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Biological Diversity Day: UN report demands urgent action to safeguard forests’ biodiversity

Atewa Range Forest Reserve

Urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world’s forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation, according to the latest edition of The State of the World’s Forests released on Friday, May 22, 2020. A forest reserve in Ghana Published on the International Day for Biological Diversity that was observed on Friday, the report shows that the conservation of the world’s ...

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Ikemeh, Whitley Awards winner, urges Nigeria, UK govts to support conservation

A Nigerian wildlife conservationist, Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh, has called on both the Nigerian and UK governments to support organisations that focus on conservation to scale up and expand their reach. Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh Ikemeh, a Whitley Fund for Nature Award winner and founder of the South West/Niger Delta Forest Project, made the call during a virtual meeting on Wednesday, May ...

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South Africa to investigate allegations of illegal wildlife trade with China

Barbara Creecy

South Africa says it will investigate allegations made in a recent report that its indigenes are trading thousands of wild endangered animals illegally with China. South African Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy The allegations were made in a report produced by EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading (BAT) titled: “Breaking Point: Uncovering South Africa’s Shameful Live Wildlife Trade with ...

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IUCN report identifies potential new World Heritage sites in Africa

Succulent Karoo desert

A new IUCN report aiming to assist African countries in World Heritage conservation identifies 20 remarkable nature areas across Africa that could potentially qualify for World Heritage status. It also provides for the first time a summary of the conservation status of all 48 natural World Heritage sites in Africa. The Succulent Karoo desert in Namibia and South Africa Prepared ...

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Cross River remodels Calabar monuments

Coat-of-Arms Roundabout

The Cross River State Government has begun remodeling of some of its monuments erected at public places within the Calabar metropolis. The Coat-of-Arms Roundabout in Calabar, Cross River State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mfon Bassey, said this during an inspection of the monuments on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Calabar, the state capital. He described the remodeling as one of ...

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Migratory Bird Day: Groups seek awareness on migratory birds’ key role

Migratory birds

In commemoration of World Migratory Bird Day 2020 observed on Saturday, May 9, the Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement and the SDGs (NCSFPAS) has called for increased awareness on the important role migratory birds play as a vital part of healthy ecosystems, nature conservation and environmental management. Migratory ...

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COVID-19: Ghanaian experts welcome ban on global trade in wildlife

Kenya wildlife sanctuary

In his lifetime, Nana Yaw Amponsah was famous for his skills in hunting big game such as forest elephants, buffaloes and leopards. He was also celebrated beyond his village of Krabonsu near Kintampo in Ghana’s Bono East Region, for his prowess in using concoctions of herbs and bones of leopards to fortify people against all manner of misfortunes. A wildlife ...

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Coronavirus migrates Migratory Bird Day celebrations indoors, online

Migratory birds

People around the world will on Saturday, May 9, 2020 celebrate World Migratory Bird Day – a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. Migratory birds According to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), this year’s theme – “Birds Connect Our World” – highlights the importance of conserving and restoring ...

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Covid-19 outbreak proves pangolin, wildlife trafficking harmful – UNODC

Ghada Fathi Waly

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has joined others to cautions the world on the harmful effects of wildlife trafficking to both humans and animals. Ghada Fathi Waly, Director-General/Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) A statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 said that wildlife such as bats and ...

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Park Service seeks attitudinal change toward wildlife to avoid diseases

Ibrahim Goni

The Conservator-General, National Park Service, Dr Ibrahim Goni, has called on the public to reduce excessive closeness and interaction with wildlife in order to curb some avoidable diseases including COVID-19. Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, Conservator-General of the National Parks Service Goni made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 ...

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