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Gaborone Declaration adopted

In an effort to show to the world their commitment to taking issues of environmental destruction and climate change head on, 10 African countries’ leaders converged in Gaborone to carve a solidarity document that would be presented at next month’s Rio 20+ summit. The Botswana government in collaboration Conservation International hosted representatives from Liberia, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Gabon, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana at the Gaborone International Conference Centre for a two day Summit in a bid to churn out a long term agreement on how to restore and sustain the environment while still fostering economic and human development of communities.....

 

http://www.gazettebw.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13539:gaborone-declaration-adopted&catid=13:business&Itemid=2 

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Who Has The Right Of-Way? NikelaWildlife

Is it time to inspire the next generation to do their part?
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Ezemvelo head faces jail over wetlands destruction

PUBLIC officials, engineers and consultants involved in the destruction of the Balamhlanga wetlands in the Pongola catchment area could be jailed for up to 10 years, or be fined up to R10million, if they are found guilty of violating environment legislation.....

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World Giraffe Day: No more than 80,000 giraffe left in Africa

World Giraffe Day: No more than 80,000 giraffe left in Africa | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
World’s tallest land mammal threatened by conflict with humans, habitat loss, war, and disease
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Did you know that Africa's giraffe population has fallen by 40% in the last 15 or so years?

Only 80,000 remain!   

 

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10 Vegetables That Can Substitute for Meat

10 Vegetables That Can Substitute for Meat | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Pretty much anything you used to eat can be made with plant-based ingredients – even really meaty dishes like burgers, meatballs, and Buffalo wings. Get your veg on with these 10 substitutes.
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Rhino Fridays: KZN Wilderness Home of the Rhino Under Threat, Mines

Rhino Fridays: KZN Wilderness Home of the Rhino Under Threat, Mines | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
A most exquisite area where rhino, elephant and lion roam free is about to be next to a mining operation, report by Ayesha Cantor.
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The strange story of the teddy bear, and what it reveals about our relationship to animals

The strange story of the teddy bear, and what it reveals about our relationship to animals | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear -- and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called "teddy bears." Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival -- and the natural world at large.
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Definitely worth watching... really hooked on TED Talks

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The Farallon Islands, USFWS, and Island Conservation's Tax-free Government Contracts

By the time you read this article, a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA)signed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, retired USFWS Biologist Sonce DeVries, and me will have been delivered to U.S. Fish & Wildlife in Washington DC. You can find a copy of the press release here.

 

We are seeking information and details surrounding the business relationship between USFWS and the Santa Cruz based nonprofit, Island Conservation. Since 2008, Island Conservation has been awarded lucrative, tax-free government contracts to conduct pest control on remote islands without any formal bid process, minimal regulatory oversight, and no accountability for past violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act or EPA law....

 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maggie-sergio/the-farallon-islands-usfw_b_5267529.html?utm_source=Alert-blogger&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email%2BNotifications ;

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Pesticide and poison amnesty call as MSP hits out over 'raptor persecution'

Pesticide and poison amnesty call as MSP hits out over 'raptor persecution' | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it

A HIGHLAND MSP has called for an amnesty on poison and pesticides in a bid to rid Ross-shire of 'raptor persecution'....

 

“Usually poisonings are uncovered by pure chance, by hill walkers or by people engaging in other outdoor sports activity.

 

"Donald Dewar said that raptor killing in Scotland was a 'national disgrace'.  It is something we should all be ashamed of and do our utmost to stop this horrible crime....

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Shunned at home, ‘Tortoise-man’ bags award for his act of kindness

Shunned at home, ‘Tortoise-man’ bags award for his act of kindness | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Every day for the past 57 years, Mzee Job Tarkwen Kipkech, has diligently carried out his self-allocated task of helping tortoises cross the Mogotio-Marigat road.
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Wonderful story about a life of simple service and kindness.

Hat off to you Mr. Kipkech!

