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Landmark survey finds adaptation to climate change on smallholder farms taking root

Friday, 07 September 2012 Hits 3553 Categories In Focus | Climate Change

NAIROBI, KENYA — Smallholder farmers across East Africa have started to embrace climate-resilient farming approaches and technologies, according to new research recently published by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). At the same time, the survey evidence suggests that many of the changes in farming practices are incremental, rather than transformative in nature, and that high levels of food insecurity prevent many from making all of the changes needed in order to cope with a changing climate.


Namibia: Activists to expose brutal seal culling

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 Hits 4814 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Seals

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has targeted Namibia's annual seal culling operation with a covert operation aimed at recording and exposing the brutality of the cull.


Congo-Kinshasa: Bushmeat Blamed for Ebola Outbreak

Thursday, 23 August 2012 Hits 3651 Categories Bushmeat | In Focus

Kinshasa — Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo's north-eastern Orientale Province are urging the population to desist from activities that could put them at risk of contracting the Ebola virus, including contact with infected individuals and the consumption of bushmeat.


Zambezi Society says “No mining in Mana Pools World Heritage Site"

Sunday, 12 August 2012 Hits 5255 Categories Mining | In Focus

Zambezi Society says “No mining in Mana Pools World Heritage Site

The Zambezi Society wishes to publicly express its deep concern regarding the threat of mining exploration for Heavy Mineral Sands Deposits (and possibly other minerals) in major tributaries of the Zambezi River in the Mana Pools/Sapi/Chewore area of Northern Zimbabwe.


Tanzania: Serengeti wildlife under threat

Saturday, 21 July 2012 Hits 5035 Categories Serengeti | In Focus

The rising human population in western Serengeti National Park is putting the world's greatest annual wildlife migration, across East Africa's plains, under threat. The annual migration of two million wildebeest across the Serengeti and Maasai Mara reserve is a key tourist attraction that generates millions of dollars annually.


Tanzania: Tanapa to live feed Serengeti wildebeest migration

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 Hits 4109 Categories Serengeti | In Focus

Tanapa, Tanzania National Parks is working on the possibility of coming up with live TV programmes that will give opportunity for Tanzanians to view the annual global attraction, the wildebeest migration between the Serengeti and Maasai Mara national parks. "...Tanzanians deserve to enjoy their natural surroundings...God sent" explained Johnson Manase, Tanapa's manager of tourism services, adding that observing these natural phenomena is opportune for learning experiences and appreciating the ecosystem."


Annual Namibia seal cull set to begin

Sunday, 15 July 2012 Hits 2806 Categories In Focus | Seals

NAMIBIA'S annual seal hunt, which will see some 86,000 Cape fur seals slaughtered by end November, starts on Sunday amid outcry from conservation groups that brand it a massacre for trade purposes.

This year targets are to club 80,000 pups and shoot 6000 bulls to death.

Namibian authorities maintain that what they call seal harvesting is meant to control the burgeoning population which threatens the fishing industry.

But activists slam these reasons as hypocritical, saying the hunts are carried out for commercial gain.


Namibia: Lawyers Request Moratorium On World’s Largest Seal Slaughter Following Ombudsman’s Findings

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 Hits 3456 Categories In Focus | Seals

On the 15th July 2012, 20 Namibian men are preparing themselves to go into protected baby seal nurseries and attempt to find, and then separate 85 000 baby seals from their mothers and beat them to death for their soft pelts over the next 4,5 months. Later, a further 6 000 bull seals will be shot for their genitals.


Mozambique: Six Tonnes of Ivory Stolen

Monday, 09 July 2012 Hits 2609 Categories In Focus | Ivory

Maputo — 266 elephant tusks, weighing six tonnes, have been stolen from the safe of Mozambique's National Directorate of Land and Forests (DNTF), an institution subordinate to the Ministry of Agriculture, according to a report in the latest issue of the independent weekly "Savana".


Tanzania gets UN nod for uranium mine in game park

Friday, 06 July 2012 Hits 4219 Categories Mining | In Focus

Tanzania has received UN approval for Australia-based miner Mantra Resources to build a $400m uranium mine in a world heritage game reserve despite pressure from environmental groups opposed to the project, it said on Thursday.


Nambian Seal Cull: Outrage at Ombudsman findings

Thursday, 28 June 2012 Hits 3434 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Seals

"From the facts placed before me I do not have adequate and sufficient grounds in law and fact to recommend to the Namibian government to stop the annual seal harvest. I trust my Report with its findings and recommendations will ensure better compliance with domestic legislation, international agreements to which Namibia is a party and ensure a seal harvest more humane than that of slaughtering of cattle in abattoirs."


Governments and oil companies slammed over Virunga exploration

Thursday, 28 June 2012 Hits 4879 Categories Virunga | Great Apes | In Focus

Saint Petersburg: The committee overseeing World Heritage Sites yesterday cautioned that petroleum exploration in Virunga National Park could cause serious harm and should be halted. WWF, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fauna & Flora International, the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Lukuru Foundation welcome this strong position and urge the DRC government and oil companies to act on it.


Kenya: Nakuru airport planned in high danger zone

Thursday, 28 June 2012 Hits 8128 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.


Kenya: Lamu Port Land Dispute Referred to Chief Justice

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 Hits 2220 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus

The controversial Lamu port case has been referred to the Chief Justice. This follows an application by lobby groups, civil societies and the local communities to have the multi-billion project halted on grounds that there were no consultations and stakeholders stand to lose. Malindi High Court judge Lady Justice Christine Meoli yesterday directed the matter be placed urgently before Chief Justice Willy Mutunga for the purpose of empanelling a three judge bench or more for the matter to proceed.


Namibia: Ombudsman OKs seal culling

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 Hits 3125 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Seals

AMIBIA'S Ombudsman, John Walters has proposed a host of changes to the regulations governing culling in Namibia, although he endorses the practice.

After a lot of complaints from seal rights activists, particularly Seal-Alert SA, Walters called a stakeholders meeting in Namibia last year, to which the South African based Seal-Alert was also invited, as well as the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, where divergent views about seal culling in Namibia was exchanged.

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