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Tourism and Biodiversity
Uganda: Scandal in TourismAllAfrica.com | 12 Apr 2011
A probe committee instituted by the minister of Tourism, Trade and Industry Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, discovered several discrepancies in the amount of money used in the construction of a community lodge in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Cloud Lodge in Nkuringo.
AFRICA: Responsible Travel Means Not "Haggling Over Wooden Beads"Inter Press Service | 15 Mar 2011
Tourism as a concern found its way onto the agenda of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro because of its potential for development but also due to its adverse effects on some populations and natural resources, particularly in Africa.
World Bank proposes road to save Serengeti migrationReuters | 01 Mar 2011
The World Bank has offered Tanzania an alternative to stop a major road project across the Serengeti national park that conservationists say threatens one of Africa's biggest wildlife spectacles.
African lions under threat from a growing predator: the American hunterGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
United States now biggest market for lion hunting trophies, wildlife coalition warns. American hunters are emerging as a strong and growing threat to the survival of African lions, with demand for trophy rugs and necklaces driving the animals towards extinction, a coalition of wildlife...
Bright new start: how the Masai are finally profiting from tourismGuardian Unlimited | 29 Jan 2011
After decades of exploitation, Kenya's Masai people have developed a conservation scheme that gives them an income and protects the wildlife. When I step down from the plane, the first thing I see is three gazelles sprinting off down the gravel airstrip. The second, more significant for what's to come, is a man dressed in scarlet robes waving to me from beside a Toyota Land Cruiser. In his hand is a mobile phone. This is not, I tell myself, going to be a standard safari.
Sustainable Tourism Gets Boost With Launch of Global PartnershipUNEP | 28 Jan 2011
The Partnership will be an up-to-date, dynamic forum where countries that are interested in tourism which is truly sustainable will be able to learn from the successful efforts of the other members and obtain technical assistance, and which will promote constant dialogue, the exchange of experiences, and seek solutions to the problems that are common to the tourism sector.
South Sudan seeks millions for war-hit wildlifeReuters | 18 Jan 2011
South Sudan appealed for investors to plough $140 million into its war-hit wildlife parks, seeking to kick-start a tourism industry and wean itself off oil months ahead of its expected independence.
Eco-tourism in Sierra LeoneBBC World Service | 18 Jan 2011
Sierra Leone, long plagued by war, is blessed with arable land, beautiful mountains and fabulous beaches, the stuff of tourists' dreams. A group of European and American back-packers are working on a eco-tourist venture at John Obey village.
EGYPT: Shark Attacks Bite TourismInter Press Service | 06 Jan 2011
The beaches of Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Sharm al-Sheikh are tentatively back to normal after having recently been the site of five separate shark attacks, one of which proved fatal. While the phenomenon's precise cause remains undetermined, local experts fear that the spate of attacks could have dire consequences for Egypt's vital tourism industry - especially in the event of another incident.
Wildlife groups condemn Ugandan golf course planReuters | 23 Nov 2010
Environment groups have condemned President Yoweri Museveni's order to allow an investor to build a golf course in Uganda's biggest national park, saying it would disturb wildlife and hit tourism. Museveni earlier this month told the state-run Uganda Wildlife Authority to allow the Madhvani Group to build the golf course and a swimming pool in Murchison Falls National Park, which straddles the River Nile.
Elders to sue UK government for injusticesDaily Nation | 23 Nov 2010
The Taita Council of Elders is pondering filing a case in The Hague over historical injustices against the community. The council, also known as Waghosi wa Isanga, has called Taita lawyers for a brainstorming meeting on the matter. The councils treasurer Gabriel Nyambu said on Tuesday that they would discuss the possibility of suing the British government for taking away more than 17,000 square kilometres of their land to establish a national park.
Road threatens Serengeti migrationGuardian Unlimited | 20 Sep 2010
Plans for a new road that would cause the Serengeti ecosystem to 'collapse' is attracting international concern • In pictures: Wildebeest migration under threatThe world's greatest migration spectacle - the annual charge of nearly 2 million wildebeest, zebra and other mammals across the Serengeti...
Sierra Leone: Communities Laud Gola Forest ProjectAllAfrica.com | 10 Jun 2010
Communities surrounding the Gola Forest reserve have commended the effort of government and other partners in transforming the jungle into a national park for ecotourism and other economic activities for the benefit of local communities. The forests provide very important ecological services...
East Africa: Future of Mountain Gorilla Trips in DangerAllAfrica.com | 31 May 2010
A stark choice faces Uganda and Rwanda over the future of ecotourist trips to visit the rare mountain gorillas, following a new report which warns that close encounters with humans are having an alarming effect on their behaviour.The mountain gorilla is on the verge of extinction, with less than 700 of these species found in the wild. Their very last redoubt is in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of southwest Uganda, and in the mists of the Virunga Mountains of the Great Lakes.
Nigeria: Don Urges Action On DesertificationAllAfrica.com | 10 May 2010
AUniversity teacher, Prof. Joshua Kayode has advised Nigerians to embrace tree planting as a way of curbing the impending desert encroachment that is ravaging some parts of the country. The University of Ado Ekiti(UNAD) Professor of Botany, said it was better the country realized the importance of forest and tree planting in time to prevent the country from being devastated by high rising deforestation
Ethiopia: Sustainable Tourism Could Benefit CommunityAllAfrica.com | 06 Apr 2010
If anyone doubts whether or not the real Ark of the Covenant lies in Axum, they should visit Lake Ziway 163km south of Addis Abeba on the road to Hawassa and about 1,200km south of Axum, long the sacred resting place of the Ark in Ethiopia.
Ghana: Achimota Eco-Park ProjectAllAfrica.com | 06 Apr 2010
In 1888, the colonial government of the Gold Coast sent sample wood from the colony to England for tests on their working properties as industrial and construction timber. Following the favourable results from the tests, the government exported 3,360 cubic metres of Mahogany in 1881 and 84,900 cubic metres in 1913.
Ethiopia: Seeing Green - The Economic Potential of EcotourismAllAfrica.com | 30 Mar 2010
The little-known lush Lepis woodland has the potential to transform the lives of the 2,000 community members in its midst - if they can successfully develop a sustainable community tourism business, as other communities have done in Ethiopia. Without any facilities as of yet, the site is one of the Rift Valley's best kept secrets.