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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Honey-hunting chimpanzees are cleverer than we thought

Vittoria Estienne, Max Planck Institute Chimpanzees are the closest living relatives to humans. Because of this they can offer invaluable insights into understanding the evolutionary roots of how humans developed their cognitive and technological abilities. Years of data taken from studies conducted on wild apes suggests that chimpanzees could have something similar to what we …

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UN launches campaign to tackle land degradation

By Stephanie Achieng’ [NAIROBI] This year’s UN World Day to Combat Desertification will be celebrated on 17 June and the UN has launched a programme to combat land degradation to help create jobs and boost food security. Africa has some of the most degraded lands in the world, and is only second to Asia in …

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Platform launched to bolster biodiversity conservation

By Samuel Hinneh [CANCUN] A learning platform piloted in four countries — including Senegal — is expected to help the West African region boost biodiversity conservation. The project, Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform (RBLP), is an initiative of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4sd). The six-month pilot phase in biodiversity conservation that …

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Dehorning rhinos: why there may be a case for doing it

Keith Somerville, University of Kent The large bull rhino was about a hundred metres away. The jeep carrying the darting team moved closer, there was a popping sound and the bull twitched and moved off with a dart clearly visible in his upper leg. Within two minutes he was down on his knees. The dehorning …

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