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Dalma wildlife sanctuary fires under control

Unchecked practices like throwing lit bidis have contributed to the blaze

African cheetahs prepare for long journey to India to replace extinct species

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African cheetahs prepare for long journey to India to replace extinct species
By Murali Krishnan - RFI
REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Nearly 70 years after the cheetah was declared locally extinct, India will receive its first batch of the large cats from southern Africa by the end of this year. Four possible sites have been selected in a project which has taken more than ten years to come about.
On the United Nations' World Wildlife Day (3 March), Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar announced the government's goal of bringing cheetahs back to India.
In 1947, Maharaja Ramanuj Pratap Singh Deo of Koriya is believed to have caused the Asiatic Cheetah's extinction in India after he shot the last three of them while hunting.

After 70 years, cheetahs set to make a comeback in India: Report

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updated: Mar 21 2021, 16:40 ist
On March 3, World Wildlife Day, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar announced the Centre’s goal of bringing cheetahs back to India. India stopped being a habitat for Cheetahs when they went extinct from the country in 1952.
Excessive hunting, trafficking and a decline in forest cover are said to be the main reasons for India not having any cheetahs for 70 years.
A country that once took pride in its ‘Asiatic cheetah’ now only finds the wild cat in zoos.
The end of 2021 will witness history as the first batch of Cheetahs will be brought from Africa, as per a report by The Indian Express.

Fishing cat hunted down in Sukkur

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Fishing cat hunted down in Sukkur
Rarely spotted feline was accused of preying on goats by villagers
A fishing cat photographed near the Haleji Wildlife Sanctuary. Larger in size than the average cat, fishing cats are active swimmers and clever felines and are a rare sight in the wild due to their secretive and shy nature. PHOTO: COURTESY JAFFAR HUSSAIN
Wildlife conservators and lovers regretted on Friday the killing of a fishing cat by villagers in Sukkur district a day prior.
Residents of Abejano village near Saleh Pat tehsil hunted down the fishing cat on Thursday, believing that it had preyed on their goats.

Rapid Deforestation And Urbanisation Robbing India Of Its Indigenous Bio-Diversity

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Mar 17, 2021, 11:50 IST
As India celebrated
World Wildlife Day this month, an inferno continued to rampage across eight of the 21 forest ranges of Odisha's Similipal National Park. It continues to endanger mammals, amphibians, birds, butterflies, and over  94 species of orchids and many indigenous trees specific to the region. But this disaster is not an exception as more than 36% of Indian forest cover is prone to frequent forest fires, according to a World Wildlife Day (FSI).
This coupled with rapid deforestation has endangered  India’s flora, which is one of the richest and most diverse in the world. Experts estimate that there are over 18,000 species of flowering plants and more than 50,000 species of plants, including endemics in the country.  India's forest cover also ranges from the tropical rainforests, grasslands,  deciduous and coniferous tracts with a wide variety of pine, fir, spruce, cedar, larch, and cypress trees lending to India’s indigenous biodiversity.

World Wildlife Day: Plant a forest, sustain people and the planet

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World Wildlife Day: Plant a forest, sustain people and the planet
Outeniqua Nature Reserve is home to mountain fynbos interspersed with indigenous forest and boasts species such as the majestic black eagle and the elusive leopard.
Wednesday, 17 March 2021, 10:01
George Herald editor Lizette da Silva (centre) receives the certificate from Annalize Richards (left) and Marzanne Olieslaager of CapeNature/Greenpop.
GEORGE NEWS - In celebration of World Wildlife Day, which is held annually on 3 March, CapeNature / The Greenpop Foundation* has planted a tree on behalf of George Herald. Representatives visited George Herald's offices early in March to hand over a certificate. 
The project of planting trees not only improves the well-being of nature itself, it also provides livelihoods for vulnerable communities with ties to these areas, within and near forested areas.

More crocodiles euthanised as search for escaped reptiles trudges along

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More crocodiles euthanised as search for escaped reptiles trudges along
Cape Town - Officials have said that they can now account for 66 crocodiles after the reptiles escaped from a commercial breeding farm in Bonnievale, Western Cape, at the start of the month.
A spokesperson for CapeNature, Petro van Rhyn, said while some crocodiles had been recaptured, the search continued, with teams conducting patrols every night.
Authorities were alerted on March 3 - which coincidentally happened to be World Wildlife Day - that crocodiles had escaped from one of the holding camps in the facility at around 7am.
It is not known how many young Nile crocodiles escaped in total, but it was discovered that they had managed to break through a wired fence.

