tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/Uganda1 Uganda news from mongabay.com 2015-06-24T13:40:48Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15024 2015-06-23T23:56:00Z 2015-06-24T13:40:48Z On the fence about wildlife fencing: new paper outlines research needed to resolve debate <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-imgs.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0617-pereira-drylands-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Fencing is used to protect wildlife against poaching and human encroachment, and also to protect people and livestock from wildlife. As a conservation strategy, it has proponents as well as detractors. A recent paper by a team of 45 international researchers in the Journal of Applied Ecology questions the wisdom of erecting wildlife fencing in dryland ecosystems. It also seeks to ease decision-making on fencing initiatives by setting a research agenda to answer open questions that will help resolve the debate. Brittany Stewart tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14893 2015-06-02T15:24:00Z 2015-06-17T17:10:02Z Photo essay: Polluted, overfished, and choked by weeds, world's second-largest lake is 'on its knees' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-imgs.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0602_IEsipisu_LakeVictoria_FishingGear_Thumbnail.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Lake Victoria is choking with pollution from industrial, agricultural, and human waste. Its problems are compounded by illegal fishing, catching of juvenile fish, and infestations of water hyacinth and the carnivorous Nile perch, which has wiped out many native fish species. Activists say lax law enforcement and a lack of political will are failing the lake, whose fisheries help feed nearly 22 million people. Rebecca Kessler -0.142376 34.736848 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14867 2015-05-27T21:16:00Z 2015-05-27T21:17:24Z Uganda's elephant population has risen 600% since its 1980s low <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0527.Elephant--acacia.THUMB.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the 1980s, Uganda's elephants looked like they were on their way to extinction. The country had only about 700-800 elephants left, all in a single park; poachers had exterminated the rest. But a new survey as a part of the Great Elephant Census has confirmed that Uganda is today a bright spot in the current ivory poaching crisis. The country has more than 5,000 elephants and growing. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14644 2015-04-16T07:46:00Z 2015-06-23T03:36:31Z Criticism of GAR and Wilmar African oil palm projects highlight global ‘no-deforestation' challenges <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="//lh6.googleusercontent.com/-DY88_1sdoN0/VS9oXXzyNAI/AAAAAAAABbM/i0TyrnAVQAw/w150-h99-no/1029-pygmy-hippo-public-domain.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Despite high-profile no-deforestation policies, palm oil giants Golden Agri-Resources and Wilmar have attracted criticism recently over their projects in Africa, particularly regarding the correct implementation of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of affected communities. Some NGOs have suggested these persistent problems indicate no lessons have been learned from years of bad practice in Indonesia. Philip Jacobson tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14362 2015-02-09T14:50:00Z 2015-02-09T14:53:09Z Pollinator collapse could lead to a rise in malnutrition Saving the world's pollinators may be a public health issue, according to recent research. Scientists have long believed that pollinators are important for human nutrition, but this is first time they have tested the hypothesis. What they found is disturbing: pollinator collapse could increase nutrient deficiency across local populations by a up to 56 percent in four developing counties. Jeremy Hance -15.831249 23.960145 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14316 2015-01-28T15:21:00Z 2015-01-30T16:16:41Z Adorbs: scientists capture first photos of African golden cat kittens <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0127.Caracal-aurata-kittens-3.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The African golden cat is arguably the continent's least known feline, inhabiting dense tropical forests, almost never seen, and, of course, long-upstaged by Africa's famous felines. But a few intrepid scientists are beginning to uncover the long-unknown lives of these wild cats. Researchers working in Uganda's Kibale National Park have captured remarkable photos of African golden cats...with kittens. Jeremy Hance 0.451968 30.489145 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13899 2014-10-10T18:12:00Z 2014-11-06T17:54:31Z Forest restoration commitments: driven by science or politics? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1010-gorilla-thumb.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>During September's UN Climate Summit, three African nations were recognized for their commitments to restore collectively millions of hectares of forest. But several organizations declined invitations to sign the pact because they say it fails to lay out “concrete action” to fight climate change, and some experts in the field worry that the announcements are little more than political posturing. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.190025 28.289514 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13837 2014-09-25T21:33:00Z 2015-02-20T15:22:04Z Four countries pledge to restore 30 million hectares of degraded lands at UN Summit In 2011, Germany and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature launched the Bonn Challenge, which pledged to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020. Several countries have already made commitments&#8212;including the U.S.&#8212;but this week at the UN Climate Summit four more jumped on board. Jeremy Hance 8.964736 38.828945 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13698 2014-08-21T17:17:00Z 2015-02-27T19:31:23Z Running to reforest: communities, NGOs work to save Ugandan reserve in the midst of massive deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0821-bugoma-thumb.