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Scientists deploy drones to monitor wild horses

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A scientific programme to monitor wild horses coordinated by the European Wildlife Organisation is engaging the use of the latest available techniques. Experts have commenced monitoring a rare steppe locality in central Bohemian Milovice in the Czech Republic with a help of a remote-controlled unmanned plane – the drone. Monitoring flights will continue in the coming months. The scientific, non-commercial flights ...

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IUCN: Columbia heritage site in conflict area no longer in danger

Parc national de Los Katíos

Colombia’s Los Katíos National Park has been taken off the List of World Heritage in Danger on Tuesday, June 30 2015 at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in Bonn, Germany. The decision follows advice by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – the official advisory body on nature to the Committee. After suffering extensive damage from illegal ...

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IUCN: Dams, climate change threatening natural heritage

In Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Climate change and large dam projects are putting natural World Heritage sites at risk, says the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the official advisory body on nature to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. This year, for the first time in many years, climate change will be brought to the attention of the World Heritage Committee as a major threat affecting ...

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Plans initiated to curb Pacific Bluefin Tuna overfishing

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Members of the fisheries commission for the eastern Pacific assembling in Guayaquil, Ecuador need to prioritise initiating a rigorous recovery plan to address the collapse of Pacific Bluefin Tuna stocks and stabilising overall tuna fishing capacity that currently exceeds the optimal scientifically recommended level by at least 50%. “Tuna management in the Pacific is currently totally inadequate to preserve the ...

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IUCN update portrays mixed fortunes for conservation

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Successful conservation action has boosted the populations of the Iberian Lynx and the Guadalupe Fur Seal, while the African Golden Cat, the New Zealand Sea Lion and the Lion are facing increasing threats to their survival, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Ninety-nine percent of tropical Asian slipper orchids – some of the ...

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GEF commits $90m to wildlife conservation programme

Naoko Ishii, CEO of GEF

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) last week approved a $90 million grant programme for a global partnership to promote investments in biodiversity conservation, preserve wildlife and encourage sustainable livelihoods in Africa and Asia. The new Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development builds on the urgent need to address wildlife poaching and illegal trade as a development issue ...

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WED 2015: CEGDEC tutors kids on eco-friendly lifestyles

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Conservative Environmental Growth and Development Centre (CEGDEC) commemorated World Environment Day 2015 on Wednesday, June 3 with the pupils of Oke-Afa Junior and Senior Comprehensive College, Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos. The yearly event, an initiative of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 1972, was held to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. The environmental ...

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Tanzania records catastrophic decline of elephant populations

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There has been a catastrophic decline of elephant populations in Tanzania over the past decade, the country’s Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, has disclosed. According to him, the latest estimates of elephant populations have seen numbers plummeting from an estimated 109,051 in 2009 to 43,330 in 2014. Government officials said that it was highly likely that the ...

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NCF takes conservation advocacy to Abuja

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The Lagos-based Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has opened a policy and campaign office in the nation’s capital, Abuja, to ensure that environmental and conservation issues are effectively positioned within the context of high level national development strategies. The office is supported by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and will engage key stakeholders in the environment sector; ...

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Governments restate commitment to curb wildlife crime

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Heads of State, ministers and officials from 31 governments who met on Wednesday in Kasane, Botswana reaffirmed their determination to scale up their response to the global poaching crisis, and adopted crucial new measures to help tackle the unprecedented surge in illegal wildlife trade. During the one-day meeting, governments reported on their progress since the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade ...

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