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Environment in Mauritius

  • Why a proper record of birds in Africa is so important – for Europe

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/13 Most of Europe’s birds chief south each year around September to escape the northern winter. Some species only migrate as far south as southern Europe. But most cross the Mediterranean Sea to Africa. And a lot of species cross the Sahara Desert to destinations in West Africa such as Nigeria and in East Africa, such as Kenya. Some travel as far south as South Africa. These European birds are diligently monitored. Each April, during the breeding season in the early part of the northern summer, teams of citizen scientists in most European nations gather vast amounts of data on the distribution and densities of breeding – for almost each bird species. Thousands of citizen scientists are involved. They diligently generate the data in their leisure time.
  • 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.
  • Mauritian Environment Minister Deva Virahsawmy

    MAURITIUS, 2014/06/26 Mauritian Environment Minister Deva Virahsawmy Monday, said climate change is having critical repercussion on the economic competitiveness of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and is affecting them on their respective sustainable development pathways. He was speaking at the opening of a conference of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) project of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Thematic Action “Marine and Coastal Management” in Ebène, in the centre of the island. “Climate change can jeopardize economic gains that nations in the Western Indian Ocean region have harvested in the recent completed and influence adversely the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals,' the minister said. He pointed out that the pooling of resources and the exchange of data at regional and sub-regional levels are of utmost importance.
  • 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.
  • Regional Indian Ocean Dialogue on Green Economy opens 2012-10-05

    MAURITIUS, 2012/10/05 Green Economy- The Regional Dialogue on Green Economy for the Western Indian Ocean Island States opened Thursday at Domaine Les Pailles, in the Mauritian capital, Port-Louis. About 30 participants, from within and outside Mauritius, are attending the two-day event organised by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and supported by the UNDP, the Indian Ocean Commission and UNEP.