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Stung by massive loss of forest cover in Bugoma central forest reserve, part of a vast chimpanzee habitat in the western part of Uganda, seven private local and international organizations in the east African country have joined hands to raise awareness of forest issues and money for reforestation efforts -- by launching a conservation-themed quarter-marathon. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.326440 30.922604 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13522 2014-07-09T22:24:00Z 2014-11-06T17:39:12Z The last best place no more: massive deforestation destroying prime chimp habitat in Uganda <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0709-kafu-chimp-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Kafu River, which is about 180 kilometers (110 miles) long, is part of a vast chimpanzee habitat that includes forest reserves and several unofficial protected areas. However, this region of Uganda is losing a significant portion of valuable chimpanzee habitat, and at least 20 percent of the forest cover along the Kafu River has disappeared since 2001. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.442119 31.210102 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13489 2014-07-03T16:52:00Z 2014-07-06T16:19:33Z Next big idea in forest conservation? The 'double-edged sword' of democracy <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0703.sheil.gorilla.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dr. Douglas Sheil considers himself an ecologist, but his research includes both conservation and management of tropical forests. Currently teaching at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) Sheil has authored and co-authored over 200 publications including scholarly articles, books, and popular articles on the subject. Jeremy Hance -0.987945 29.672290 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13317 2014-05-29T21:58:00Z 2014-06-02T19:30:03Z Tipping the scale: how a political economist could save the world’s forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0529_ostrom150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Can Elinor Ostrom’s revolutionary ideas halt climate change, improve people’s livelihoods, and save the world’s forests? The Nobel-prize winning economist famously said, 'There’s a five-letter word I’d like to repeat and repeat and repeat: Trust.' Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative Fellow Wendee Nicole reports on Ostrom's innovative ideas of global forest conservation. Tiffany Roufs -1.080691 29.661261 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13289 2014-05-27T17:36:00Z 2014-05-27T17:40:35Z Deutsche Bank dumps controversial palm oil company Deutsche Bank has sold its stake in Bumitama, an Indonesian palm company that has been embroiled in controversy over alleged destruction of rainforests and peatlands in Borneo, reports Friends of the Earth Europe. Rhett Butler 51.506646 -0.016869 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13182 2014-05-05T17:10:00Z 2015-06-16T00:34:48Z Seeing the Forest for the Trees: How 'One Health' Connects Humans, Animals, and Ecosystems <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0501nicole150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The emerging One Health movement recognizes the inextricable connections between human, animal, and ecosystem health and is leading not only to new scientific research but also to projects that help people rise out of poverty, improve their health, reduce conflicts with wildlife, and preserve ecosystems. Mongabay.org SRI Fellow Wendee Nicole reports. Tiffany Roufs -1.080616 29.661389 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12622 2014-01-10T16:40:00Z 2014-01-10T16:58:00Z Primary school children build fuel-efficient stoves in Uganda <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0110stoves150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A group of young children have become a catalyst in the effort to save Kibale National Park from deforestation. Children from Iruhuura Primary School in Uganda have collaborated with the Kasiisi Project and Camp Uganda to build fuel-efficient stoves, developing a more sustainable method of wood consumption around the hugely-biodiverse Kibale National Park. Tiffany Roufs 0.51635 30.404205 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12480 2013-12-04T16:39:00Z 2015-02-11T23:59:02Z Sky islands: exploring East Africa's last frontier <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1204.Taveta-two-horned-chameleon-(Kinyongia-tavetana),-South-Pare-Mts.-Tanzania.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The montane rainforests of East Africa are little-known to the global public. The Amazon and Congo loom much larger in our minds, while the savannas of East Africa remain the iconic ecosystems for the region. However these ancient, biodiverse forests&#8212;sitting on the tops of mountains rising from the African savanna&#8212;are home to some remarkable species, many found only in a single forest. A team of international scientists&#8212;Michele Menegon, Fabio Pupin, and Simon Loader&#8212;have made it their mission to document the little-known reptiles and amphibians in these so-called sky islands, many of which are highly imperiled. Jeremy Hance -12.077428 37.631686 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12440 2013-11-25T14:18:00Z 2013-11-28T00:26:45Z New children's book celebrates the rich wildlife of Kibale National Park <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1125.Kibale-Cover.