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Baobab trees have more than 300 uses but they're dying in Africa
Baobab trees have more than 300 uses but they're dying in Africa

Baobab trees keep soil conditions humid, favour nutrient recycling and avoid soil erosion. They also act as an important source of food, water and shelter for a wide range of animals...

By Aida Cuní Sanchez 2 days ago

FAO utilises GCF Readiness Programme to help developing countries address climate change
FAO utilises GCF Readiness Programme to help developing countries address climate change

"We are working with countries to ready them to take climate action in the near future. This includes enabling the poorest families to produce food while adopting low-emission systems and building their climate resilience."

12 Jun 2018

Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws to protect environment
Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws to protect environment

"Retailers have been given to January 2019 to use their existing stock of plastic straws. We are going to start an intensive education programme as we also need to present importers with alternatives rather than just stating that we are imposing a ban."

11 Jun 2018

Tourvest CSR initiative empowers women in Africa
Tourvest CSR initiative empowers women in Africa

Tourvest has partnered with a crafting consortium comprising 18 local women with the aim to support and develop local entrepreneurs by providing its lodges with lunch boxes weaved from dried banana skins to reduce its impact on the environment...

11 Jun 2018

Why climate-smart agriculture is crucial to Africa
Why climate-smart agriculture is crucial to Africa

Agriculture is a risky business in Africa due to dangers such as uncertain weather and poor rural infrastructure, but a new detailed guide on the status of and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture (CSA) could offer farmers the much-needed break.

By Eldon Opiyo 11 Jun 2018

Have your say on the climate change bill
Have your say on the climate change bill

Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa has published the National Climate Change Bill in Government Gazette 41689 (Notice No. 636) for public comment...

11 Jun 2018

Peace Parks Foundation agreement to develop ecotourism in Mozambique
Peace Parks Foundation agreement to develop ecotourism in Mozambique

In terms of the partnership, Peace Parks Foundation will provide technical and financial support for conservation and tourism development activities, which will entail merging Maputo Special Reserve and Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve into one management structure.

11 Jun 2018

TCC plans to ban single-use plastics from all operations
TCC plans to ban single-use plastics from all operations

With its multi-year plastics elimination strategy, The Travel Corporation is committed to ensuring the environment remains vibrant for generations to come...

8 Jun 2018

Rhodes University Centre of Biological Control wins R68m contract
Rhodes University Centre of Biological Control wins R68m contract

The Department of Environmental Affairs has awarded Rhodes University's newly established Centre for Biological Control (CBC) a R68m contract for the research and implementation of biological control for 54 weed species in South Africa...

7 Jun 2018

New initiative will improve the sustainability of 9 South African fisheries
New initiative will improve the sustainability of 9 South African fisheries

A nominated advisory group has selected nine South African fisheries for pre-assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard as part of the Fish for Good project, an exciting new initiative by the MSC...

7 Jun 2018

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Efforts to stop IUU fishing gains momentum

A growing number of countries are signing up to a global agreement that helps stop illegal fishing...

6 Jun 2018

Zimbabwe youths champion organic fertiliser in new social venture
Zimbabwe youths champion organic fertiliser in new social venture

Agrimatters is betting that Greenfert, an organic fertiliser made from animal and plant residues, could hold the key to improving crop yields and reducing the incidence of nitrate poisoning among the children of smallholder farmers...

By Pius Sawa 5 Jun 2018

Greenpeace Africa launches platform for citizen-run petitions
Greenpeace Africa launches platform for citizen-run petitions

On World Environment Day, 5 June, Greenpeace Africa is launching Vuma.Earth - an online campaign platform for citizens to run environmental petitions...

5 Jun 2018

Payatas dumpsite, Metro Manila, Philippines. Image by Kounos, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Here are the top 10 battles for environmental justice from around the world

Environmental justice activism is to this age what the workers' movement was for the industrial age...