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Gunmen attack Belgian head of African wildlife reserve

Unidentified armed men on Tuesday critically wounded the Belgian head of Africa's oldest wildlife reserve, the Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said.
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Sustainable development in Africa starts with youth

Sustainable development in Africa starts with youth | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Committing to help Africa’s young people does not just make good business sense, it will help them to achieve their potential, writes Phillipe Cori.
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Zambian Wildlife Ranching Industry: Scale, Associated Benefits, and Limitations Affecting Its Development

Zambian Wildlife Ranching Industry: Scale, Associated Benefits, and Limitations Affecting Its Development | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it

The number and area of wildlife ranches in Zambia increased from 30 and 1,420 km2 in 1997 to 177 and ~6,000 km2 by 2012. Wild ungulate populations on wildlife ranches increased from 21,000 individuals in 1997 to ~91,000 in 2012, while those in state protected areas declined steeply. Wildlife ranching and crocodile farming have a turnover of ~USD15.7 million per annum, compared to USD16 million from the public game management areas which encompass an area 29 times larger.

 

The wildlife ranching industry employs 1,200 people (excluding jobs created in support industries), with a further ~1,000 individuals employed through crocodile farming. Wildlife ranches generate significant quantities of meat (295,000 kg/annum), of which 30,000 kg of meat accrues to local communities and 36,000 kg to staff.

 

Projected economic returns from wildlife ranching ventures are high, with an estimated 20-year economic rate of return of 28%, indicating a strong case for government support for the sector....

 

 

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The California Condor, a Story of Hope

The California Condor, a Story of Hope | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Read a sample or download The California Condor, a Story of Hope by Marie von Minden with iBooks.
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STOP THE KILLING OF LIONS IN AFRICA

STOP THE KILLING OF LIONS IN AFRICA | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
There are barely 15,000 lions left in Africa and only 5 viable populations. Unless things change, lions could be extinct in the next 10 years.
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The palm oil diet: study finds displaced orangutans have little else to eat

The palm oil diet: study finds displaced orangutans have little else to eat | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
In a recent study, researchers assessed how orangutans have adapted to living among oil palm plantations on Borneo. They found that while orangutans have adapted to the island’s human-transformed landscapes better than expected, oil palm plantations are unable to sustain orangutan populations in the long-term.
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Hunting of “desert” elephants - good or bad?

Hunting of “desert” elephants - good or bad? | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Award-winning conservationist sets the record straight about the Namibian desert elephant hunting debate.
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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, June 20, 8:57 AM

There are always rational arguments to kill.

 

As I have heard the roar of the lions while sleeping in a tent on the ground I have maybe experienced a wee glimpse into what it must be like to live in fear of them and rampaging elephants.

 

However, there must be alternatives to killing... like protecting the villages.

 

South of the iMfolozi Game Reserve they did just that, provided enclosures to keep the wild dogs who slipped underneath the park fences from killing the goats and cows. 

 

If hunters became donors.... look at the ton of money ($28m in 2009 in South Africa) that could go towards building such fences or providing sounds systems that keep predators at bay (the latter is a whole other story for another day).

 

http://www.nikela.org/trophy-hunters-become-donors-preserve-african-wildlife/ ;

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Activists stop oil drilling in national park

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By KATHLEEN GARRIGANAT THE White House this week the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking formally adopted and submitted to the President’s Task F...
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What an Oakland bird slaughter says about wildlife conflict

What an Oakland bird slaughter says about wildlife conflict | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) struggles every day with how to mitigate cohabitation conflicts between humans and endangered megafauna such as elephants, tigers, apes, bears, and so on....

 

But since we believe all species have a right to be handled carefully and humanely, we were devastated to hear that the US Postal Service in Oakland, California, a US city that serves as habitat for a limited amount of urban species, ordered trees trimmed recently because nesting black-crowned night herons had been defecating on their mail trucks.

 

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the so-called solution was a “feathery massacre that ended with nests—and baby birds—fed through a wood chipper.” This all happened while neighbors, who had come to adore the colony’s presence on city sidewalks and their “rain-forest-like cacophony,” protested at the scene of the killing and eventually called Oakland police officers, who ordered the trimmers to stop....

