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First Group commits to creating green vacation destinations

It's only a matter of time before green practices become a baseline requirement in the hospitality industry - 'going green' is no longer just a buzz phrase...

2 days ago

Moving beyond the Green Revolution in Africa's new era of hunger
Moving beyond the Green Revolution in Africa's new era of hunger

The green revolution is estimated to have saved up to one billion people from starvation. Africa needs to stage its own version if its to help save its people from hunger...

By Calestous Juma 3 days ago

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Global Soil Organic Carbon Map a powerful tool for sustainable agriculture, climate change mitigation

Conserving and restoring soils, as a major carbon storage system, is critical for both sustainable agriculture and mitigating climate change. FAO launched a comprehensive global map showing the amount of carbon stocks in the soil...

6 Dec 2017

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Conservation efforts see cheetahs thrive in Mountain Zebra National Park

Mountain Zebra National Park in the Eastern Cape celebrated ten years since the reintroduction of cheetahs in 2007 on International Cheetah Day...

5 Dec 2017

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Smart Park: A game changer in fight against rhino poaching

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal have seen a significant escalation in rhino poaching over the past few months...

29 Nov 2017

The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive
The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive

As gains from the green revolution come up against limited natural resources, agriculture is poised for another major transformation...

28 Nov 2017

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Cape Town, Dutch students team up to highlight plight of ocean pollution

As part of the V&A Waterfront's Ocean Life Festival five students from the CPUT and five students from Fontys University, join forces to #cocreateDesign functional objects that draw attention to the plight of plastic pollution in the ocean...

28 Nov 2017

Partnership working towards making all of SA's Blue Flag beaches universally accessible
Partnership working towards making all of SA's Blue Flag beaches universally accessible

South Africa's beaches have become the envy of the world, but they fail to provide appropriate access for persons with disabilities to enjoy the sand and sea...

27 Nov 2017

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Industry body in the cross-hairs over captive-bred lion hunting reversal

The Professional Hunting Association of South Africa came under fire over the body's reversal of its 2015 policy against the hunting of captive-bred lions...

27 Nov 2017

2017 Kudu Awards winners announced
2017 Kudu Awards winners announced

The 13th annual SANParks Kudu Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, 23 November, recognising conservationists for their contribution to the protection of the environment in SA...

24 Nov 2017

AIDmonitor to analyse funding flows for development in food and agriculture-related sectors
AIDmonitor to analyse funding flows for development in food and agriculture-related sectors

It's the first tool to paint a complete picture of ODA funding flows for all development sectors, and the only tool to analyse funding flows with an FAO lens - focused on agriculture, food security, nutrition, and rural development activities...

24 Nov 2017

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Tobacco hurts more than just your lungs - it damages the communities that grow it

Tobacco impacts the health and well-being of the people who grow it and the environment where it is grown, often with devastating consequences. So why do farmers grow tobacco?

By Eleanor Jew 23 Nov 2017

Good to know (perhaps) that food is being 'nuclearised'
Good to know (perhaps) that food is being 'nuclearised'

"Using nuclear sciences to feed the world" have led to some major success stories. FAO provides seven examples of how nuclear technology is improving food and agriculture...

By Baher Kamal 23 Nov 2017

#WindAc 2017: Do cats and windows kill more birds than wind turbines?
#WindAc 2017: Do cats and windows kill more birds than wind turbines?

Yes, they do - cats and windows do kill more birds than wind turbines, but that's no reason to disregard the fact that wind turbines also kill birds...

By Sindy Peters 23 Nov 2017

Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces
Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces

Better soil management could boost carbon stored in the top layer of the soil by up to 1.85 gigatonnes each year, about the same as the carbon emissions of transport globally...

By Thin Lei Win 21 Nov 2017

Making water conservation a culture at The Table Bay
Making water conservation a culture at The Table Bay

"Water conservation has become culture at The Table Bay. We are invested in every drop and we believe that collectively, even the simplest tactics can meaningfully contribute to saving water," says Joanne Selby.

20 Nov 2017

Natural Selection to open new safari camp in remote Namibia in 2018
Natural Selection to open new safari camp in remote Namibia in 2018

In a joint venture between Natural Selection, local communities and Dr Julian Fennessy, Africa's foremost giraffe expert, the safari tourism business will open a new camp in the remote and wild Kaokoland...

17 Nov 2017

Greening the livestock sector: Low carbon livestock is possible
Greening the livestock sector: Low carbon livestock is possible

Readily available practices in livestock feeding and manure management, along with better use of technologies such as biogas generators, could help the livestock sector cut its GHG output by up to 30%...

16 Nov 2017

Kenyan Tourism CS joins #7SummitsAfrica to promote conservation through tourism
Kenyan Tourism CS joins #7SummitsAfrica to promote conservation through tourism

Kenyan Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has joined the Mt. Kenya leg of the 7 Summits Africa Challenge, drawn to it by its driving ethos of promoting conservation through sustainable tourism in East Africa...

15 Nov 2017

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Fynbos restoration: The sooner you fell pines, the better for fynbos

Landowners who want to remove pine trees from their property with the hope of seeing fynbos grow again should do so before the trees are more than 30 years old. If you wait any longer, it's less likely that any fynbos seeds will be left in the soil...

15 Nov 2017

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New online Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook to help steer food systems in sustainable direction

Climate-smart agriculture is one of the approaches to steer the needed transformation in the world's agriculture and food systems in ways that are both productive and sustainable...

13 Nov 2017

Meat without animals to hit shelves in 2021
Meat without animals to hit shelves in 2021

A growing number of startups are trying to produce meat products without using animals, with a view to addressing concerns about animal welfare and the carbon footprint of meat...

10 Nov 2017

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V&A Waterfront to host Ocean Life Festival

The V&A Waterfront recently announced the launch of its annual Ocean Life Festival - a new endeavour focused on fostering an appreciation and understanding of South Africa's ocean assets...

9 Nov 2017

Biomimic Tree: Pushing agriculture up the agenda @cop23
Biomimic Tree: Pushing agriculture up the agenda @cop23

Drawing attention to the impact that climate change is having on rural communities in developing countries, British artist Silas Birtwistle unveiled his Biomimic Tree...

8 Nov 2017

Three animal tourist attractions you should never do
Three animal tourist attractions you should never do

Wild animals should always be in the wild and not made to do our bidding. The pursuit of travel can be done responsibly, with an awareness of the environment and its inhabitants...

By Elaine Clara Mah 8 Nov 2017

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Greening the tobacco supply chain in Africa bears fruit

It is critical to ensure that tobacco production is as environmentally sustainable as possible as it supports the livelihoods of thousands of small-scale farmers in Africa...

7 Nov 2017

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Introduction of elephants a step closer to the restoration of a wildlife haven

A small herd of elephants have been introduced to the Samara Private Game Reserve - one of the most significant conservation areas in the Karoo - marking a conservation milestone...

6 Nov 2017

An Antarctic icebreaker sails past a penguin. But conservationists are still waiting for their own breakthrough. John B. Weller, author provided
Why are talks over an East Antarctic marine park still deadlocked?

Last week, representatives from 24 countries plus the European Union met in Hobart to discuss plans for a vast marine protected area (MPA) off the coast of East Antarctica...

By Cassandra Brooks 3 Nov 2017

Survival of coral reefs depends on pollution cuts: study
Survival of coral reefs depends on pollution cuts: study

Some corals may naturally adapt to climate change, but their ability to survive could be outpaced by global warming unless cuts are made to greenhouse gas emissions...

3 Nov 2017

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