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There are many ways in which people practice conservation. The most well-known are working to save species in the field or setting up protected areas. But just as important&#8212;arguably more important for long-term conservation success&#8212;is conservation education, especially with children. Anyone who grew up watching David Attenborough documentaries, reading Gerald Durrell books, or simply exploring ecosystems on their own can tell you how important it is to encounter the wonders of wildlife at a young age. And for many of us most of our first encounters with wild animals are in illustrated books. Eric Losh's new book, <i>The Chorus of Kibale</i>, not only provides an educational opportunity for children to become acquainted with the many animals in Kibale National park in Uganda&#8212;through wonderful pictures and sounds&#8212;but proceed also go directly to two conservation groups working in the region, U.N.I.T.E. for the environment and the Primate Education Network (PEN). Jeremy Hance 0.486407 30.38822 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12391 2013-11-16T16:53:00Z 2013-11-18T15:00:55Z Prize exploring the next big idea in rainforest conservation announced <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_1317.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Mongabay.org, a non-profit that aims to raise awareness about social and environmental issues relating to tropical forests and other ecosystems, has announced the first winner of its environmental reporting prize its Special Reporting Initiative (SRI) program. The prize sought proposals to explore the question of what's the next big idea in tropical biodiversity conservation. After a two-month application window and a month of deliberations, this week an independent panel of journalists and tropical forest specialists selected environmental journalist Wendee Nicole as the first recipient of the Mongabay Prize for Environmental Reporting. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11938 2013-08-19T15:04:00Z 2015-02-11T23:16:22Z Illegally captured parrots finally free to fly <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0819.parrots.Stefan-Avramov-1-sm.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2010, Bulgarian airport authorities confiscated 108 African grey parrots (<i>Psittacus erithacus</i>) from a smuggler. Last month, the 28 parrots who survived the stress of being stuffed into dog kennels, constantly handled by humans, and the absence of their native habitat, completed their three-year journey to freedom. Jeremy Hance -0.104198 32.653077 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11712 2013-07-03T14:14:00Z 2013-07-03T14:36:18Z Making movies to save Uganda's great apes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0630.Silverback-Mountain-gorilla-in-Bwindi-Impenetrable-National-Park.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new series of films aims to protect Uganda's great ape species (mountain gorillas and chimpanzees) by bringing entertaining and educational movies to a rural audience living on the edges of Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Produced with heavy input from locals, these films are acted with an all-Ugandan task to teach those living near great apes about the species and their conservation-needs. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11621 2013-06-20T16:50:00Z 2013-06-20T17:06:55Z Building a new generation of local conservationists: how improving education in Uganda may save one of the world's great forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/kibale.IMG_3752.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Conservation work is often focused on the short-term: protecting a forest from an immediate threat, saving a species from pending extinction, or a restoring an ecosystem following degradation. While short-term responses are often borne of necessity, one could argue that long-term thinking in conservation and environmental work (as in all human endeavors) is woefully neglected, especially in the tropics. This is why programs like the Kasiisi Project are so important: by vastly improving education for primary kids near a threatened park in Uganda, the project hopes to create a "generation of committed rural conservationists," according to founder and director, Elizabeth Ross. Jeremy Hance 0.443569 30.417652 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11557 2013-06-06T21:07:00Z 2015-02-11T23:06:30Z Saving one of Africa's most stunning parks through biomass briquettes and fuel-efficient stoves <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0606.newnature.investigatingkuchumbricks.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When Rebecca Goldstone and Michael Stern first arrived in Uganda's Kibale National Park in 2000 to study monkeys, little did they know then that they would stay on to kick-start an innovative organization, The New Nature Foundation, connecting locals to the park through videos and visits. Nor did they know they would soon tackle the biggest threat to Kibale: deforestation for cooking fuel wood. Since 2006, the couple's organization has implemented a hugely-successful program that provides biomass briquettes for environmentally-friendly fuel for locals, cutting down on the need for forest destruction. Jeremy Hance 0.465541 30.402231 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11550 2013-06-05T21:39:00Z 2013-06-05T21:52:38Z African militias trading elephant ivory for weapons <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0304.800px-Loxodontacyclotis.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is using lucrative elephant poaching for ivory to fund its activities, according to a report published on Tuesday. Eyewitness accounts from park rangers, Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) escapees and recent senior defectors report that the fugitive warlord Joseph Kony, who is wanted by the international criminal court for war crimes and crimes against humanity, ordered African forest elephants to be killed in Garamba national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the tusks sent to him. Jeremy Hance 4.16721 29.499062 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11409 2013-05-13T14:09:00Z 2014-03-03T14:51:46Z Why responsible tourism is the key to saving the mountain gorilla <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0512.gorilla.Picture-credit-Nick-Hoggett.