Bikes like ants on Mt. Kenya? Read on to learn more about that event!

FLY540 10TO4 MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE RAISES 5.5 MILLION KENYA SHILLINGS

(Posted 23rd February 2017)

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Like ants on an anthill – the 17,000+ feet of Mount Kenya provided the majestic backdrop to an international mountain biking event that saw close to 250 people – some from as far afield as the USA – compete in a series of mountain bike races in Laikipia. Hundreds of spectators came to enjoy the drama and adrenaline.

Davidson Kamau was the winner of the Hardcore event for professional and serious riders and held the lead throughout most of the 90km race, finishing three minutes ahead of Tour De France winner Chris Froome’d mentor, David Kinjah.

The Fly540 10to4 – named because its signature race begins at an altitude of 10,000ft on Mount Kenya and ends on the savannahs at 4,000ft – has grown every year since it launched in 2002.

Rebecca Katz, from the USA, who came second overall in the women’s Roller Coaster Classic, praised the event, saying: ‘Where else can you mountain bike through herds of elephants?!

Mount Kenya Trust, hosts of the Fly540 10to4, is a member of the Mount Kenya-Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP), launched in October 2016, for whom Laikipia Wildlife Forum was appointed Secretariat. Also involved are horticultural stakeholders, County Governments, Kenya Forest Service and Kenya Wildlife Service. MKEWP’s is working towards providing a mechanism by which water access, use, management and conservation can be addressed in an area of approximately 15,000 square kilometres and across three counties, through collective actions which balance the social, economic and environmental demands on water resources equitably.The money raised will once again go to conservation projects in the area around Mt. Kenya, one of the country’s last intact remaining water towers.

For added information visit Mount Kenya Trust or Mount Kenya-Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP) but also check out www.laikipia.org

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Exemplary if not outright extraordinary measures to save Kenya’s Tsavo elephants

WATER IS LIFE – FOR ELEPHANTS AND OTHER GAME IN SCORCHED TSAVO NATIONAL PARK

(Posted 23rd February 2017)

Patrick Kilonzo, a man few outside his family and workplace may ever heard of until very recently, has shot to instant global conservation fame, when, deeply troubled by the plight of the elephants of Tsavo decided to bring water to them, and other animals on a regular basis. Over the past few months has Patrick raised nearly 130.000 US Dollars which was spent in amounts of 250 US Dollars each for water truck trips into the park, where water is released into dried up waterholes.

Patrick and his volunteering supporters, dubbed Tsavo Volunteers, have to drive some 40 plus kilometres for each trip and their distribution places have now become a beacon of life for not just elephant but also buffalo and other game after waterhold after waterhole has dried up.
Kenya is undergoing another drought period, its cycles accelerated by global warming and game as well as livestock is now dying on their hoofs for lack of the precious liquid.

Patrick’s Facebook Page is accessible via https://www.facebook.com/patrick.mwalua and gives further insight into his challenges, to raise funds and deliver water in a timely manner. It is an ideal place to start supporting his efforts, financially and through volunteered time and other resources.

https://www.gofundme.com/tsavoelephantguardian

Said Patrick on his funding page as he appeals for more support:

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Hello, my name is Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua and I am the Founder of Tsavo Volunteers. I am asking for your help at this time for the animals of Tsavo.

It is now very dry in Tsavo and water has become a very precious commodity because there is a shortage of water due to lack of rain. We are not expecting any rain until November and this has got us all very worried of loosing many animals from antelopes to elephants if nothing is done very urgently.
Some years back we lost many animals including elephants due to a prolonged drought. Elephants are becoming endangered from poaching and we need to save the ones we have left by providing water for them until the drought peril is over. We have many elephants concentrating in very few water holes fighting to drink water and this has made the smaller elephants lacking water. They become very thirsty and they end up spending a lot of time and energy walking very far distances with young ones searching for water.

We are asking for people to stand with these elephants until this period is over, that is before it rains.

