Kabul, Afghanistan — Mountain Bike Afghanistan in partnership with Andeshagah Library has launched a four-part workshop series on the environment as part of our "Sponsor-A-Trail" program. The workshop, which is primarily designed for beneficiaries of the program to learn about Afghanistan's environment and how trail building can be used to raise awareness about the country's fragile environment and contribute to its protection, is open to the public. Students meet once a week to participate in the hour-long workshops which are led by MTB Afghanistan founder, Farid Noori.
The workshops are designed to provide both general information as well as practical and technical trail-building know-how. During the first week, participants learned about Afghanistan's environment including biomes, ecosystems, and natural habitats. The focus of the second workshop was the threats facing Afghanistan's environments such as droughts, climate change, war, urbanization, air pollution and illegal hunting. Next, building on existing methods to mitigate these threats, participants will brainstorm their own ways to get involved and seek to reach out to organizations working on conservation and the environment in Afghanistan. The final workshop will teach basic trail-building skills, so that members of our Sponsor-A-Trail program can apply them to their project in Kabul.