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The Spanish veterinary Carmen Vidal will collect the 2nd Prize on Conservation Biology and Environmental Ethics granted by the UA%u2019s Jane Goodall Chair

The winner will lecture at the Award Ceremony, University Venue in City of Alicante




Alicante, 7th January 2013

 On Wednesday, 9th January, at 8 pm, the University of Alicante’s Chair Jane Goodall will hold the award ceremony of the 2nd Prize Jane Goodall on Conservation Biology and Environmental Ethics in the City of Alicante, which, this year, has been given to the Spanish veterinary Carmen Vidal. The ceremony will be attended by the UA Registrar, Aránzazu Calzada, Chairman of Jane Goodall Institute Spain, Ferrán Guallar, the Director of the UA Jane Goodall Chair, Germán López Iborra and the winner and Carmen Vidal, who will give the lecture “Estrategias de conservación de la biodiversidad y desarrollo sostenible a través de la educación y la formación de las comunidades: Experiencias en Kivu Sur (República Democrática del Congo)”. (Strategies of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development through education and training of communities: Experiences in South Kivu (DRC)). Carmen Vidal is currently the technical director of a community conservation programme and the coordinator of the Lwiro Centre for Primate Rehabilitation, plus Mission Head of Coopera in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 The University of Alicante, in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute Spain, decided to create this award to recognize the work of individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to environmental conservation, sustainable development anywhere in the world and contributing at a time to the development of environmental ethics in society.

 According to the Director of the Chair, Germán López, "Carmen Vidal is an example of a life devoted to fighting for the survival of one of the most emblematic species of our world, chimpanzees, as well as for the work of arising local and international awareness local and international about the importance of sustainable development of natural resources for both animal populations and human communities with which they coexist”. 


Carmen Vidal

 In January 2007, Carmen Vidal began working as a technical director in one of the most dangerous areas of the planet, the Kivus, due to a conflict that has been active since 1996 and that seems endless, affecting millions of people and, as a side effect , to great ape populations found there. In this area of %u200B%u200Bthe Kivus, a mountain gorilla endemic subspecies is located in this region (Gorilla gorilla graueri), in serious danger of extinction and the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthi), also endangered, as well as numerous species of primates. The area has limited access to education and healthcare, high population pressure and overcrowded, severe pressure on natural resources, lack of shelter, drinking water, electricity and resources. In addition, the high level of unemployment remains the population in a situation of vulnerability. Women, children and the indigenous community of "pygmies" are high-risk groups.

 Carmen Vidal's work for the conservation of nature in this part of the planet is part of a Community Conservation Programme, which is the cornerstone around which rotate different projects related to health and community education. These may include:


Education and Awareness Projects

- Work with Health Rural Commitees 

- Creation of a cyber in Lwiro

- Constitution of the “Integral Centre for Education in Lwiro'” (CIEL)

- Constitution of male and female child soccer teams with locals and the Atletic Lwiro


Communiuty Health

-Support to local rural health centres of Kabare

-Constitution of the anthropozoonosis lab at CRSN Lwiro

-Support to the orphanage “Alama Ya Kitumaini” at Katana

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