Monthly Archives: August 2011

Statement made in Kenya to Heighten Awareness on Elephant Poaching

Article by Jason Straziuso, Independent Newspaper

 

Kenya has publicly burnt elephant ivory worth £10m – at Manyani, Tsavo National Park – in an attempt to focus attention on rising poaching deaths. President Mwai Kibaki personally wielded the torch to light the bonfire of 335 confiscated tusks and 41,000 ivory trinkets.
He told several hundred people gathered at a rural Kenya Wildlife Service training facility: “Through the disposal of contraband ivory, we seek to formally demonstrate to the world our determination to eliminate all forms of illegal trade in ivory.”We must all appreciate the negative effects of illegal trade to our national economies. We cannot afford to sit back and allow criminal networks to destroy our common future.”

 

Elephant numbers are much healthier today than in the recent past, but conservationists say a second crisis is looming as poachers seek to satisfy China’s appetite for ivory.

 

Iain Douglas-Hamilton founder of Save the Elephants said he hoped people would see Kenya’s latest ivory destruction as further warning that elephants are again being hunted. The economic loss from the burning was part of the message. “This is a clear signal that it’s worth a lot more money than you could get on the market. We have to stop the buying if we want to stop the killing,” he said. “I’m not totally pessimistic. I think the Chinese can be converted.”

 

A global ban on the ivory trade in 1989 briefly halted the elephants’ demise. But the ban’s initial success has been undermined by booming Asian economies and increasing demand for land. Africa had 1.3 million elephants in the 1970s but has only 500,000 today.

Eco-Factory Expansion Progress

By JAMIE HENDRIKSEN-Carbon Operations Manager- 7th July 2011
The construction for our second eco-factory at our Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project has begun.
All supporting pillars have been cast, ready to receive the roof trusses and verandah shades. Roof trusses have been fabricated and are ready to go up as soon as the floor slab is laid. Drainage, plumbing, steel ring beams and ventilation are all ongoing.
The slab for the factory floor is being laid today. Reinforcing mesh and spacers have been laid. The entire slab has to be poured in one day to avoid cracking from temperature changes. Forty locally employed staff are working on site today to ensure this gets done in time.
Mixing “karais” are filled and emptied into the mixer continuously for the duration of the day, keeping a non stop flow of concrete mix available for the masons.
With exception of the concrete mixer and a concrete vibrator, all other work is manual. Forty tonnes of construction gravel,  20 tonnes of sand and ten tonnes of cement are being mixed today and laid out.
Progress is good on site, and we believe we are on schedule for completion of the construction of the factory building by September.

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