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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: planetsave.com 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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Southern African nations fail to loosen ivory trade rules

Ivory trafficking

Proposals to ease restrictions on ivory exports from southern Africa were rejected on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at a meeting of the 183 countries that have signed on to the global pact on wildlife trade. Ivory trafficking. Photo credit: girlegirlarmy.com Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe argued that rules could be loosened because protection efforts had let elephant populations grow. Amid ...

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NCF moves to end use of vultures in traditional medicine


The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has called for an end to the use of vulture parts in traditional medicine practice in the country. Vultures fighting over an animal carcass The NCF made the call during a stakeholders meeting with the Ogun State Chapter of the National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP). NCF Spokesman, Oladapo Soneye, said in a ...

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CITES COP18 to create further opportunity to protect critically threatened species

Ms. Ivonne Higuero CITES

The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES COP18) is underway in Geneva, Switzerland. CITES is an international legally binding agreement between governments aimed at ensuring that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero ...

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First National Park Forum opens in northwest China

National Park Forum

The first forum on national parks commenced on Monday, August 19, 2019 in Xining, capital of northwest China’s Qinghai Province. Opening session at the National Park Forum The two-day event attracted more than 450 representatives of regulatory agencies, as well as experts/scholars at home and abroad to discuss topics including construction and management of nature reserve areas, biodiversity protection, and ...

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Countries mull looser wildlife trade rules for elephants, rhinos

Ms. Ivonne Higuero CITES

Delegates from around the world gathered in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday, August 17, 2019 to discuss whether allowing limited trade in elephant tusks and rhinoceros horn could help to protect these species. CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero The meeting brings together the 183 countries that have signed on to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), a 1973 pact ...

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Deforestation accelerates in Brazil’s Amazon region, says group

Amazon rainforest

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region increased by 15 per cent over the past year, a non-governmental organisation has said. A waterfall in the Amazon rainforest in South America About 5,054 square kilometres of rainforest were hacked down between August 2018 and July 2019, according to the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (Imazon) in a statement on Friday, August ...

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When AU, ECOWAS, nations discussed the Rosewood crisis


It is now on record that the unsustainable and illegal exploitation of the African Rosewoods species (scientifically known as Pterocarpus erinaceus), is not just a problem for Ghana, but it is a big issue for all the countries in the West African sub-region. A cross section of the participants at the Regional Rosewood Dialogue in Accra Evidence indicates that Benin, ...

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Changes to Endangered Species Act weaken wildlife protection

Comoé National Park

The US government has announced changes to the Endangered Species Act that observers believe will significantly weaken the protections on critical habitats and the vulnerable animals that call them home. Wildlife Signed into law in 1973, the Act is said to have been an effective piece of legislation in the protection of wildlife, saving several species from the brink of ...

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