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  • Reading and Community Center for Kafogo, Sierra Leone

    Reading and Community Center for Kafogo, Sierra Leone
    Jan Decher on Travels in West Africa
    Background of this Project In 2006 I was approached by Nippon Koei UK to conduct a baseline small mammal survey for the Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project (BHP) in the Upper Seli River valley, Sierra Leone. The BHP will supply electricity to the capital Freetown and the city of Makeni downriver from the dam (Fig. 1). This development [...]
    Posted September 05, 2008.
  • Uncertainties remain about the Faculty-Led Program to Ghana

    Jan Decher on Travels in West Africa
    I am in the middle of fighting with WEB CT to get my course content on the web. Unfortunately the planned follow-up Faculty-led Program to Ghana remains uncertain after first major grant request to support Ghanaian students and instructors was rejected. We did get a small grant to support a service learning element (Current idea: [...]
    Posted December 29, 2006.
  • Lessons from Sierra Leone

    Jan Decher on Travels in West Africa
    I have been back from Sierra Leone for nine months now, working on the final report of our small mammal survey for NKUK. During our visit to Sierra Leone I had access to the internet only once at the very end in an internet café in Freetown. Needless to say I did not post any [...]
    Posted October 29, 2006.
  • Thanksgiving 2005 - Still Waiting

    Jan Decher on Travels in West Africa
    Still no definite go-ahead from London after we send out desired departure date (January 1 + 2) almost 2 weeks ago. I send a follow-up note today. I also changed the title of this blog to “Travels in West Africa” alluding to the famous travel diary by Mary Kingsley from 1893. In chapter 1 of [...]
    Posted November 23, 2005.
  • Conservation in Sierra Leone

    Conservation in Sierra Leone
    Jan Decher on Travels in West Africa
    No further word or contract from London yet. As usual these expeditions crunch on their starting deadlines. No matter how long term things are planned the actual implementation with visas and equipment orders always gets under time pressure. This morning I read the chapter on Tiwai, the monkey sanctuary on a large island in the Moa River, [...]
    Posted November 14, 2005.
  • Anatomy of a Biodiversity Expedition

    Jan Decher on Travels in West Africa
    This is the beginning of a diary about my upcoming small mammal biodiversity survey in Sierra Leone. An attempt to write and reflect about this experience from the preparation phase through the actual field work to the final report stage. It is not just a factual log but hopefully will reflect thoughts, enthusiasm, worries, and [...]
    Posted November 09, 2005.