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Mapping a future and sustainable pathways for southern Africa’s wild elephants

Mapping a future and sustainable pathways for southern Africa’s wild elephants

By Don Pinnock - Daily Maverick If Africa’s elephants had the choice, as they once had for millions of years, where would they go and why? With telemetry, scientists can answer these questions and propose new routes for conservation. Most of the world’s savannah elephants live in southern Africa. They were once a nation of great travellers linked by well-worn paths, meeting and mixing across seven million square kilometres. Today they’re boxed into the equivalent of separate villages — national parks and private reserves — by human settlements and fences. They have always shared land with...

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EU moves get praise from telling factions at wildlife conference

EU moves get praise from telling factions at wildlife conference

By Tracy Keeling - The Canary The European Union has come under fire from wildlife charities, among others, for some of its actions at the World Wildlife Conference. Not everyone is displeased with the trade bloc, however. According to attendees of a meeting at the conference on 21 November, a consultant for a trophy hunting advocacy group sang the EU’s praises. CoP19: EU on sharks and elephants The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) conference of the parties (CoP19) is taking place in Panama from 14 to 25 November. CITES...

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Mixed results for African elephants at the world wildlife trade conference in Panama

Mixed results for African elephants at the world wildlife trade conference in Panama

By Adam Cruise & Keith Lindsay PANAMA CITY: During the 19th Conference of the Parties (CoP19) in Panama of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the plight of African elephants has once again been prominent on the agenda. The 170 nations (called Parties) present at CoP19, which runs from the 14th to 25th of November, will decide whether measures must be adopted to afford endangered species of plants and animals stronger or weaker protection from exploitation for international trade. Adoption of proposals is decided through voting in which a two-thirds...

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EU risks stalling progress on wildlife protections at global conference

EU risks stalling progress on wildlife protections at global conference

By Tracy Keeling - The Canary The World Wildlife Conference began on 14 November. In it, nations will make decisions that determine the fate of numerous species. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) conference of the parties (CoP19) runs to 25 November. Elephant protections are high on the agenda, with a number of African nations calling for increased protections for them from trade. The European Union has, however, positioned itself as an obstacle to progress on one such elephant-related proposal....

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