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IGCP Coalition Celebrates 20th Anniversary and Launches Effort to Develop New Strategy

We are pleased to share the news that EugËne Rutagarama, IGCP Director since 2003, will soon lead a task force that will craft a new strategy for the organization. Dr. Augustin Basabose, currently Species Conservation Coordinator, will assist by taking on day-to-day management of IGCP as Interim Director effective April 1, 2012.

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Fulfilling my Passion for Africa

Two of my Senegalese brothers and I pose for a photo in Mermoz before heading to the annual Fete de Mouton. Photo courtesy of Amy Rizzotto.

Like many of my peers at the George Washington University, I was dedicated to the idea of studying abroad during my junior year. Hungry for a challenge, I decided to stray from the pack and avoid Europe altogether. Looking back, it’s hard to pinpoint the catalyst, but when it came time to apply there was only one place I wanted to go: Senegal.

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On Kazungula Heartland

Camera in hand, Becky traveled across Kazungula's landscapes and shared her experiences with AWF. Here she circles Victoria Falls between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabawe from a helicopter.

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Rainwater Harvesting

Tuyambaze, center in dark blue, helps put up the frame of the water tank alongside Annonciata Akobahoranye of Imbere Heza, right. Tuyambaze and his younger sister are no longer in school, but tend the potato fields and manage the household they share with their grandmother.

Perusi Florence and her brother Tuyambaze will start the year 2012 with a burden relieved. They will no longer walk an hour to fetch water every morning. They will no longer have to pay 2,000 Uganda Shillings (the currency of choice in this area of DRC equivalent to about 75 US cents) per month to collect water. They will be able to step outside the home that they share with their grandmother and fill their jerricans with the rain that fell the day before.

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Unacceptable Losses

39 Elephants Poached. Cameroon.

We are in northern Cameroon, Boubba’ndjidda, National Park to be exact. We are close to the border of Chad. Boubba’ndjidda connects to Sena Oura National Park. We are on a scoping mission, assessing conservation opportunities with the hopes of being able to provide support to the management and protection of the Binational  Sena Bouba (BSB) Yamoussa Complex in coordination with the Governments, Wildlife Authorities and partners.

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