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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

JICA, UNCCD to strengthen Partnership to fight desertification in the Sahel

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have pledged to jointly accelerate efforts to eradicate poverty in Africa and achieve global stability through the “African Initiative for Combating Desertification to Strengthen Resilience Climate Change in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa”. Issuing a statement from the

Kenya, Tanzania to conduct elephant aerial survey

Kenya Wildlife Service with support from various partners will next week conduct the Tsavo-Mkomazi elephant aerial survey. The first three days of the census taking place between February12-24, 2017 will be dedicated to intensive training and induction of participants. The Elephant aerial census in Kenya has been carried out systematically every three years. The last

Declare ongoing drought a national disaster, Kenya government urged

The ongoing drought in Kenya rightly qualifies to be termed a national disaster, an environmentalist has said. Speaking to Africa Science News in Busia county, the Kenya Forest Services coordinator James Were said, the drought has so far led to death of livestock, humanity and has hugely disrupted lifestyle and livelihoods. “The Social-economic and environmental

UN launches campaign to invest in degraded lands to create jobs, boost incomes and food security

“Our land. Our home. Our Future,” is the rallying call for this year’s celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification on 17 June 2017. The slogan draws global attention to the central role productive land can play in turning the growing tide of migrants abandoning unproductive land into communities and nations that are stable,

Tanzanian Study shows that involving communities in mangrove management makes them more sustainable

Mangrove forests that incorporate local communities into their management fare better, a new study by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia and Tanzania released today on World Wetlands Day finds. Scientists conducted a review of international literature as well as case studies. According to the study, mangrove forests are overwhelmingly managed by

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