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Environment in Central Africa

  • 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.
  • Cameroon: Chimp trafficking network busted in Douala

    CAMEROON, 2017/07/12 A chimpanzee trafficking network has been busted in Douala following the arrest of two people with two adult chimpanzees. The chimps were about to be illegally exported through the Douala international airport. The suspects aged 56 and 37 were arrested in a little while next they arrived at the entrance to the cargo terminal of the airport with the animals loaded behind a pickup truck.
  • 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.
  • End all ivory sales worldwide

    AFRICA, 2016/08/25 Throughout my life, I have been an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. I hunt quail, wild turkey, dove and other birds. I’ve been on safari in Africa a number of times to hunt Cape buffalo and other plains game. I hunt elk in the Rocky Mountains each year. In my native Texas, I fish the Gulf Coast’s bays for redfish and trout, and I fish Wyoming’s cool streams for freshwater trout.
  • More than 41 million in southern Africa face food insecurity

    AFRICA, 2016/06/17 An estimated 41 million people are food insecure with 21 million people requiring immediate assistance in Southern Africa, a regional economic bloc said on Wednesday, next a drought ravaged the region. The Southern African Development Community director for food, agriculture and natural resources, Margaret Nyirenda, said in a statement that a new statement as well showed that nearly 2.7 million children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
  • Smallholder farmers can overcome the negative effects of the climate change by using new varieties of seeds.

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  • Africa: To Burn or Sell Ivory - Which Can Put an End to Elephant Poaching?

    AFRICA, 2016/04/30 Tens of thousands of elephants are killed each year for their tusks. The Kenyan government plans to burn additional than 100 metric tons of ivory, the majority ever to be destroyed. But can burning ivory really help end poaching? A towering pyre of burning ivory - it's a powerful image, and one that the Kenyan government hopes will send a clear message: the illegal trade in ivory, which kills around 30,000 elephants across Africa each year, will not be tolerated. Hollywood stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman have been invited to join conservationists and politicians to attend the mass burning on April 30, 2016, at the same time as Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will set fire to 105 metric tons of ivory - that's seven times the size of the major stockpile before destroyed - along with 1.35 metric tons of rhino horn.
  • 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.
  • What Can Be Done to Make Sure That Wind Energy and Africa's Vultures Co-Exist

    AFRICA, 2015/07/04 A lot of people see wind energy as one of the key solutions to conference Africa's growing energy request and mitigating climate change. As a result, wind farms are by presently under construction or are being planned in a lot of nations across sub-Saharan Africa. But wind farms can pose real threats to bird species, and they have the potential to jeopardise threatened bird populations. So far, the biggest impact of inappropriately sited wind turbines has been on populations of large birds of prey, in particular eagles and vultures. In some extreme cases turbines have led to the death of hundreds of the birds as they collide with the turning blades.