IUCN Adopts Motion for Minimizing the Trade in Wild Caught African Cranes
On 10 November 2008, the motion that the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) submitted to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress was accepted and adopted.
This motion brings attention to the fact that wild crane populations in Africa are declining at a precipitous rate. The reasons for these declines can be attributed to many factors including habitat loss, persecution, collision with overhead power lines, and illegal removal from the wild. Cranes are being being removed from the wild for food, traditional use, domestication and the legal and illegal trade markets.
This IUCN motion calls for specific actions to be taken by all States to stem illegal trade in cranes including better regulation and enforcement of existing laws. Click here to view the entire motion, Minimising the trade in wild caught African cranes.pdf
African Cranes, Wetlands and Communities e-newsletter
The third edition of the African Cranes, Wetlands and Communities e-newsletter was published in September 2008. This edition is filled with exciting and interesting projects that organizations and individuals are busy with on the African continent. ACWAC newsletter_Sept 2008.pdf
CITES indicates Grey Crowned Cranes exported from Tanzania
Data obtained recently from CITES indicates that at least 4,854 Grey Crowned Cranes were exported from Tanzania during the period 1992-2002, including at least 2,692 labled as Black Crowned Cranes–a species which does not occur in Tanzania. This and other evidence suggests that the regional decline of Grey Crowned Cranes reported throughout East Africa (including the population strongholds of Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda) may be largely due to trade in the species. ICF is working with colleagues in Tanzania and throughout the region to raise awareness about the impact of trade on the African crane species and upgrade these species from CITES Appendix II to Appendix I.