Pandemic prevention should not victimize Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Pandemic prevention should not victimize Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities In a new paper published by Conservation Letters, authors Jason M. Tylianakis, Mark R. Herse, Sanna Malinennd, and  Phil O’B. Lyver lay out how wildlife consumption bans would inflict economic and cultural harms on already marginalised people. "During times of crisis, such as the present COVID pandemic, calls...
Time for nature

World leaders must approach development with a fresh perspective to save wildlife   By Maxwell Gomera

Time for Nature World leaders must approach development with a fresh perspective to save wildlife   By Maxwell Gomera The dulcet, almost musical voice of the Runkeeper App interrupted the pounding sound of my feet as I started my run. 'Time, five minutes. Distance, one point zero nine kilometres. Average speed, 4 minutes 57 seconds per kilometre,' the App voice announced. I had not run on this...
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Video: “The Eden Illusion: The Fate of Africa’s Wildlife in a post-COVID-19 World” The Conservation Imperative 2020

VIDEO: THE EDEN ILLUSION: The Fate of Africa's Wildlife in a post-COVID-19 World The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on human health, social welfare, and the economies of nations across the globe. Blanket travel restrictions, enforced to contain the virus, ensured the instant collapse of tourism worldwide. Several African nations were particularly hard hit because of tourism's high...
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COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’ threatens conservation in Africa

COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’ threatens conservation in Africa A new report calls for rapid collaborative global action to ensure Africa's wildlife survives COVID-19's devastating impact on tourism,  threatening jobs and livelihoods for some of the most impoverished communities. It stresses the importance of adopting more resilient conservation models that benefit humans and wildlife for...
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COVID19, Community Livelihoods and Sustainable Wildlife Trade

In the COVID19, Community Livelihoods and a Sustainable Wildlife Trade This in-depth feature, by writer Wendee Nicole was published by Ensia, a media outlet of University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, focuses on alternative ways to meet communities' basic needs and secure community livelihoods in the face of COVID19.The article quotes @dilysroe on wet market ban undermining food...
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Webinar: Covid-19: Sustainability & Remodelling of Wildlife Sector

The March/April 2020 edition of IUCN SULi Digest featured some of the many articles circulating on Covid-19   which relate to Wildlife trade and trade bans and Conservation and wildlife tourism. WEBINAR: COVID-19, Conservation and Wildlife Tourism The Kenyan Department of Tourism and Wildlife hosted a webinar around the topic Covid-19: Sustainability & Remodelling of Wildlife Sector in...
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COVID-19-led ban on wild meat could take protein off the table for millions of forest dwellers

COVID-19-led ban on wild meat could take protein off the table for millions of forest dwellers - Forests News. Authors: R Nasi, J Fa 2020-03 In the wake of COVID-19, conservationists have greeted China’s recent clampdown on wild animal hunting and consumption with enthusiasm. The government made the move based on scientific theories that COVID-19 was transmitted from a pangolin or a bat to...

COVID-19: wildlife trade and communities: a selection of recently published articles

We are sharing some links to recent COVID-19 related news articles and papers recommended in the IUCN SULi Digest March and April 2020 Edition. Some of these articles also appear as blogs on our blog page Wildlife trade and trade bans Despite COVID-19, using wild species may still be the best way to save them by Dilys Roe Wildlife trade: Regulated markets involving local communities,...
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Wildlife trade in Mexico, conservation, and pandemics

As Mexico reels from the coronavirus (COVID-19) economic devastation and public health disaster, Vanda Felbab-Brown writes in a recently published article in brookings.edu, it also needs to rethink its relationship with nature. To prevent another zoogenic pandemic, it is crucial to preserve natural habitats; carefully monitor legal trade in wildlife; eliminate transmission points where the...
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Snakes make good food. Banning farms won’t help the fight against coronavirus

Originally published in The Conversation  authored by Daniel Natusch, Macquarie University; Graham Alexander, University of the Witwatersrand; Ngo Van Tri, and Patrick Aust, University of Oxford The wildlife trade has long been closely linked to disease outbreaks. It has been implicated in the SARS epidemic of 2002, Ebola in 2013 and now in the COVID-19 coronavirus. In response to the COVID-19...
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