Carcasses of three elephants stripped of their tusks, probably poisoned, were recently discovered in Virunga National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a local NGO announced on Tuesday. "All the remains of the poached elephants have the same characteristics: they are mutilated and their tusks are removed, but they bear no sign of bullets. Near the elephants fieldworkers of IDPE found 10 bodies of vultures, which had no impact of bullets either."
IUCN and10 civil society groups announce the launch of Enanga, an online platform sharing photo and video testimonies from across Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda on the problems and promises of natural resources. Enanga (www.enanga.org) combines community perspectives captured in photo and video documentaries with expert analysis to foster accountable and participative natural resource management solutions.
The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has prompted countries such as Cote d’Ivoire to issue bans on consuming bushmeat – including chimpanzees and other primates – in an effort to isolate the deadly disease. The haemorrhagic fever has already claimed over 135 lives in the latest outbreak.
Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is an underestimated impact of tourism. It can cause long term – between 5 and 1000 years – damage, mostly irreversible. Due to this negative environmental impact, vehicles should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate 4x4 use in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetland areas should be classified as absolute no-go areas.
Within a month of the official launch of Malawi's 'Stop Wildlife Crime' campaign, several new cases of illegal ivory trafficking have come to light. On Sunday 23rd March, 30 kg of ivory bound for Lagos was intercepted at Kamuzu International Airport and were traced to a 38 year old Nigerian national, Nduisi Nwude. Whilst the ivory was confiscated the man escaped from the airport and is still at large. On 7 April, however, airport authorities were more successful. A Malawian national, Michael Kingsley Phiri who was a Clinical Officer at Kamuzu Central Hospital, was arrested at the same airport with 80kg of ivory.
The film "Virunga National Park: Oil, Conservation and Sustainable Development" highlights the value of the park and the current challenges it faces. Oil developments planned in Block V have the potential to affect negatively the livelihoods of millions of people as well as the long-term survival of the park.
On the 15th March 2014, people across the globe are marching for Lions. The aim of the march is to raise awareness about the South African “canned hunting” industry. Canned hunting is a practice that is legal in South Africa, where lions get bred in captivity, hand reared for use in the cub petting industry, then when these tame lions are big enough, shot in an enclosure often drugged, for a large sum of money.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Categories In Focus | Ivory
The President of the Republic of Chad, His Excellency Idriss Déby Itno, will destroy his country’s ivory stockpile this week – one of a range of elephant protection measures to be implemented as Chad takes the lead in the fight to protect Central Africa’s savannah elephants.
RUMANGABO, DR Congo -- After almost twenty years of armed conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga National Park today released the details of a 10-year plan to re-invigorate the local economy and create tens of thousands of new jobs as a peace-building initiative in the conflict affected areas of eastern Congo. The plan, referred to as "the Virunga Alliance" will vastly increase the availability of clean energy for rural communities through large scale investment in a network of off-grid hydro-electric plants and associated agro-industrial development.
World Wide Fund for Nature - UK (WWF-UK) filed a complaint with the UK government today. The complaint concerns SOCO International's failure to seek to prevent human rights abuses and carry out comprehensive human rights and environmental studies for its proposed oil exploration in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, in violation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines).
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - On Thursday, 19th September, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka a warden in Virunga National Park and recipient of the Abraham Conservation Award was arrested by Congolese security forces and taken to Goma. We, the undersigned, are extremely concerned about the ranger's well-being and the circumstances of his arrest.
The Head Ranger of the Central Sector of Virunga National Park, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, is held in jail already for five days by the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in Goma. He was arrested by the military for opposing the execution of a project of UK oil company Soco International, local NGO partners in the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) explained on Tuesday, 24 September 2013.
Earthrace Conservation today released graphic footage captured by covert filming of the annual seal massacre on one of Namibia's highest security beaches, Atlas Bay, a lucrative diamond mining area. The footage shows dozens of seal pups being driven across the beach to be clubbed to death by a team wielding pick axe handles before their carcasses are loaded into a pick-up truck for disposal.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Categories In Focus
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has welcomed a New York court decision to pay South Africa approximately R294 million following unlawful harvesting of South African fish by a syndicate. On Friday 14 June 2013, the United States Court ordered that Arnold Bengis, Jeffrey Noll and David Bengis pay restitution of nearly USD 22.5 million, approximately R294 million to South Africa following extensive, unlawful harvesting of south and west coast rock lobster in South African waters.