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“We must get 30% of earth’s natural resources protected by 2030”

The world is paying a heavy price for the exploitation of wild species and wild places, deforestation, uncontrolled expansion of agriculture, intensification of farming, and infrastructure development, says Chris Galliers, President of the International Ranger Federation. Fred Kockott reports Galliers said unbridled exploitation of natural resources modified the interface between people and wildlife, creating a ‘perfect storm’ for spill over of diseases. “We hope that the world takes a greater appreciation of the value of conserved areas and realise having a

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Conservation awards shed light on success stories

Winners of the Africa’s prestigious 2020 Rhino Conservation Awards have been officially announced online by Love Africa Marketing to celebrate the people and organisations who work constantly to reduce the threats and increase the sustainability of conservation efforts in Africa. This year, the Rhino Conservation Awards broadened their focus to include those working in endangered species conservation. The primary objective of the awards is to give recognition to the leading role players in endangered species conservation and in doing so

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Awards honour Africa’s wilderness warriors

Winners of Africa’s prestigious 2020 Rhino Conservation Awards are to be announced tomorrow – July 31.

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Accolades flow for courageous game rangers

The work of exceptionally courageous game rangers comes under the spotlight at the 2020 Rhino Conservation Awards, writes Fred Kockott.

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Farmers still shudder at harm caused by DDT

But today’s no-till agriculture repairs the land

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Hope takes flight as birds set free

The rehabilitation and release of three poisoned vultures is celebrated as threats to the species’ survival escalate, writes Will Western One swallow doesn’t make a summer, but the release of three critically endangered vultures really is reason to cheer, say conservationists. The African white-backed vultures had been nursed back to health after eating from a poisoned carcass set for them, experts believe, by muthi traders. It was one of four separate poisoning incidents in Zululand last year, said Chris Kelly,

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Involving more people in the ‘wild economy’ will make the world a better place

For too long, we’ve got it wrong when it comes to conservation. Fortunately some, especially the young, are pointing us in the right direction, writes Francois du Toit Young black South Africans are challenging the way we look at our planet and how best to use its natural resources. A new generation on the continent and elsewhere are questioning the way we do things, including deeply ingrained racial bias. Merlyn Nomsa Nkomo, an aspirant ornithologist and Conservation Biology Masters student

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The Achilles Heel of Conservation

Black communities lived in harmony with nature centuries before parks were created as “fortresses to protect nature” – an issue many conservationists choose to ignore, writes Merlyn Nomusa Nkomo.

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Mine expansion row puts lives on the line

Shootings, threats and other violence have ratcheted up tensions in Somkhele where a mine extension has exposed deep fault lines in a poor community. Fred Kockott and Matthew Hattingh report

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Awards to acknowledge ‘wild warriors’

Rangers working amid critical resource shortages are among ‘wild warriors’ nominated for the 2020 Rhino Conservation Awards, writes Laura du Toit