Czech Coalition for Biodiversity Conservation

We seek to prevent illegal activities in Indonesia such as stealing eggs from turtles and felling mangrove woods. We endeavour to expand awareness of the ongoing disaster in Africa affecting elephants. We undertake conservation projects ranging from endemic species of birds on Sumatra and the Philippines to slow lorises confiscated from the black market and in need of rehabilitation.

Through education and awareness raising, we try to familiarise people with the dangers of palm oil as one of the biggest environmental challenges of our times. We protect indigenous pastoralists in northern Kenya from rabies. We support grassroots movements in Tanzania and Mexico through education and micro-loans.

How do we achieve this?

Campaigns

On Our Minds & On Our Shirts

We are seeing a terrifying decline of turtles in the wild. Out of every thousand eggs they lay, only a single turtle reaches adulthood. This fateful situation has prompted Czech scientists to step in. Supported by four Czech zoological parks, they founded a programme to protect sea turtles. The programme has already saved 1,200,000 eggs of these endangered creatures. Please support it and watch the video featuring Bára Hrzánová, Roman Vaněk, and Dan Bárta.

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Founded by Hana Svobodová, this programme is part of CCBC www.morskezelvy.cz. Did you know that for every thousand turtle eggs laid, only one turtle survives? Sea turtles have been on Earth for more than 100 million years. Now humans are driving them to the brink of extinction. The numbers of all seven sea turtle species are on a sharp decline. The situation is especially harsh in the Indian Ocean, where sea turtle populations have disappeared completely from many locations. For this reason, these animals enjoy legal protection in Indonesia and around the world. They are the subject of this programme.

Evilvory

Please explore the photographs by Dan Vojtěch that are part of the campaign.

The Evilvory campaign keeps track of every single link in the chain of illegal trade in ivory to support awareness of this worldwide issue.

It is a road map showing how a tusk travels from the African savannah or forest to the end customer in Asia or in the West.

Documentaries

Czechs Save

In collaboration with CCBC and the Liberec Zoological Garden, Czech National Television produced a series of six documentaries on how Czech people contribute to saving wildlife.

Guided by Dan Bárta – a famous Czech singer and insect lover – the viewer is invited to follow in the footsteps of endangered species found in different parts of our planet. Each part covers a different country and features a different Czech naturalist active in the field who has devoted their lives to protecting that country’s natural world and aims to rescue the last-remaining populations of endangered species living in that region.

“Indeed, there are numerous Czech natural scientists considerably involved in ground-breaking conservation projects abroad. Some of them are even project leaders, co-operating with Czech zoos to achieve outcomes that have earned public acclaim internationally. Our documentaries show what they do there, how they live there, their happy moments and pitfalls, and the methods, results, and prospects of their work,” explains Dan Bárta.

The documentary series familiarises viewers with the living habits of specific animal species while explaining what puts them at risk and how the viewer can help; it also shows the lives of Czechs staying thousands of kilometres away from their homes, in places where they founded projects protecting the wealth of Mother Nature and working more than well and with success. It demonstrates how the people co-operate with local communities, combat bureaucracy and politicians, raise money and, often, live in conditions hard to imagine for ordinary people here. Most of the projects are conducted by Czech non-profit organisations working pro-actively with the Liberec Zoo to save the natural world around the planet, assisting in the long term by providing funds, materials, and formal support. 

Each part of the series is designed as an entertaining travelogue enabling the viewer to learn how Czechs save wildlife, whether it involves sea turtles in Indonesia*; proboscis, or long-nosed, monkeys in Borneo*; hornbills in the Philippines*; giant, or Lord Derby, elands in Senegal; bearded vultures in Europe; or wisents here in the Czech Republic. 

* denotes a project running under the auspices of CCBC

Please visit the website of Czech Television to learn more

Conferences

GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION CONFERENCE

GBCC CONNECTS EXPERTS WITH DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES AND APPROACHES TO THE PROTECTION OF BIODIVERSITY.

The global problems that humanity is currently facing will not be resolved by states, scientists, entrepreneurs, or civil society independently of each other. By joining forces, however, things can progress more easily. GBCC connects the right scientists with volunteering activists, business people, and public authorities. We strive to enable interdisciplinary presentations, meetings, and informed debates of people from all around the world. Organised from three centres on three continents – Czech Republic, Mexico, and Indonesia – this conference series is gaining increasing prestige and respect in its four years of existence. We connect major academic institutions from several countries with a wide network of activists operating in many parts of the planet with the aim of talking about problems, and also finding clear and working solutions.

Langhans Meetings with Experts

CCBC Kaleidoscope

CCBC Kaleidoscope was organised by the Czech Coalition for Biodiversity Conservation (CCBC) together with the Liberec Zoo. Our aim was to make people more familiar, through lectures and talks, with specific countries through the eyes of travellers, conservationists, and volunteers, so that they would know that it is also possible help and explore things around the world other than just through travel. This time we also focused on the health of travellers and volunteers. There was an invited speaker at each of the meetings – MUDR. Václav Bartoš, a physician active at the Anaesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care Medicine Clinic. Why? Dr Bartoš prepared future volunteers and explorers for their journeys of help and discovery. He reviewed the basics of first aid, which are essential for everyone, from resuscitation, states of unconscious, drowning, choking, or bleeding. He also touched on common life-threatening conditions other than accidents: myocardial infarction, epilepsy, cerebral vascular events, and diabetes, as well as those that affect travellers such as febrile illnesses caused by bacteria, parasites (malaria), and viruses (respiratory infection), infectious hepatitis, local inflammations, skin conditions, and diarrhoea.

Afternoon Lessons with CCBC – Learning Through Fun

Explore a Different Cup of Coffee

Feed the Birds

Use a COCONUT rather than a TURTLE (design workshop)

Take a Trip to the Virgin Forest

The Story of the Primary Forest

A Squirrel Wanted!

Children’s Day with CCBC

IN SITU – Children’s Day of Open Gardens

The venue: Stanice přírodovědců DDM hl. m. Prahy (Young Naturalist’s Centre) – Drtinova 1, Prague 5.

These events are dedicated to children and adults who want to learn how to save and protect nature and animals in the wild.

Moment Charity Shops (Second-Hand Shop Chain)

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Moment Charity Shops are a chain of shops that support non-profit community and environmental organisations through their operations. In the textile processing cycle, which is its primary business, each of the facilities seeks to involve people with difficulties applying themselves in the labour market as well as to develop a greener perception of things.

The supply side of the shops is based on donations that they sell; NGOs are financed through the resulting earnings.

You can become involved, too! How? Donate surplus clothing – bring it directly to the shop. You can bring your own clothes or organise a collection of clothing at your workplace.

We wish to use this transparent approach to support the sustainability and recycling of fashion clothing.

Shop at our Prague store to support CCBC – the Czech Coalition for Biodiversity Conservation, a foundation that is active as an umbrella for NGOs working around the world to assist through the development of education and conservation of species under threat of extinction wherever necessary.