• Beachside factories in Gambia
    I am addressing you because of the fishmeal processing factories on Gambias coastline. Are you aware of this already? I think the world definitely should act against this exploitation of one of the last natural, not over-fished and paradise-like tourism coastlines. They are Chinese plants and they are based directly on the beachside to be able to pollute their waste directly and unseen inside the sea. Every now and then tons of dead fish are lying on the beach. This together with the very disgusting scent produced by it scares off tourists - in places called (not by circumstance) paradise beach. In a country where almost 90% lives from tourism. Moreover activists found out they use blind trollers. Therefore they are likely to catch more fish than they are allowed to. The standards on the ships are not made for humans. They don't employ any locals which already resulted in serious riots taking place. The government is protecting the Chinese companies. Eventhough nature reserves like the Tanji Bird Reserve are next to it. Everywhere else in the world all this couldn't happen like this. It is probably only possible due to corruption and is making one of the poorest countries even poorer in the long run. I really want to protect Gambia and its people from this exploitation and make the world know about it.
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  • SAVE OUR HOUT BAY SEAL RESCUE CENTRE
    We are the only seal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Western Cape. The work we do saves the lives of the Cape Fur Seal. The centre has been going for 20 years and we are desperate to keep it going so that we can continue caring for the sick and injured seals.
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  • Okavango Delta: Keep the oil industry out of Africa’s natural treasure!
    The Okavango Basin is an endorheic basin that covers an area of over 2.5 million km2 across Namibia, Angola and Botswana. The basin, which includes the Okavango Delta, is one of Africa’s most biodiverse habitats, home to a myriad of birds and megafauna species including the largest African elephant population left on the planet. The delta, a Ramsar and UNESCO World Heritage Site, remains one of the largest intact wetlands. Nearly one million people are dependent on the Okavango basin for their livelihoods. ReconAfrica’s license is completely within the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier area and overlaps with six locally managed wildlife reserves and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. African elephants, African wild dogs, lions, leopards, giraffes, birds and rare flora will be deleteriously affected by the project. Environmentalists point to the Niger Delta in Nigeria, where oil exploitation by Shell and other corporations has caused an ecological and social nightmare. This must not be repeated in Namibia and Botswana. Namibian and Botswana environmentalists anticipate the following impacts: 🐝 The region’s ecosystem will be destroyed by a Canadian company that will rake in 90% of the profits. 🐝 ReconAfrica’s project will lead us to burn through what little remains of the planet’s dwindling global carbon budget and hampers global efforts to move beyond fossil fuels. The company must not be allowed to destroy such a globally vital conservation area under the guise of economic development. 🐝 Oil and gas extraction is a menace to wildlife. Loud noises, human movement and vehicle traffic from drilling operations can disrupt avian species’ communication, breeding and nesting. 🐝 The infrastructure built for energy development can also have a negative impact: power lines, well pads, fences and roads fragment the habitats of many species. 🐝 The construction of roads, facilities and drilling sites known as well pads requires the use of heavy equipment and can destroy big chunks of pristine wilderness. 🐝 Such damage is often irreversible. 🐝 Transporting the oil rig will destroy local roads. How heavy oil and gas industry equipment has impacted road infrastructure and led to deadly accidents has been amply documented in other countries. 🐝 The region’s tourism industry will be shaken and thousands of people might not only lose their jobs, but their investments as well. Who would want to go on safari in a landscape littered with oil wells? 🐝 The project would deplete and pollute the region’s aquifer. How can one justify giving an overseas company unbridled access to the region’s most precious resource? 🐝 The project will worsen food insecurity in the region, as water is the life source of communities in the Okavango ecosystem.
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  • Désastre écologique dans le village Ngoura situé dans le département de la Kadey à l'Est du Cameroun
    nous les ami(e)s de la conservation de la nature , réunis au sein du groupe WhatsApp Moocs Gestion des aires protégées, venons auprès de vous, solliciter votre pétition pour le retrait du permis d'exploitation minière à la Société Chinoise qui exploite de l'or dans le village Ngoura du département de la Kadey, et qui est responsable du stress hydrique dans une zone déjà semi désertique, et de la mort de plusieurs espèces protégées qui font l'unicité faunique de notre pays. Dans l'attente d'une suite extrêmement favorable, nous vous prions de bien vouloir réagir de manière urgente pour éviter la catastrophe écologique qui s'annonce , et donc les populations locales ont droits à l'eau une ressource en eau de bonne qualité.
