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A lot at stake for wildlife at 17th CITES conference in South Africa

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will hold its 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The survival of many species will be affected by decisions taken by the delegates including rhinos, lions, elephants, pangolins, Barbary macaques and African Grey parrots.

“Illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade has become such a huge threat to many species that international cooperation between governments, NGOs and other stakeholders is absolutely vital in tackling it,” says Azzedine Downes, CEO and President of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) and head of IFAW’s delegation. “Conservation must be at the heart of all decisions taken at the CoP. The stakes are high for so many species and we must make certain that sound science and the precautionary principle are deciding factors and not short term political or economic interests.”

What can we expect from SA at CoP 17?

By Melissa Reitz As the count down begins to the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) for CITES, which commences in Johannesburg on 24 September, conservationists question the relevance of the issues at stake and what one can expect from the hosts: South Africa. With a huge range of pressing issues to

World Science Festival, Con Edison Bring Scientific Exploration to Queens with Free, All-Ages City of Science

The World Science Festival and Con Edison will stop next in Queens, on Sunday, September 25, 10am-4pm. The event continues a new series of free daylong programs, one in each of the five boroughs, aimed at engaging New Yorkers of all ages in the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math. With City of Science,

CIMMYT plots an agricultural strategy to meet new challenges

CIMMYT has helped reduce the proportion of hungry people from about half the global population in the 1960s to below 20 percent today. Yearly economic benefits from its research and training activities, conducted on a budget of $180 million, are conservatively estimated at $4 billion. Scientists working at CIMMYT have been honored with a Nobel Peace Prize, three World Food Prizes and many other significant awards.

Why weed control key to access USD5 b cassava market

Efforts by the Nigerian government to tap the $5billion per annum cassava market demand investments in weed science research, agronomy, and cassava seeds system with a view to raising the productivity frontier of the root crop, says the Dr Alfred Dixon, Project Leader, Cassava Weed Management Project. Though the largest producer of cassava in the

Maternal Health: New Lancet Series challenges African governments to do more

Although Africa recorded reduced rates of deaths in pregnancy and childbirth by 45 per cent between 1990 when the MDGs were enacted and 2015 when they ended, there is however still much to do across Sub Saharan Africa to improve the health and survival of mothers – and their babies, a new Series published by the Lancet this week reveals.

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