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The sunlight poured through the canopy, casting dappled shade over Makara, a large silverback mountain gorilla, as he cast his eyes around the forest clearing, checking on the members of his harem. A female gorilla reclined on a bank of dense vegetation of the most brilliant green, clutching her three day old infant close to her chest, and elsewhere, two juvenile gorillas played around a small tree, running rings around it until one crashed into the other and they rolled themselves into a roly-poly ball of jet black fluff that came to a halt a few meters in front of our delighted group. Jeremy Hance -1.022704 29.709377 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11387 2013-05-07T17:49:00Z 2015-02-09T22:56:58Z Featured video: camera trapping in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park A new video highlights the work of Badru Mugerwa as he sets and monitors 60 remote camera traps in one of the most rugged tropical forests on Earth: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Mugerwa is working with the TEAM Network, run by Conservation International, which monitors mammal and bird populations in 16 protected tropical forests around the world. Every researcher uses the same methodology allowing findings to be compared not just from year-to-year but across oceans. Jeremy Hance -1.024764 29.708691 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11039 2013-03-14T16:56:00Z 2013-03-17T10:16:18Z Elephant woes: conservationists mixed on elephant actions at CITES <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0314.800px-Horn_Louvre_OA4069.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Conservationists couldn't agree if the glass was half-full or half-empty on action to protect elephants at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, Thailand. Elephants, especially in Africa, have faced a massive rise in poaching over the last decade with tens-of-thousands shot dead every year. Forests elephants in central Africa have been especially targeted: new research estimates that an astounding 60 percent of the world's forest elephants have been slaughtered for their tusks in the last ten years alone. While conservationists had hopes that CITES would move aggressively against elephant poaching, the results were a decidedly mixed-bag. Jeremy Hance 13.743387 100.510941 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10387 2012-11-13T17:17:00Z 2015-02-09T22:13:05Z Mountain gorilla population up by over 20 percent in five years A mountain gorilla census in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a population that continues to rise, hitting 400 animals. The new census in Bwindi means the total population of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) has reached 880&#8212;up from 720 in 2007&#8212;and marking a growth of about 4 percent per year. Jeremy Hance -1.02323 29.707169 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10170 2012-09-17T22:14:00Z 2012-09-18T02:28:46Z Method to estimate primate abundance falls short Counting wildlife may sound straight-forward, but achieving accurate estimates has plagued scientists for centuries, especially in difficult and dense environments like rainforest. Recently, one method to estimate leaf-eating primates was to look at leaf quality in a particular habitat, particularly the ratio of protein to fiber in leaves. However, a new study in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Science adds to growing concerns regarding this model by finding that it doesn't accurately predict abundance of red colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus) in Uganda's Kibale National Park. Jeremy Hance 0.452495 30.410042 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9948 2012-07-31T19:38:00Z 2012-07-31T23:37:13Z Forest cover falls 9% in East Africa in 9 years <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/uganda/150/ug2_5559.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forest cover in East Africa has dropped by 9.3 percent from 2001-2009, according to a new paper published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. Looking at 12 countries in the region, the scientists found that, worryingly, forests were particularly hard hit near protected areas. Usually thought of as a region of vast savannas, such as the Serengeti, East Africa is also home to incredibly biodiverse tropical forests, including coastal forests, rich montane forests, and the eastern portion of the Congo Rainforest. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9326 2012-03-29T19:15:00Z 2012-03-29T19:43:31Z Cute animal picture of the day: endangered baby giraffe A baby Rothschild's giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi) was recently born at the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Bronx Zoo. The subspecies was classified as Endangered in 2010 with a wild population of less than 700 individuals in Kenya and Uganda. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9272 2012-03-19T19:06:00Z 2012-03-19T19:29:56Z Solitary male monkeys cause crop damage in Uganda Solitary male red-tailed monkeys (Cercopithecus ascanius) cause significant damage to cocoa crops in Uganda, according to a new study in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Society (TCS). Researchers examined crop raiding by social groups of red-tailed monkeys and lone males, only to discover that solitary males caused significantly more damage to cocoa crops than the average group member. The research may have implications for how to mitigate human-wildlife conflict in the area. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9271 2012-03-19T18:37:00Z 2012-03-19T18:55:03Z Chimp conservation requires protecting fragmented river forests in Uganda Forest fragments along riversides in Uganda may make good habitats for chimpanzees but remain unprotected, according to a new study in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Society (TCS). Researchers surveyed a riverine forest known as Bulindi in Uganda, in-between Budongo and Bugoma Forest Reserves, to determine if it was suitable for the long-term survival of eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) populations. