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Zambia: Govt and wildlife body's lion & leopard population figures differ
THE Zambia Wildlife Authority has released lion and leopard population statistics which are contrary to the estimates announced by tourism minister Jean Kapata.
Lifting the ban on hunting of the big cats, Kapata last week said her ministry had done an aerial survey and established that the country had more than 4,000 lions and leopards were in excess of 8,000.
Kapata’s decision was, however, heavily opposed by conservationists, who said Zambia currently did not have proper data on wildlife statistics.
According to a statement released on Friday by ZAWA public relations officer Sakabilo Kalembwe, the authority indicated it was conscious of the fact that Zambia only had three big cat clusters in the Luangwa Valley, Kafue and Lower Zambezi ecological systems.
“ZAWA is taking a cautionary approach to the lion population. It is currently estimated that in all the three clusters there are between 1,500 to 2,500 lions and about 4,000 leopards as the worst case scenario,” Kalembwe stated.
He stated that big cats were never counted in the same manner as antelope or other larger mammals.
“Cats by nature are secretive and are not usually found in very large numbers like impalas or Zebras,” Kalembwe stated.
Full story at www.postzambia.com/news.php?id=8518
#Zambia #hunting #lions #leopard #Africa
Image: Leopard in the Serengeti, Tanzania, by David Berkowitz ... See MoreSee Less
16 hours ago ·
Mozambique: Six arrested in connection with rhino horn theft
Six people have been arrested in connection with the theft of 12 rhino horns from a strongroom at the Matola holding cells in Maputo, Mozambique.
Two of them were civilians, while the other four were police security staff entrusted with the protection of the cache. The horns were part of a stash of 65 that were recently seized from wildlife traffickers in Mozambique.
During a media conference the spokesperson for the Maputo Provincial Command, Emidio Mabunda, said the remaining 53 horns were still being guarded. Police did not manage to recover the 12 that were stolen, but Mabunda said they knew where the horns were.
Estacios Valoi, reporting from Maputo for Oxpeckers, indicated Mabunda said the 340 ivory tusks seized during a raid on Chinese nationals living in Matola last week were also still under guard.
“They are still looking for two more individuals involved in making the replicas. They used bull horns to replace the rhino horns,” said Valoi.
It was after the theft of the 12 rhino horns that police found two replicas that were being produced to replace the originals.
Full story at citizen.co.za/393131/six-arrested-in-connection-with-rhino-horn-theft/
#Mozambique #Africa #rhino #corruption
Image: Part of the May haul of 340 elephant tusks and 65 rhino horns, Mozambique (c) Isaias Mandlate / Maputo Provincial Police ... See MoreSee Less
18 hours ago ·
Cambodia: Timber sales to Vietnam trebled in 2014, finds report
Timber exports from Cambodia to Vietnam more than tripled in 2014 compared with the year before, despite ongoing negotiations to curb the trade, according to a new report.
The total amount of sawn wood exported to Vietnam from Cambodia was 153,547 cubic metres in 2014, compared with 51,125 cubic metres in 2013, according to past data and a draft report from Forest Trends, a US-based NGO.
Phuc Xuan To, a co-author of the report, said he found on a recent border trip that most of the timber imported from Cambodia to Vietnam was illegal.
“Vietnamese traders go directly to Cambodia and buy illegal timber from Cambodian loggers,” he said.
The value of the wood was $256 million in 2014, compared to $45 million in 2013, although value figures are routinely underestimated to avoid import taxes.
The report stated that all the sawn wood imported from Cambodia and Laos had very high market value, as most of it was rosewood or other luxury timber ...
Meanwhile, the Vietnamese government has been negotiating with the European Union since 2010 to sign a voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) under the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) scheme, which would put the country on the road to ensuring that all timber exported to the EU is legal in origin.
But the massive increase in cross-border timber exports seems to put into question Vietnam’s ability to successfully implement the project. “There exists a huge gap between what has been discussed under FLEGT VPA and what has happened on the ground,” said Xuan To.
According to Jago Wadley, senior investigator at the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency, the European Commission has made it clear that no VPA will be signed if timber imports to Vietnam are not screened by a reliable timber legality assurance system (TLAS.)
“However, Vietnam has not to date developed a TLAS that could credibly screen illegal timber imports – despite numerous draft TLASs having been produced,” he said.
Full story at www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/timber-sales-vietnam-trebled-2014-finds-report
#Cambodia #Vietnam #Europe #rosewood #deforestation
Image: Hundreds of tonnes of illegally logged Siamese rosewood stacked in a warehouse in Dong Ha, Vietnam (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
19 hours ago ·