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Mount Nimba Nature reserve supports species like this pregnant toad, about to give birth to live young © Sandberger-Loua L, Müller H, Rödel M-O

Fighting rural poverty: community empowered to conserve Guinean mountain reserve

Tue, 29/05/2018
It’s an unfortunate fact: people living near Important Biodiversity Areas are often very poor and depend solely on the exploitation of natural resources for their livelihoods. Now, a project is working to buck this trend, empowering communities to improve their lot by using resources sustainably.
Janneh, Salia and Augustine from the Gola Cocoa Team carry a basket of fermented beans ready to be laid out to dry © R Anstead / Twin

Eat chocolate, save a rainforest - the Gola Cocoa Project tells you how

Wed, 23/05/2018
Sounds too good to be true? A project is stopping deforestation and community exploitation in Sierra Leone through the power of cocoa.
Zire Sbekha School in Mauritaina has no electricity, but the community is very active in conservation

Many voices, one song: children across Africa sing for migratory birds

Fri, 11/05/2018
In honour of World Migratory Bird Day, school children from across the African-Eurasian flyway perform songs that pay homage to the birds that pass through their country. Every song is different, but their message is the same: we must all join together to protect our migratory birds.
An idyllic birding stroll turned into a dangerous safari with the intrusion of this unexpected pachyderm © ABN

Surprise hippo invades bird walk in Burundi

Mon, 30/04/2018
The appearance of a hippopotamus at an African bird hotspot was funny and perilous in equal measure – but highlights the underlying problem of human encroachment driving these massive mammals out of their usual home
The island's rugged landscape protects birds such as the Newton's Sunbird from human influence © Lars Petersson

Exploring "African Galapagos" uncovers mysterious rare birds

Fri, 06/04/2018
Conservationists braved the mountainous landscape of São Tomé Island in the first ever comprehensive study of three elusive bird species, with fascinating results. But their findings also highlight the urgent need for better management of the Natural Park.

After a 10 year battle, Tanzania's 'Flamingo Factory' is safe

Wed, 21/03/2018
A crucial breeding ground for Lesser Flamingos is safe after the Government of Tanzania has decided against building a soda ash factory on the shores of Lake Natron.
 Le lac abrite diverses espèces d’oiseaux migrateurs tels que les grues © Fabian Haas

Le Kenya annonce une nouvelle aire protégée dans une zone critique montagnarde africaine

Wed, 14/03/2018
La nouvelle zone humide protégée du Lac Ol Bolossat au centre du Kenya qui couvre une superficie de 43,3 km2, est un site d’étape vital pour les oiseaux migrateurs et avait déjà été classée Zone importante pour la conservation des oiseaux.
Lake Ol Bolossat is a key habitat for Endangered birds such as the Grey Crowned-crane © Fabian Haas

Rapid response turns shrinking Kenyan lake into protected area

Wed, 14/03/2018
Lake Ol Bolossat is home to thriving hippopotamus families and a wealth of stunning waterbirds. But human activity is drying up this oasis of life. Just in the nick of time, a CEPF-funded campaign persuaded the Kenyan Government to grant formal protection.

New report: South Africa’s seabirds, raptors in serious decline

Mon, 12/03/2018
A new report, five years in the making, gives a snapshot of the health of birds and their habitats in South Africa – and highlights some disturbing trends and stats.