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World Bank proposes road to save Serengeti migrationReuters | 01 Mar 2011
The World Bank has offered Tanzania an alternative to stop a major road project across the Serengeti national park that conservationists say threatens one of Africa's biggest wildlife spectacles.
Climate not to blame for African civil warsAfricaFiles | 25 Oct 2010
Are the primary causes of civil wars in Africa political or environmental? This paper examines the scientific evidence for this relationship, investigating whether future wars will be fought over diminishing resources.
Q&A: 'Children Mustn't See Fish Only in Pictures'Inter Press Service | 27 Sep 2010
A casual visit to any of Europe's major supermarkets could leave a shopper with the impression that there is a boundless supply of fish in the continent's waters. The true picture is far less rosy. With about 88 percent of the European Union's fish stocks overexploited, EU vessels are travelling increasingly longer distances before bringing home their catches.
Predictive analytics could save endangered zebrasYahoo! News | 20 Sep 2010
Conservation charity MarwellWildlife is using business analytics software to help conserve theendangered Grévy'sZebra . The 15-year-old charity has a focus on protecting the rare breed of zebra. It has been monitoring the species using aerial and ground surveys. In February 2010, Marwell Wildlife led a collaborative effort to survey the region of Kenya inhabited by the zebra.
KENYA: A Bid to Save Macadamia CropsInter Press Service | 24 Aug 2010
Joseph Ndirangu Muriithi is a worried man. After watching the fall of coffee farming in Kenya a decade ago, he now fears that his other cash crop will also go into decline as a new disease preys on his macadamia trees.
Tanzania: Authority Protects Rare FishAllAfrica.com | 24 Jun 2010
Dynamite fishing here has been singled out as a major challenge for the newly established Tanga Coelacanth Marine Park Authority. The Livestock Development and Fisheries minister, Dr John Magufuli, last year warned that the re-emerging spate of dynamite and other illegal fishing practices could be...
South Africa: Limited Harvesting of Abalone to ResumeAllAfrica.com | 21 Jun 2010
THE government has lifted a two-year ban on commercial harvesting of abalone, which will benefit communities on the southwest and west coasts of the country that rely on the product for their survival. The harvesting of wild abalone was stopped in February 2008 to allow it to recover from poaching and the ecological effects of the West Coast Rock Lobster on abalone.
New Gorilla Airlift Sparks Calls for Stronger Controls on Natural Resource Smuggling in Greater Cong...UNEP | 04 Jun 2010
UN Peacekeepers in DR Congo are planning a new gorilla rescue airlift next month, in what may be one of the first operations conducted under their new mandate.The operation, planned for mid July, is the second to be conducted by UN forces in DR Congo as part of a wider effort to combat the illegal cross-border trade in baby gorillas, which has intensified in recent years with the proliferation of armed groups in the region.
East Africa: Future of Mountain Gorilla Trips in DangerAllAfrica.com | 31 May 2010
A stark choice faces Uganda and Rwanda over the future of ecotourist trips to visit the rare mountain gorillas, following a new report which warns that close encounters with humans are having an alarming effect on their behaviour.The mountain gorilla is on the verge of extinction, with less than 700 of these species found in the wild. Their very last redoubt is in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of southwest Uganda, and in the mists of the Virunga Mountains of the Great Lakes.
South Africa: Relief for Abalone Right HoldersAllAfrica.com | 05 May 2010
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has approved an additional R6 million as part of the social relief plan for commercial abalone right holders and crew. "Government has carefully considered the pleas made by abalone right holders for additional relief measures and we remain concerned about their plight, especially in the context of dwindling wild abalone stocks," she said.
Namibia: Rogue Helicopter Damages Mercury IslandAllAfrica.com | 30 Apr 2010
A BLUE, foreign-registered helicopter bearing the identification 5YBXE tried to land on Mercury Island along the southern coast of Namibia last Thursday, and in the process destroyed hundreds of endangered seabird nests, according to the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management Project (Nacoma).
Uganda: Farmers And Chimpazees in Hoima Live in Peace And HarmonyAllAfrica.com | 28 Apr 2010
Hoima District is said to have the biggest forest cover in the country but most of the forests are also home to hundreds of chimpanzees and baboons. This does not make it a favourite place for farmers to grow crops because the apes destroy them. Farmers in this place have therefore fought the animals, sometimes killing them as a way of protecting their crop.
South Africa: Extinction Threatens Many Plant Species, Say ExpertsAllAfrica.com | 23 Apr 2010
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) has issued a stark warning on SA's unique flora, saying extinction threatens one in eight plant species. SA's plants were also threatened by habitat loss caused by agricultural expansion, land degradation from overgrazing, invasive alien species, and trade.
Nigeria: Mangrove Forests in Worldwide DeclineAllAfrica.com | 23 Apr 2010
More than one in six mangrove species worldwide are in danger of extinction due to coastal development and other factors, including climate change, logging and agriculture, according to the first-ever global assessment on the conservation status of mangroves for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
South Africa: Wildlife Reaction Unit to Be CreatedAllAfrica.com | 19 Apr 2010
A special national wildlife reaction unit is to be set up to combat the activities of organised crime syndicates engaged in the poaching of rhino horn, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced in Parliament.
Kavango-Zambezi to be the world's biggest trans-frontier parkAfricaFiles | 07 Apr 2010
With environmental degradation taking its toll a new conservation park that spans five countries - Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe - has been created. It will include 36 national parks, game reserves, community conservancies, and game management areas. FJ
Kenya: Weighing Options to Dispose of Ivory Stockpile, After Cites VoteAllAfrica.com | 05 Apr 2010
Even after successfully waging a campaign that saw the defeat of a proposal for a one-troff ivory sale by Tanzania and Zambia, Kenya is considering various ways of disposing of its own stockpiles.In addition to this, the country will have to conform to the proposals laid down in the Elephant Action Plan that was ratified at the recently concluded Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species held in Doha, Qatar.
West Africa: Destroying Mangroves Threatens LifeAllAfrica.com | 26 Mar 2010
The UN has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. Sadly, many of the ecosystems that harbor such biodiversity, like mangroves, are quickly disappearing due to the effects of human activities.
Congo Basin gorillas under mounting threat: report| ReutersReuters | 25 Mar 2010
(Reuters) - Gorillas may become near-extinct in Africa's Greater Congo Basin by the mid-2020s unless action is taken to prevent poaching and to protect their habitat, a U.N.-backed report said on Wednesday.The situation is particularly critical in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where activity by local militias has hit local gorilla populations, according to the report by the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) and Interpol.