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  • STOP the ECOCIDE of the uMbilo River
    The uMbilo River is a river system in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, located in eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. The river rises in Kloof to the west of the city of Durban and the mouth of the river is situated in Durban harbour(1) (2). Due to the ongoing uMbilo River pollution and frustration of the lack of appropriate response or results by the Municipality in addressing the river pollution issues the community members and residents galvanised to form the "Umbilo River Watch" group to monitor and report the river pollution incidents - sewerage leaks/spills in the Pinetown/Queensburgh area and chemicals being released into the river from around Westmead region(3)(4). The numerous reports that were compiled and submitted by the community and ward councillors to the relevant authorities, did not get adequate feedback nor the appropriate progress report on addressing the river pollution issues. The community members took it on themselves to take numerous samples from the river that was sent to the lab for water quality testing. Since then the Durban Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda, visited the uMbilo wastewater treatment plant and ordered city officials to fast track maintenance work in the plant (5) - effluent of which discharges into the river system (6). The uMbilo river system course and river tributaries flows through several communities and informal settlements of which the pollution of the river system has serious environmental and human health issues for community members. The river canals into the Durban port at Bayhead through Maydon Wharf, the site is listed as a Natural Heritage site a 20ha nature reserve of mangrove forest and coastal grassland within the industrial area of Durban Bay, South Africa. The reserve is a remnant of what was once the largest mangrove swamp in the province (7). Reports of the canal pollution have been reported (8). Yours sincerely, The Durban Greenpeace Volunteers, the Umbilo River Watch community group, and the concerned citizens who have added their signatures. Ref:(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umbilo_River (2) http://za.geoview.info/umbilo_river (3) https://www.iol.co.za/mercury/news/look-residents-concerned-at-umbilos-rainbow-river (4) https://www.iol.co.za/sunday-tribune/pinetown-residents-frustrated-as-polluted-umbilo-river-turns-unnatural-blue-colour (5) https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/kwazulu-natal/durban-mayor-steps-in-after-residents-raise-a-stink-about-umbilo-waste-water-works-pollution (6) http://www.durban.gov.za/Resource_Centre/Press_Releases/Pages/Public-Notice_Residents-Urged-not-to-Use-Water-From-Umbilo-River.aspx (7) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayhead_Natural_Heritage_Site (8) https://southlandssun.co.za/154085/bra-demands-answers-over-polluted-canal/ Footnotes *The Umbilo River Watch was set up under the Pinetown Conservancy (formerly uThekwane Conservancy) and has an active Whatsapp group whose members report on pollution in the river. *Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished. *The River Eco-status Monitoring Programme (REMP) evolved from the River Health Programme (RHP). The REMP replaced the RHP in 2016 and is a component of the National Aquatic Ecosystem Health Monitoring Programme (NAEHMP). http://www.dwa.gov.za/iwqs/rhp/default.aspx
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  • Protégeons la biodiversité !!!
    D’après la page Facebook « Alertes environnementales au Sénégal », l’absence de l’homme sur certaines plages avec la pandémie du Covid-19 a entrainé le retour des tortures Caouannes au niveau des côtes sénégalaises au bonheur des braconniers et au malheur de la biodiversité car l’espèce joue un rôle important dans l’équilibre des écosystèmes marins. Notre caractère anthropocentrique nous pousse à négliger certaines espèces tout en oubliant que tout est lié dans la nature, aucune espèce ne peut être considérée comme non indispensable. Conscient de l’importance de la tortue Caouanne et de sa faible reproduction dans le temps et dans l’espace, il serait urgent de mettre en place une stratégie pour accueillir et protéger dans nos côtes la tortue Caouanne (ressource biologique partagée) à notre qualité de « Téranga sénégalais » (hospitalité). Sauvons la Tortue Caouanne, pour participer à la conservation des espèces animales indispensables à l’équilibre des écosystèmes marins en cette journée internationale de l’environnement dont le thème est « La biodiversité une source de préoccupation à la fois urgente et existentielle ».Les événements récents comme les feux de brousse au Brésil, aux Etats -Unis et en Australie ou les infections de criquets en Afrique de l’Est, et maintenant, une pandémie mondiale, démontrent l’interdépendance des êtres humains et des réseaux de vie dans lesquels ils vivent. La nature nous envoie un message (http://www.worldenvironnementday.gobal/). According to the Facebook page “Alertes Environnementales au Senegal”, the absence of man on certain beaches brought about by the Covid-19 has led to the return of Loggerhead Turtles to the coast of Senegal to the happiness of poachers and the misfortune of biodiversity because the species plays a key role in balancing marine ecosystems. Our anthropocentric nature urges us to overlook some species while forgetting that everything is connected when it comes to deal with nature, no species indeed can be considered apart. Aware of the importance of the Loggerhead Turtle and of its low reproduction in time and space, it would be urgent to implement a strategy to welcome and protect in our coasts the Loggerhead Turtle (shared biological resource) on behalf of our quality "Senegalese Teranga" (hospitality). Save the Loggerhead Turtle, to be instrumental in the conservation of animal species overriding to the balance of marine ecosystems on this International Environment Day, the theme of which is "Biodiversity, a source of both urgent and existential concern". Recent events like bush fires in Brazil, the United States and Australia or locust invasions in East Africa, and the current global pandemic, epitomize the interdependence of human beings and life networks in which they live. Nature sends us a message (http://www.worldenvironnementday.gobal/). Tel: +221 77 497 73 21 Website: http://www.leadsenegal.org/ Email: info@leadsenegal.org Facebook:@senegalead Twitter: @SenegalLead
