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Mapungubwe | A Valuable Green Tourism Destination

As mining activities continue to threaten one of South Africa’s most unique National Parks (Mapungubwe), a new coalition group has been formed with the aim of preventing any further development of the intended opencast and underground coal mine that is to be located near this, a World Heritage Site. This media release looks at Vanessa Bristow’s views on the current situation and includes a fantastic video clip which highlights the natural beauty and history of this region.

Bristow, like many others, believes that the Mapungubwe region should be preserved and protected from the impacts of infrastructural development, and allowed to remain pristine for generations to come. What do you think?

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Dyer Island Conservation Trust | Tracking The Great White

With our upcoming Photographic Workshop based around capturing breaching Great White Sharks off Seal Island, we thought it would be a good idea to gain a greater insight into the conservation and research efforts which focus on these magnificent creatures. The following is the first of many guest posts from the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

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Carbofuran Ban Upheld in the USA

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) welcomes a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on 31 May 2011 denying a petition to reconsider the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2009 ban on domestic food tolerances for carbofuran, a pesticide used to kill nematodes in the soil.

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Land use changes from a Bird’s-eye View | World Migratory Bird Day 14-15 May 2011

There are only about 1 000 Blue Swallow breeding pairs left in the world. The South African population is listed as Critically Endangered and its numbers are declining, with several local extinctions occurring in the past decade. World Migratory Bird Day was initiated in order to highlight the importance of and need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. This year’s theme is ‘Land Use Changes from a Bird’s-Eye View’.

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South African Army in the Kruger National Park to Stamp out Rhino Poaching

South African soldiers are patrolling the world famous Kruger National Park on the borders with Mozambique to stamp out rhino poaching. The soldiers have not yet clashed with poachers who had killed 46 rhinos in Kruger park this year out of a countrywide total of 71 by last month.

The operation in Kruger is part of a move to give the army, rather than police, responsibility for border patrols.

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Help Enforce the Law Against Illegal Dog Hunting

Illegal hunting with dogs is rife in parts of South Africa and this is having a serious impact on wildlife, including the Endangered Oribi antelope.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) calls on the public to report illegal dog hunting to them. “If we don’t stop this practice, antelope like the Oribi could soon be extinct in South Africa,” says Samson Phakathi, Field Officer with the EWT’s Threatened Grassland Species Programme.

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NGOs Propose Ban on Mining in Key Environmental Area

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and 10 other Non-governmental Organisations, led by the Centre for Environmental Rights, have proposed a list of areas of critical environmental value, where mining and prospecting should be prohibited. The proposal is a formal application by non-government and civil society organisations to the Minister of Mineral Resources to exercise her discretion under Section 49 of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (MPRDA), having regard to the national interest and the need to promote the sustainable development of the nation’s mineral resources, to prohibit or restrict granting reconnaissance, prospecting and mining rights and permits.

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Mapungubwe Mining May Infringe on Children’s Rights

The fight to save the Mapungubwe region from the detrimental impact of coal mining has been strengthened this week, with the rights of future generations of South Africans to experience the region’s cultural and natural splendour forming the basis of an expanded legal battle.

The CCL argues that the right to preservation of the environment is inextricably linked with children’s rights to cultural identity, the protection and preservation of African culture and respect for the natural environment; both in international and regional law.

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South Africa’s Birdlife is in Trouble!

Of the 9 856 bird species on Earth, 1 226 are listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable. Forty of these occur in South Africa and of these 20 are endemic. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, species are now disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate, and studies have shown that this is mostly driven by human activities.

In South Africa, a number of birds are listed on the IUCN Red List, with several heading for extinction should some of the threats continue and should the NGOs who are implementing conservation action halt their important work.

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Dwindling Rivers and Action to Rescue them

South Africa’s freshwater systems are in poor condition with 82% of main river ecosystems threatened, and institutional arrangements compound the problem. While the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) is the national department responsible for the management of water resources, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is mandated to manage and conserve biodiversity.

Environmental education and awareness for all water users needs to be a vital component of government’s plan for the future of water resources in this country.

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Ailing Marine Environments | Declining Dougongs & Seagrass Destruction

The Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) indicates that the world’s marine ecosystems are in peril. Along southern Africa’s east coast, the Dugong is one marine mammal in urgent need of protection.

If we do not act quickly to alleviate pressures on our marine environment, there will be serious impacts on economies and livelihoods worldwide.

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Free Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds South Africa | September 2010

Get your monthly fix of FREE wildlife desktop backgrounds from South Africa! This months images feature an African Darter and a lone Elephant Bull, both images from the Pilanesberg National Park.

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