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Environment in East Africa

  • Tanzania: 128 poachers arrested in one year

    TANZANIA, 2017/10/15 Tanzanian anti-poaching unit has arrested 128 poachers in central parts of the east African country for the completed one year, an official said on Saturday. Keneth Sanga, chief of central Tanzania’s anti-poaching unit, said that the suspected poachers were arrested in different parts of central Tanzania’s regions of Singida and Dodoma between 2016 and this year, according to Xinhua News agency.
  • Rwanda: RDB's Good Problem - More Gorillas, Less Habitat

    RWANDA, 2017/09/11 Next a decade of conservation efforts, the people of the endangered rare mountain gorillas has grown by 26.6 %. But the size of their abode has at best remained the same with growing concerns that their habitat is actually getting smaller and smaller due to destructive human activity. Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the agency that leads the conservation efforts, is presently looking for sufficient accommodation for the mighty primates.
  • Farmers pushed off their land to save Tanzania's Great Ruaha River

    TANZANIA, 2017/07/18 Gazing at the exposed, rocky bottom of the Great Ruaha River, known as the jewel of Tanzania, Rosemary Kasenza ponders what the next holds for her family presently that there is no longer enough water for her crops. "I am worried because it's the dry season and I don't have enough food to feed my children," she said. Kasenza grows potatoes, maize, onions and bananas on 3 hectares (7 acres) of land in the fertile Ruaha basin in southern Tanzania. She says she used to have no problem irrigating her crops but presently the river flow slows to a trickle in the dry season.
  • Eritrea: Asmara Inscribed Unesco World Heritage

    ERITREA, 2017/07/12 At the 41 Session of the World Heritage Committee that took place on 7 July in Karkow, Poland, in which the President of Poland, Mr. Andrzej Duda and Irene Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, Ministers and high level officials inclunding additional than 1000 governmental and non-governmental representatives took part Asmara was inscribed UNESCO World heritage. In a speech she delivered during the event representing the Eritrean Government, Ambassador Hanna Simon, Eritrean Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO, stated that the inscription of Asmara city onto the UNESCO World Heritage Inventory is a symbol of pride and succcess for the Eritrean people and shoulders the responsibility to maintain its status.
  • Ethiopia: Drought-Hit Ethiopia Moves to Protect Its Dwindling Forests

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/07/12 Ethiopia is enlisting the cooperation of people in and around its forests to manage woodland better, hoping to protect the country from the effects of climate change while boosting development prospects for its people of 100 million. The government of Africa's second most populous country has set an ambitious aim of reducing poverty and becoming a carbon-neutral economy by 2025, in part by transforming the way rural landscapes are managed. Its Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy aims to meet half of its target reduction in carbon emissions by adding 5 million hectares (12.4 million acres) of forests by 2020 - just three years from presently - and restoring 22 million hectares of degraded landscapes by 2030.
  • Africa’s Sahel Could See Sharp Increase In Rainfall

    AFRICA, 2017/07/08 Climate change could turn one of Africa’s driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the initial time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterized by extreme dryness. They detect a self-amplifying mechanism which may kick-in beyond 1.5-2 degrees Celsius of world warming – which happens to be the limit for world temperature rise set in the Paris Climate Agreement. Although crossing this new tipping point is potentially beneficial, the change could be so large, it would be a major adaptation challenge for an by presently troubled region.
  • Anti-poaching drones yielding fruits in Malawi

    MALAWI, 2017/06/20 An anti-poaching drone at Malawi’s Liwonde National Park currently being run by African Parks to combat poaching of elephants and rhinocerous is bearing fruits, the drone team operators Antoinette Dudley and Stephan De Necker have confirmed. Dudley, operator of the Air Shepherd drones, said the drones had been a potentially effective tool to protect elephants and other species that are a pillar of Malawi’s faltering tourism industry.
  • We must act immediately to save the Great Barrier Reef

    AUSTRALIA, 2017/04/15 And so it begins: the end of days. The Great Barrier Reef is bleaching for the second year in a row and presently, according to the results of helicopter surveys released on Monday, it is the middle part (all 300 miles-plus of it) that is suffering the awful reef stress that comes courtesy of a warming ocean. Coral bleaching is incredibly critical. In particularly warm summers, the complex balance between the symbiotic algae and the coral becomes disrupted. To save themselves, the coral expels the algae in the hope of better times ahead. In this national, the coral becomes whitened. That’s what bleaching is.
  • Kenya: Air Pollution Killing 14,300 Kenyans Annually

    KENYA, 2017/03/12 At least 1.7 million children under the age of five die each year due to unhealthy or polluted environments, a statement has revealed. The World Health Organization (WHO) statement released on Monday revealed that a quarter of all world deaths of children under five are caused by dirty and polluted environments inclunding dirty water and air, second-hand smoke and a lack of adequate hygiene. In Kenya, according to a United Nations statement of 2016 titled "Actions on Air Quality", at least 14,300 Kenyans die each year from health conditions which can be traced back to indoor air pollution with pneumonia cited as one of the biggest killers associated with air pollution. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said that lack of clean air and water can lead to fatal cases of diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia. This as well exposes children to harmful chemicals through food, water, air and products around them.
  • Elephant poaching costs African economies $25 million per year in lost tourism revenue

    TANZANIA, 2016/11/03 The current elephant poaching crisis costs African nations around USD $25 million annually in lost tourism revenue, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. Comparing this lost revenue with the cost of halting declines in elephant populations due to poaching, the study determines that investment in elephant conservation is economically favorable across the majority of African elephants' range.