Monday 19th August 2019
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Countries mull looser wildlife trade rules for elephants, rhinos

Ms. Ivonne Higuero CITES

Delegates from around the world gathered in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday, August 17, 2019 to discuss whether allowing limited trade in elephant tusks and rhinoceros horn could help to protect these species. CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero The meeting brings together the 183 countries that have signed on to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), a 1973 pact ...

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Deforestation accelerates in Brazil’s Amazon region, says group

Amazon rainforest

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region increased by 15 per cent over the past year, a non-governmental organisation has said. A waterfall in the Amazon rainforest in South America About 5,054 square kilometres of rainforest were hacked down between August 2018 and July 2019, according to the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (Imazon) in a statement on Friday, August ...

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When AU, ECOWAS, nations discussed the Rosewood crisis


It is now on record that the unsustainable and illegal exploitation of the African Rosewoods species (scientifically known as Pterocarpus erinaceus), is not just a problem for Ghana, but it is a big issue for all the countries in the West African sub-region. A cross section of the participants at the Regional Rosewood Dialogue in Accra Evidence indicates that Benin, ...

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Changes to Endangered Species Act weaken wildlife protection

Comoé National Park

The US government has announced changes to the Endangered Species Act that observers believe will significantly weaken the protections on critical habitats and the vulnerable animals that call them home. Wildlife Signed into law in 1973, the Act is said to have been an effective piece of legislation in the protection of wildlife, saving several species from the brink of ...

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Large freshwater species in steep decline worldwide, says study


The numbers of larger freshwater animals are in sharp decline all over the world, according to a study conducted by a Berlin-based hydrographic institute. Aquatic bushmeat: The West African manatee. Manatees are large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. The report was published in the journal Global Change Biology on Friday, August 9, 2019. Species ...

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Kenya’s ‘Ivory Trade is a Rip Off’ campaign moves against elephant decline

elephant poaching

In a fresh effort to raise awareness and curb the illegal trade in ivory, Kenya has launched a new wildlife conservation campaign dubbed “Ivory Trade is a Rip Off”. African elephant poaching in conflict zones suggests that corruption, rather than conflict, is the primary enabler of elephant poaching The campaign calls for the listing of the African Elephant in Appendix ...

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Conservationist underscores role of biodiversity in sustainable development

Biodiversity Information Products Workshop

The Deputy Head of Programmes for the Ecosystems Assessment and Policy Support of the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC), John Taylor, has urged countries and all sectors of their economy, to recognise the key role biodiversity plays in sustainable development. Participants at the July 16 and 17, 2019 Biodiversity Information Products Workshop in Accra, in a group ...

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Rangers Day: Govt urges support for Park Service

World Rangers Day

The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs Ibukun Odusote, has urged non-governmental organisations, donor agencies and individuals to support the National Park Service in its conservation efforts. Female park rangers Odesote made the call during the 2019 World Rangers Day celebration in Abuja, with the theme “I Stand With The World’s Rangers” The World Rangers Day is ...

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Rangers Day: 20 park rangers lost since 1991 – Parks Service

National Park rangers

The National Park Service says Nigeria has lost 20 park rangers since its inception in 1991. A team of National Parks Service rangers Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator-General, National Parks Service, disclosed this at a pre-event news conference to mark the 2019 World Rangers Day in Abuja on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Goni said the World Rangers Day is celebrated ...

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Unsustainable fishing, hunting drive iconic species to extinction

Rhino Rays

Overfishing has pushed two families of rays to the brink of extinction, while hunting for bushmeat and habitat loss have led to the decline of seven primate species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Unsustainable fishing is driving the Rhino Rays to extinction The update also reveals further evidence of the perilous state ...

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