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Zimbabwe to securitise its ivory stockpile

Zimbabwe to securitise its ivory stockpile

By Tatira Zwinoria, The Zimbabwe Independent The Zimbabwe government is currently engaged in discussions on how the country can use its 130-tonne ivory stockpile as a tradable commodity or security asset, the Zimbabwe Independent can report.  The discussions follow the announcement by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) that it will soon avail 22 carat gold coins, weighing 33,93 grammes, to be sold to the market starting July 25. The coins are meant to wipe out excess liquidity of nearly ZW$1 trillion (US$2,48 billion) money supply that the RBZ recorded in the market at the end of May....

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UN warns that Victoria Falls could lose heritage status if golf course is built

UN warns that Victoria Falls could lose heritage status if golf course is built

By New Zimbabwe The United Nations has informed the governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia that Victoria Falls could lose its unique heritage status if a golf course is built at the site. According to The Times, the two countries’ governments have put together plans for lodges, a golf course and a hydroelectric dam, which have concerned Unesco officials, as the golf course could disrupt an established elephant corridor. Victoria Falls is the world’s largest sheet of falling water, featuring unique rock structures, and earned its world heritage site status in 1989. The Times states a Unesco...

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East African Countries Seek Cross-Border Cooperation to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

East African Countries Seek Cross-Border Cooperation to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

By Aimable Twahirwa, Inter Press Service / All Africa KIGALI: For many years, East African countries were considered wildlife trafficking hotspots. Now conservation organisations have started to mobilise all stakeholders to combat the illegal trade that targets animals - some to the edge of extinction.  "A slight progress has been made in combatting the illicit trade of wildlife and their products, but Governments from the region still face grave challenges posed by the fact that they are mostly single-species focused on their conservation efforts," Andrew McVey, climate advisor at...

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Nigeria: Three Foreigners Arraigned Over Pangolin, Tusk Smuggling

Nigeria: Three Foreigners Arraigned Over Pangolin, Tusk Smuggling

By News Frontline The Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) yesterday brought seven men before the Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged illegal possession dealing, assembling, storing, smuggling and trading in pangolin skin and elephant’s ivory.  The defendants, comprising three Vietnamese citizens, two Nigerians and a citizen of Cameroon and Guinea, were arraigned before Justice Yellim Bogoro.  The Vietnamese are Phan Viet Chi, Phan Hong Quan and Duong Van Thang. The Nigerians are Babangida Mahmoud and Olamilekan Adenekan, while the Guinea and Cameroon citizens in the charge are Mory...

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