We will be renting water trucks to deliver 12,000 liters of water at least 4 trips a week. The distance is 45 Kilometers to where water would normally be to save these animals and we will distribute it to 2 different locations to ease the congestion. Remember it is not only elephants we will be saving. Each tank will cost $250USD. Every donation no matter the size is greatly appreciated and thank you for your support.

I have asked Cher Callaway from our US support staff to help me with this project. You may contact either of us with any questions you may have‘.

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South Africa comes under stinging critique from conservation organizations

SOUTH AFRICA CONDEMNED OVER PLANS TO SELL
RHINO HORNS AND OTHER WILDLIFE PRODUCTS

(Posted 23rd February 2017)

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We can sell rhino horn, says Minister Molewa

21 February 2017 | IOL Daily News | Don Pinnock | Free to publish credit CAT

File picture Parliament – According to the Department of Environmental Affairs, the time has come to sell rhino horn. Speaking in a Parliamentary portfolio committee on Tuesday, Minister Edna Molewa said there had been a moritorium on rhino horn sales since 2009 because the department needed to “clear its house”. But all the orders and … Full Story →

Draft Regulations on Rhino Trade

8 February 2017 | Government Gazette | Department of Environmental Affairs |

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS NOTICE 74 OF 2017 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: BIODIVERSITY ACT 2004 (ACTO NO. 10 OF 2004) DRAFT REGULATIONS FOR THE DOMESTIC TRADE IN RHINOCEROS HORN, OR A PART, PRODUCT OR DERIVATIVE OF RHINOCEROS HORN I, Bomo Edith Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, hereby give notice of my intention to make regulations … Full Story →


 

Government delays announcement of rhino poaching stats

20 February 2017 | SA Breaking News | Adam Cruise | Free to publish credit CAT

The fate of South Africa’s rhinos continue to hang in the balance as the South African government dithers over releasing rhino poaching statistics. Three times in as many days,the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) have postponed a scheduled media briefing of the rhino poaching information. In response to concerns raised previously over the Minister of … Full Story →


 

South Africa opens the door to the sale of wildlife parts

21 February 2017 | Daily Maverick | Don Pinnock | Free to publish credit CAT

Photo by Don Pinnock. There’s a thin line between the marketing of, and the genuine conservation of, wildlife. In the past few weeks that line was definitively crossed by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. Ignoring the findings of environmental organisations, its contractual compliance with CITES, a worldwide online petition and its own strategic … Full Story →


 

Sabie blood baboon killing fields upset wild-life activists

17 February 2017 | Lowvelder | Elize Parker |

Activists are asking the Minister of Environmental Affairs for a moratorium on the shooting of baboons in the plantations around Sabie. We are not contravening the protocol said roleplayers in the timber industry.  SABIE – Baboon activists and role players in the timber industry have seemingly reached an impasse in finding a solution to the … Full Story →


 

Renosterplan skok

10 February 2017 | Beeld | Elise Tempelhoff  |

Minister onverskillig en slu, sê drukgroepe Enigiemand sal voortaan twee renosterhorings “vir persoonlike doeleindes” mag landuit neem as voorgenome regulasies van die regering wet word. Bewaringsorganisasies het met skok gereageer op dié plan wat Edna Molewa, minister van omgewingsake, Woensdag in die Staatskoerant aangekondig het. Hulle sê dit maak die deur “wawyd” oop vir renosterboere … Full Story →


 

Is the SA government preparing for a legal trade proposal in 2019?

February 2017 | | Ian Michler |

At the CITES CoP17 held in South Africa during September/October 2016, it was clear that the vast majority of member states were against legalizing trade in rhino horn. The proposal put forward by Swaziland, a move many felt was a proxy proposal on behalf of South Africa’s pro-trade lobby, was overwhelmingly defeated with the votes … Full Story →


 

Safari operators join forces to stop lion bone trade

16 February 2017 | Southern African Tourism Update | Reporter |

Singita, &Beyond, and Great Plains Conservation are among the safari companies that are urging government not to allow any trade in lion bones. Safari companies, including Singita, &Beyond, and Great Plains Conservation, have taken a stand against the recent announcement by the South African government that a quota of 800 skeletons of captive-bred lions would … Full Story →

