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Cape Town Water Fund – First for South Africa

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South Africa’s first water fund is being established to help secure water for the city of Cape Town. The global conservation organisation, The Nature Conservancy, and the City of Cape Town have formally agreed to a water fund for Cape Town which aims to safeguard water supplies and biodiversity while supporting local livelihoods.  Water Funds have [...]

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Five new African Biosphere Reserves announced


Twenty new Biosphere Reserves have been declared by UNESCO this month, five of which are in Africa. Monts de Tlemcen in Algeria, Lake Bosomtwe in Ghana, Belo-sur-Mer—Kirindy-Mitea in Madagascar, and Jozani-Chwaka Bay in Tanzania, join 664 other Biosphere Reserves around the world as part of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MaB). MaB that was created by UNESCO in the early [...]

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Orphaned Chimpanzee Airlifted to Safety in DR Congo

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An orphaned chimpanzee discovered in a military camp in northern Democratic Republic of Congo was confiscated by Congolese wildlife officials last week and airlifted to safety by United Nations peacekeepers and transported to a rehabilitation centre in South Kivu. The transfer was arranged by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), which worked closely with the Congolese [...]

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7 ways that forests help provide clean water

International Day of Forests 2016

Forests around the world are in need of protection, as they provide a variety of ecosystem services that support and sustain us. This year the International Day of Forests will celebrate the ways in which forests and trees are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater – which is critical for our survival. Understanding the important linkages [...]

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Nominations open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016

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The biennial international MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The Prize aims to encourage and inspire positive action for biodiversity. Nominations for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016 are open and close on 30 June. Recipients of the MIDORI Prize include Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair of [...]

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Kenya launches biodiversity and climate change strategy

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Kenya has launched a five-year strategy to integrate the conservation of genetic resources into national climate change adaptation planning and strategies. The national strategy on genetic resources within the context of climate change for 2016-2021 was launched last month (27 January). “Biodiversity is a valuable asset, which if appropriately leveraged, will provide most solutions to [...]

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Crowdsourcing the Serengeti: citizen scientists classify millions of photos online

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Sometimes the best way to deal with mountains of data is to turn to the public for help. That’s what Snapshot Serengeti did to classify millions of photos from savannah camera traps in Tanzania. At this very moment in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, more than 200 hidden cameras are snapping photos day and night, capturing the [...]

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Angola to host World Environment Day 2016 global celebrations

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Angola was announced as the host for the World Environment Day 2016 global celebrations. This year, World Environment Day will focus on actions to stop illegal wildlife trade - which is particularly apt in that Angola is trying to conserve its biodiversity-rich wildlife and rebuild its elephant population which are threatened by poaching.    World Environment Day [...]

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Environmental Journalists from Mediterranean adopt Malaga Declaration

IUCN Malaga Declaration

The first meeting of Environmental Journalists from Mediterranean News Agencies was organised in December 2015 in Malaga by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and the EFE Agency in collaboration with the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN). This important meeting was attended by 14 press agencies and over 50 delegates with the aim of discussing how cooperation can be reinforced [...]

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Bushmans Kloof receives biodiversity stewardship award

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Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg has received the 2015 CapeNature Biodiversity Stewardship Award for excellence in the field of conservation. The award highlighted Bushmans Kloof’s commitment to saving the endemic Clanwilliam Cedar tree, which is categorised as endangered on the Red Data List. Bushmans Kloof has been driving a project for the last 13 [...]

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