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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

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

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