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8435 2011-09-26T23:10:00Z 2011-09-26T23:13:17Z Restoring tropical forests by keeping fire far away Keeping fire at bay could be key to reforesting abandoned land in the tropics, according to a new study in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Science. Measuring the recovery of regenerating forests in Kibale National Park in Uganda, the study found that suppressing fire allowed the forest to come back over a period of decades. Given the role rainforests play in sequestering carbon and safeguarding biodiversity, the study argues that reforesting abandoned land in the tropics should be a global policy and controlling fire may be an simple and largely inexpensive method to achieve the goal. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8322 2011-08-24T17:23:00Z 2015-01-28T23:54:11Z National parks do not contribute to poverty, finds decade-long study A new study of Uganda's Kibale National Park refutes the conventional wisdom that parks cause poverty along their borders. 'Apparently the park provides a source of insurance; [locals] can hunt, or sell firewood or thatch from the park' explains Jennifer Alix-Garcia, co-author of the study, with the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 'It's misleading. If you look, you see more poor people living near the park. But when you look at the change in assets, you see that the poor people who live next to the park have lost less than poor people who live further away.' Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8313 2011-08-22T22:19:00Z 2011-08-23T14:18:11Z Uganda resurrects plan to hand over protected forest to sugar company An environmental issue in Uganda that left three people dead four years ago has reared its head again. The Ugandan government has resurrected plans to give a quarter of the Mabira Forest Reserve to a sugar cane corporation after dropping the idea in 2007 following large-scale protests, including one that left many activists injured and three dead. A pet project of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni the plan would degazette 7,100 hectares of the 30,000 hectare Mabira Forest Reserve for a sugarcane plantation to be run by the Indian-owned company, Mehta Group. However the plan is being heavily attacked by critics. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8289 2011-08-17T15:49:00Z 2015-01-28T23:49:22Z Cameratraps take global snapshot of declining tropical mammals <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/cameratrap.chimps.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A groundbreaking cameratrap study has mapped the abundance, or lack thereof, of tropical mammal populations across seven countries in some of the world's most important rainforests. Undertaken by The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM), the study found that habitat loss was having a critical impact on mammals. The study, which documented 105 mammals (nearly 2 percent of the world's known mammals) on three continents, also confirmed that mammals fared far better&#8212;both in diversity and abundance&#8212;in areas with continuous forest versus areas that had been degraded. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8247 2011-08-04T16:39:00Z 2011-08-04T16:50:36Z Famine spreads: 29,000 young children perish As the UN announces that famine has spread in Somalia to three additional regions (making five in total now), the US has put the first number to the amount of children under 5 who have so far perished from starvation in the last 90 days: 29,000. Nearly half of the total population of Somalia is currently in need of emergency food assistance. Yet, the al Qaeda-linked group al-Shabaab, which controls parts of Somalia, has made bringing assistance to many of the malnourished incredibly difficult, if not impossible. The famine in Somalia has been brought-on by lack of governance combined with crippling droughts throughout East Africa, which some experts have linked to climate change. High food prices worldwide and a lagging response by the international community and donors have made matters only worse. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8186 2011-07-20T17:08:00Z 2011-07-20T17:20:48Z Tens of thousands starving to death in East Africa As the US media is focused like a laser on theatric debt talks and the UK media is agog at the heinous Rupert Murdoch scandal, millions of people are undergoing a starvation crisis in East Africa. The UN has upgraded the disaster&#8212;driven by high food prices, conflict, and prolonged drought linked by some to climate change&#8212;to famine in parts of Somalia today. Mark Bowden, UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, has said that tens of thousands Somalis have died from malnutrition recently, "the majority of whom were children." Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8090 2011-06-30T16:47:00Z 2011-06-30T16:48:47Z Worst drought in 60 years brings starvation fears to East Africa A prolonged drought in East Africa is bringing many of the region's impoverished to their knees: the World Food Program (WFP) is warning that 10 million people in the region are facing severe shortages. While not dubbed a famine yet, experts say it could become one. Meanwhile, a recent study by FEWS NET/USGS has revealed that the current drought is the worst in 11 of 15 East African regions since 1950-51. Worsening droughts are one of the predictions for the region as the world grows warmer. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8035 2011-06-19T16:41:00Z 2011-06-20T17:17:02Z How do we save Africa's forests? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0620mercer150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Africa's forests are fast diminishing to the detriment of climate, biodiversity, and millions of people of dependent on forest resources for their well-being. But is the full conservation of Africa's forests necessary to mitigate global climate change and ensure environmental stability in Africa? A new report by The Forest Philanthropy Action Network (FPAN), a non-profit that provides research-based advice on funding forest conservation, argues that only the full conservation of African forests will successfully protect carbon stocks in Africa. