LONDON--The links between the environment and development have long been discussed, but only recently has this discussion focused specifically on the possible links between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction. Even if conservation efforts are successful in stemming biodiversity loss, experts ask, can such efforts help ease poverty and, if so, how we can ensure that such an outcome holds across regions and population groups?
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Charlotte Conservation Fellows scholarship program. This year the scholarship will focus on candidates from Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan, South Africa, Zambia, Niger, Benin, and Burkina Faso.
Large Hotel Group Will Reconsider Proposal for Development in Zambia
ZAMBEZI HEARTLAND, ZAMBIA--The Protea Group of Hotels has withdrawn its proposal to develop a large hotel and conference center on the banks of the Lower Zambezi River in Zambia, heeding concerns raised by conservation groups and community leaders that the complex as originally designed could have a serious ecological impact on the wilderness area where it was to be located.
How Much Depends on You!
WASHINGTON, DC--AWF is pleased to announce its Give Elephants Room to Roam program has been selected by The Walt Disney Company as a recipient of funding through Disney's Friends for Change: Project Green.
Through Give Elephants Room to Roam, AWF is partnering with local communities in southern Africa to safeguard elephant corridors and core wildlife habitats while also assisting with education and skill development for local children. The program is among the five that have been chosen for their habitat restoration efforts.
NAIROBI, KENYA -- After heated debate delegates at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP15) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar, rejected proposals from Tanzania and Zambia to "downlist" their elephant populations from the endangered species category of Appendix I to Appendix II and allow each country to hold a one-time sale and export of existing government-owned stock of ivory obtained from elephants that died naturally or through problem-animal control.