TRAFFIC-A collection of articles on biodiversity preservation in Central Africa

 

A collection on articles on biodiversity preservation in Central Africa 

 

CAMEROON: THE BENOUE NATIONAL PARK LEFT IN THE HANDS OF GOLD MINERS

The Benue looks nothing like a protected area. It is now a vast gold mining site. Thousands of holes fifteen to twenty feet deep have been dug inside the park by miners, in disregard of existing laws. The park exists only on paper. The fauna and flora have given way to the miners’ dwelling camps, "says Bouba Djihé, a local resident. The fact is that more than 12,000 miners have invaded the park and blithely conducting their activities. En savoir plus... - http://www.camer.be, 17 October 2013

 

CAMEROON: THE FIGHT AGAINST POACHING GAINS MOMENTUM IN THE EAST REGION:

 The fight against poaching is gaining grounds in the East region. After seizing close to 100 protected species in September, wildlife managers have just accomplished a feat. They recently captured 29 tusks, representing fifteen elephants irrespective of maturity on October 4, 2013, in Mambele village, in the Moloundou district of Boumba and Ngoko. These operations were made ​​possible through field visits regional Forestry and Wildlife officials

For further information:

- Cameroon: Three poachers arraigned - http://www.allafrica.com, 11 October 2013

-29 tusks seized in Moloundou //www.cameroon-tribune.cm, 8 October 2013 / http:

- Close to 100 rare and protected species seized in the Upper Nyong and Kadey divisions  3 October 2013

 

 

CONGO - KINSHASA: CONGO’S MOUNTAIN GORILLA PARK SET FOR A PARTNERSHIP TO RESTORE THE EASTERN PROVINCE RAVAGED BY WAR

 

Rumangabo — Following nearly twenty years of armed conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Virunga National park today revealed the details of a 10-year plan to boost the local economy and create tens of thousands of jobs as part of a peace consolidation effort in the conflict-affected parts of eastern Congo - Find more... Press release dated October 8, 2013, published by www.allafrica.com on October 8, 2013 

 

CONGO-KINSHASA: BANDUNDU - ICCN DENOUNCES THE ILLICIT CAPTURE OF PARROTS IN IDIOF

About five hundred parrots have been illegally captured in the Idiofa area (Bandundu) and transported to Kinshasa since the beginning of 2013, lamented on Thursday, September 26, the curator of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) Freddy Kayanda. Radio Okapi (Kinshasa) published by www.allafrica.com , on September 27, 2013

 

A STRATEGIC ROADMAP TO FIGHT THE ILLEGAL EXPLOITATION OF FLORA AND FAUNA IN THE DRC.

"The Democratic Republic of Congo is determined to wage a relentless war on illegal logging and illegal trade in timber and fauna and flora species within its territory." This commitment was made by the Congolese Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism, Mr. Bavo N'Sa Mputu Elima at the workshop held from 11 to 13 September 2013 in Kinshasa. Held under the high patronage of the Prime Minister Mr Augustin Matata Ponyo, the purpose of the workshop was to reflect on the issue of illegal logging and illegal trading in forest resources. Find more...

 

The DR Congo recently chosen as a pilot country for the development of an educational tool as part of the Forest Investment Programme

The Democratic Republic of Congo was recently selected by the United States as a pilot country for the development of an educational tool for the Forest Investment Program, under the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP). The announcement was made in Kinshasa on July 10, 2013 by a delegation of the United States Facilitation, headed by Matthew CASSETTA. The disclosure came during an interview with the Congolese Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism, Mr. Bavo N'SA MPUTU ELIMA. During the meeting the Congolese was provided with a detailed explanation of the agenda of the U.S. facilitation, whose term runs from 2013 to 2015. Find more... - Source: the Congolese Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism

 

21.5 MILLION DOLLARS TO TRANSFORM THE VAST FORESTS OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recently received a 21.5 million USD grant from "Climate Investment Funds" (CIF) to kick start sustainable management of its forest sector which is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions and improving forest governance, says the o African Development Bank (ADB). Find more...

 

CONGO - KINSHASA: OIL DRILLING OF IN THE VIRUNGA PARK - THE SPIRALLING CONTROVERSY BETWEEN SOCO AND WWF

 

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) filed a complaint on Monday with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) against the British company SOCO International PLC, which denied the allegations in a public statement released on last Tuesday.

Published by www.allafrica.com on 10 October 2013

 

THE CONGO BASIN: THE TROPICAL FOREST OF THE CONGO BASIN THREATENED BY THE OIL PALM BOOM  

 

 New oil palm plantation projects are set to more than double the rate of deforestation in some parts of the tropical forests of the Congo Basin. As the President of Gabon prepares to host this month in Libreville, a major international conference on palm oil, a new survey report prepared by Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) with the above title highlights the dramatic rise in deforestation in the Congo Basin tied to the development of oil palm plantations. Find more...

 

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GABON: THE ILLEGAL TRADE IN PROTECTED SPECIES - ALI BONGO ONDIMBA’s APPEAL

Ali Bongo Ondimba appeals to the international community on the urgent need to join hands to fight crime against fauna and flora and reiterated Gabon’s commitment to fighting this scourge during the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and the high-level discussion on poaching and trafficking in protected species.

Gabonnews.com 27 September 2013 

 

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