The Wildlife Economy in Africa

Unlocking Africa’s wildlife economy

Unlocking Africa's Wildlife Economy by Sue Snyman PhD The old adage of ‘you can’t manage what you don’t measure’ applies equally to wildlife.  Our recent State of the Wildlife Economy in Africa report clearly shows that we do not measure the value of wildlife in Africa very well.  So, it would follow that we don’t manage it very well either?  Understanding the value that wildlife...
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...
Covid-19 Kenya

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...
Africa forest dwellers

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,...
mexico wildlife coronavirus

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...
coronavirus and snakes

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...

Open letter to WHO and UN Environment Programme

Dear Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Ms. Inger Andersen, COVID-19: Holistic, equitable solutions are required to improve human and planetary health and reduce zoonotic pandemic risks  We, the undersigned individuals and organisations, commend the work the UN is doing to tackle the COVID-19 disease pandemic and its socio-economic consequences. The recently released UN Framework for the...
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