BP agreed to pay the largest fine in US history as compensation for the worst environmental damage ever: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
How the WWF is protecting great apes in Central Africa
A meeting between environmental, scientific and government organisations has yielded a programme to protect gorillas and chimpanzees.
The populations of our closest animal relatives, gorillas (Gorilla gorillas) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are in constant decline, threatened by poaching, loss of biodiversity and human diseases.
According to a new report national parks and reservations divided amongst Angola, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo protect only 21% of western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees.
Even though timid progress in conservation strategies made in the last decades has slowed the process of their disappearance, these primates remain threatened by human population growth, the expansion of extractive industries, intensive agriculture and the illegal trade in wild animal meat. This without taking into consideration the unsatisfactory enforcement of existing laws and corruption that plague many African countries.
To revert this trend, environmental organisations such as the WWF, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Wildlife Conservation Society have presented a new decades-long conservation plan.
The programme, “Regional Action Plan for the Conservation of Western Lowland Gorillas and Central Chimpanzees 2015–2025“, individuates 18 areas, for a total of 655,800 km2 of forest, that are considered of primary importance to conserve the great apes. They must thus be given priority in protection and preservation interventions, including in funds allocation.
There areas cover half the geographic expanse in which the primates live and are home to more than three quarters of the surviving great apes. The environmental organisations also ask that supplementary measures be put in place, such as more thorough law enforcement, more effective management of great apes’ habitats outside of protected areas and better territorial planning at the national level.
The new conservation strategy represents the evolution of a previously created action plan, launched in 2005. It was developed on the occasion of a conference which saw the participation of environmentalists, scientists and representatives from six of the countries where the great apes live.
Il Paese africano ha bruciato oltre una tonnellata di zanne e corni confiscati per esprimere la tolleranza zero per il bracconaggio.
Grazie ad un progetto della Ong African Parks sette leoni sono stati reintrodotti nel Parco nazionale dell’Akagera, in Ruanda.
The world’s richest man, Bill Gates, gives his advice on how to make money over the next years: invest in renewables. And he’s doing just that.
A causa del riscaldamento globale molti rettili il cui sesso è determinato dalla temperatura cui sono sottoposte le uova rischiano di estinguersi.
Una nuova ricerca ha dimostrato che il contatto con la natura inibisce la formazione di pensieri negativi che possono sfociare in gravi patologie come la depressione.
People are increasingly committing themselves to protect one of the Planet’s most important pollinators: bees. And in Norway they are creating a green corridor exactly for them.
Brazil and the United States have reached an agreement to tell the world that climate change is one of the crucial challenges of the century. And it has to be faced by joining hands.
Ian Stuart Argus è stato il primo essere umano a soggiornare nell’isola più giovane del mondo nata da un’eruzione vulcanica in pieno oceano Pacifico.