Search continues for escaped crocodiles with 64 having been recaptured

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Search continues for escaped crocodiles with 64 having been recaptured
Cape Town - The search for crocodiles that escaped from a commercial breeding farm in Bonnievale, Western Cape, remains ongoing with teams conducting patrols every night.
Spokesperson for CapeNature, Tarcia Eiman, said while some crocodiles have been recaptured, search operations were still being conducted every night.
Authorities were alerted on Wednesday, March 3 - which coincidentally happened to be World Wildlife Day - that some crocodiles escaped from one of the holding camps in the facility at around 7am.
It is not known how many young Nile crocodiles escaped in total, but it was discovered that the juvenile crocodiles managed to break through a wired fence.

Press Release - Villar bats against biodiversity loss and pushes for wildlife protection

Press Release
Villar bats against biodiversity loss and pushes for wildlife protection
STRESSING that the Philippines is biodiversity-rich, but also among the world's biodiversity hotspots or those areas experiencing high rates of habitat loss, Sen. Cynthia Villar urged the public to be more vigilant against biodiversity loss, wildlife protection and conservation of their habitats.
"What makes the issue even more important to our country is the fact that the Philippines is one of the world's 17 megadiverse or biodiversity-rich countries, which hosts two-thirds of the Earth's biodiversity," said Villar in her privilege speech in observance of the World Wildlife Day celebration last March 8.

Nationwide round-up (03/14/21) | BusinessWorld

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DENR welcomes two Senate bills that seek to strengthen wildlife conservation
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has welcomed two Senate bills that aim to strengthen existing laws against illegal wildlife trade in the country. “We give our full support to the initiatives of the legislators who are seeking to reinforce and recalibrate the existing Wildlife Act, particularly against wildlife traffickers who wreak havoc to our biodiversity that causes the imbalance in our ecosystems, impacting not only our livelihood but our economy in general,” Mr. Cimatu was quoted in a press release issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Saturday. The two bills are No. 2078 or the The Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2021, and No. 2079 or the Revised Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2021, filed by Senators Cynthia A. Villar and Juan Miguel F. Zubiri, respectively. Copies of the proposed measures were released during the annual World Wildlife Day on Mar. 3. Bill 2078 proposes that a provision on regulating the collection, possession, use and trade of wildlife, and its by-products and derivatives be included in the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001. The bill also calls for the amended act to cover all wildlife species across the country. Ms. Villar’s bill also seeks to recognize the authority of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government over wildlife species in its territory. Bill 2079 also proposes that the DENR and the Department of Agriculture have legal oversight over terrestrial plant and animal species, and critical aquatic habitats. “Both bills hope to “establish a more stringent legal framework, improve enforcement mechanisms, and strengthen inter-agency cooperation against illegal wildlife trade, among others,” the DENR said. Earlier this month, DENR Undersecretary Jim O. Sampulna said the pandemic has made efforts to monitor and curb the lucrative illegal wildlife trade in the country more challenging as fewer manpower could be deployed. —

International Youth Art Contest Announces Ka Yi Siu of Hong Kong SAR, China as 2021 Winner

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Washington: From almost 600 entries submitted by young artists from over 50 different countries, 18-year-old Ka Yi Siu of Hong Kong SAR, China has been chosen as the winner of the World Wildlife Day 2021 International Youth Art Contest.
Ka Yi was selected as the winner for her stunning piece aptly entitled Balance Between Urban and Nature.
“Forests and livelihoods: sustaining people and planet”, was the theme of this year’s global competition hosted by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

2021 UN World Wildlife Day Film Showcase Winners announced

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New York: The CITES Secretariat, Jackson Wild™ and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), announced today the winners of the 2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase on the theme of “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet.”
The eleven award-winners were picked from 38 finalists, out of a total of 275 entries in five categories, four of which comprised both long form and short form winners. In addition to the finalists, 12 programs were selected for recognition as “Honorable Mentions.”
The winning films were unveiled during the high-level virtual event marking the World Wildlife Day celebrations, in the presence of representatives of UN Member States, UN System organizations, major civil society groups and representatives of Indigenous and local communities.

'Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet' – The Island

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A Review by Nandasiri (Nandi) Jasentuliyana,
Former Deputy Director-General, United Nations.
“The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.” – Jim Fowler
World Wildlife Day was celebrated with an outstanding WEBINAR by the America-Sri Lanka Photographic Art Society Los Angeles (ASPAS) hosted from Los Angeles, USA. ASPAS is a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) that accounted for a large audience participating in the event.
The celebrations this year was very topical for the Sri Lankan audience in the context of the developments in the country concerning the ongoing human-animal conflict as the World Wildlife Day was celebrated in 2021 under the theme “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”, as a way to highlight the central role of forests, forest species, and ecosystems services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, who live within or adjacent to forested areas around the globe.

Forest fires spotted in Dalma elephant sanctuary

Officials fear fleeing animals may get into villages


By Alyssa Mechler
World Wildlife Day was celebrated on March 3 this year with a focus on Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet. World Wildlife Day was proclaimed in 2013 to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
March 3 was chosen as a day of celebration, as that was the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. Forests play a central role in a lot of people’s lives as well as many of the earth’s plants and animals. World Wildlife Day works to promote practices that accommodate both humans, the long-term conservation of forests, and the forest-dwelling species.

Can K-pop be more sustainable? Fans and artists are trying

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March 12, 2021
Members of NGO Kpop4Planet, supported by K-pop super band BTS’ fandom Army, plant mangroves in Indonesia for a project to mark the 26th birthday of BTS member Jimin
Nurul Sarifah loves K-pop. But she also loves growing up with a planet she can live on.
So the Gen Z Indonesian college student recently launched Kpop4Planet, a platform intent on building a community focused on climate action and raising awareness of the various ways K-pop fans can use their strength to better the world.
“I enjoy being a fangirl so much but, imagining I cannot be a fangirl in a world that is getting worse day by day, I feel I have to act on climate action,” said Nurul, an Exo fan who is writing her undergraduate thesis on climate change.

DENR receives wildlife ambulance from USAID

BUTUAN CITY, March 10 — To mark World Wildlife Day and strengthen the Philippine government’s wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) turned over on March 2 a new wildlife ambulance to the Department of Environment and...

Wildlife: Something to Preserve and Protect

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Every year, on a number of different days across the calendar, the international community comes together to observe international days. As declared by the United Nations (UN), international days are “occasions to educate the public on issues of conc

How Team Lioness is transforming the legacies of women and wildlife in Kenya

How Team Lioness is transforming the legacies of women and wildlife in Kenya
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World Wildlife Day - Purity Lakara is part of Team Lioness, a group of women on the frontline of saving wildlife in Kenya. The rangers are the first women in the history of their families to secure employment.
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Darkness wraps around the compound, but those inside the lodgings are wide awake. Purity Lakara, along with the other seven members of Team Lioness, is preparing for a long day in the savannah. Her job and that of her co-workers is to serve on the front line against poachers in their territory, the traditional Maasai lands surrounding the Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Handpicked to serve, these eight rangers are the first women in their families to secure employment.

Marketing & Media News in South Africa

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Henley MBA student Collen Mashawana is helping build communities during a pandemicThere are many aspects to the Henley Executive MBA that make it stand out from every other MBA programme offered on the continent, not least the fact that it is the only international MBA offered in South Africa. But there are two other aspects that are extremely close to Henley Africa dean and director Jon Foster-Pedley's heart: serving the community and active learning. Issued by Henley Business School
Judgment confirms importance of disclosure of records in litigationIn a recent case where a claimant for damages sought to prevent the disclosure of her medical records, the rules of court were found to override other legislation relating to confidentiality of personal information. By Sandra Sithole

AWF and Nature's Best Photography Announce the Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards

Press Release
By AWF |
March 3, 2021
NAIROBI, KENYA AND WASHINGTON D.C. (March 3, 2021) — The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Nature’s Best Photography (NBP) officially announce the new Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards. Named to honor the late, iconic African leader and former Tanzanian President H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, this competition recognizes his leadership in conservation, education, and his passionate support for AWF programs.
'Bringing Africa to the World and the World to Africa' defines the global competition geared towards creating a platform for Africans to embrace conservation through photography and to value the beauty of its nature.
To help celebrate World Wildlife Day, the Foundation and Nature’s Best found it fitting to launch the awards as a precursor to the 60

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