Biking 4 Biodiversity
On a mission to cycle across over 20 countries to discover and share initiatives and the people behind them, who dedicate their lives to the protection of biodiversity.
“A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”Edward Abbey, author and environmentalist
Biking4Biodiversity aims to connect people, initiatives and projects who dedicate their lives to the protection of biodiversity. The aim of this project is to capture what is happening to biodiversity across Europe and Asia, what is important to protect the biodiversity of these versatile landscapes, what current projects and initiatives in the field focus on and what are the ways in which local communities protect biodiversity along our route.
Our conservation journey so far
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Our latest articles
- A holistic conservation success story – Livestock insurance scheme to protect snow leopardsAs elusive as this big cat is, for the agro-pastoralist population of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, snow leopards are a real threat. Here we meet the NGO that became the global pioneer of developing a livestock insurance scheme connected to this vulnerable species, which many countries adapted since. So what lies in the center of the conflict, and how can such an insurance scheme lead to the conservation of the snow leopard and at the same time support local livelihoods?
- Trophy hunting as a conservation toolCan trophy hunting benefit conservation? This is a heated debate. In Pakistan, we found many people that are convinced by their system and have plenty of benefits to show.
- From Mowgli’s jungle to the peaks of AnnapurnaWe are excited to arrive in the Annapurna Conservation Area, to spend the next few days hiking the Annapurna Circuit, enjoying a landscape cradled within the Himalayas and observing one of Nepal’s iconic ‘Conservation Areas’ through our ecologist glasses. What we found simply amazed us: remote villages and monasteries showcasing a beautiful intertwining of Hinduism and Buddhism, the shifting landscape from jungle and terrace farmlands through dense alpine forests and rugged slopes to the abode of eternal snow, constantly surrounded by epic views of the Nepalese Himalayas. The Annapurna Conservation Area is the first protected area in Nepal that has allowed local residents to continue living within the boundaries after its establishment as well as play an integral part in the conservation of local nature.
- Suhelwa – a doomed sanctuary?Suhelwa is a small-overlooked wildlife sanctuary on the Indo-Nepalese border that suffers from corruption, mismanagement and a lack of local support. Can it still be saved?
- Protecting the underrepresentedAlthough rather small in size, Nepal is home to an outstanding diversity of plants, animals and ecosystems in a remarkable physical setting. The altitude varies between 60 m ASL in the subtropical Terai Arc to Mount Everest at 8849 metres. Within this range and diverse habitats, Nepal hosts almost 12,000 different species of flora, iconic animals such as the snow leopard, clouded leopard, bengal tiger, one-horned rhino, asian elephant, red panda and the pangolin. But what about those species and areas which don’t make the spotlight? Friends of Nature Nepal, a small team of passionate conservationists has been venturing into uncharted territories, rediscovering long-unrecorded species and stands up for the protection of many underrepresented or neglected species.
Who we are
The decision to go on a several-month cycling tour was made in the early months of 2021, and as avid environmentalists and adventurers, we could not be frightened even by the raging pandemic. And so it is happening. In April 2022, we started our biking documentary trip from Germany to Singapore. The plan is simple: taking our bikes on an over 20,000 km-long journey across 20 countries to discover and share, how humans tackle the main drivers of biodiversity loss, and what we can learn from each other along the way.
Support our cause
With your kind support, we can make this journey happen. With your donation, you can help us with the pedaling, writing, photographing, researching and connecting with people everywhere we go. And in the end, you’ll contribute to making Biking4Biodiversity a trip that makes a true impact. Thank you for being our horsepowers hidden in the bike frame!
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