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NAMIBIA: Caprivi braces for rising Zambezi RiverIRIN News | 31 Jan 2011
More than 1,000 people have been "relocated permanently" from 32 flood-prone villages in Caprivi, as Namibias most northerly province prepares to meet a Zambezi River swollen to near-record size for this time of year by torrential rains upstream. Local media reported that 1,021 villagers from the Kabbe constituency - a low-lying district along the Zambezi River in eastern Caprivi – had been taken to the Katima Mulilo Rural constituency.
Ocean Acidification Poses Growing Risk to Marine Life and Food SecurityUNEP | 02 Dec 2010
Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels continue to affect our atmosphere, resulting in global warming and climate change. But rising levels of CO2 emissions are also changing the chemical balance of our oceans, causing them to become more acidic and posing greater risk to marine organisms.
DJIBOUTI: Drought appeal for 120,000 vulnerable pastoralistsIRIN News | 15 Nov 2010
A forgotten emergency has left tens of thousands of pastoralists in Djibouti needing food and nutrition assistance as well as longer-term coping mechanisms, according to the UN. The tiny Horn of Africa state is the subject of a US$38.9 million appeal for food aid ($16.2 million), agriculture and livestock ($6.5 million), health and nutrition ($7.4 million), water and sanitation ($2.4 million), and emergency preparedness and sanitation ($6.4 million).
Uganda: Bukenya Warns On Forest LeasesAllAfrica.com | 22 Jun 2010
The vice-president, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, has condemned the leasing out of forests to people without close supervision of activities carried out there. He said some of the activities may lead to the extinction of natural forests.
South Africa: Limited Harvesting of Abalone to ResumeAllAfrica.com | 21 Jun 2010
THE government has lifted a two-year ban on commercial harvesting of abalone, which will benefit communities on the southwest and west coasts of the country that rely on the product for their survival. The harvesting of wild abalone was stopped in February 2008 to allow it to recover from poaching and the ecological effects of the West Coast Rock Lobster on abalone.
Angola: Government Signs Agreement to Protect Sable AntelopeAllAfrica.com | 18 Jun 2010
Environment minister, FÃ¡tima Jardim, is visiting Malanje Province this Thursday for a working visit, aimed at signing a memorandum of understanding for protecting the Giant Sable Antelope. The memorandum serves to take urgent and efficient measures which lead to protection and preservation of the sable antelope, conservation of its natural habitat, organising programmes of scientific research for a better knowledge of the animal's habitat.
Eritrea: International Environment Day Marked HereAllAfrica.com | 07 Jun 2010
International Environment Day was marked in Eritrea today under the theme: "Preserving Biodiversity, Ensuring Sustainability of Life." Environment Department in the Ministry of Land, Water and Environment, Mr. Mogos Woldeyohannes, highlighted the need of giving top attention to environmental...
Rwanda: Environmental Efforts Exemplary - UNEPAllAfrica.com | 07 Jun 2010
The Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, has commended the Rwandan Government for its political will in preserving the environment. Conservationists from different parts of the world had gathered in Rwanda over the weekend to commemorate the World Environment Day, which was jointly celebrated with the annual Gorilla naming Ceremony, Kwita Izina, that was marked at the feet of Virunga Mountains.
Kenya: Eco-Warriors Form Shield for Park ProtectionAllAfrica.com | 05 Jun 2010
An eco-friendly brigade formed a human chain stretching over seven kilometres on Saturday in a campaign to protect the endangered Nairobi National Park. "The whole idea today is to tell the world we have had enough grabbing of land, and Kenyans want to conserve their heritage," said Anoop Shah, who chairs the Nairobi Greenline Steering Committee that is behind the initiative.
Mozambique: Bush Fires Destroy 18,000 Hectares in Cabo DelgadoAllAfrica.com | 01 Jun 2010
Uncontrolled bush fires destroyed 18,387 hectares of forest in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado in 2009.According to a balance sheet on the 2009 Economic and Social Plan in that province, the fires were particularly serious in the districts of Montepuez, Chiure, Macomia, Mueda,...
Africa: Alien Species 'Huge' Threat to Continent, Experts WarnAllAfrica.com | 27 May 2010
Virtually every protected area in Africa suffers from invasive species threatening biodiversity and peoples' livelihoods, a meeting called to address the problem has heard. Africa's protected biodiversity areas are under increasing threat from the species introduced - usually through human...
Namibia: Biodiversity Loss IncreasingAllAfrica.com | 27 May 2010
IT is sad that world leaders have failed to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss, Environment and Tourism Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said on Friday.Nandi-Ndaitwah said wetlands such as the oshanas of north-central Namibia have been invaded by invasive species which are the manifestation of degraded ecosystems.
Uganda: Immature Fish Worth Shs150 Million ImpoundedAllAfrica.com | 13 May 2010
Police in Fort Portal and the fisheries department officials have impounded three lorries with immature fish. The law enforcement officer, on Lake Albert, Mr Simon Agaba, told journalists yesterday that they impounded the lorries and arrested the traders at Karagwe in Bukuuku Sub-county, Kabarole District on Tuesday.
Uganda: Politics is Killing Lake GeorgeAllAfrica.com | 06 May 2010
Politicians are standing in the way of natural resource officers as the latter try to enforce the implementation of environmental policies and regulations. Lake George, which was once endowed with a variety of fish has seen its resources dramatically dwindle. Fishermen at Kashaka landing site say they used to catch between 100-200kg of fish per visit. But now, getting as much as 5kg is a problem.
Uganda: Lubigi Wetland Faces ExtinctionAllAfrica.com | 27 Apr 2010
Lubigi Wetland, a critical water catchment area in Wakiso District is at the risk of getting destroyed due to increased human activities, environment experts have warned. The wetland, which is home to at least 61 different bird species and a major collection point for water from Kampala, faces threats from deliberate reclamation, agricultural activities and plastic and polythene waste.
South Africa: Extinction Threatens Many Plant Species, Say ExpertsAllAfrica.com | 23 Apr 2010
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) has issued a stark warning on SA's unique flora, saying extinction threatens one in eight plant species. SA's plants were also threatened by habitat loss caused by agricultural expansion, land degradation from overgrazing, invasive alien species, and trade.
Zimbabwe: Campaigners Lobby Against Building of Hotel Along Zambezi RiverAllAfrica.com | 09 Apr 2010
CONSERVATIONISTS, villagers and tour operators in Zambia want to bar Protea Hotels Zambia's plan to build a 144-bedroomed hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River. Protea Hotels plans to construct the hotel in a wild area upstream from the world-renowned Mana Pools National Park and World Heritage Site.
Central Africa: Gorillas Could Disappear in 15 Years, UN Agency WarnsAllAfrica.com | 25 Mar 2010
Gorillas could disappear from large parts of the Greater Congo Basin in central Africa by the mid-2020s unless urgent action is taken to safeguard their habitats and counter poaching, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL warned today.
Stop the practice of burning bushesThe New Vision | 31 Jul 2009
A fire that was threatening to ravage Mgahinga Gorilla Park has been stopped. This is good news. It is even more comforting to know that the gorillas, which are a great tourist attraction to the park, are safe.