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Save the Drakensberg Wetlands in South Africa from a new Highway

Saturday, 08 August 2015 Hits 1688 Categories Wetlands | Habitat News

South Africa, your electricity is already being tampered with – what would you say if your water was too? This might be a reality if the rerouting of the N3 highway from Van Reenen to De Beer’s Pass gets the go ahead. And though these are located in the Drakensberg, they have a lot more to do with you and the rest of South Africa than you think. De Beer’s Pass happens to be located in the heart of the Drakensberg wetlands, which play a crucial role in managing, at no cost, South Africa's limited water reserves.


Agribusiness companies destroying vital rainforest habitat of Chimpanzees and other great apes

Monday, 23 February 2015 Hits 3569 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Endangered great ape species are having their rainforest habitat destroyed and threatened by the expansion of agribusiness projects in central Africa according to new evidence from Greenpeace Africa. Satellite images, obtained by Greenpeace Africa, show that more than 3,000 hectares of rainforest bordering the Dja Faunal Reserve has already been destroyed inside the Chinese-owned Hevea Sud rubber and palm oil concession in Cameroon’s Southern region. The reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the western lowland gorilla, chimpanzees and mandrills.


Malawi floods at the hands of deforestation?

Sunday, 15 February 2015 Hits 2774 Categories Forest | Habitat News

The global headlines over the past few weeks have been filled with tales of the disastrous floods that have been sweeping the country. Lives have been lost, homes and crops have been destroyed, and vast swathes of land lie underwater. It would be ignorant to pass off these terrible losses as a result of the heavy downfalls from an extraordinary rainy season. Albeit, the rains have come out in force, but in some cases these floods could have been prevented if more attention was paid to the sustainable use of our natural resources, namely our forests.


From a Place of Danger to a Window on Eternity: Gorongosa National Park a Model for Repairing Degraded Wild Places

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 Hits 4298 Categories Habitat News

“Edward O. Wilson is one of the most celebrated scientists in the United States, a world-renowned biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winner. In his new book, A Window on Eternity: A Biologist’s Walk through Gorongosa National Park, Wilson shows why biodiversity is vital to the future of the Earth and to our own species through the story of Gorongosa National Park,which is located in Mozambique and is among the most diverse places on earth."


Loss of African wildlife spurs a cascade of consequences in savannas

Sunday, 11 May 2014 Hits 3944 Categories Habitat News

In African savannas, when the large animals are away, the mice — and snakes, fleas and ticks — will play. A new study published today in the journal Bioscience summarizes evidence that the loss of large mammals has cryptic consequences for African savannas and the people and animals that depend on them.


Fighting deforestation and invasive species to save Madagascar's forest

Friday, 25 April 2014 Hits 14641 Categories Forest | Habitat News

An association of tour guides and community members at the Analamazaotra Forest Station, a protected area of rainforest about 150km east of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, has embarked on an ambitious reforestation project that is educating local people about the value of preserving the forest as well as generating an income for 400 nearby households. 


Ghana-Cote D’Ivoire Trans-boundary Project launched

Sunday, 24 November 2013 Hits 4142 Categories Habitat News

The Ghana-Cote D'Ivoire Trans-boundary Project to establish a viable and sustainable trans-frontier conservation area was launched in Accra on Wednesday. The trans-frontier conservation area would link forest reserves and protected areas in and around Bia in Ghana and Diambarakro in Cote D'Ivoire. The three-year project also aims at ensuring free movements of animals, especially elephants, and would develop, test and promote best practices in cocoa agroforestry for the rehabilitation of degraded forest landscapes.


Google Earth and The Lost Forest of Mount Mabu, Mozambique

Friday, 08 November 2013 Hits 5939 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Intrepid scientist and explorer Dr. Julian Bayliss discovers a hidden rainforest, home to more than 12 new species, deep in the heart of Mozambique, using Google Earth.


Liberia: Sapo Conservation Center Launched

Thursday, 13 June 2013 Hits 6346 Categories Habitat News

Liberia is steadily progressing towards a scientific and conservation research at the Sapo National Park in Jalay's Town, Upper Juarzon Statutory District Sinoe County. The Sapo Conservation Center (SCC) is created to train Liberian Forestry students and professionals in biodiversity conservation and research to facilitate access to Liberia's biodiversity for national and international researchers.


South Africa: Proposed Central Escarpment Reserve - An alternative model of natural resource management

Thursday, 16 May 2013 Hits 20234 Categories Habitat News

A consultative process was launced in May, 2013 to ask local residents and stakeholders for their support, questions, comments and advice with regards to the potential establishment of a large fenced reserve approximately 35km west of Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.


New Map Sharpens View of African Ecosystems

Sunday, 14 April 2013 Hits 4803 Categories Habitat News

A team of African and North American scientists led by the U.S. Geological Survey and NatureServe, a conservation non-profit organization, has created a series of continent-wide ecosystem maps that offer the most detailed portrayals of Africa's natural setting yet produced. The new maps and related data on landforms, geology, bioclimates, and vegetation can be used across Africa for conservation planning and resource management, as well as for impact assessments of climate change and changes in land use, such as agriculture, deforestation, and urbanization.


No REDD in Africa Network: Africans Unite against New Form of Colonialism

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 Hits 5252 Categories Forest | Habitat News | Climate Change

Outraged by the rampant land grabs and neocolonialism of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest degradation), Africans at the World Social Forum in Tunisia took the historic decision to launch the No REDD in Africa Network and join the global movement against REDD.


Congo Forests Need Elephants to Survive

Thursday, 21 March 2013 Hits 8632 Categories Elephants | Forest | Habitat News

Without intervention elephant poaching in the Congo may lead to more devastating effects than the extinction of one of the last megafauna on earth, with researchers predicting widespread implications for biodiversity in the region.

The diminishing forest elephant population in Salonga National Park, a World Heritage listed site since 1999 located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is at the centre of new scientific research which remonstrates many tree species are dependent on elephants for survival.


Kenya: Will showcasing captive whale sharks advance or hinder marine conservation efforts?

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 Hits 32368 Categories Marine & Coastal | Wildlife News | Habitat News

Protecting a dwindling species, increasing income for a poor community and raising awareness for environmental issues – these are the ambitious objectives of a proposed Indian Ocean Sea Park near Mombasa, Kenya. Will a marine enclosure designed to keep whale sharks inside attract tourists and benefit this endangered species?


Trans-border Crime Threatens Congo Basin Biodiversity

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 Hits 6068 Categories Wildlife News | Habitat News | In Focus

Countries of the Congo Basin now face a new threat to biodiversity. Crimes across national borders within the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) are seriously undermining conservation efforts, creating the necessity to merge vital economic growth with social and environmental considerations.

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