Ongoing Threats include Bushmeat Hunting, Illegal Logging and Climate Change
Washington, D.C.--Leaders of the Congo Basin countries and conservation groups are pressing for more attention, funds and technical support to save the world's second largest rainforest and benefit its population during a Congo Basin Forest Forum and Congressional Hearing today.
LONDON, UK--Most experts wholeheartedly embrace the idea that nature must be protected in order to advance human well-being; but, the debate on how development goals and biodiversity conservation should be linked in practice is far from settled. So reveals a volume published by leading UK publisher Earthscan and co-edited by AWF expert Joanna Elliott.
Washington, DC--Scientists have published DNA barcodes of frequently traded species that can be used to identify and crack down on the illegal trade of bushmeat. A grim and growing market, the illegal bushmeat trade is valued at some $15 million a year.
Wildlife and customs officials can use the barcodes to determine whether luggage, handbags and clothing, and meat products were harvested from species embargoed from international trade.
VIRUNGA HEARTLAND--The forest fire which raged through Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park and Uganda's Mgahinga National park on the two countries' borders was completely extinguished by the end of last wek. A team of 4,000 mobilized to battle the blaze on its final day, assisted by military helicopters dumping water on its hotspots from above. The sectors of the two National Parks on the border between Rwanda and Uganda were not prime gorilla habitat, and all known gorilla groups are reported to be safe.
Virunga Heartland--The Rwanda National Park Service, local authorities, community members, police and a cadre of soldiers are battling a fire in Volcanoes National Park thought to be accidentally set by a local beekeeper. Dry conditions and a strong wind fueled the flames, which have crossed the Rwanda border onto the Uganda side of Mount Muhabura, which sits in Mgahinga National Park. An estimated 100-200 hectares of land have been burned over the past two days.