30 11 2012

We just returned from Bagre. It was a nice, but tiring week. Tomorrow we leave to Bobo and Banfora for vacation.

Working progress and some more pics

25 11 2012

Another week finished.

We already caught more than 10.000 fish in 100 habitats. This week we spent 3 days in Kougri and Zigga for some more sampling. Thursday and Friday we determined the sampled animals. It took some time, but now we are already familiar with most of the families and species.

We are looking forward to the next week in Bagre, where we will stay for 4 nights.

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On Friday we also visited a secondary school where Idrissa is giving some lectures. Check out the pics to see 80 students sitting in one classroom.

Yesterday we were invited to a 4 hour mass at a kind of orphanage.  What should I say? It was really nice see the people praying, singing and dancing! However, one hour would have been enough, mainly because we were sitting next to the loudspecker which were switched on maximum… Haleluja

Sebi and Tom went to a hairdresser to get a haircut.

The big fish Sebi and Paul are posing with was grilled for dinner.  It was delicious…  (some more pics will follow)

The car is loaded with all the stuff we need for sampling.

Its all about food…

25 11 2012

A short summary of what we eat all the time.

Breakfast: At sample days we have breakfast at our hostels restaurant. See the picture with Tom. We have some tea, baguette, scrambled eggs, mango jam and honey.  At the weekend we go the market and buy some fruits like Ananas, papaya or mango and yoghurt.

For lunch we AWLAYS have some sardines with bread and a coke or beer when we are in the field. We all can’t see them anymore.

There are also sandwiches with fish or minced meat at every corner.

Dinner varies a lot. Most of the time we go to a restaurant next to the street where they serve rice and couscous with 3 different sauces, tomato, onion and groundnut. Just on the other side of the street there is ‘le cafe des amis plus’, where they make really god heart and liver skewers. The old man who prepares them is an artist at the grill. As of late he also prepares us some vegetable skewers which are delicious!

About twice a week we cook by our own to get some more vegetables into our menu. We already had vegetable soup anda few times spaghetti with sugo.

Once a week we go to an “expensive” restaurant. Prices are about the same than in Austria. We already tried some antelope, frogs, really good pizza and so on.

Of couse this is not all, but gives you an idea about our daily consumptions.


22 11 2012

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Last weekend we spent a day in Bazoule to sacrifice a chicken to the holy crocodiles, but see for yourselves…



Some more pics

15 11 2012

Just finished our last samples in Koubri and in the Nakambe. Today and tomorrow we have a lot of lab-work to do…

Looking forward to the weekend, we will visit some holy crocos!

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Agama waiting for moskitoes

Daniel playing the Kora, a traditional instrument, repaired for Thomas after being destroyed by intense nightlife.

A baobab, fruits sadly not ready yet…

DumDum, the most stylish fisherman ever

Paul; after the electric catfish took revenge

Pausenpanorama after too much sun

Sebi, Ghostbuster style

Local fishing method with a bottle

Both our rooms are habitat for a Gecko: we call them Andi and Otto, because we miss them a lot 🙂

We get some new suits from a dressmaker, he is just measuring Paul.

Time runs by

11 11 2012

After 4 weeks in Burkina Faso we caught more than 4000 fish und collected thousands of benthic invertebrates.

We just finished another 3 days sampling in Koubri and 2 days determining in the Laboratory.

Due to limited Internet access its hard to keep you up to date (This is my 4th attempt), but here are some pics.

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Reception and entrance of our hostels restaurant.

Children here are incredible cute.

Its getting cold here, only 30 degree and people start to wear jackets and beanies.

On one picture you see us waiting somewhere for something for some reasons…

Some fisherman use frogs as a bait.

The man in blue on the truck is our fisherman called dumdum.

Idrissa loves Yam, the thing looking like a big potato.

„Welt im Ohr“ Radiosendung

8 11 2012

“Fische fallen vom Himmel…”

Wie einfach wäre das Leben, würde sich dieser Aberglaube, der in einigen Teilen der Bevölkerung Burkina Fasos verbreitet ist, bewahrheiten. Die Realität ist, dass Wasser und Fische knappe Ressourcen im westafrikanischen Land sind.
Das appear Projekt SUSFISH hat sich unter anderem die nachhaltige Bewirtschaftung dieser kostbaren Güter zum Ziel gesetzt und wie die ForscherInnen mit transkulturellen und transdisziplinären Methoden aus Natur- und Sozialwissenschaften arbeiten, erzählen sie in dieser Sendung. Weiters berichten sie Aktuelles aus dem Projekt sowie über Land und Leben aus der Region.

Gäste: Gabriele Slezak, Institut für Afrikawissenschaften, Universität Wien; Andreas Melcher, Projektkoordinator, Institut für Hydrobiologie und Gewässermanagement , Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU); Jan Sendzimir, Berater, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IAASA)

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