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Environment in Togo

  • Working Together For Migratory Birds And People Across Africa And Eurasia

    BOTSWANA, 2015/11/17 One lesson that has been well and truly learned in nature conservation is that for policies to be really effective nations have to collaborate to address common problems. Within the UN system it is as well recognized that this applies to the different Programmes, Conventions and Agreements set up over the years. That each of these bodies has a distinct niche and a clear role does not justify a bunker mentality. By synergizing, cooperating and collaborating they can find common cause with natural allies and seek compromises with those whose agendas do not necessarily match their own. AEWA, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds, is a prime example of an organization that embodies this approach.
  • Hunting in Africa - to Ban or Not to Ban Is the Question

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/21 Hunting has long been a highly controversial activity, whether as a sport (leisure or recreational), for commercial purposes or if done for cultural reasons. African nations that legalise hunting activities experience scrutiny around their conservation efforts, and how much money they make from it. Trophy hunting, which is offered in 23 sub-Saharan African nations, generates an estimated US$201 million per year. Out of the 23 nations taking part in legal hunting activities, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa have the majority effective controls and the highest levels of transparency.
  • Local manufacturers and importers of non-biodegradable plastics in Togo

    TOGO, 2014/08/30 Local manufacturers and importers of non-biodegradable plastics in Togo have two months to abide by the government ban on the use of plastic bags, according to a joint communique issued here Thursday by the ministries of Industry and Trade and Environment. The communique reminded the public that production and commercial use of plastic bags were banned in the country since January 2011, despite the continued use of these products by business people.
  • Togolese civil society gets 208m FCFA for environment project

    TOGO, 2013/12/26 The World Environment Fund (WEF) has given, through the UNDP, 208 million FCFA (US$434,000) to 11 civil society organisations in Togo for projects to protect the country's environment, The projects include the management of the fragile ecosystems, forest conservation, development of rural forestry and that of the production system linked to climate change and the disposal of plastic and electronic waste.
  • The major seizure of blood ivory since 2010

    HONG KONG, 2013/07/22 The major seizure of blood ivory since 2010 took place yesterday at Hong Kong harbour, at the same time as 1.148 tusks were discovered in a container shipped from Togo. The tusks, which weigh over two tons and are worth additional than 2 million dollars, were discovered at the city's major port in a cargo container from the African country of Togo. It was headed for mainland China and the bags of tusks were hidden beneath planks of wood. Customs officials in Hong Kong confirmed the find. No arrests have been reported at this stage but the international task force, comprising part others CITES personnel and Interpol investigators, are presently reportedly working with the Hong Kong authorities to establish the origin of the ivory through forensic tests and DNA analysis. The haul is estimated to have a street price of around 2.3 million US Dollars, and while dealing a financial blow to the illicit underground smuggling network still points to the death of nearly 600 elephant, slaughtered for their tusks.
  • Farms, Settlements Shrinking African Lion Habitat

    BOTSWANA, 2012/12/24 The people of lions in sub-Saharan Africa is dwindling at a quick pace, according to a recent study, which found that lions have declined by additional than 75 % in the past 50 years, as farms and settlements proliferate. The study found that there are probably only around 32,000 lions still living on the continent. In 1960, there were as a lot of as 100,000 lions living in Africa. West African lions have experienced the greatest decline in people with only as few as 500 left in the region. Duke University researchers led the study, which was published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.