Environment articles

illegal trade in Ivory: UK on spot

While the world has focused on arm twisting China and some Far East nations to have them stop ivory markets and help salvage African elephant numbers, it has now emerged that trade in illegal ivory is rampant in Britain, in some cases with the knowledge of the British Government, Africa Science can authoritatively reveal. It

Plan to save wetlands in Kenya, Uganda

By Cheki Abuje   The global Environmental Conservation entity – International Crane Foundation (ICF) in collaboration with International Crane Conservation (ICC)-Kenya Chapter have swiftly moved in to save the endangered wildlife species from destruction in Kenya and Uganda Wetlands occasioned by human activities. Speaking in Western Kenya at Sio-Siteko Wetlands in Busia County, the East

Kenyans fear proposed Trump’s USAID cuts could threaten elephants, rangers

If Congress okays Trump’s USAID cuts, Kenyans worry that the only wildlife forensics lab in East Africa could close and ranger jobs might vanish, threatening the environment. Gitonga Njeru writes   President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget,” made public in March, has not yet been approved, and still awaits a response by a Congress highly skeptical

Pastoralists, Greenpeace Africa Welcome Move to Ban Plastic Bags in Kenya

Kenyan pastoalists, and the Greenpeace Africa have lauded Kenya’s move to ban plastic bags starting end of this month. Reacting to the news that the ban will take effect on 28th August and that the government has ruled out extension of the order, the two groups praised the government for the regulation that will be

South Africa’s Rhino Auction – selling a Bloody Harvest for Profit

Experts say South Africa’s first ever legal auction of rhinoceros horn will enrich few, and is likely to speed the road to extinction for one of the world’s most endangered species. The auction takes place on Monday. “This sale of rhino horn is inexcusable,” said Dr Joseph Okori, Director forSouthern Africa of the International Fund

MSC scholarships to help fund fisheries research in East Africa and Kenya

Lily Zhao from the University of Washington, USA and the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden won the award for her project mapping the trade flows of octopus from small scale fisheries in East Africa. Octopuses are a common food in the region and little is known about the export and interdependencies between countries in terms

Tsavo Heritage Foundation has launched an initiative to reclaim the dwindling Tsavo ecosystems

The initiative dubbed Tsavo Climate Challenge seeks to grow and nurture 40 million trees in 12 counties in a span of three years. The pilot phase starts this year in four counties including Nairobi, Makueni, Taita Taveta, and Mombasa. Work in Kajiado, Machakos, Kitui, Tana River, Garissa, Kwale, Kilifi, and Lamu, begins in 2018. “The

Africa acts on distressed migration of youth

A high-level symposium of Africa’s interior, environment and foreign affairs ministers held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, warned that ignoring the plight of jobless young people in sub-Saharan Africa is a recipe for political instability and global insecurity. They called for support to create land-based jobs in the rural areas to ward off the temptation for