CHRISTOPHER TIES ALGAE ONTO A LINE. PHOTO/© WWF Madagascar/Oreto Briz By ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT Six months ago, Christophe became a seaweed farmer. He trained with 21 other families as part of WWF’s initiative to introduce algoculture as a sustainable source of income for the people of the Mahafaly plateau. People laughed at him....
Ivory products on display at the Bikeko Market in the Royal Square in Kinshasa, August 2016. PHOTO/COURTESY By ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT Ivory trade in Kinshasa's notorious ivory markets has gone underground following increased enforcement activity a new TRAFFIC report reveals. Until quite recently, the market for elephant ivory was flourishing in DRC, despite...
PHOTO/© Klein & Hubert / WWF By ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT Wildlife crime was recognized as a priority by the 12 range country leaders at the 2nd International Forum on Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Conservation. The Bishkek Declaration 2017, endorsed by the 12 Snow Leopard range countries, reiterates the commitments first made in 2013,...
Ivory confiscated by the Cameroon Ministry of Forests and Wildlife © WWF / Mike Goldwater By ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT Weak governance, corruption and shifting trade dynamics are significant factors seriously undermining the control of ivory trafficking throughout five countries in Central Africa, according to a new TRAFFIC study has been launched. In the...
Pangolin scale sand wildlife parts have been seized across Malaysia in major wildlife crime busts. PHOTO/TRAFFIC By ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT Thousands of elephant tusks, pangolin scales, live animals and wildlife parts have been seized across Malaysia in major wildlife crime busts by two enforcement agencies in recent weeks. Most recent was a seizure...
A captive sun bear in Indonesia © WWF-Indonesia/ Saipul Siagian By ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT Global experts have begun the development of a conservation plan for the world’s smallest bear, the Sun Bear Helarctos malayanus. This plan marks the first to be initiated for any bear species in the world. The 1st International Symposium...