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Jun21

African court’s landmark ruling gives hope to rural people across the continent

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 Hits 12622 Categories Forest

African court’s landmark ruling gives hope to rural people across the continent

The still new African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has issued a landmark judgement for marginalised communities across Africa. It ruled that the Kenyan government violated the rights of the Mau Ogiek people by evicting them from their ancestral land in the Mau Forest complex. Before taking their case to the African court, the Mau Ogiek had waged a long battle in a national court against routine evictions which the government has justified on the grounds of concerns about the environment. The court for human and people’s rights rejected these claims. It concluded that eviction from their ancestral forest territories violated the  African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the founding continental law to which all members of the African Union are party.

Mar19

Eyes in the sky and on the ground: Engaging communities in forest conservation in the Cameroon Highlands

Sunday, 19 March 2017 Hits 23519 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Eyes in the sky and on the ground: Engaging communities in forest conservation in the Cameroon Highlands

The highland rainforests of South West Cameroon are among the oldest forests on the continent. They comprise the richest flora and fauna in continental tropical Africa. The area is one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. The region encompasses high levels of unique, as well as endangered species. These include the Cross River gorilla, Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees and forest elephants. A new project has set out to engae local people in the conservation of their natural heritage. It facilitates information sharing between forest dependent communities – the eyes on the ground – and satellite images gathered by Global Forest Watch – the eyes in the sky.

May29

Cameroon’s First Participatory 3D Mapping for Forest Monitoring and Conservation Management

Sunday, 29 May 2016 Hits 15685 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Cameroon’s First Participatory 3D Mapping for Forest Monitoring and Conservation Management

A three-dimensional model of part of the Cameroon Highlands has been unveiled by the African Conservation Foundation and ERuDeF on Monday 30 May in an official ceremony at the Southwest Regional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF). A Participatory 3D Mapping project has been conducted earlier this month in communities surrounding the proposed Tofala-Mone East Wildlife Corridor in South West Cameroon.

 

Nov29

Massive infrastructure projects could be Africa’s greatest environmental challenge

Sunday, 29 November 2015 Hits 9848 Categories Forest | Mining | Habitat News

Massive infrastructure projects could be Africa’s greatest environmental challenge

Africa’s natural environments and spectacular wildlife are about to face their biggest challenge ever. In a paper published today in Current Biology, my colleagues and I assess the dramatic environmental changes that will be driven by an infrastructure-expansion scheme so sweeping in scope, it is dwarfing anything the Earth’s biggest continent has ever been forced to endure.

Feb23

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

Monday, 23 February 2015 Hits 7988 Categories Forest | Habitat News

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

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.

Feb15

Malawi floods at the hands of deforestation?

Sunday, 15 February 2015 Hits 7402 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Malawi floods at the hands of deforestation?

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.

Apr30

Tanzania’s Conservation Icon and Botanist Sebastian Chuwa passes away

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 Hits 10609 Categories Forest | In Focus

Tanzania’s Conservation Icon and Botanist Sebastian Chuwa passes away

Sebastian Chuwa, Tanzanian Conservationist who helped to plant more than one million trees in the Mt. Kilimanjaro region, dies aged 59. 

Apr25

Fighting deforestation and invasive species to save Madagascar's forest

Friday, 25 April 2014 Hits 18468 Categories Forest | Habitat News

Fighting deforestation and invasive species to save Madagascar's forest

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. 

Nov08

Google Earth and The Lost Forest of Mount Mabu, Mozambique

Friday, 08 November 2013 Hits 9191 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.

Apr30

Potential Use of Oil from Wild Plants of the Albertine Rift, Kivu, Dr Congo

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 Hits 4486 Categories Forest

Potential Use of Oil from Wild Plants of the Albertine Rift, Kivu, Dr Congo

Many important plant species in Kahuzi-Biega National Park and surrounding areas in the Albertine Rift, Kivu Region, Democratic Republic of Congo, are threatened with extinction. Some of these plants are harvested and their oil extracted and used as medicines or as food. Most of theses plants have not been evaluated to determine their oil content and its characteristics.

Apr03

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

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 Hits 7657 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.

Mar21

Congo Forests Need Elephants to Survive

Thursday, 21 March 2013 Hits 11369 Categories Forest | Elephants | 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.

Mar15

Tanzania: Illegal logging rages, blamed on corruption

Friday, 15 March 2013 Hits 8525 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.

Sep04

Liberian forests to be flattened by secret logging contracts

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 Hits 5352 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.

Jul02

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

Monday, 02 July 2012 Hits 5037 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.

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