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  • RDC: le chef-lieu de la province de la Mongala( Lisala) menacé de disparition par des érosions
    Suite aux catastrophes naturelles à Lisala, plusieurs ménages relocalisés éprouvent des difficultés et essaient de se reconstruire après avoir trouvé de terre aux localités de groupement Mondunga, Boso-kuluki,et Ebongo-Mika,les érosions emporté leurs maisons depuis les décennies, et sont obligé de se déplacer vers le nouveau site ,le gouvernement n’offre pas aux sinistrés de nouvelles habitations et les associations locales étant dépourvues de moyen nécessaire pour face aux érosions, la société civile de la Mongala et la population ont toujours poussées les autorités provinciales afin de trouver certains mécanisme d’atténuation mais leurs requêtes restent sans suite. L’appui du gouvernement central et provincial que nous sollicitons s’inscrivent dans le cadre des activités prioritaires de Réduction des Risques de catastrophes Naturelles en RDC, qui vise la prévention et la réponse aux catastrophes naturelles en toute urgence. Cette cause me tient beaucoup à coeur et cela me ferait vraiment plaisir que vous signiez aussi. Chaque signature compte pour faire de cette pétition un succès et pouvoir ainsi changer les choses. Et surtout, n'hésitez pas à partager cette pétition après l'avoir signée. Me rejoindrez-vous pour agir en faveur de cette campagne ? +243815412213
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  • Ne Touche pas à nos terres ancestrales - U wesu Pehalal !!!!!!
    Présentation Il se trouve que le gouvernement camerounais, avec l'aide de certains lobbies tapis dans l´ombre voudrait priver les populations de villes de Yabassi, Yingui, une partie de Ngambe et une partie de Ndikiniméki d'une superficie de près de 85 000 ha de forêt au fallacieux motif que ces hectares ne sont ni occupés, ni exploités. Or, pour qui connait l´histoire coloniale du Cameroun, l´on devrait se rappeler qu´à la faveur d´un arrêté préfectoral de 1963, ces populations qui y vivaient paisiblement avaient été déguerpies manu militari par la jeune armée camerounaise, fortement soutenue par l´armée coloniale française, qui faisait face á une féroce rébellion réfugiée dans cette forêt. Des villages avaient été totalement vidés de toute vie humaine, laissant derrière eux églises, écoles, cimetières, plantations, habitations, cheptel (chèvres, moutons, porcs, volaille) et animaux de compagnie (chiens, chats). Aujourd'hui encore subsistent dans cette forêt de nombreux vestiges qui témoignent du vécu et du passé de ces populations à cet endroit. Elles furent alors contraintes de s´exiler vers d´autres villes camerounaises, notamment dans le département du Mungo ( Loum, Penja, Mombo), celui du wouri ( Douala et ses environs), de la Sanaga-maritime(Edéa, Dizangue, Sombengue, Pouma), du Nkam (Carrefour Bonepoupa, Kopongo, PK 12 à 30). De quoi s´agit-il? Alors que la nouvelle génération issue de ces populations autrefois déportées amorce depuis quelques années son retour sur ses terres ancestrales à travers un programme de repeuplement de leurs terres( Construction des habitations, création des plantations, ouverture des écoles, points d´eau) voici que le gouvernement du Cameroun voudrait les priver de leur patrimoine foncier ancestral, en évitant de discuter directement avec les chefs de villages et les propriétaires des terres, mais plutôt avec des suppôts à sa solde. Outre le fait que les populations voudraient défendre leurs intérêts fonciers ancestraux, il se trouve que cette vaste superficie regorge d´immenses richesses en termes de flore et faune, des espèces animales protégées et de plusieurs essences (arbres). Ce qui fait la convoitise de certains fonctionnaires zélés qui voudraient l´offrir sous cape à un forestier aux fins de l´exploiter sous forme d' UFA (unité forestière aménagée) sans que les populations concernées aient leur mot à dire. Des réunions présidées par le préfet du département du Nkam se limitent au seul monologue de ce dernier qui ne laisse aucune place á la contradiction; des réunions dont le mode de convocation, de même que le choix des personnes devant y prendre part se font à la tête du client le moins gênant dans l´affaire. Que dire alors de la superficie et des villages concernés : Tabou. Que faut-il faire? Il s´agit de soutenir les pauvres populations dans la défense de leurs droits ancestraux en invitant le gouvernement camerounais, notamment les fonctionnaires zélés à surseoir à leur sale besogne. Non pas que ces populations sont contre un quelconque projet de développement, mais de grâce elles souhaitent maîtriser les tenants et les aboutissants du projet. Elles souhaitent que les autorités administratives leur octroient des titres fonciers sur ce territoire, et que la biodiversité de ce territoire soit protégée. C´est leur biotope. Aussi en appellent-elles à toute personne, institution ou action qui pourrait les accompagner dans ce difficile combat pour la défense de leur héritage ancestral. Terre des Aïeux. A wesu Pehalal !