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7601 2011-03-17T17:59:00Z 2015-01-26T22:53:21Z Goodbye national parks: when 'eternal' protected areas come under attack <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/yellowstone.ge.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>One of the major tenets behind the creation of a national park, or other protected area, is that it will not fade, but remain in essence beyond the pressures of human society, enjoyed by current generations while being preserved for future ones. The protected area is a gift, in a way, handed from one wise generation to the next. However, in the real world, dominated by short-term thinking, government protected areas are not 'inalienable', as Abraham Lincoln dubbed one of the first; but face being shrunk, losing legal protection, or in some cases abolished altogether. A first of its kind study, published in Conservation Letters, recorded 89 instances in 27 countries of protected areas being downsized (shrunk), downgraded (decrease in legal protections), and degazetted (abolished) since 1900. Referred to by the authors as PADDD (protected areas downgraded, downsized, or degazetted), the trend has been little studied despite its large impact on conservation efforts. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7156 2010-12-07T18:19:00Z 2010-12-07T18:21:32Z Mountain gorilla population up by 100 individuals Conservation appears to be working for the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla (<i>Gorilla beringei beringei</i>) in the Virunga massif region, as a new census shows an additional 100 individuals from the last census in 2003, an increase of over a quarter. The Virunga massif is a region in three nations—Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda—and covering three protected area. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6921 2010-10-18T19:30:00Z 2015-01-26T21:18:57Z Environmentalists must recognize 'biases and delusions' to succeed As nations from around the world meet at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan to discuss ways to stem the loss of biodiversity worldwide, two prominent researchers argue that conservationists need to consider paradigm shifts if biodiversity is to be preserved, especially in developing countries. Writing in the journal <i>Biotropica</i>, Douglas Sheil and Erik Meijaard argue that some of conservationists' most deeply held beliefs are actually hurting the cause. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6822 2010-09-27T18:37:00Z 2010-09-27T18:38:18Z Ugandan forest being stripped for fuel wood A new study in the open access journal of <i>Tropical Conservation Science</i> finds that the Kasagala forest reserve in central Uganda is losing important tree species and suffering from low diversity of species. Researchers believe that forest degradation for charcoal and firewood has put heavy pressure on this ecosystem. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6648 2010-08-19T23:12:00Z 2010-08-19T23:19:22Z Lion populations plummet in Uganda's parks Lion populations across Uganda's park system have declined 40 percent in less than a decade, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6630 2010-08-15T21:13:00Z 2010-08-15T23:46:38Z Researchers classify Rothschild's giraffe as endangered <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/rothschilds.thumb.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>With less than 670 Rothschild's giraffes surviving in the wild, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List has listed the subspecies as 'Endangered'. Surviving in Kenya and Uganda, Rothschild's giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi) is hanging on in small isolated populations usually in protected areas where populations are already at a maximum. "[We] hope this will highlight to the world the critical state its tallest creature is in," giraffe-expert and conservationist, Julian Fennessey said in a statement. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6602 2010-08-11T23:57:00Z 2015-01-23T17:49:32Z Stunning monkey discovered in the Colombian Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/newtiti.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>While the Amazon is being whittled away on all sides by logging, agriculture, roads, cattle ranching, mining, oil and gas exploration, today's announcement of a new monkey species proves that the world's greatest tropical rainforest still has many surprises to reveal. Scientists with the National University of Colombia and support from Conservation International (CI) have announced the discovery of a new monkey in the journal <i>Primate Conservation</i> on the Colombian border with Peru and Ecuador. The new species is a titi monkey, dubbed the Caquetá titi (<i> Callicebus caquetensis</i>). However, the announcement comes with deep concern as researchers say it is likely the new species is already Critically Endangered due to a small population living in an area undergoing rapid deforestation for agriculture. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6351 2010-06-28T15:56:00Z 2010-06-28T16:05:34Z Forest loss occurring around Kibale National Park in Uganda A new study in <i>Tropical Conservation Science</i> finds that Kibale National Park in Uganda has retained its tropical forest despite pressures of a dense human population and large-scale clearing activities just beyond the border of the park. Home to twelve primate species, including Chimpanzees, the park is known as a safe-haven for African primates. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5470 2010-01-15T21:02:00Z 2010-01-15T21:10:02Z Company seeks to log forest reserve for palm oil in Uganda A company in Uganda is pressuring the environment ministry to allow it to log a protected forest reserve to establish a palm oil plantation, reports <i>The New Vision</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5032 2009-10-15T18:11:00Z 2009-10-15T18:36:19Z Uganda to open its doors to big game hunters Uganda, which suffered a 90 percent decline in large mammals during the 70s and 80s, has now lifted a decades-long ban on big game hunting, reports the AFP. