Category: Africa

biodiversity and endangered species

Defending Ecosystems An Immediate Priority No continent will be struck as severely by the impacts of climate change as Africa. The continent is very vulnerable due to limited adaptive capacity, and widespread poverty. Climate change is a particular threat to continued economic growth and to livelihoods of vulnerable populations. Its farmers’ dependence on rainfall, its weak infrastructure […]

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forest conservation and climate change

Ecosystems Threatened Across Africa The greater Kilimanjaro ecosystem is one of the most threatened ecosystems on earth. As the snows, glaciers and rains retreat, millions of lives and the future of nations hang in the balance. A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme says that protecting East Africa’s mountain ecosystems would safeguard the region’s $7 […]

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Elephant conservation

Seven Countries Accused Of Helping Wildlife Poachers A new report has listed Tanzania among seven “corrupt governments” in Africa that support elephant poaching. Other countries on the list are Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Sudan, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The report, Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalisation of Poaching in Africa, released early […]

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biodiversity and endangered species

Kilimanjaro Ecosystem At Extreme Risk Tanzania hopes to recruit more development partners (DPs) to support the country materially and financially in fighting wildlife poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking. In roundtable discussions chaired by the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr. Lazaro Nyalandu, the DPs including diplomatic representatives who attended the discussion, pledged in principle to […]

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biodiversity

Elephants Never Forget Horrors Of Poachers A baby elephant, who was found guarding the body of her dying mother, has been rescued and is now rebuilding her life in Kenya’s only elephant orphanage (more on the orphanage below). Zongoloni spent the last moments with her mother who died from wounds inflicted by poachers hoping to steal […]

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biodiversity

Poachers Targeted By Drones In 2012, 688 rhinos were killed illegally across Africa just for their horns. Meanwhile, thousands of elephants were killed by poachers just for their tusks. And rangers trying to defend this land and these creatures also have been murdered. How do you protect some of the world’s rarest large mammals from […]

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