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Environment Month activities focus on sea level June is National Environment Month on South Africa’s environment calendar, under the theme ‘International Year of Small Islands Developing States’’ (SIDS). The slogan is  ‘’Raise your voice, not the sea level’’
In South Africa, a significant proportion of the metropolitan areas, including numerous towns and smaller settlements, are situated along the coastline and are increasingly becoming vulnerable to storm surges, coastal erosion, sea level rise and extreme weather events. The 3, 650 km coastline is generally exposed to moderate to strong wave action and provides little shelter to storms from the sea.

Hunting to save wildlife More conservationists say hunting is a useful wildlife management tool and poaching is inevitable until rural people benefit from the wildlife around them. The protectionist lobby would like to ban all hunting. Its strategy regarding rhino poachers is simple – shoot the bastards. It is a strategy that has developed into a lethal bush war that conservationists – and the rhinos losing.

1000 kg pangolin scales from SA seized in Hong Kong Cape Town - Hong Kong customs authorities made the largest seizure worldwide of endangered African pangolin last week when they discovered more than 1 000kg of pangolin scales in a shipping container that originated in South Africa.
This most recent seizure comes amid concern over the growing levels of illegal trade in pangolins and other threatened wildlife species. International trade in pangolin is banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).
But with prices and the demand for pangolin flesh and scales high in China, illegal wildlife-trafficking syndicates are prepared to take risks.

Kenya: Poaching to top agenda at first UN Environment meeting Poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife are set to top the agenda at the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to be held in Nairobi  when over 100 government representatives are expected at the UNEA between June 23 and 27.  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said they are planning to table a report on the growing trade and the threat it poses at the meeting.

Conservation Projects

Tinyarhi Conservation Projects

Tinyarhi Conservation Projects (Tinyarhi) is the conservation vehicle for SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association, which was founded in 1949 and has approximately 37, 000 members nationally represented in 73 branches all over South Africa. Tinyarhi is registered with SARS as a Section 18A(1)(a) Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with registration number 930035936, and is authorised to issue all donors with tax deduction certificates in terms of Section 56(1)h of the Act for relevant donations as described in Section 18A of the Income Tax Act.   .Tinyarhi is also a Department of Social Development registered non-profit association with registration number, 071-086-NPO and is authorised to issue BBBEE points certificates to donors who do not want to undertake their own socio-economic development projects in terms of BBBEE legislation.


Plans to curb animal road kills

Awareness of roads as a threat to wildlife has been highlighted recently by the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife and Transport Programme (EWT-WTP). Consequently, public concern over road kills and its impacts on biodiversity has been raised. SAHGCA members can help to assess the scope of animal road kills through the collection of field data, which improves our understanding of the threat and helps to identify important areas for mitigation. Through the process of citizen science, members of the public can assist in data collection to enable the comprehensive identification of ‘hotspot’ areas throughout the country, and to improve our knowledge of the impact of roads towards implementing effective mitigation measures.


Amending the Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), in partnership with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and Mammal MAP, is revising the Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Red Lists are an international system for determining how threatened or how well-conserved species are. In the previous assessments, the contribution of game on private land was excluded from the assessment, but the valuable contribution game ranchers are making towards conservation are recognised in this assessment. SAHGCA requests members who are land owners, to provide the data required to support this very valuable initiative.

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