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UN celebrates 40 years of global action for migratory animals

Migratory birds

Sunday, June 23, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), also known as the “Bonn Convention” after the city in which it was signed. It is said to be the only global treaty dealing with the conservation of migratory species and their habitats across the world, including birds, whales, dolphins, ...

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To conserve or not to conserve forests: Time for a Ghanaian referendum

Nana Akufo-Addo

The current moves to mine bauxite at the Atewa Range Forest Reserve has sparked informal animated discussions among biodiversity experts, academia, activists, civil society members, timber operators and concerned individuals, some of whom are calling for a national referendum on Ghana’s Globally Significant Biodiversity Areas (GSBAs). President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana According to the proponents, the need for a national ...

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Nigeria’s EMADET wins 2019 UNDP Equator Award

Wrapping leaf

As part of the events marking the World Environment Day, the United Nations  Development Programme (UNDP) and partners on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 announced the winners of the 10th Equator Prize, recognising 22 local and indigenous communities from across the world. The winning organisations, which showcase innovative, nature-based solutions for tackling climate change, environment, and poverty challenges, will be honoured at a celebratory ...

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Pride of 14 lions on the loose in South African province


A pride of 14 lions is on the loose in South Africa’s Limpopo province, with authorities suspecting the animals escaped nearby Kruger National Park. Lions Residents of the town of Phalaborwa, where the pride had been sighted, and employees of the nearby Forskor Mine, were advised to be “alert at all times,’’ the Limpopo government said on Twitter on Friday, ...

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Ihedioha upgrades Imo zoo, bans illegal mining of Nworie River

Emeka Ihedioha

Gov. Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has announced the upgrading of the state Zoological Garden to a Wildlife Park and Nature Reserve. Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State Ihedioha also banned the illegal dredging of the Nworie Confluence area of the state. He made the declaration on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Owerri, the state capital, during the launching of ...

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Ghana’s forests: To conserve or not to conserve

Nigeria REDD+

In 1998, when the 30 Global Significant Biodiversity Areas (GSBAs) were established in Ghana, the purpose included promoting the status of areas of biological diversity hot spots in the country. Eleven years down the line in 2009, the Forestry Commission (FC) was committed to ensure the conservation of these areas under the REDD + package. This meant that these areas ...

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Botswana lifts ban on big game hunting


Botswana, home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants, says it has lifted a ban on big game hunting. Botswana is home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants. Photo credit: Onkokame Kitso Mokaila, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, held a news conference on Thursday, May 23, 2019 to give details of the laws and regulations ...

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Biodiversity Day: Co-chairs to lead fresh IPBES assessment emerge

Anne Larigauderie

Three leading global experts were on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 announced as the co-chairs of a new and somewhat important assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), of existing knowledge regarding invasive alien species and their control. IPBES Executive Secretary, Anne Larigauderie Professors Helen Roy MBE (United Kingdom), Aníbal Pauchard (Chile) and Peter Stoett (Canada) ...

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Migratory Bird Day: Nguru rallies to conserve vultures

Nguru vultures conservation

Pupils, teachers, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members and community members of Nguru Emirate in Yobe State rallied for the conservation of vultures while commemorating this year’s World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) with the theme “Protect Birds: be a solution to plastic pollution” on Friday, May 10, 2019. Youths during the vultures conservation rally As part of the activities to ...

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Stakeholders gather for vulture conservation in Nguru

Nguru vulture conservation

The representatives of Hunters’ Association, Farmers’ Association, Herders’ Association (Miyetti Allah), Traditional Medicine Practitioners (trado-medics), Heads of political wards and community women leader gathered on Saturday, May 11, 2019 to discuss threats against vultures and solutions to tackle the challenge in Yobe State. Participants at the gathering The meeting opened with an introductory remark from NCF Project Officer, Harry Hanson ...

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