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Mara-Serengeti aerial elephant Census launched

A cross-border aerial census for elephants and buffalos between Kenya and Tanzania has been launched today in Narok. The two-week Mara-Serengeti census is being held to determine the numbers of elephants and buffalos in the ecosystem, their distribution, trends as well as human activities. The results will be used to make wildlife management policy decisions

Analysis shows elephants rapidly declining in Africa

Africa’s elephant population has fallen by a massive 30% since 2007. A comprehensive country-by-country analysis by ‘SafariBookings.com, the largest online marketplace, examines the substantial differences in elephant decline in the 10 major safari countries. SafariBookings.com conducted a country-by-country analysis to gain a better understanding of the rapid decline in Africa’s elephant population. Since 2007, elephants

New biodiversity chief to UN Secretary-General wants biodiversity mainstreamed

By Erick Odhiambo Achieving global biodiversity targets will be a strong contribution to realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in a meeting held last Friday. In her first meeting with the Secretary-General, Paşca

New project to map octopus fishing in the Western Indian Ocean

A first of its kind project will provide African fishers with a benchmark for sustainable octopus fishing Government representatives, fisheries managers, private sector representatives and octopus fishers operating in the south western Indian Ocean (SWIO) have committed to collaborate in a new project supported by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Africa Union Interafrican Bureau for

Researchers to unveil techniques for controlling weeds in cassava

Researchers working under the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture led Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) will this week share findings on how to tackle weeds in cassava farming systems. The sharing of research findings is part of activities marked for a week-long annual review and planning meeting and Steering Committee meeting scheduled to hold 27-30

Cristiana Paşca Palmer assumes position as Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Cristiana Paşca Palmer today assumed office as the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the principal global treaty on biodiversity. Adopted by governments in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro at the same time as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention has near-universal membership, with 196 Parties. The overarching

Environmentalist oppose rhino dehorning as a means of protection

A wildlife expert has opposed moves by Zoos to dehorn Rhino as a means to protect them from poachers, calling instead for improved security. “Subjecting rhinos unnecessarily to the dangers of an anaesthetic, and physically distorting their magnificent and unique profiles by dehorning them in a bid to deter poachers is short sighted and frankly

Aerial elephant census in Tsavo

A ten-day aerial elephant census was concluded over the weekend in the Tsavo Conservation Area. Though the full tally of elephants is yet to be announced, previous results of the exercise which is conducted every three years indicated elephant populations as 11,076 in 2014; 12,573 in 2011 and 11,733 in 2008. The final results will

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