It is an alarming scene the Sahara Conservation Fund observed, again, during its field work in Niger: plastic pollution is spoiling landscapes and seriously endangering wildlife. The ingestion of plastic by animals can indeed kill them.
The Sahara Conservation Fund has been working to safeguard biodiversity in the Sahara and Sahel since the early 2000s.
The flora and fauna found in this vast region are far more abundant and diverse than most people think, including biologists and other conservationists. This lack of awareness has contributed to the decline in its plants and animals.
The dama gazelle (Nanger dama) is one of the most endangered antelopes in the world with a population estimated at less than 300 individuals scattered across a handful of small isolated groups in Chad, Niger, and possibly Mali (RZSS & IUCN, 2014). This species is in the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered (IUCN 2016), as well as in Appendix I of CITES and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).
Dear colleagues and friends,
We are delighted to announce that the 2019 meeting for Sahel & Sahara Conservation (Sahelo-Saharan Interest Group) will be in Tunis (Tunisia) from April 30 to May 3. This year, our host will be the Direction Générale des Forêts of Tunisia and the event will be facilitated by the Conservation & Science Committee of the Sahara Conservation Fund. The meeting format includes a series of presentations, discussion groups, and workshops covering a range of topical issues.