Fight against poaching must empower communities

Annette Hübschle, University of Cape Town Wildlife crimes – like rhino poaching, overfishing or the harvesting of cycads – were once considered a “green” matter. But this has changed. Such crimes have moved higher up on global security and policy agendas. This is partly linked to concerns about the extinction of species and the demise …

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Save the Elephants! … by Owning Them

by Bill Wirtz One hundred leading conservationists, politicians, and celebrities addressed an open letter to the government of the United Kingdom (which has been published by the Telegraph), asking for a ban on ivory trade. They want Her Majesty’s Government to become a global leader on the prohibition of wildlife trade and help combat African poaching groups. Since we …

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Can elephants retain their social bonds in the face of poaching?

Shifra Goldenberg, Colorado State University As highly social animals – like human beings – elephants rely on their bonds to navigate everyday life. Group living helps elephants with the difficult decisions that they make on a regular basis – what to eat, where to go when the water dries up, how to parent. And as …

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Africa News Headlines for 28 August 2015 – Special AGOA Forum Edition, Part 3

A selection of news headlines related to the 14th annual AGOA Forum held this week in Libreville, Gabon, and drawn from media in Africa and around the globe. AGOA Renewal Raises African Hopes of Unhindered Exports to U.S. Source: Apparel U.S. says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa Source: Reuters Harnessing Botswana’s AGOA …

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Why a ban on hunting in Botswana isn’t the answer to challenges facing the country

Melville Saayman, North-West University When Botswana’s government announced a ban on hunting about two years ago, the news was welcomed by anti-hunting organisations. But communities, hunting operators and game farmers were not happy at all. Hunting, and especially trophy hunting, generates millions – particularly in rural areas where there are high levels of unemployment and …

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