children participated in the competition. The ten pictures that best showed the hazel dormouse in its natural habitat were awarded prizes.
- Living Weser—planting a riparian forest. School classes from the Weser basin in North Rhine-Westphalia were taught how to care for a riparian forest in 2010 by the organization Büro am Fluss – Lebendige Weser (Office on the river—Living Weser). Around 100 cuttings were planted in the prepared riverbed areas between Bodenwerder and Holzminden. 40 students participated in the activity.
In collaboration with the German environmental organization, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), Telekom founded the Living Forests nature conservation fund in 2009. The fund sponsors exemplary nature conservation projects in Germany that are committed to conserving forests as well as the plants and animals that live in them. The sponsored projects are selected by Deutsche Umwelthilfe and recommended for implementation by a committee of recognized nature conservation experts.
We launched the Living Beech Forest project in collaboration with Deutsche Umwelthilfe and the city of Bonn on Environment Day on June 5, 2011. Together with the forestry office of the city of Bonn, the project will redesign part of the Bonn city forest, which is currently a spruce monoculture, as a beech forest full of biodiversity. 3,000 young beech trees were planted during the reporting period.
Facebook users were also able to participate in the project through the Tree Friend (Baumfreunde) campaign. They could upload a picture of themselves and a tree on Facebook between June 2011 and March 2012. One tree was planted in the Bonn city forest for each picture that was uploaded—a total of 121 trees (as of February 28, 2012).
Around twelve employees helped with preparations for planting the trees and cleared the forest to make room for new trees. Telekom Deutschland donated a total of EUR 10,000 to the project. Another 1,000 young beech trees are scheduled to be planted in March 2012 with the help of employees. Plans also include installing easy-access information plaques on site about forest biodiversity and the forest restoration project.
The Living Forest nature conservation fund is sponsoring two additional projects in 2012. The fund supported a restoration initiative conducted by BUND in North Rhine-Westphalia in February 2012 with school classes to conserve the habitats of lizards in the Dellbrücker Heide nature conservation area in Cologne. As part of a forest conservation project to expand the Eschenkahr wetland area in the Bad Orb city forest, project participants are planning to build additional forest ponds as a habitat for a number of rare and endangered animal species.
Telekom Deutschland has been sponsoring the INQUIBIDT project run by the PH Ludwigsburg University of Education since July 2011. INQUIBIDT stands for Inquiry-based Biodiversity Teaching, an innovative biodiversity teaching approach that focuses on learning through research and discovery. The aim of the three-year, EU-wide project is to research flora and fauna using state-of-the-art mobile communications technology.
Telekom provided ten tablet computers to the project during the reporting period. The computers are being used in teacher training, in study courses and in classes. For example, they are used to identify the location of specific plants and then map that location on Google Maps. A wiki, which is an interactive online info page, is created for the geographic data. Through this approach, participants hope to record all of the biodiversity present in a marked area and raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity. The plan is to make data collected by project participants and their experiences available to other teachers and their students, e.g., in training courses for teachers and student competitions.
T-Mobile Austria's environment and sustainability fund sponsors nature conservation projects with endowment funds totaling EUR 250,000. A pilot project was launched in September 2010 in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to preserve the Morava-Dyje floodplains, a diverse floodplain landscape to the east of Vienna. The WWF Austria and its supporters were able to permanently save 100 hectares of floodplain forest from destruction in 2011. In January 2012, the fund donated at total of EUR 50,000 to three environmental projects that were selected via online voting. Almost 40,000 Austrians participated in the vote, which was held from December 2011 to January 2012.
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