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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.