 

 

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Nothing is impossible: Braam Malherbe at TEDxTableMountain - YouTube

Braam is an extreme conservationist, adventurer, youth developer, motivational speaker, TV Presenter and author of the best seller "The Great Run". He has be...
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Inspiring and motivating... and also validating!

Let's reach a bit higher, love a bit deeper, and dig up an once more courage to.... (you finish the sentence ;) )

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Wildlife Alliance Director of Wildlife Programs, Nick Marx, Receives Prestigious Award

Phnom Penh and New York City (PRWEB) May 09, 2014 On May 6, 2014, the Royal Government of Cambodia awarded its prestigious Royal Order of Sahametrei to Wildlife Alliance's Director of Wildlife Programs, Nick Marx. The 'Royal Order of Sahametrei' is given to distinguished individuals for providing outstanding services to the King and the people of Cambodia. This celebrated award recognizes Nick Marx's exemplary contribution to the field of wildlife conservation. His tireless efforts have revolutionized the rescue, care and rehabilitation of wild animals in Cambodia.
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Deer Problem in Small Town in South Texas

Deer Problem in Small Town in South Texas | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
PORT MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) — Poachers have killed a large buck and wounded at least three deer in recent months in this tiny fishing village where residents' feeding of the animals has made them easy targets, officials said.
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Trophy hunting zoos...it’s all about money

FMT LETTER: From Sean Whyte, via e-mail

In the past week two startling claims have been made in the media concerning Malaysian zoos. One made by Minister G Palanivel concerns the waste of taxpayers’ money spent on bringing two pandas from China to Malaysia. He says it is to enable Malaysians to conduct research on the pandas.

Whether or not he knows it, the minister is talking nonsense when he attempts to suggest Malaysians can teach the Chinese a thing or two about conserving pandas at
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Lion killing in Tanzania reduced by installation of 'living wall' fences

Lion killing in Tanzania reduced by installation of 'living wall' fences | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it

Conflict between endangered predators and cattle-owning Masai significantly helped by project using African myrrh trees...

 

A new low-tech solution is helping eliminate an age-old problem in northern Tanzania – the conflict between predators and farmers.

Lions raid Masai cattle in the villages, and then the herders kill lions in retribution. Lion numbers in the region have declined by 50% since 2003 as a result of killings by villagers, as well as habitat fragmentation and loss.

 

But that trend is now being reversed by a new kind of pen, known as a living wall, which is keeping livestock safe from attacks by big cats, and the cats safe from Masai spears. About 360 of these lion-proof fences have already been built in the Masai steppe region over the past five years....

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Some good LION NEWS... on the human-wildlife conflict front.

 

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There's a lion in my tent! An appreciation for human-wildlife conflicts

There's a lion in my tent! An appreciation for human-wildlife conflicts | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
Getting along with predators, lion, leopard, wild dogs might be simple in theory.
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Don't kill the predators!

That seems like a simple request when we don't live amongst the lions, elephants and leopards.

I sure gained more understanding recently while camping in the bush...

http://www.nikela.org/theres-lion-tent-appreciation-human-wildlife-conflict-africa/ ;

 

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Kenya: Sengwer tribe faces eviction in the name of conservation

Kenya: Sengwer tribe faces eviction in the name of conservation | Human-Wildlife Conflict: Who Has the Right of Way? | Scoop.it
The Sengwer face eviction from their ancestral forest in the name of ‘conservation’ after a government notice expired on Monday.
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2013, a bad year for Sabah wildlife, elephants, bushmeat

he year 2013 will go down in the annals of history as ‘annus horribilis’ for Sabah wildlife.

 

The gruesome death of 14 Borneo pygmy elephants near Gunung Lara Forest Reserves will not be easily forgotten nor can the killers be forgiven.

 

Neither are we likely to forget the grim images of bush meat (picture left from The Star) from protected animals being sold in the broad day light in Nabawan and Keningau, where ironically the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) office is located....

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