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Pollination: Cross River communities enlightened on need to conserve bats

Boki LGA

Fruit bats in Boki Local Government Area (LGA) of Cross River State appear to be threatened, no thanks to intense hunting by local communities. According to studies, as much as 4,000 bats per cave are captured and killed in a single hunting effort. Participants at the community education/outreach in Boki LGA on July 2019 But local folks seem to be ...

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Eritrea emerges 20th member of Elephant Protection Initiative

Elephant Protection Initiative - Eritrea

The State of Eritrea has joined the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), a coalition of African countries dedicated to the sustainable conservation of elephants and ending the ivory trade. Eritrea has become the 20th country to join the Elephant Protection Initiative The EPI was founded in 2014 by the leaders of Botswana, Chad, Ethiopia, Gabon and Tanzania. It has subsequently grown ...

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CITES COP18 accepts proposal for exemption of certain rosewood use

African Rosewood

As the 18th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES COP18) taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, prepares to wrap up on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, it is worthy of note that delegates have accepted a proposal for exemption of certain rosewood use. The African Rosewood tree being cut with chainsaw. Photo credit: Michel Gunther ...

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Hornbills losing their heads to online trade in Thailand

Helmeted Hornbill

A new study released on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 to coincide with the 18th Conference to the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) finds hundreds of Helmeted and other hornbill parts and products offered for sale on Thai social media. The Helmeted Hornbill The six-month online survey found a minimum ...

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Indian star tortoise threatened with extinction, says CITES

Indian star tortoise

Delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland have listed the Indian star tortoise in Appendix I of the global pact. The Indian star tortoise Listing in the Appendix I of CITES includes species threatened with extinction and an imposition of a global ban in their trade. Trade in specimens of these species is however ...

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196 countries to open negotiations on global agreement to safeguard life

cristiana pasca palmer

Government officials, experts and activists from around the world are gathering in Nairobi. Kenya for four days from Tuesday, August 27, 2019 to open talks on a global agreement to safeguard life on Earth, in all its forms. The meeting marks the official start of negotiations toward a new global framework for biodiversity. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the ...

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Religious leaders collaborate to defend the Amazon forest

Amazon rainforest

Protestant and orthodox leaders have joined forces and embraced the call of the Catholic Church and Pope Francis to denounce what looks like an appalling attack on the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon rainforest With unprecedented wildfires that are currently destroying the largest tropical rainforest on earth, which contributes to producing 20% of oxygen in the atmosphere, the dangers of permanently compromising ...

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G7 leaders served endangered bluefin tuna for dinner

Bluefin Tuna

Basque specialities, including the endangered bluefin tuna, were on the menu at the G7 summit’s opening night dinner on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in the southern French town of Biarritz. Bluefin Tuna fish Star chef Cedric Bechade’s first course was a piperade, a typical dish of peppers, onions and tomatoes, and then a “marmitako,” a traditional fish stew made with ...

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CITES votes to ban trade in endangered otters

Smooth-coated Otter

Over 100 countries voted on Sunday, August 25, 2019 to ban the trade in the smooth-coated otter and placing it on the CITES most endangered list. The Smooth-coated Otter The proposal was adopted by 102 votes in favour, 15 against and 11 abstentions at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Geneva. Ecologists say this is ...

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Kenya calls for more efforts to save African elephant


Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Friday, August 23, 2019 appealed to all African elephant range states to continue seeking solutions that will ensure the survival of the continent’s elephant for posterity. Elephants. Photo credit: KWS made the plea at the ongoing Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Geneva, Switzerland. It added ...

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