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CITES move to stump out wildlife Cybercrime

Delegates at the CoP17 of CITES have today in South Africa ratified the commitment to stamp out illegal online wildlife trade. The Decision by the 183 State Parties requires all Parties to take a raft of measures to ensure that cybercrime is stopped, bring together governments, enforcers and online tech companies, in a common mission

KEMRI to roll out research on Jigger menace in Busia County

By Cheki Abuje The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Alupe will conduct scientific research on the jigger menace in Busia County to ascertain why it had remained resistant even after hygiene solutions have been found. KEMRI chairperson Dr Lilian Apadet said the institution will invest Sh224m set aside for the research to unravel the mystery

Kenya gets Euros 4 billion for Western region ecosystem rehabilitation

By Cheki Abuje The Kenyan government has received more than 3.5 billion Euros grant from the European Union towards the rehabilitation of Ecosystems in the western region. The money will be channeled through the Kenya water towers program within the ministry of environment, water and natural resources. The project will cover 11 counties across the

CIMMYT to lead platform to modernize crop, livestock breeding for the developing world

BY Erick Akasa CGIAR and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) have jointly announced the launch of an alliance to accelerate crop improvement targeted at the developing world. According to Marianne Bänziger, CIMMYT’s deputy director general for research and partnerships and convener of the Initiative, recent advances in genomics, breeding and information technologies

CITES’ COP17 gives African elephants poachers a lifeline

By Duncan Khosa Amid dramatic scenes, Divisions between African Parties failed elephant populations today, denying them the CITES Appendix I listing which would offer them the greatest possible protection from poaching and illegal trade. As a result, the proposal – supported by Botswana (a country that at previous CoPs opposed any attempt that would restrict

Poachers still given lifeline as CITES Parties fail to agree full ban on international trade in lion parts

Parties today at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg voted in favor of a much diluted decision by establishing a zero annual export quota for bones, claws and teeth removed from the dead carcasses of wild lions to be traded for

The World takes stand against ageism

By Brian Opondo On the International Day of Older Persons Older, activists from more than 45 countries across the world will join the United Nation’s call for “a stand against ageism”—said by the World Health Organisation to negatively affect older people’s physical and mental health. “In Ethiopia, people say we don’t have any value. I

3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference opens in Nairobi to drive off-grid deployment worldwide

More than 500 participants gathered in Nairobi today for the opening of the third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC). Organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the conference aims to boost electricity access through the development of off-grid renewables. Today, roughly 15 per cent of the world’s population lives without electricity, but off-grid