THE Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism will engage the Ministry of Home Affairs to ensure poachers' cases receive enough attention.
The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki, told journalists on Wednesday, shortly after a meeting with Heads of National Parks and Game reserves at Matambwe Gate, Selous Game Reserve, which among complaints raised includes files opened against poachers disappearing mysteriously in the hands of police.
The theme of the first UN International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th 2012 is 'Ending child marriage'. Child marriage violates millions of girls' rights, disrupts their education, jeopardizes their health, and denies them their childhood, limiting their opportunities and impacting all aspects of a girl's life.
UNICEF estimates that over 64 million 20-24 year olds were married or in union before the age of 18.
Fossils from South Africa continue to produce the goods for palaeontology. The latest to emerge from one of the country's rocks is a bizarre, tiny new species of parrot-beaked, vampire-fanged, plant-eating dinosaur dating back some 200-million years.
THE Caprivi Carnivore project is one of the projects funded under the Go Green Fund, an initiative of Nedbank, partnering with the Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF). The Fund is managed by the NNF and among the small grants administered is one for a study of spotted hyaenas in Namibia's Caprivi region. The study is conducted by Lise Hanssen and has been supported by the Go Green Fund for a number of years.
RESIDENTS of Oranjemund have condemned what they termed the "unacceptably cruel manner" in which veterinary officials and police have destroyed animals which were smuggled into the country. The veterinary officials apparently killed the animals by cutting their throats.
Cameroon wildlife officials have uncovered an alarming black market trade in human body parts and elephant meat in an operation that saw the arrest of five people in Djoum - a small town in the South Region of the country.
As its commitment to the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), announces they will increase their efforts to tackle bush encroachment in Namibia and to develop a biomass industry, thereby protecting the bush/veld ecosystem, creating jobs, and providing clean, renewable energy. When completed, CCF's commitment will yield over 600 metric tons of biomass fuel per month, employ dozens of Namibians, and restore nearly 1400 acres of habitat to productive use.
The use of rhino horn as a recreational drug or cancer treatment in Asia is based on myths, but has escalated exponentially over the last few years. As a result, rhino in Africa and Asia are brutally slaughtered in huge numbers for their horns. With prices able to fetch more than cocaine or gold, the trade is attracting the attention of organised crime and terrorist organisations alike. So whether you have a passion for rhinos or not, the trade could potentially still have an impact on all of our lives.
The Norwegian embassy in Kampala has availed $30,000 (Shs 75m) as contribution towards the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga national Park. The money is channelled through the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), a conservation body that brings together three countries that share the Virunga massif - Uganda, Rwanda and DRC.
Scientists who are investigating the spread of invasive bird species in South Africa have asked avid bird ringers and birders to take more careful note of the presence of possible invading species, in an effort to help future related research projects.
In the first week of September the international press was awash with a single story; game rangers in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo had spotted a Ugandan military helicopter flying very low over the park, on an alleged unauthorised flight in an area where poachers had killed 22 elephants and carried off their treasured tusks.
Just like men and women have different preferences and tastes in sights and smells, so the sexes of the bee fly can be fickle - especially when it comes to the looks of the daisy they prefer to visit. Unlike humans, though, female bee flies tend to opt for the more boring option.
Four new species of horseshoe bats have been discovered in East and Southern Africa, after scientists pieced together clues such as DNA data and the most intense frequency of sonar calls of each of these flying mammals.
Two of the species have been named in honour of dedicated Southern African conservationists – Ms Lientjie Cohen, a scientist of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency in South Africa, and the late Zimbabwean Dr. Reay Smithers, author of Southern Africa's most comprehensive mammal anthology. A third species is named after Mount Mabu in honour of the largest rainforest in southern Africa – an area under severe threat - in which it resided. The fourth new species is found in Mozambique.
Faith groups in sub-Saharan Africa are mobilising to protect the environment in what the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) believes is the biggest civil society movement on climate change the continent has seen.
This month, 26 Christian, Muslim and Hindu groups, which between them have 183.86 million followers, will launch long-term action plans on environmental care at a celebration organised by ARC.