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Governments set stage to take ambitious actions for nature, people

CBD COP14

The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference opened on Saturday, November 17, 2018 in the seaside town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt with an opening ceremony that included an address from President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi, who emphasised the crucial importance of the meeting for Egypt, and for global efforts for sustainable development. Only two years remain in the commitment ...

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Chinese Customs arrests 17 suspects for ivory smuggling

Ivory trafficking

China has arrested 17 suspected smugglers and seized 10 pieces of African ivory weighing 323.7 kg in total in a joint operation, Shenzhen Customs said on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The suspects, including six Hong Kong residents, attempted to smuggle the ivory to the Chinese mainland via Hong Kong, according to the customs. Shenzhen customs received a tip-off about the ...

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New IPBES assessment begins

Patricia Balvanera

“We all value nature in very different and sometimes conflicting ways. Nature can be seen as a provider of food or water, as a regulator of climate, as part of our heritage or our identity, or as our home and that of life on earth. Assessing this diversity of values and how they are incorporated into decision making will contribute ...

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Cadbury destroyed over 25,000ha of orangutan habitat, report alleges

Orangutans

A new report by Greenpeace has found that Mondelēz International has destroyed over 25,000 hectares of orangutan habitat in Indonesia. The company, responsible for Cadbury, Cadbury Roses and Oreo, is one of the biggest buyers of palm oil. A Greenpeace-led investigation has found that, between 2015 and 2017, 22 of Mondelez palm oil suppliers cleared 70,000 hectares of rain forest. ...

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China postpones lifting ban on tiger, rhino parts trade

Tiger part

China has postponed the lifting of a ban on the trade of rhino horn and tiger parts for medicine and other uses, the government said on Monday, November 12, 2018. The government said this after a storm of protest from conservation groups over a plan to water down the decades-old prohibition. In October, the State Council issued a circular replacing ...

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Concern as Iran charges IUCN conservationists with crimes punishable by death

Inger Andersen

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has said that it is deeply disturbed as five IUCN member conservationists, including members of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), are charged with crimes punishable by death in Iran. The five conservationists have been charged with “corruption on earth”, the highest penalty for which is execution, according to media reports. “IUCN ...

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Group commences 30-yr management agreement of Gashaka Gumti Park

Gashaka Gumti National Park

In an apparent bid to boost conservation efforts in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Environment in Abuja on Monday, November 5, 2018 inaugurated a Local Organising Committee (LOC) to steer the implementation of a private-public partnership between the National Park Service and Africa Nature Investors Foundation (ANIF) in the management of the Gashaka Gumti National Park. Inaugurating the committee, Environment ...

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Man has within 48 years wiped out 60% of wildlife – WWF

snow leopard

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has found, in a new major report, that wildlife has declined 60 per cent since 1970 due to human causes. The Living Planet Report 2018 has highlighted the devastating anthropogenic effects on wildlife and how urgent action needs to be taken to ensure this trend does not continue. Biodiversity is the foundation of ...

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Man-eating tigress that killed 13 put down in India

Tigress

A man-eating tigress, believed to be responsible for killing 13 people in Western India, was shot dead after an elaborate hunt involving forest guards and sharpshooters, officials and news reports said on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The six-year-old cat, nicknamed Avni, had claimed the lives of villagers near the Ralegaon forest in Maharashtra state’s Yavatmal District since June 2016. The ...

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Group decries high rate of poaching of elephants, monkeys, others

Sumatran elephants

The Nigerian Association of Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Parks (NAZAP), has decried the rising rate of poaching and illegal trading in endangered animals such as elephants, monkeys, tortoises, and others. NAZAP in a communique issued in Abuja at the end of its annual general meeting and training, urged relevant agencies to curtail the activities of animal traffickers. The communique was signed by Francis ...

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