By Julie Snorek 5 Jun 2018

Porky Hefer presents endangered species project at Design Miami/Basil
Porky Hefer presents endangered species project at Design Miami/Basil

From 12 to 17 June 2018, SFA Advisory and Southern Guild will present a unique project by renowned South African artist Porky Hefer at Design Miami/Basel.

4 Jun 2018

Eskom's Ingula plant declared a nature reserve
Eskom's Ingula plant declared a nature reserve

Eskom's Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme and its associated land has been declared as a nature reserve...

4 Jun 2018

Conference explores sustainability tensions, opportunities in Africa
Conference explores sustainability tensions, opportunities in Africa

Seedbeds of Transformation: The Role of Science with Society and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa...

1 Jun 2018

Nominations open for 2018 Rhino Conservation Awards
Nominations open for 2018 Rhino Conservation Awards

Recognising the unsung heroes and significant role players involved in rhino conservation, the 2018 Rhino Conservation Awards is now open for nominations...

29 May 2018

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How Hilton will reach its 2030 social and environmental goals

On top of removing plastic straws from its 650 managed properties by the end of 2018, Hilton revealed it will double its social impact investments and cut its global environmental impact in half by 2030...

24 May 2018

How to break the impasse between opposing camps in ivory trade debate
How to break the impasse between opposing camps in ivory trade debate

Elephants are in an extremely precarious state in both Africa and Asia...

By Katarzyna Nowak, Benezeth Mutayoba, Phyllis Lee, R 23 May 2018

How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change
How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions...

By Philippe Vaast 21 May 2018

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Buenos Aires Declaration bolsters travel and tourism's fight against wildlife crime

The TreadRight Foundation celebrated TTC's recent signing of the Buenos Aires Declaration on Travel and Tourism and Illegal Wildlife Trade - a framework to aid the travel and tourism industry in the fight against wildlife crime - to mark Endangered Species Day on 18 May...

21 May 2018

Kenya Wildlife Service rangers on patrol at the Meru National Park. Flickr/IFAW
Why Kenya's proposal to execute convicted poachers is a bad idea

Wildlife poaching in Kenya may soon be a capital offence, punishable by death...

By Jeremiah Ogonda Asaka 21 May 2018

It pays to invest in biodiversity
It pays to invest in biodiversity

In 2010, 193 countries stepped up to halt the global decline of biodiversity by 2020 as part of their commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity...

By Rashid Sumaila 18 May 2018

How a 'smart countryside' can use technology for greener ends
How a 'smart countryside' can use technology for greener ends

Smart cities are often discussed as being the key to future urban living. The increase in capacity for more complex information can help solve human and environmental problems by saving energy and regulating traffic flow...

By Nick Davies 17 May 2018

Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea
Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea

The growing danger of animal selfies, and of feeding wild animals, is well documented, but interacting with wild animals isn't just dangerous for people. It can be bad news for the animals too...

By Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert 16 May 2018

The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it's bigger than we thought)
The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it's bigger than we thought)

The carbon footprint of tourism is about four times larger than previously thought, according to a world-first study published in Nature Climate Change...

By Arunima Malik & Ya-Yen Sun 15 May 2018

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New practical guidelines to promote more transparent, pro-poor forest concessions

The voluntary guidelines offer suggestions on how to shift from short-term harvesting objectives, which can lead to forest degradation or even deforestation, to long-term forest management, building the case for truly sustainable forestry in the tropics...

14 May 2018

Eyes in the sky: drone footage is becoming a vital tool for monitoring ecosystems. Deakin Marine Mapping Group
From drone swarms to tree batteries, new tech is revolutionising ecology and conservation

Understanding Earth's species and ecosystems is a monumentally challenging scientific pursuit...

By Euan Ritchie and Blake Allan 10 May 2018

How to ensure communities living near mining activities get a better deal
How to ensure communities living near mining activities get a better deal

The South African government and the Chamber of Mines are in the process of formulating a new Mining Charter. The charter serves as a blueprint for transforming the mining industry. Its primary aim is to benefit people who were disadvantaged under colonialism and apartheid...

By Ross Harvey 9 May 2018

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