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Spain unveils innovative tool to fight illegal trafficking of tropical wood

African Rosewood

The Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition (MITECO) presented on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at COP25 in Madrid an early-alert system to identify illegally trafficked woods protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The innovative tool allows users without much technical or scientific background to identify protected tropical wood species effectively, ...

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New atlas helps remove barriers to animal migration in Central Asia

snow leopard

The UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) has launched the Central Asian Mammals Migration and Linear Infrastructure Atlas to help ensure the survival of migratory wildlife in the region. The snow leopard. Photo credit: wikipedia Featured in the Atlas are the Asiatic Cheetah, the Snow Leopard, as well as antelopes, deer, gazelles, wild horses and yaks which undertake long-distance journeys across the ...

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Namibia records 51 poaching cases in 2019

Rhino

Spokesperson of the Namibia Environment and Tourism Ministry, Romeo Muyunda, on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 said the country recorded 51 poaching incidences since January. Thirty-nine rhinos were poached since the beginning of 2019 in Namibia Muyunda said that, according to the statistics, 12 elephants and 39 rhinos were poached since the beginning of 2019. “The complexity of the poaching syndicates, ...

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Groups call for probe into alleged approval of EIA certificate to Okomu Plc

Okomu Oil Palm

Some civil society groups, led by the Environmental Rights Actions/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), has called on the Minister for Environment, Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud, to set up a probe into the allegation of approval of certificate for Environmental Assessment (EIA) to Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc on the disputed Owan forest land of Edo State, where it has established ...

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Kenyan REDD+ project empowers local community with carbon credit

Mkoko Pamoja

A community project in Kwale, south coast of Kenya, has set a record for empowering members of the local community by helping establish development projects in a rural set up. Officials measuring the height and mass of a tree to earn carbon credit Mkoko Pamoja, which is Swahili word for “mangrove together”, has, through its new approach to mangrove conservation, ...

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Minister wants conservation centre established in Abuja

Sharon Ikeazor

The Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, on Saturday, November 23, 2019 called for the establishment of an environment conservation centre in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF). Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, speaking during the NCF event in Lagos The minister made the call while speaking as guest ...

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Wildlife protection isn’t a crime, perturbed UNEP reacts to jailing of conservationists in Iran

Imprisoned environmentalists

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has said that it is deeply concerned by the recent sentencing of a team ofenvironmentalists to lengthy jail terms for espionage-related crimes in the Republic of Iran. Six out fo the eight imprisoned environmentalists have been sentenced in Iran The detainees, who UNEP claims were devoted to conserving their country’s wildlife, are said to ...

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‘Sustaining all life on Earth’ is theme of World Wildlife Day 2020

Ms. Ivonne Higuero CITES

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that the theme of United Nations World Wildlife Day 2020 is: “Sustaining all life on Earth”. CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero The year 2020, known as a “biodiversity super year”, will host several major global events that place biodiversity at the forefront ...

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Video of brutal elephant killing causes outcry in Kenya

elephant poaching

The video of an elephant being brutally killed with machetes and axes has on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 caused outcry on social media across Kenya. African elephant poaching The video, which was filmed by an unknown person on a mobile phone, showing villagers attacking a kneeling, defenceless elephant, hitting him with sharp objects until it died. Kenyans were calling on ...

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Illegal trade in marine turtles persisting in Indonesia, Malaysia, Viet Nam – Study

Sea turtle

A newly released study carried out by TRAFFIC, an international organisation monitoring wildlife trade, and commissioned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat documents thousands of marine turtles and their parts found in seizures, in both physical and online markets in Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam. A sea turtle At least 2,354 whole ...

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