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Africa: Senegal's southern forests may disappear by 2018, warns ecologist
Senegal's heavily forested southern region of Casamance will have no tree cover left by 2018 if illegal logging driven by Chinese demand is not addressed, a Senegalese ecologist warned Thursday.
Gambian loggers have long benefited from lax oversight of the area's forests to take prized rosewood timber over the border into the Gambia before exporting the logs to China.
Ecologist Haidar El Ali, a former environment minister, said the loggers' activities had "reached a point of no return," speaking at a press conference in Dakar on behalf of the environmental group he heads, Oceanium.
A reporting trip to the region by Oceanium captured images of a secret border market showing the collusion of Senegalese and Gambian loggers and Chinese middlemen, he said.
"Senegal has lost more than a million trees since 2010 while farmers in Gambia have pocketed 140 billion CFA ($238 million, 213 million euros) exporting the wood to China where the desire for furniture has exploded in the last few years," he added.
Full story at phys.org/news/2016-05-senegal-southern-forests-ecologist.html
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6 hours ago ·
Marine plastic pollution poses a major threat to biodiversity, killing an estimated 100,000 marine mammals and one million birds every year.
The equivalent of the contents of one refuse truck is entering the ocean every minute – if this continues, by 2025 the ocean will contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish and, by 2050, more plastics than fish.
You can help end marine plastic pollution by taking individual actions to avoid the irresponsible use and disposal of plastic – and also by joining our campaign to persuade governments to do more.
EIA's Oceans Campaign team has compiled a list of several simple actions you can do to help at eia-international.org/plastic-pollution
Sign the petition at ht.ly/VTOG300E2lJ - and please LIKE & SHARE this post to family and friends to enlist their help.
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8 hours ago ·
Putting tigers on the agenda at the European Parliament
Wednesday’s event on tiger trade in the European Parliament, hosted by Neena Gill MEP, was a great success and a valuable opportunity for MEPs, the European Commission and other stakeholders in the European Union to obtain first-hand information from the NGOs on the ground about the tiger trade.
EIA, Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) and the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) provided hard-hitting facts and compelling arguments for the EU and the international community to tackle tiger farming head-on and to end all trade in all parts and products of tigers.
EIA particularly welcomes the commitment expressed by the European Commission to treat this issue as a priority at the forthcoming 17th CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP17, September to October, 2016). We are also pleased that H. E. Ambassador Busaya Mathelin from the Royal Thai Embassy in Brussels attended the event and invited more information about tiger farms in Thailand.
Read today's EIA News Update in full at eia-international.org/putting-tigers-on-the-agenda-at-the-european-parliament
#tigers #Europe European Parliament Neena Gill MEP Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV)
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9 hours ago ·