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Congo Forests Need Elephants to Survive

Thursday, 21 March 2013 Hits 11366 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 34462 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 7320 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.


Tanzania: Illegal logging rages, blamed on corruption

Friday, 15 March 2013 Hits 8519 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Illegal logging is refusing to die in some parts of Tanzania while flourishing in others mainly owing to corruption among dishonest forest officials and loopholes at checkpoints, a recent survey by this paper shows.


Kimathi University ventures into wildlife conservancy trade

Monday, 12 November 2012 Hits 3263 Categories Habitat News

The first ever wildlife conservancy managed by a learning institution in Kenya has been launched in Nyeri. Kimathi University College of Technology, a constituent of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), has opened Kimathi Wildlife Conservancy to the public.


South Africa: TRONOX start mining construction in Mtunzini wetlands without EIA

Sunday, 21 October 2012 Hits 14574 Categories Wetlands | Habitat News

South Africa: TRONOX start mining construction in Mtunzini wetlands without EIA

The pace of events has increased dramatically since the last SOS No. 12 in July where we communicated the fact that the DAEA (Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs) had authorised the mine in terms of NEMA (National Environment Management Act).


Kenya: Masai Mara staring into the face of disaster

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 Hits 5863 Categories Habitat News

Kenya: Masai Mara staring into the face of disaster

Kenya's premier safari destination, Masai Mara national reserve has been the pillar of the Sh100 billion tourism sector for decades. But the national reserve that is famed for its annual wildebeest's migration could soon be just pale shadow of itself, as the effects of an imbalance between the expansion of tourism and continued natural degradation put it at the crossroads of history.


Zimbabwe: Officials Defy Order to Stop Hunting in Save Valley Conservancy

Monday, 24 September 2012 Hits 8521 Categories Habitat News

Some senior Zanu-PF and Government officials who received hunting licences and quotas for the Save Valley Conservancy have continued with the activities in defiance of the Politburo's decision to stop them. Observers believe the officials are taking advantage of a vacuum created after the Politburo's resolution to form a committee to look at disturbances at the conservancy.


Liberian forests to be flattened by secret logging contracts

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 Hits 5349 Categories Forest | Habitat News

A quarter of Liberia's total landmass has been granted to logging companies in just two years, following an explosion in the use of secretive and often illegal logging permits, an investigation by Global Witness, Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU) and Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) shows. Unless this crisis is tackled immediately, the country's forests could suffer widespread devastation, leaving the people who depend upon them stranded and undoing the country's fragile progress following the resource-fuelled conflicts of 1989 to 2003.


Innovative fishery closures debut in Rodrigues

Thursday, 30 August 2012 Hits 5906 Categories Marine & Coastal | Habitat News

Today in the Indian Ocean a landmark fishery closure is being held to boost the artisanal fisheries of island communities. Small-scale fisheries face growing challenges in the face of continued over exploitation. Rodrigues, a tiny Mauritian island, has been battling declining fisheries productivity for the last 15 years. Lying nearly 1,000 kilometres east of Madagascar, Rodrigues established its first national closure of all octopus fishing grounds on the island last week, in order to help safeguard the future sustainability of its reef octopus, the island's most economically important fishery.


Congo-Kinshasa: Raided Okapi Wildlife Reserve Needs Emergency Funding

Friday, 17 August 2012 Hits 1719 Categories Habitat News

Last month, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) partnered with a non-governmental organization, Fauna and Flora International, to launch an emergency appeal for funds that will help the Okapi Wildlife Reserve located in Democratic Republic of the Congo recover from a murderous raid it suffered on 24 June.


Uganda: Wetland Watchdog Fails to Perform in Protected Areas

Monday, 13 August 2012 Hits 1848 Categories Habitat News

Uganda — The Ugandan conservation fraternity is reeling in shock over National Environment Management Authority's public admission that they lack the capacity to effectively monitor oil exploration activities in the Albertine Graben.


Tanzania Selous Game Reserve under threat from 60 million tons of radioactive waste as World Heritage Committee agrees boundary change

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 Hits 2108 Categories Habitat News

Elephants, Rhinos and the environment under threat from 60 million tons of radioactive waste as World Heritage Committee agrees boundary change that will allow uranium mining at the Tanzania Selous Game Reserve - a World Heritage site.


African NGO Turns to Netizens to Save a Forest. Can facebook save a forest in Africa?

Monday, 02 July 2012 Hits 5033 Categories Forest | Habitat News

A West African non-profit group today turned to netizens to try and save a forest in Nigeria from plantation development plans. Rainforest Resource Development Centre ( RRDC ) had been trying to persuade the governor of Cross River State in Nigeria, Governor Liyel Imoke, to cancel plans to allow a cocoa plantation of 7241.160 hectares to be planted in the Cross River South Forest Reserve and the Support Zone of the Cross River National Park.


UNESCO Creates World's First Three-Nation World Heritage Site to Protect Heart of Congo Basin Rainforest

Monday, 02 July 2012 Hits 6026 Categories Forest | Habitat News

A Central African protected area that straddles three countries and teems with gorillas, elephants, and chimpanzees has been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) hailed the decision as a major step forward in protecting and promoting the area's world-renowned biodiversity.

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