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  1. http://www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/End-of-the-game-20150325 Edited. Matt - @@Fundi, please refer to the rules for posting content and news stories from another site. Thanks, Matt. (Also, we discuss Chris's article here.)
  2. This must be what it feels like to be an elephant
  3. If you read the first line of my comments you will see East Africa mentioned as being the issue, not Namibia. Both RSA and Namibia have their own problems but nothing to the extent of East Africa. I also note, that there is a big meeting in Las Vegas in regards to the new hunting season and yes jobs and income would be affected. Its about future generations us and them don't you think. Namibia and RSA are fairly well controlled and have more resources to that end! This is not the case in East Africa. A moratorium on hunting in East Africa should be in place until a genuine census can be established. By this, I don't mean a Govt or their affiliates census. It must be an independent census, this shouldn't be too hard to implement. I would have thought it would have been better to conserve DNA specimens for future artificial insemination to protect the bloodlines (Namibia Black Rhino auction)? Perhaps some expert can add something to this conversation regarding this? Lets wait for the new census on animal populations in the Selous? BTW, I have directed most of my comments towards the SGR and the need to better manage and sustain the standard of living we (Globally) all enjoy today and wildlife, through sustainable development and conservation. There's nothing broad based about that in my opinion. I don't think I need to explain what endangered means....look it up in a dictionary and read more about what's happening in this part of the world. Tourism works well where wildlife is plentiful-yes I agree totally. This is a huge amount of money lost when an elephant is shot dead and opposed to Shot by a Nikon. I say again a complete moratorium should be in place until we have actual figures. What is the true cost of a trophy....I mean seriously!
  4. 'Managed Hunting is probably the best way to conserve different populations of animals'? It is not working in East Africa...period!. Please read the latest census when its published for the Selous Game Reserve....for what its worth, its due to be published soon. The point I make here is there is NO management of different animal populations, its a free for all and corruption is the root cause. Less Govt mismanagement would be the way forward and better managed by the private sector, which is where most of USD is coming from anyway. Radio-nuclides have been exposed and eroding into the Maswati, Mbarangandu and Lewegu Rivers for the last millions years? All animals drink this water. I think we can put this argument to bed. Climate change if left unchecked will ultimately leave us all cooked, so won't matter anyway. I liken it to the frog in the pot story!
  5. Shooting endangered animals already stressed through poaching is not conservation or ecologically sustainable. There should be a complete moratorium on shooting animals.....period! Justifying it through a means of conservation and which suit ones income is wrong. Paying for the privilege of shooting an endangered and unarmed animal is shameful and outdated. The world has changed along with global mind sets, whether your a true conservationist, a hunter, a poacher or a visiting Chinese warship housing diplomats with diplomatic immunity.
  6. http://motherboard.vice.com/read/leaked-animal-abuse-video-shows-everything-that-is-wrong-with-big-game-hunting This is nice tobacco for the pipe!
  7. All mining projects require an EIA, this is legislation. There will be another formal review process yet to be published, but should be soon. Exploration for uranium and mining for uranium are two totally different things. Lets stick with the science. Chatting is great and discussing the real issues need to continue. Check out the ISL techniques, there is little waste material. This is being considered by Uranium 1. Mining should take place because it will fund the conservation, so badly needed in this area and this is the key.
  8. My friend, I am simply stating facts. I have spent 5 years working in the region and have built reliable sources who still work in the industry there. Please keep an open mind and keep an ear out for more news in the future regarding Anti-poaching efforts, a lot is being done by experts, not armchair commentators. Regarding mining companies in Africa and them not having a good track record and being unethical, Its true by historical standards, companies have not done the right thing. But in todays world, with Govt bodies, EIA's, NGO's, shareholders, corporate disclosures and media intervention has changed this to a large degree. Again, I would do a bit more reading and perhaps travel to some of these mines to see what is being done first hand. If you want to live in todays society with all the living standards that, that brings, it has to come from somewhere. And 99.9% comes from the ground. How do we get it out in a friendly manner that is the key. Many different mining techniques can be employed to minimise their footprint. So I don't think the mining industry is the problem, so long as it is monitored and science plays a key part in the monitoring, not simple off the cuff statements. Regarding elephant numbers, they are there, but the numbers in Selous from poaching has decimated them. The last figure out has stated approx. 14000 left in the Reserve from 35000 in late 1980's, when the last real poaching problem took place. Poaching and indeed hunting is not helping theie numbers? How can it? I mentioned 'unregulated hunting and poaching' is the biggest threat and I stand by that comment. Hunters can/do shoot animals to attract other big cats to the kill.....somewhat unethical? and who is watching the hunters? The Govt? hahaha
  9. I am a Uranium Exploration Geologist and I have worked in Tanzania. I have found the this article slightly alarmist and short of technical facts. The biggest threat to the animals in the Selous, in my view is the unregulated Hunters and obvious poaching. These people shoot animals! Yes, they 'kill them' for trophies under the guise of establishing a commercial and sustainable industry, which better protects the wider reserve through revenue creation. This might seem trivial, but with the current poaching levels and latest elephant populations observed, this cannot continue under the current form. It is a slaughter without controls. Recent attempts of anti poaching in the areas around Uranium 1 (Mkuju Uranium Project) is proving very successful. I have heard reports that there has not been a single elephant carcass for 6 months. This is a very positive outcome. Who is paying for this you might ask. Is it the Hunters claiming back their animals to shoot later? No! Is it the very capable Tanzanian Govt, through their equally capable MNRT? No! Is it the local MP in Namtumbo? No! Is it the company trying to establish development/jobs and poverty alleviation in Tanzania? Yes! Being critical of mining/development projects that could underpin the whole SGR is one thing, allowing for industry to better fund it through experts may be the answer? Uranium and its decay products have been exposed and eroded into the Mbarangandu and the Luwegu Rivers for eons. This is a fact. All the rivers light up on any radiometric survey. To suggest mining will pollute is, in my view misleading. Co-existing is the key, through better protecting this threatened region. Having a mining company in the region would shed a very bright and focussed light on their activities, along with all other activities, including deforestation and poaching. It is the mid/top people in Tanzanian society benefiting from this destruction of natural resources. Eliminating this through other means of employment/opportunities will empower. Lets perhaps also talk about birth control in Africa and family planning/education issues as real threats to the wider natural world. This is intended as constructive points of discussion and add some support for Mining/Development/infrastructure for the Mtwarra Development Corridor. Kind regards

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