Conservation News and Information (26)

Bewaringsnuus en -inligting

30 May 2018

"WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP STOP ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME?

Here are a few things that you can do to assist:

  • Familiarise yourself with your environmental rights and responsibilities;
  • Tell your friends and family about environmental crime and why it should be stopped;
  • If you suspect that an environmental crime is taking place, report it to relevant authorities (such the relevant national, provincial or local government department, the South African Police Service orcall the Environmental Crimes and Incidents Hotline on 0800 205 205);"*

*Download the Environmental Crime Booklet below and find out more what environmental crime is and how you can help stop it.

Enviromental Crime

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An Adobe Acrobat file Environmental Crime booklet 461.67 KB 2018-05-30

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11 April 2018

A modest token of humanity and kindness by hunters in the Overberg area to assist the drought-stricken community of Sutherland, Northern Cape, escalated to a generous 480 tonnes of animal feed within weeks. To date, Sutherland’s farmers received food and other supplies to the value of R1,04 million from the hunting community.

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27 March 2018

‘n Beskeie welwillendheidsgebaar van ‘n paar sakke mielies vir boere in die droogtegeteisterde Sutherland in die Noord-Kaap, het binne weke gegroei tot 480 ton voorraad om die ergste droogte in 'n lang tyd in hierdie streek te verlig. Tot dusver, word die totale waarde van die droogtebystand op R1,04 miljoen bereken, nadat die gemeenskap in die Overbergdistrik hul harte en beursies oopgemaak het.

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27 February 2018

On 8 November 2017, the VulPro vulture conservation centre near the Hartbeespoort Dam in North West Province, made history when it released 35 vultures back into the wild at the Nooitgedacht Cape Vulture breeding colony. It was the first release of its kind on the Africa continent and an important milestone in a vulture conservation programme to supplement natural populations of the Cape Vulture and the African White-backed Vulture.

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07 April 2017

SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association studied the progress reported in respect of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros, as well as the proposed legislative changes by DEA with regard to rhino horn trade for personal purposes. This most certainly is a very complex matter, making it difficult to anticipate all potential outcomes of options available to government and the private sector to secure the continued existence of rhino as species for future generations.

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01 March 2017

During 2016, SA Hunters participated in the government-led Biodiversity Economy Lab that formed part of the results-driven Phakisa (hurry-up) programme aimed at addressing poverty, unemployment and inequality through accelerated economic growth. Three focus areas received attention, namely Marine and Coastal Tourism, Bioprospecting, and the Wildlife Economy. This report focuses on the wildlife economy that contributed approximate 3% to the national GDP, growing annually by an average of 9,3% from 2008 to 2014, which is much higher than the meagre 1,8% per annum for the general economy during the same period. This demonstrates that wildlife and the hunting sector as one of the largest contributors to the wildlife economy, can contribute substantially to socio-economic development in the country.

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08 November 2016

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. South Africa hosted the 17th international conference of parties (COP17) in Johannesburg at the International Convention Centre from 24 September to 5 October this year. It was the largest gathering of CITES in its 43 year history with the participation of 152 governments and more than 3,500 people. Over 500 species were affected by decisions taken on 62 proposals that various member states tabled at COP17.

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27 September 2016

Opening Address by President Jacob Zuma, at the Opening of the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa

24 September 2016

Good morning to all and Welcome to South Africa!
 
I am honoured to welcome you to our shores as you gather this week, to discuss very important issues pertaining to the regulation of international trade in wildlife.

The CITES is an important agreement between governments as it regulates international trade in wild fauna and flora.

It is critical for governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.  Regulations must ensure that trade of Rhinos for example, or wild ginger is in a way that ensures that future generations continue to benefit from them, and that they do not become extinct.

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08 September 2016

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) has commenced in Hawaii on 1 September. At the Congress, the IUCN’s 1300 member organisations, some of the most influential government and civil society organisations from more than 160 countries, will collectively decide on actions to address the most pressing and sometimes controversial conservation and sustainable development challenges.

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24 August 2016

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Jagters-en-wildbewaringsvereniging (SAJWV) asook ander bewaringsinstansies is met reg bekommerd oor die departement van landbou en visserye se “eensydige” besluit dat wildboere nou met 12 wildspesies mag teel soos met vee om nuwe variëteite te vestig.  Die “vreemde” of meer korrek, resessiewe kleurvariante wat nou vry algemeen deur wildtelers dmv selektiewe teelmetodes geproduseer word, hou sonder twyfel ‘n groot bedreiging in vir natuurlike wildbevolkings.  Resessiewe kleurvariante is ‘n natuurlike verskynsel, maar diere wat kunsmatig geselekteer en geteel word om sekere “unieke” uiterlike kenmerke na vore te bring, skep ‘n besliste risiko vir wild wat in die natuur voorkom. Dit geld veral wanneer sulke geneties gemanipuleerde diere se getalle deur inteling tot kommersiële vlakke vermeerder word – en dit is presies wat nou op groot skaal aan die gebeur is.  

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12 August 2016

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) recently added twelve wildlife species to the list of tame and domesticated animals regulated under its Animal Improvement Act (No. 62 of 1998). This amendment will allow genetic manipulation and cross-breeding of wildlife in the same way that cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry are bred to obtain animals with specific characteristics for agricultural purposes.

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17 February 2016

Dit is algemeen bekend dat Brandsiekte onder diere soos wildsbokke en vee voorkom. In die wolbedryf is brandsiekte ‘n ernstige en aanmeldbare siekte waarvoor boere op die uitkyk moet wees en betyds skape moet behandel om enstige ekonomiese skade te voorkom. Dit is egter grootliks onbekend of roofdiere ook brandsiekte kan opdoen en is daar al in die Karoo en Limpopo rooijakkalse met brandsiekte waargeneem.
 
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