Threats to Conservation

Reviews the threats to conservation areas in Africa through a analysis of some of the projects. Conservation areas are under increasing threat as developed and developing economies expand, increasing their appetite for products such as timber, minerals and food. Parks are experiencing cumulating human activities and related impacts within and along their borders such as: Land use changes, overgrazing and desertification, downstream effects of mining, hydrologic projects, and inefficient management practices. To manage these threats, innovative environmental techniques are required. This section illustrates these techniques through a description of many of the projects I have been involved with.

Water is one of the most easily understood of all the ecosystems services nature provides for human kind. The fact that the management of catchments basins and the mountains that provides this resource is a crucial ecosystem services activity, is not so obvious. This article makes it very clear that the limiting effect of reduced ecosystem services that originates from the upper catchments is arriving now not in the future. A point of view that I have been promoting for…
It is truly unbelievable that countries and governments cannot protect their natural resources and especially their wildlife. The central African states such as Kenya and Tanzania are very much dependant, from tourism point of view, on the image and the reality of their wildlife numbers. These resources cannot come back once destroyed, to move and relocate wild life is very difficult and expensive and they really have to migrate back once destroyed. This has become very difficult due the fast…
I have always thought that surface water will be restricting our current way of life on earth very much sooner than climate change and carbon. By looking at this study the groundwater, a resource much less is known about, will also be in trouble. These resources take a lot longer than surface water resource to recover. Many of them will never and they are probably the most important ecosystem service resources. Full Article: A third of the world’s biggest groundwater…
This just too incredible to believe, all this money and very little arrives at the battlefront. Naturally, the recipients use a large percentage of these funds for administrative purposes. Rhino poaching must the best fundraising cause ever. When one talks to the rangers, they are extremely depressed and uncertain about the future. What will it take to tackle this problem seriously? What a frightening and depressing article. When read in conjunction with the other reports on poaching of elephants in…
They only counted the large animals species, it has become clear that small species such bees and termites have a much greater total biomass than that of large animals and are also much more influential in the ecosystem services they provide. Life on Earth is in trouble. That much we know. But how bad have things become – and how fast are events moving? How soon, indeed, before the Earth’s biological treasures are trashed, in what will be the sixth…
It is no wonder the Mozambicans view rhinos as the vehicle to lift them from poverty. Poaching will continue whether it is trees or rhinos. Nito Silva wipes the wood shavings from his sweaty face while his chainsaw still growls. “I log about 40 trees per day,” he says, leaning on a tree he has just cut. The 45-year-old Mozambican, dressed in a grubby T-shirt, torn trousers and scuffed shoes, cuts trees illegally – not wearing a helmet, ear protection…
There are no polar bears in Africa, however the principles behind their possible demise is relevant to the management of African wildlife. The concept of translocation to another continent is relevant to the idea of moving rhinos to China. The one comment one can make is that it gives no credibility to polar bears and their adaptation skills. They have been around a long time and through previous warming tends so they might survive this one too. Click here for…
Do we really think we can do anything about the global impact of our activities? It is already out of control and I think we deserve what we are about to receive? Click below for the full article on The Guardian: Over Population, Oover Consumption - In Pictures
This could be the start of an approach to the demand side of the ivory equation that might also work for the rhino horn model. The principles behind the trading or protection of animal products such as ivory, rhino horn or big cat bones argument will be given some support by the success or otherwise of such a statement and government intervention. CHINA BANS IVORY IMPORTS FOR 1 YEAR TO PROTECT ELEPHANTS
Dams were often developed without the overall planning and environmental management in countries such as the USA and Canada, where hydropower are seen as essential and urgent. This video therefore makes interesting viewing: Elwha River Unplugged: Whitewater Remade as Salmon Return Here is another very interesting video of the breaking of the Condit Dam: Spectacular Time Lapse Dam "Removal" Video In most of the east coast of the USA in states such as California, Washington and British Columbia in Canada…
Drone technology, combined with GIS, is an extremely practical and useful approach to combating poaching, developed using innovation in all its forms. Tracking the roads and proximity of rhinos is what GIS and drones could do so well. Why do all the NGOs, who are raising funds under the emotional cloud created by the enormous publicity generated by rhinos, not band together and support such a project? This has enormous potential and is so innovative. Just what is needed in…
The recent post on Facebook on the famous sculptor Coert Steynberg by Anna du Toit and the Kruger National Park in South Africa has an interesting backdrop. Back in 1972 there was a heated debate about the famous Kruger statue. Originally the idea was to cut the head of Paul Kruger out of a granite hill some distance south of Skukuza on the Malelane road in the Kruger National Park. The public was up in arms about the visual impact…