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How Ivory Smuggling Became Big Business in Central Africa

TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, published a new report on September 7, detailing findings from almost a decade of monitoring the ivory trafficking network. The report details a tragic history of how ivory smuggling in Central Africa became as lucrative of many international drug cartels.

Total Football Together Campaign Launches at Start of Africa Cup of Nations

Total, based in France and the number one major oil company in Africa, just announced its new sponsorship program of the Total Africa Cup of Nations. The new program, Total Football Together, was launched in connection with the Africa Cup events which started on January 14 and will run through February 5.

MERCK Africa Recognizes Advanced Women Researchers on Women's Health

MERCK Africa took another major step recently in honoring the role of Women in Advanced Medical Research. It recently named the first winners of its new 'Merck Africa Women Research Award', for research on women's health in Africa, to researchers in Kenya, Burkina FAso, Gabon, Uganda, Ethiopia, Botswana, Cameroon, Gambia and Zimbabwe.

Central African Member States Agree on Telecom Governance and Cybersecurity Laws

The Central African Economic Community (ECCAS) member states have produced model and common laws covering telecommunications, cyber security and a regulatory framework that will help govern cross-border telecom interconnections. The agreement was completed with the support of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Partnerships for Forests Calls for Proposals on Sustainable Supply Chains in Africa

Partnerships for Forests (PartnershipsforForests.com), a technical assistance and grant-making program funded by the government of the UK, has just issued its first call for concepts. The first call is focussed on building sustainable supply chains for cocoa, palm oil, rubber and fuelwood/timber in West and Central Africa (focussing on Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana and Liberia).

Elephant Census Ramps Up Pressure to Stop Domestic Trade in Ivory

A dramatic decline in Africa’s savanna elephant populations caused by poaching – as exposed by the results of a three-year aerial survey released this week – has piled pressure on reluctant governments to back proposals that would lead to bans on domestic trade in ivory. The issue is being raised at the IUCN World Conservation Congress happening in Hawaii this week.

Dire Warnings But Also Hope as IUCN Environmental Congress Opens

A congress billed as the world’s largest ever to focus on the environment has opened to warnings that our planet is at a “tipping point” but also with expressions of hope that governments, civil society and big business are learning to work together.

Gulf of Guinea Named Most Dangerous Seafaring Region on Earth

Seaborne piracy and maritime crime has now eased up quite a bit in Southeast Asian and the Indian Ocean in the past few years, according to a new report by Dryad Maritime. Unfortunately, the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Africa is not so lucky and was just identified as the most dangerous seafaring region in the world.

Gabonese-American Protesters March for Fair Elections on August 27

On Friday July 29, a group of Gabonese-American protestors marched in Washington, D.C., calling for an end to corruption and autocratic rule in Gabon. To help with that, they also asked for increased US support to make sure that the West African country’s upcoming presidential elections are transparent, free, and fair.

More Help Needed to Deal with Food Insecurity in the Wake of El Niño

United Nations leaders said today that much more needs to be done to prevent further suffering, strengthen resilience and preserve livelihoods in the wake of El Niño's devastating effects worldwide. Africa was the worst hit, with 40 million of the estimated 60 million affected globally residing in East and Southern Africa.

Stars of 'The Legend of Tarzan' Work to Halt Elephant Hunting for Ivory

The total elephant species population in Africa back in the Victorian era was 19 million. Today it is 500,000, largely cut down while being hunted for ivory. To help bring an end to the practice, nonprofit group Stop Ivory is partnering with the stars of 'The Legend of Tarzan', a movie which just opened worldwide and was shot in Gabon, the home of half the world's forest elephants.

Wendel Investment Acquires 40% of SGI Africa in Retail Development Move

France's Wendel, one of mainland Europe's largest investment firms, is making a play that the African economy is going to continue to soar -- and personal incomes grow in parallel. It is doing so through its just-announced agreement to acquire 40% of the capital of SGI Africa, a property company currently focusing on retail shopping centers.

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