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GEF earmarks fresh $40m to combat wildlife crime in Africa, Asia


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council on Thursday in Washington DC approved an additional $40 million for the Global Wildlife Programme (GWP), expanding its support in the fight against illegal trafficking to 19 countries in Africa and Asia. The GWP is a global partnership established to address the growing poaching crisis and an international call to action. The value of illegal trade has ...

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NESREA seeks support to curb poaching, wildlife trade


Communities in Nigeria have been urged to support efforts to preserve the remaining wildlife resources from extinction by guarding their forests against poachers. The call was made by the Lagos State Coordinator, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Mr Nosa Aigbedion, at an event on Monday 06 June 2016 by the Federal Ministry of Environment (FME) to mark this ...

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CEGDEC commemorates World Environment Day 2016


The Lagos-based Conservative Environmental Growth and Development Centre (CEGDEC) has said that this year’s World Environment Day (WED) offered it an opportunity to make an inroad and cross inland boarders in the country. Apart from sensitisng the students of Oke-Afa Junior and Senior Schools in Lagos, CEGDEC took a bold step to King’s Court Academy, Dabi, in the Federal Capital ...

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Africa agrees on ways to save its lions

First African lion Range States meeting led by CITES and CMS brings about constructive outcomes in the lead up to CITES CoP17 and CMS COP12 In a historic move, representatives of 28 African lion Range States on Tuesday in Entebbe, Uganda reached broad agreement to secure the survival of this iconic species in the wild across the continent. The continent-wide consensus ...

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Celebrities join UN campaign to end illicit wildlife trade


Ban Ki-moon, Gisele Bündchen, Yaya Touré and Ian Somerhalder among those aiming to spur action to protect endangered species The United Nations, backed by A-list celebrities from across the globe, has launched an unprecedented campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife, which is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal ...

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Spate of illegal bird killing in Egypt unveiled

Migratory birds

A new study has revealed that over 75% of bird killing and trapping in Egypt is illegal. BirdLife International releases new data on Mediterranean hotspot for illegal bird killing, and shows graphic video on killing methods. Nature Conservation Egypt (BirdLife in Egypt) and the BirdLife International Secretariat on Tuesday, 10 May, 2016 released a study on the socio-economic drivers of hunting ...

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Only three Saharan Addax antelopes alive, survey finds

Saharan Addax antelopes

Regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara Desert have pushed the Addax – a migratory species of desert-adapted antelope – to the very knife-edge of extinction, according to a recent survey which found only three surviving in the wild. An extensive survey in March across key Addax habitat identified just three remaining individuals, report experts from the International Union ...

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Key debates decided for IUCN’s congress in Hawaii

Hawaiian Village

Key decisions on nature conservation and sustainable development are expected at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress 2016 in September, after the motions to be debated and voted upon were published. Held every four years, the 2016 IUCN Congress will be the largest gathering of environmental policy makers since the Paris Climate Agreement and the adoption ...

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Kenya burns recovered elephant ivory, rhino horns, seeks to stop poaching

Nairobi National Park

Plumes of smoke filled the air of a muddy Nairobi National Park last Saturday as Kenya’s President Kenyatta presided over the burning of 105 tons of elephant ivory and 1.35 tons of rhino horns to send a message to the world that ivory is worth more on an elephant than it is in the market. The torching of this stockpile ...

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Gorillas are in danger of extinction, conservationists warn


The Grauer’s gorilla, the world’s largest primate, has been a source of continual worry for conservationists for more than two decades. Longstanding conflict in the deep jungles of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo left experts with no choice but to guess at how that gorilla subspecies may be faring. Now, with tensions abating somewhat, researchers finally have an updated gorilla head count — one ...

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