Nuusflits / News Flash - November/December 2016

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BEWARING
Suid-Afrika

Publiek gevra om skaars seeperdjies te beskerm

Sanparke het ’n beroep op die publiek gedoen om te help om die bedreigde Knysna-seeperdjie te beskerm. Dié seeperdjie (Hippocampus capensis) is die enigste ter wêreld wat net in riviermondings voorkom. Hul beperkte verspreiding maak van hulle die mees bedreigde seeperdjie ter wêreld. Lees meer
 
SA gewaarsku oor omgewingsvergrype

Die omgewingsorganisasie, groundWork se jongste verslag, “The Destruction of the Highveld, sê die inwoners van Mpumalanga beleef van die grootste omgewingsvergrype in die geskiedenis van die land weens die baie steenkoolmyne en die verbranding van steenkool, sedert die eerste demokratiese regering in Suid-Afrika aan bewind gekom het.

Dié lywige verslag is op 22 November 2016 bekend gestel. Die doel van die navorsing was om vas te stel wat die stand van omgewingsgeregtigheid in Suid-Afrika is. Hulle het die stand van die omgewing en mense se lewensgehalte in Mpumalanga as ’n gevallestudie gebruik. Lees meer

HUNTING
International news

Botswana resists pressure to lift hunting ban

Botswana's minister confirmed the country's commitment to hunting ban, despite pressure from pro-hunting lobby groups within SADC member states and some European nations to abandon the hunting ban it instituted in 2014. Read more

Report by UK Professor states trophy hunting conserves lions

Trophy hunting could help conserve lions, according to the Oxford University scientist who had studied Cecil the lion for years before the animal was hunted by an American dentist. According to a report by Prof David MacDonald for UK ministers, strictly regulated hunting of lions could provide a financial incentive to protect areas of wild lion habitat from being destroyed, which is the biggest threat to the big cats. But MacDonald said the UK should ban the import of any lion trophies from hunts that failed to prove their sustainability.  Read more

WILDLIFE CRIME

Hawks seize rhino horns worth R6.6m at OR Tambo

A Chinese national was taken into custody at OR Tambo International Airport on 23 November when rhino horn with an estimated value of R6.6-million was discovered during a routine check. The Hawks seized 18 rhino horns weighing about 43 kg that were concealed in the suspect's bags. He travelled from Namibia to board a South African Airways flight to Hong Kong. He is to be charged for dealing in rhino horn under the Endangered Spices Act. Read more

Mozambique passed bill for heavy prison sentences for wildlife crimes

The Mozambican parliament unanimously passed the first reading of a government bill that will impose heavy prison sentences on traffickers in endangered species of wildlife. The bill takes the form of amendments to a 2014 law on the conservation of biodiversity. That law criminalized hunting with the use of prohibited weapons and mechanical traps and the killing of protected species. Read more

Berede patrollies help dalk stropery in Krugerwildtuin bekamp

Sanparke wil berede patrollies in die Krugerwildtuin aanwend om stropery te bekamp. Dié program, onder leiding van Karien Keet van Sanparke in Phalaborwa, sal eers die doeltreffendheid en lewensvatbaarheid van hierdie inisiatief toets. Die wildtuin het voorheen perde gebruik, maar die diere is dekades gelede deur motors vervang. Die projek is met behulp van die Ereveldwagters van stapel gestuur. Lees meer

BIODIVERSITY ECONOMY

Wildlife boosts economy

Namibia's Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, said that proceeds from the legal trade in wildlife and wildlife products in Namibia, including rhino horn and ivory, are re-invested into conservation measures through dedicated environmental funds including the Game Products Trust Fund and the Environmental Investment Fund. This income has funded a programme to relocate over 10,000 head of wildlife from state protected areas to communal conservancies and offset costs to rural communities for losses resulting from conflict between humans and wildlife.

Shifeta spoke at the 13th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico on 5 December 2016. He said recent natural wildlife capital accounts indicate that the wildlife trade and activities based on wildlife, contributed almost 4% to GDP with a reasonable chance of massive expansion. Read more

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