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  • CAMEROON: STOP PLASTIC, STOP FLOODING
    We seem to be failing the war against plastic in our country. We have long understood the negative impact plastic has had on the people of Cameroon, and have even taken steps to curb the problem by introducing into law a ban on the importation, production or commercialization of non-biodegradable plastic bags on April 1, 2014. However, the law is not enforced and instead, we try to accommodate single-use plastic for the short term gains, by trying to ramp up recycling schemes which are not working. What is left is an erosion of our public infrastructure, where drainage systems become blocked, causing widespread flooding and putting the lives of citizens at risk.  In fact, the situation has become even more dire - constant urban floods in Douala and the recent deaths of 42 Bafoussam residents after their houses were swept away in a landslide is testament of that. And we need need to respond swiftly to this environmental emergency. All in takes is the simple enforcement of a law that already exists.  In Kenya, for instance, where that have taken massive steps to enforce their ban of the plastic ban, there has been a massive, almost immediate, improvement on the state of the environment. They too faced a lot of resistance from the public, but they have learned to adapt.  We urge you to be as bold as the Kenyan government, and not to cave to pressure from those who have no concern for the citizens who are at risk - the most vulnerable of our people.
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  • Non aux usines « MOUKA » farine animales
    La capitale économique de la Mauritanie est entrain d’agoniser avec toute sa population. Les côtes Mauritaniennes jadis les plus poissonneuses du monde et dont tout un pays désertique en dépend sont fortement menacées par les usines de farine animales . Seule une poignée d’hommes d’affaire qui se compte sur le bout des doigts de la main récolte leur bénéfice. Cette activité est avare en main d’œuvre.
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  • SAVE SOUTH AFRICA'S WILD COAST FROM OIL DRILLING
    KwaZulu-Natal is renowned for its famous and beautiful beaches. However, healthy oceans are critically important to marine life and to coastal communities whose economies rely on tourism, fishing and recreational activities. Last year, mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe announced that SA will relax a moratorium on gas and oil exploration licences, implemented earlier in 2018, to allow exploration and production applications already in the system to be granted. Opening up new offshore areas to drilling, risks permanent damage to our oceans and beaches. We've already witnessed the harmful effect of oil on the ocean in July - after fuel tank valves from the MV Chrysanthi S were not properly closed, which lead to an overspill in Port Elizabeth, affecting 90 African penguins! Read more - - https://southcoastherald.co.za/300531/opposing-oil-gas-exploration-awareness-workshop-held-sheppie-july-10/ - https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2018-12-02-activists-vow-to-prevent-exploration-for-oil-and-gas-off-kwazulu-natal-coast/ - https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/seabirds-rescued-after-oil-spill-released-back-into-wild-32613282
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  • Stop the coal mine in Komatipoort!
    Arising from Manzolwandle Investments’ application to mine coal in an area of approximately 18 000 hectares close to Komatipoort and the Kruger National Park, the agricultural network Saai – representative of family farmers – joined as interested party to oppose this development. The target area mainly comprises irrigation agriculture in export industries, as well as high-intensity farms that have a large number of workers in service. Acid rain, coal dust, hundreds of trucks destroying roads, an increase in cattle theft, air and water pollution and noise are but single disadvantages and side effects that mining activities would cause for nearby agricultural production. ABOUT SAAI - The Southern African Agri Initiative (SAAI) is an agricultural interest network for farmers by farmers, which is committed to the protection and promotion of the rights, values, ideals and needs of family farmers in the primary produce sector. website - https://www.saai.org/
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