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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

CITES takes a Byte out of Wildlife Cybercrime

http://kurld.com/image.php?pic=/images/wallpapers/wildlife-images/wildlife-images-20.jpgWildlife cybercriminals will be under more scrutiny than ever following the commitment by all 183 Parties to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES), to stamp out illegal online wildlife trade. The decision was taken at a high level meeting held during the CoP17 of the CITES being held in

Taking the steps needed for a TB-free future

By Dr Jackson Kioko Mabel* is a 52-year-old grandmother and farmer from one of Kenya’s coastal counties and lives with her daughter and several grandchildren. She took care of her husband when he had tuberculosis (TB) about ten years ago and is currently caring for one of her grandchildren who is ill with TB at

Child-Friendly Tuberculosis Medicines Now Available in Kenya

By Eric Akasa The Kenya Ministry of Health together with TB Alliance and other partners Tuesday announced the launch of appropriately dosed, child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicines, making Kenya the first country in the world to roll out these products nationally. The improved medicines are easier for caregivers to give and for children to take, and

Environmentalists fear for the Nairobi Park

By PETER NGILA The Nairobi National Park has been under human and commercial encroachment, fuelled by the construction of the already-completed Phase One of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Nairobi Green Belt Movement manager Gayling May has said. Speaking last Saturday during a walk through the park, May said, “the future of the park is

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