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4978 2009-09-16T17:54:00Z 2015-01-19T00:25:51Z Saving gorillas by bringing healthcare to local people in Uganda, an interview with Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g94/troufs/GladysatHardedgebetweentheforestand.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>How can bringing healthcare to local villagers in Uganda help save the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla? The answer lies in our genetics, says Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, wildlife veterinarian and director of Conservation through Public Health (CTPH). "Because we share 98.4% genetic material with gorillas we can easily transmit diseases to each other." Therefore, explains Kalema-Zikusoka "our efforts to protect the gorillas will always be undermined by the poor public health of the people who they share a habitat with. In order to effectively improve the health of the gorillas we needed to also improve the health of the people, which will not only directly reduced the health threat to gorillas through improvement of public health practices, but also improved community attitudes toward wildlife conservation." Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4772 2009-07-29T14:28:00Z 2009-07-29T17:09:35Z Palm oil producer Wilmar launches plantation in Uganda <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0729uganda150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Wilmar, one of the world's largest palm oil traders, is investing $10 million to establish an oil palm plantation in Kalangala, Uganda over the next three years, reports Bernama, Malaysia's state new agency. The investment is the first in Uganda by a Malaysian oil palm developer. In recent years Uganda has looked toward foreign investors to launch an industrial palm oil industry in the country but has been thwarted by protests over environmental concerns. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3550 2008-11-04T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:16:04Z Ugandan president continues to undermine national forest reserves Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni &#8212; a leader who has repeatedly sought to hand forest areas over to industrial developers and undermine the sanctity of reserves &#8212; is now blaming the country's forestry agency for deforestation in Uganda. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3043 2008-06-14T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:20Z Does logging contribute to AIDS deaths in Africa? Logging activities in tropical Africa may pose hidden health risks to wildlife and humans according to a veterinary pathobiologist speaking at a scientific conference in Paramaribo, Suriname. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2645 2008-01-10T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:13:10Z Dirt-munching helps protect chimps from malaria Soil ingestion helps chimps protect themselves from malaria, reports a new study published in the journal Naturwissenschaften. Apparently geophagy, as the deliberate behvaior is known, increases the potency of ingested plants with anti-malarial properties. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2511 2007-12-21T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:47:21Z Uganda renews plans to log rainforest reserve for sugar cane Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni on Friday revived a controversial plan to grant a forest reserve to commercial sugar cane interests. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2388 2007-10-25T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:55Z Parasites a key to the decline of red colobus monkeys in forest fragments Forest fragmentation threatens biodiversity, often causing declines or local extinctions in a majority of species while enhancing the prospects of a few. A new study from the University of Illinois shows that parasites can play a pivotal role in the decline of species in fragmented forests. This is the first study to look at how forest fragmentation increases the burden of infectious parasites on animals already stressed by disturbances to their habitat. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2403 2007-10-18T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:59Z Uganda cancels controversial rainforest logging plan Uganda's government abandoned a controversial plan to grant protected rainforest land to a sugar company, reports Reuters. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2190 2007-08-29T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:16Z The other side of carbon trading Planting trees in Uganda to offset greenhouse-gas emissions in Europe seemed like a good idea - until farmers were evicted from their land to make room for a forest. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2090 2007-07-24T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:57Z Rare gorillas slaughtered in mass killing At least four critically endangered gorillas have been killed in Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park. National Geographic News reports they were shot "execution-style". Illegal charcoal harvesters are leading suspects in the slaying. Two other gorillas are missing and feared dead. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1871 2007-05-27T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:15Z Uganda abandons rainforest logging for palm oil The Ugandan government abandoned plans to log thousands of hectares of rainforest on Bugala island in Lake Victoria for a palm oil plantation, Reuters reported Saturday. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1882 2007-05-23T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:17Z Uganda rainforest reserve safe, for now Uganda's cabinet has suspended a proposal to allow a sugarcane grower to convert part of Mabria rainforest reserve for a plantation, reports Reuters. The plan, a pet project of president Yoweri Museveni, faced widespread opposition that was capped by deadly riots. