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Jun28

Kenya: Nakuru airport planned in high danger zone

Thursday, 28 June 2012 Hits 8123 Categories Habitat News | In Focus | Birds

The airport will be situated in direct conflict to one of the world's highest concentrations of bird movements thus posing a major threat to the environment, as well as to human life. Few conservationists, it seems, would deny Nakuru having a rationally placed and safe airport. However the proposed Nakuru Airport is planned to be situated in direct conflict to one of the world's highest concentrations of bird movements. This poses a potential major threat to the environment, as well as to human life. The planned site is adjacent to two protected areas: Lake Nakuru National Park and Soysambu Wildlife Conservancy, with two lakes - Elmenteita and Nakuru - both part of a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Jun26

DRC: Simba rebels Attack Okapi Wildlife Reserve

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 Hits 4169 Categories Virunga | Wildlife News | Habitat News

Early in the morning on Sunday, Simba rebels (Mai Mai) attacked the Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) and headquarters for the Okapi Wildlife Reserve near the village of Epulu in the northeastern area of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jun05

Central Africa: 22,000 Sign Petition to Save Congo Forest

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 Hits 3713 Categories Forest | Habitat News

The Congo basin is home to the world's second largest rainforest. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places on earth, with incredibly rich biodiversity, it's also a vital source of food, medicine, and other basic services for more than 40 million Congolese people. The forest is now facing a serious threat. Having been granted a licence intended only for artisinal loggers of Congolese nationality, foreign industrial operations are devastating massive areas of the rainforest.

May22

Mozambique: Signs of Recovery in Gorongosa National Park

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 Hits 2380 Categories Habitat News

Maputo — Gorongosa National Park in the central Mozambican province of Sofala is reported to be showing signs of recovery. The park is widely regarded as the jewel in Mozambique's conservation crown, but was severely hit during the war of destabilisation.

May16

Eritrea: New Scheme to Be Introduced As Regards Conservation of Trees and Wild Animals - Ministry

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 Hits 2254 Categories Wildlife News | Habitat News

Asmara — The Ministry of Agriculture said that new work scheme would be introduced to back up endeavors as regards conservation of trees and wildlife.

Mr. Arefaine Berhe, the Minister of Agriculture, explained on the occasion of National Afforestation Day that remarkable accomplishments have been made in the conservation of wildlife, and that a new work schem

May16

Kenya: Charcoal Burners and Loggers Deface Kijabe

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 Hits 4649 Categories Forest | Wildlife News | Habitat News

Kijabe's beautiful valleys and water springs could soon be no more if the current wanton felling of trees for charcoal is not stopped. The estimated 110,000 people in the area could continue living in fear of landslides as the trees that have covered the undulating valleys for years are ferried at night as timber while some are converted into charcoal.

May10

South Africa: Call for Fynbos Conservation Awards 2012

Thursday, 10 May 2012 Hits 2374 Categories Habitat News

The Cape Action for People and the Environment programme would like to invite you to submit your nominations for the annually held Fynbos Conservation Awards. Nominations must be sent on or before 18 May 2012.

The purpose of the Awards is to recognise individuals' outstanding contribution or achievement amongst their peers in the broad biodiversity conservation community and to showcase successful or innovative work by the conservation sector to the public.

May08

Poaching in Liberia's Forests Threatens Rare Animals

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 Hits 4332 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Liberia's forestry authority said poachers have overrun the country's national parks and are killing elephants, chimpanzees and other protected species for sale on the bushmeat market. Liberia's Gola forest preserve is part of a vast rainforest that once stretched across this part of West Africa but now covers just patches of Liberia and neighboring countries.

Apr25

Kenya: Kijabe's bleak future

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 Hits 5319 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Loggers have almost wiped out Kijabe forest strip and experts predict if this does not stop, landslides will follow. Thousands of people and one of Kenya's largest mission hospitals face threat of a landslide and rampant face water shortages following systematic destruction of an indigenous forest. Experts have already warned the community around Kijabe they not only face a dry future, but mudslides may start. This follows unbridled logging that has claimed 85 per cent of Kijabe forest, according to several estimates.

Apr19

Kenya: Destruction of Kijabe Forest

Thursday, 19 April 2012 Hits 4240 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Environmentalists have raised the red flag over the massive destruction of Kijabe forest by loggers and charcoal burners. There are now fears of a major mudslide in the forest which could see communities leaving downhill and mainly around Kijabe Mission Hospital affected. A visit to the forest established boulders hanging dangerous as heavy rains continue to ponder the area.

Apr12

Kenya: KFWG recommends the gazettement of Boni Forest

Thursday, 12 April 2012 Hits 3524 Categories Forest | Habitat News

The little known Boni coastal forest has exceptional abundance of biodiversity consisting of a most varied ecosystem that provides refuge for endangered mammals such as elephants, Hirola and Wild dog. But, as the Kenya Forest Working Group (KFWG) found out when they visited the forest on 4th and 5th April, perceived insecurity, poor infrastructure and remoteness of the region has ensured that the forest is largely unknown to conservationists and scientists with very little conservation effort in place.

Apr11

Kenya: WWF wants parts of Lamu reserved

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 Hits 2671 Categories Habitat News

The World Wildlife Fund has suggested that Ras Tenewi area near Lamu be gazzeted as a protected area to compensate for the area that will be taken up by the Lamu port. WWF said the Lamu port will cause environmental degradation. Country director Mohammed Awel said the gazzeted area should be upgraded to be a national park. "WWF is keen for the Ras Tenewi to be gazetted as a protected area due to the damage that will be done on marine life while constructing the port."

Apr05

Nigeria: FG to Rehabilitate Yankari Game Reserve

Thursday, 05 April 2012 Hits 2501 Categories Habitat News

The Minister of Environment, Mrs. Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafia has said that efforts were in top gear to rehabilitate and restore the glory of the Yankari Game Reserve. Mailafia said that the Federal Government efforts were being complemented by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Bauchi State government. She made the remarks while receiving in-audience members of trustees, National Executive Council and Management of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), led by Prince Adegoke Ademiluyi.

Mar16

Southern African countries form the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area - world’s largest conservation area

Friday, 16 March 2012 Hits 2763 Categories Habitat News

Government ministers of five Southern African nations came together on Thursday to form the world's largest international conservation area - the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA). The new area spans 109 million acres, spans 170,000 square miles (440,000 square kms), almost the size of Sweden.

Mar16

Cameroon: Eleven top scientists ring alarm bell about massive palm oil plantation, cutting heart out of rainforest

Friday, 16 March 2012 Hits 3048 Categories Forest | Habitat News

As established scientists with leading academic and research institutions around the world, we would like to express deep concerns about a proposed, massive oil palm development in Cameroon, Africa. SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon, a subsidiary of American agribusiness corporation Herakles Farms, in collaboration with the American non-profit All for Africa, are planning a 70,000-hectare oil palm plantation in southwestern Cameroon. Having examined this project in detail, we question many of the claims and practices of the project proponents, especially their insistence that the "plantations will follow the highest environmental and social standards, complying fully with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Principles & Criteria."

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