Kenya set to launch a National Convention Bureau

BALALA GIVES PROVISIONAL NOD TO THE SET UP OF A NATIONAL CONVENTION BUREAU

(Posted 23rd February 2017)

(CS Balala seen here with his Principal Secretary Dr. Hirsi, Committee Chair Tasneem Adamji and among others Vickie Muyanga of Carlson Rezidor, Anne Murungi of Kempinski and Mahmoud Janmohammed of Serena Hotels)

Kenya’s Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala yesterday received the keenly awaited report about the setting up of a national convention bureau when he received the task force responsible for studying the feasibility and viability of such a new organization.
It is understood that Mr. Balala did give a provisional thumbs up to the report which he said would be studied in detail by his ministry before moving into the implementation phase.
The Cabinet Secretary also said: ‘MICE is the next tourism frontier and Kenya must aggressively take up this line of tourism. The implementation of the Task Force report will, therefore, assist to ensure that Kenya is indeed an ideal tourist destination, catering for all types of tourism ventures‘.
The Task Force was chaired by Ms. Tasneem Adamji and its members included Mr. J.S Vohra, Charles Campbell-Clause, Ann Murungi, Jeffers Miruka, Mohammed Abdi Abdullahi, Vickie Muyanga and Mahmud Janmohamed and notably met their two months deadline to present their findings.
The Cabinet Secretary was accompanied at the meeting by the ministry’s Principal Secretary, Dr. Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed and other senior Ministry officials.

Zambia Tourism Agency set to start nationwide grading and classification

GOOD NEWS FOR VISITORS TO ZAMBIA AS TOURISM AGENCY EMBARKS ON GRADING OF HOTELS

(Posted 23rd February 2017)

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The Zambia Tourism Agency has announced that it will soon start grading all hotels operating in Zambia.

Chief Executive Officer Mr. Felix Chaila told journalists during a news briefing in Lusaka that the agency will devise standards in partnership with the Zambia Bureau of Standards to rate hotels. Mr Chaila said the exercise is important especially that hotels, lodges and resorts operating in Zambia have not been graded for a long time. He said the grading system will also offer an opportunity to clients to know what level of service quality to expect before checking in.

What has been happening is that for a long time, we have had hotels coming up and saying they are Five Star or Four Star without even having anything to prove that claim but the grading system will help change that‘ Mr. Chaila said before confirming that as part of the hospitality industry reforms, the agency now has new powers to regulate the entire industry.

He said the enactment of the Tourism and Hospitality Act No. 13 has given the agency the mandate to perform the role of Tourism Industry Regulator which includes inspections, grading, classification, licensing, and enforcement.

Mr. Chaila added that the structures for the licensing function are already in place and the licensing of tourism enterprises has already started. ‘The renewal period for 2017 licenses was to end on December 31, 2016, however, in recognition of some mitigating factors, this period has been extended to January 31, 2017‘.

Application forms may be downloaded from ZTA’s website or picked up from the Ministry of Tourism and Arts regional offices in Ndola and Kasama Mr. Felix Chaila said. He then concluded: ‘Our new mandate is about setting standards. It stems from a realization that we cannot reach higher heights in the promotion of tourism if our industry does not set minimum standards. It’s about benchmarking ourselves against our competitors in the region and beyond. From the response we have received so far, I am positive that the Zambian tourism industry is with us in delivering on this important mandate‘.

Source: Zambia Tourism Agency

East Africa Launch Tourism Portal as UNWTO Candidate St. Ange Presents Position at POATE

ATQ News Publisher visits Kampala

It was a warm welcome accorded to Mr. Ikechi Uko who came to throw his support behind the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo which
ended over the last weekend. Ikechi, who has many friends in East Africa and whose ATQ News are syndicated here on ATC News,
attended several key sessions, among them the launch of the East Africa Tourism Platform’s ‘Destination East Africa‘ web portal,
the presentation by the Kenya Tourism Board and notably the panel discussions and Ministerial Platform where UNWTO Secretary
General candidate Alain St. Ange explained his vision for the organization in the 21st century.
Read on to learn more about it.

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