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1778 2007-04-20T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:58Z Rare mountain gorillas in Uganda on the increase <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/uganda/150/ug8_6068a.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>High endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda are increasing, reports a new census by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the Wildlife conservation Society, the Max Planck Institute of Anthropology and other groups. The population of gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has increased from 320 in 2002 to 340 today. A 1997 study found 300 gorillas, indicating that the park population has increased by 20 percent over the past decade. Aggressive conservation measures have been the key say researchers. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1650 2007-03-26T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:34Z Controversial rainforest clearing approved in Uganda Uganda's prime minister Apolo Nsibambi has approved a plan to clear thousands of hectares of protected rainforest for a sugarcane plantation, reported the New Vision newspaper, a government-owned publication. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1551 2007-02-18T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:18Z New monkey species in Uganda <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/uganda/150/ug2_5387.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Uganda may soon have a new species of monkey according to a report published in Kampala's <i>New Vision</i> newspaper. Dr. Colin Groves of the Australian National University told New Vision that the local population of the gray-cheeked mangabey (Lophocebus albigena) will soon be designated as a unique species, the Ugandan gray-cheeked mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1410 2006-12-15T01:00:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:57Z President Museveni needs to do what's best for Uganda <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/uganda/150/ug1_3318.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In recent months Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has moved to destroy some of Uganda's last remaining primary rainforests to give land to politically-connected plantation owners. Personally intervening in two disputes, one in Mabira Forest Reserve and the other on Bugala island in Lake Victoria, Museveni has argued that his country urgently needs such projects to industrialize and bring a better quality of life to Ugandans. He would be wrong. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1422 2006-12-12T03:00:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:59Z President Museveni again moves against Uganda's forests Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has again taken action against rainforest conservation in Uganda, moving to hand a protected forest reserve over to private agricultural interests intent on clearing trees, according to a report from Reuters. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1267 2006-11-30T20:00:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:35Z Sugar cane plantation threatens rare forest in Uganda A plan to clear a protected forest reserve for sugar cane has sparked controversy in Uganda according to a report from Reuters. Uganda-based Mehta Group, owner of a sugar plantation that borders Mabira forest, a nature reserve since 1932, asked Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to consider a proposal that would level about 7,000 hectares, or about a quarter of the reserve which is home to 312 species of tree, 287 species of bird and 199 species of butterfly. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1352 2006-11-06T08:00:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:48Z Emissions for forest conservation scheme could net Uganda $50 million or more per year Uganda could earn tens of millions of dollars through a global warming proposal under consideration this week at U.N. climate negotiations in Nairobi, Kenya. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/938 2006-05-15T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:53Z Africa's glaciers gone by 2025 Fabled equatorial icecaps will disappear within two decades, because of global warming, a study British and Ugandan scientists has found. In a paper to be published 17 May in Geophysical Research Letters, they report results from the first survey in a decade of glaciers in the Rwenzori Mountains of East Africa. An increase in air temperature over the last four decades has contributed to a substantial reduction in glacial cover, they say. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/777 2006-02-08T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:36Z Lake Victoria illegally drained for electricity in Uganda Lake Victoria, Africa's largest freshwater lake, is being covertly drained for hydroelectric power according to an article published in the Feb. 11 New Scientist magazine. The report, written by Fred Pearce, says that Uganda is violating a 50-year-old international agreement designed to protect the lake. The following is a release from the New Scientist. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/752 2006-01-25T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:34Z Deforestation rates jump in Uganda and Burundi, fall in Rwanda Tropical deforestation rates have skyrocketed in Uganda and Burundi, while declining significantly in Rwanda according to mongabay.com's analysis of data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/218 2005-07-26T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:06Z Uganda imports rhinos from Kenya Uganda has imported four rhinos from Kenya according to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). UWA hopes to develop a captive breeding program in an effort to reintroduce rhinos after their disappearance from the country in the 1960s due to poaching. Rhett Butler