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CITES COP18 accepts proposal for exemption of certain rosewood use

African Rosewood

As the 18th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES COP18) taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, prepares to wrap up on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, it is worthy of note that delegates have accepted a proposal for exemption of certain rosewood use. The African Rosewood tree being cut with chainsaw. Photo credit: Michel Gunther ...

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Hornbills losing their heads to online trade in Thailand

Helmeted Hornbill

A new study released on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 to coincide with the 18th Conference to the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) finds hundreds of Helmeted and other hornbill parts and products offered for sale on Thai social media. The Helmeted Hornbill The six-month online survey found a minimum ...

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US, Germany offer Brazil support to help fight Amazon fires

Amazon forest fires

U.S. President, Donald Trump, said on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 that his country is fully supportive of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro efforts to fight raging wildfires in the Amazon. Amazon Forest on fire Trump said in a tweet: “Bolsonaro is working very hard on the Amazon fires and in all respects doing a great job for the people of Brazil, ...

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Over 30,000 people lose means of livelihood to climate change in Lake Chad basin

Lake Chad

The Regional Coordinator, Civil Society Network of Lake Chad Basin, Ahmed Shehu, says over 30,000 people have lost their means of livelihood to climate change which affected the Lake Chad Basin. Scientists say the Lake Chad, that borders Nigeria and some other countries, has shrunken by 95 percent over the past 50 years. They have also linked the Boko Haram ...

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World Water Week: Nigeria reinstates commitment to end open defecation by 2025

Suleiman Adamu

The Federal Government has reinstated its commitment to end Open Defecation by 2025 at the ongoing World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu Mr Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, gave the commitment in statement signed by Mrs Kenechukwu Offie, the Director, Information in the ministry, on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in Abuja. The minister ...

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Indian star tortoise threatened with extinction, says CITES

Indian star tortoise

Delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland have listed the Indian star tortoise in Appendix I of the global pact. The Indian star tortoise Listing in the Appendix I of CITES includes species threatened with extinction and an imposition of a global ban in their trade. Trade in specimens of these species is however ...

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196 countries to open negotiations on global agreement to safeguard life

cristiana pasca palmer

Government officials, experts and activists from around the world are gathering in Nairobi. Kenya for four days from Tuesday, August 27, 2019 to open talks on a global agreement to safeguard life on Earth, in all its forms. The meeting marks the official start of negotiations toward a new global framework for biodiversity. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the ...

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Participants prepare for September Asia-Pacific Climate Week in Bangkok

Punyapha Visavakornvisisd

Participants from all over the world are preparing to attend Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW) 2019 scheduled to hold from September 2 to 6 in Bangkok, Thailand where they will discuss ways to raise regional and global ambition to tackle climate change. Thai youth advocate, Ms. Punyapha Visavakornvisisd, will speak at the high-level plenary on September 4 Raising ambition is crucial ...

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Gombe plants 4m trees, establishes nurseries to mitigate environmental challenges

Tree planting

The Director, Forestry and Wildlife Management, Ministry of Environment, Gombe State, Alhaji Sa’ad Hashidu, says the recent tree planting initiative and establishment of nurseries in several communities are to tackle environmental challenges. Tree planting Hashidu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe, the state capital, on Monday, August 26, 2019 that the state government had already planted over ...

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G7 leaders provide $20m to fight Amazon fires

Amazon forest fires

G7 leaders are dedicating $20 million to urgent firefighting efforts in the Amazon rainforest. Amazon Forest on fire Macron said this on Monday, August 26, 2019 after a meeting at the G7 summit in Biarritz with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. According to Macron, the G7 leaders will also back a broader initiative for the Amazon region to be presented at ...

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