Environment articles

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

Spend to save: Investing in environment boosts national economies

When environment-related public spending is compared to the much-larger economic costs of environmental damage, governments tend to sit up and take notice – and invest more in sustainability. Depending on the country, public expenditure ranges from 15-60 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Generally, only a few per cent of this is directed towards

Elephants in crisis – it looks much worse than we thought

The recent update from the Great Elephant Census (GEC), which has been underway across the African continent over the past two years paints a doom and gloom picture for the future of Africa’s elephants. The census has recently released a report suggesting that, in the seven year period between 2007 and 2014, Africa’s elephant population

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