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prunus.jpgOn the right flange of the winding road leading to Oku from Babungo is an extension of the ‘Shingaa Community Forest’’; one amongst the forests managed under the Community Forest Management (CFM) tenure system in Oku. This scene located on the slopes of the Kilum Mountain in the North West Region of Cameroon is an eye-witness replica of the saga of the adverse effects of…


Added by SOPISDEW Cameroon on April 13, 2014 at 18:13 — No Comments

Garden lizard gains an elite relative from a Sri Lankan forest

Pethiyagoda’s Crestless Lizard – Calotes pethiyagodai The The common green garden lizard that belongs to the Agamid lizard family this week gained a new relative that brings to 19 the number of spcies in this group, 16 of them endemic to Sri Lanka. new addition is been a result of strenuous scientific analysis under difficult conditions by young researchers Thasun Amarasinghe and Sameera Suranjan Karunaratne.

This lizard lives in the forests in the Knuckles Range. It had been misidentified as the Crestless…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on April 12, 2014 at 7:15 — No Comments

Look Who’s Helping Olive Ridley

Look Who's Helping Olive Ridley


Added by Manipadma Jena on March 28, 2014 at 8:54 — No Comments

Provinces get their own butterflies

verybody loves a butterfly and perhaps Sri Lankans more than most: four years after the Sri Lanka Birdwing was declared the national butterfly each of the nine provinces are to get their own butterfly.

The nine are considered flagship species due to their attractive colour patterns and have been selected because they are endemic to Sri Lanka, charismatic and readily seen. None of the butterflies are a pest at any stage of its life cycle nor a vectoring agent of…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:04 — No Comments

Beaked whale with Sinhala name retakes its place in history

Push to honour Dr. P.E.P. Deraniyagala for his research

This week, an enigmatic whale first described studying a specimen found in Sri Lanka has been reclassified as a new marine mammal species. The whale species – member of a family known as beaked whales for their elongated beak-like snouts – bears an interesting history.On 26 January 1963 a specimen of a dying 4.5m-long, blue-grey female beaked whale was washed ashore at Ratmalana. After…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:02 — No Comments

Largest day gecko the first on 2014 endemic new species list

A gecko has become the first creature in 2014 to join the impressive list of endemic species of Sri Lanka. The new species, discovered in Rammalakanda forest, has been named Rammale day gecko (Rammale diva huna), classified scientifically as Cnemaspis rammalensis.

New species: Active during the day

Unlike the common house gecko that is found hunting insects near lamps in most households at night, the new species is mostly active during the day.



Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Ankutta join list of endemic fish

Sri Lanka is home to four species of Ankutta or catfish. One, scientifically classified as Mystus keletius, has been identified as a species native to both Sri Lanka and India, but new analysis by Dr. Heok Hee Ng and Rohan Pethiyagoda on this species has confirmed the Sri Lankan species is different from the Indian fish and…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 15:59 — No Comments

Environmental Impacts of activities from mechanic workshops in Nigeria

Indiscriminate dumping of heavy metals from auto-mechanic workshops can endanger public health and ecosystem.

A professor of chemistry, Babajide Alo warns that other activities at the mechanic workshops put the artisans and their clients at risk.

Added by Vivienne Irikefe on February 2, 2014 at 21:39 — 1 Comment

Busines Unusual for the Energy Sector

For the energy sector, it is not “business as usual,” not only because of supply factors, but also related to focus on more efficient and sustainable uses of energy and climate change....

Added by Kris Rampersad on January 20, 2014 at 19:15 — No Comments

Media and Agriculture: A Marriage of Necessity? Producer: Kris Rampersad Director: Kris Rampersad Duration: 6 minutes and 36 seconds Country: Trinidad and Tobago, Language: English License: CC - Attr…

Media and Agriculture: A Marriage of Necessity?

Producer: Kris Rampersad
Director: Kris Rampersad
Duration: 6 minutes and 36 seconds
Country: Trinidad and TobagoLanguage: English
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Added by Kris Rampersad on January 20, 2014 at 18:55 — No Comments

Dirty water kills more people than war in Africa -UN

By Douglas Namale:

Drinking dirty water kills more people than war in developing countries, the United Nations announced on last year’s World Water Day.

According to United Nations…


Added by Blasio Douglas Namale on January 20, 2014 at 13:54 — No Comments

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is looking for a dynamic Science Writer

The Secretariat of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), located in Copenhagen, Denmark, is seeking a dynamic Science Writer, to help communicate the value of GBIF’s work to key audiences.

Among the tasks of the Science Writer will be to:

  • Ensure consistency of language and messaging across GBIF publications and platforms, based on needs and audiences identified in the forthcoming GBIF Communications Strategy;
  • Develop and maintain dynamic news…

Added by Tim Hirsch on December 12, 2013 at 19:07 — No Comments

Investigating community-led coral reef management

Investigating community-led coral reef management

Hi, I’m a freelance journalist based in Bristol, UK. My specialist areas include sustainability, the environment and development.

I’ve spent 2013 working as a self-funded, embedded journalist with NGOs: Fauna Forever in the Peruvian Amazon and Azafady in Madagascar. Based…


Added by Giles Crosse on November 27, 2013 at 19:46 — No Comments


I have set up a new channel on YOU TUBE covering my work over the past 20 years. (rights permitting). Partnering with You Tube will provide a new source of funding for future global reports. You can help by viewing postings, commenting and SUBSCRIBING (free!) + recommending the Channel to your friends: …


Added by CHRISTOPHER WALKER on November 22, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

Black Leopard: Dark Secret of a Black Beauty

The tragic killing of another black leopard in Sri Lanka highlights the need for greater conservation - by Malaka Rodrigo 
Published on …

Added by Malaka Rodrigo on October 10, 2013 at 17:36 — No Comments

March for Elephant in Liberia

Liberia on October 4, 2013 joined other countries worldwide to March for Elephant. The March was intended to raise awareness of the cause of Elephant and highlight the damage being done to the animal species as a result of poaching and other illegal activity that are resulting to the decline of the animal population.

The March in Robert Sport city in Grand Cape Mount witnessed speeches delivered by representative of The Forestry Development Authority, Mr. Steve Miapay, James Kemokai,…


Added by Amos Smith on October 9, 2013 at 12:58 — 1 Comment

The return of the Damselfly after 154 years

An animal or plant is considered ‘extinct’, if it has not been recorded for more than a century. The Sri Lanka Emerald Spreadwing (Sinhalestes orientalis) a beautiful Damselfly that had not been recorded for 154 years and thereby considered extinct had made a re-appearance last year. The information about this rediscovery has been published few weeks ago in Asian Journal of Conservation Biology authored by young researcher Amila P Sumanapala and expert on dragonflies M.…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on September 24, 2013 at 2:52 — No Comments

Tiny ant makes big strides

They are a household nuisance and the sight of lines of ants marching towards food lying about can drive one crazy. But researchers from Peradeniya University studying a group of ants are excited by their discovery. The cause of the excitement was the existence of the rare endemic Sri Lankan Relict Ant (Aneuretus simoni Emery) among the sample of ants being studied.

The Sri Lanka Relict Ant may be one of the tiniest members of Sri Lanka’s unique biodiversity but it has a big…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on September 24, 2013 at 2:48 — No Comments

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