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Kenya welcomes UK’s plan on ending domestic ivory markets

Ivory trafficking

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has welcomed the British government’s plan to close – with some limited exemptions – its domestic ivory markets. Ivory (whether raw or worked) continues to be traded legally within UK and the other European Union (EU) Member States, in auction houses, markets, shops and online – and that antique items can even be traded without permits ...

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EU-funded scheme: Guards kills indigenous Sengwer man in Kenya

Kenya Forestry Service

Forty one-year-old Robert Kirotich was on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 reportedly shot by EU-funded guards working for the Kenya Forestry Service. Another wounded man, David Kipkosgei Kiptilkesi, was taken away by the guards and his condition said to be unknown. At 2pm on Tuesday, Robert Kirotich was said to be herding cattle in Kapkok Glade, in the Embobut Forest area ...

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National Park Service to be repositioned for global service delivery

FMEnv Retreat

The Conservator-General, Nigeria National Park Service, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, on Monday, January 15, 2018 said that the service would be repositioned for global service delivery so as to boost its revenue generation potential. Goni said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said that since one of the roles of the service was to ...

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CITES: Parties urged to take stock of elephant ivory, rhino horn

Dehorning-Rhino

In line with resolutions reached at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held in 2016 in South Africa, Parties are to take an inventory of existing elephant ivory, rhino horn. CITES in a recent directive requested countries to mark elephant ivory tusks and ...

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Africa loses 43% of its lions in 21 years

Lions

The number of lions in the wild is said to be steadily decreasing. In just two decades, Africa’s lion population has decreased by 43%, according to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). The Nairobi, Kenya-based group says one of the main causes is the alarming rate at which the big cats are losing their habitats due to expanding human populations and ...

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Government to sensitise communities on effect of land degradation

land degradation

The Federal Ministry of Environment says it will start sensitising communities on the effects of land degradation across the country. Mr Bala Gukut, the Deputy Director, Drought and Desertification Amelioration Department, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Abuja. He said that the federal government had set up a working committee on ...

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NCF explores illegal wildlife trade at Edu lecture series

Adeniyi Karunwi

Lagos-based environmental non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), is set to begin the year with an annual public lecture which is geared at gaining public support for burning environmental issues. The Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Lecture is part of NCF’s sustainable development agenda and its contribution to nation building. The 2018 Lecture will be the 16th edition. ...

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Goni urges Nigerians to promote green habitat

Ibrahim Goni

The Conservator-General, National Parks Service, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the attitude of greening their surroundings so as to boost healthy living. Goni, who gave the advice in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 particularly underscored the need for Nigerians to plant trees to protect their environment. He said that the greening of ...

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China discovered 21 new amphibian, reptile species in 2017, says report

China amphibian species

A total of 21 new amphibian and reptile species as well as two new subspecies were discovered in China in 2017, according to a recent academic report. Amphibian is a cold-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that comprises the frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and caecilians while reptile is vertebrate animal of a class that includes snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and ...

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Ivory sales ban commences as China aims to curb elephant poaching

Ivory trafficking

Ban on ivory sales in China, the world’s largest importer and end user of elephant tusks, takes effect on Sunday, December 31, 2017 with wildlife activists calling it a vital step to reducing the slaughter of the endangered animals. China has made a big push to eradicate ivory sales and demand has fallen since early 2014 because of a crackdown ...

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