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Kenya develops strategy on donkey preservation


Kenya is developing a strategy on the donkey value chain to help encourage farmers keep many animals, a government official has said. In Kenya, donkeys are used for domestic and commercial purposes Michael Cheruiyot, a Senior Deputy Director of Veterinary Services, said that the strategy would streamline production,upkeep, welfare, movement and breeding. “We are developing donkey’s strategy since they are ...

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Eight shark species to benefit from greater protection

Angel Shark

After five days of intensive discussions, the 3rd session of the Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (CMS) ended in Monaco, France on Friday, December 14, 2018. Among the main decisions reached was agreement to include a further eight species on the instrument’s Annex meaning that they should benefit for greater ...

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Countries act towards safer passage for migratory waterbirds


After five days of intense discussions, the 7th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) concluded in Durban, South Africa on Saturday, December 8, 2018 with parties agreeing on measures to tackle threats from climate change and to increase the protection of individual species and seabirds. The triennial Meeting of ...

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Seabird conservation: Governments adopt measures to tackle plastic pollution

Birds - Plastic pollution

Plastic pollution is believed to pose serious health risks to wildlife, and a new report presented to governments at the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) that held from December 4 to 8 in Durban, South Africa, has shown how migratory waterbirds are affected. However, increasing public awareness and changing ...

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Waterbird conference kicks off in Durban


The Seventh Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA MOP7) opened on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. The inter-governmental meeting is set to be the most important international conference on the conservation of migratory waterbirds this year, bringing together close to 300 participants from 81 countries, including 67 ...

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Parties to appraise migratory birds’ conservation efforts

Migratory birds

Contracting Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) are set to take stock of international conservation efforts over the last 10 years and decide on the future focus of agreed transboundary measures under the treaty. The stock-taking session will hold at the 7th Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the AEWA, which is administered by ...

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Creation of protected areas to benefit African countries – UN official

Jaime Cavelier

The creation of wildlife protected areas is set to benefit most African countries, a UN official has said. Jaime Cavelier, senior environmental specialist with the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) said that the protected areas can develop sustainable tourism that can be a major source of revenue generation for the countries. “The protected areas are capable of improving the country’s Gross ...

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Biodiversity: Conservationists clamour change of emphasis to water, energy, food

Frederick Kumah

Conservation experts have called on African leaders to change the global emphasis for development agendas to water, energy and food sectors. Frederick Kumah, Africa director, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), said that it is time for leaders to look at the deals that benefits people and nature. “Given the current projections, the continent’s population will double in 2050 hence ...

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Three endangered black Rhinos die at Kenyan National Park


Three endangered black rhinos have died mysteriously this month at Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, a Senior Government Official said on Thursday, November 22, 2018. “Veterinary officers have taken samples from the carcasses for further investigations,” Narok county commissioner, George Natembeya, said. The deaths include a two-year-old rhino, a pregnant 16-year-old, and a 37-year-old. Natembeya said wildlife officials suspect the ...

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Governments asked to institute laws to empower community conservation

Ken Kinney

Governments have been asked to put laws in place to enable communities’ initiatives take leadership role in conservation efforts. Ken Kinney, Executive Director Ghana Development Institute, noted that, by enacting laws, the governments would empower communities to focus on energy and food nutrition programmes. “This will let the communities assume ownership hence diversify concentration in conservation matters,” Kinney said during ...

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