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All global trade banned in endangered pangolins

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The shy, scale-covered pangolin is to receive the highest level of protection against illegal trade to try to save it from extinction, after a vote Wednesday by delegates at a global conference. The reclusive, gentle mammal is prized as an edible delicacy and ingredient …

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Elephants divide meeting aimed at saving species

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The world’s biggest conference on the international wildlife trade got underway Saturday in Johannesburg, but African countries lashed out at Western charities for “dictating” how they should protect their elephants. Over the next 12 days thousands of conservationists and top government officials will thrash …

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‘Uganda will have no forests by 2050’

The newly-appointed State Minister for Environment Mary Goretti Kitutu has decried the rate of deforestation in the country, saying that Uganda will soon be water-stressed if citizens do not pay due attention to environment management. “Loss of forests cover in Uganda is reaching worrying trends, with 200,000 hectares lost per …

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Rwanda fast-tracks Bugesera airport

Rwanda Govt enters $818m boot deal with Portuguese firm for biggest airport Rwanda is set to finally get its new international airport at Bugesera, 25km south east of the capital city, Kigali. The new airport will feature a 4,200-meter runway and have initial capacity to handle three million passengers per …

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VIDEO: Nile Bridge construction on course

VIDEO: The construction of the multi-billion new Jinja Nile Bridge is on schedule according to contractors. The project now stands at 40% and is expected to be completed by 2018. The new Jinja Bridge is expected to boost transport network, promote tourism and economic transformation in the Northern Corridor.   …

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Rafting for Rhinos returns to the upper Nile September 24

ATC News by Wolfgang H. Thome On Saturday September 24th, 2016 people throughout the world will march for elephants and rhinos while in Jinja the conservation fraternity will be rafting instead of marching. Nile River Explorers (NRE) is once again dedicating a day to conservation with the intent of selling every …

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Kenyans ask questions after yet another light aircraft crash

ATC News by Wolfgang H. Thome A Cessna 172, registered as 5Y-GSM, crashed yesterday near Malindi while on a training flight. The plane’s Manufacturers Serial Number 152-81599 was ascertained through the aircraft registry site which is available for public information. The aircraft was assembled in 1978 and is now 38 …

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