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African Elephant Crisis

The African elephant population in Central African countries like Cameroon has fallen by more than 30% in the last 7 years. African Elephant The African elephant is a genus- consisting of 2 species: the African forest elephant and the African bush elephant. They are listed as vulnerable species by IUCN. African elephant species are found ..

‘International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’ celebrated on March 21st

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly announced the decade commencing 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 December 2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent. The theme of the international decade is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development”. Every year, March 21st is celebrated as ‘International Day for the ..

Animal Behaviour and the Spread of Disease

A new study linking the changing animal behaviour in response to changes in terrains with the spreading of disease was published. About the Study The study observed how a novel tuberculosis bacteria spread among the banded mongoose using their social behaviour. The bacteria was transmitted via scent marking of the mongoose (the animal uses olfactory ..

Indian Ocean Commission

The Indian Ocean Commission recently admitted India as the 5th observer to the group. This is expected to bolster the Indo-Pacific vision. About the COI The Indian Ocean Commission (COI) was created in 1982 and institutionalised in 1984 by the Victoria Agreement. It is an intergovernmental organisation aimed at strengthening the friendship among the member ..

India joins IOC as the fifth observer

The Indian Ocean Commission, IOC (COI in French) is an inter-governmental organisation comprised of five African Indian Ocean nations: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion (an overseas region of France), and Seychelles. Recently, India joined the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) as the fifth observer. As it is an important regional institution in the Western Indian Ocean, this is a strategic step in India’s maritime governance.

Tropical Forests’ Diminishing Capacity to Absorb Carbon

A study recently published in the journal Nature reported that the capacity of the tropical forests to absorb carbon is diminishing. The Study’s Findings The study published in the journal Nature reported that the capacity of the tropical forests to act as carbon sink has been diminishing over the years. The forests are becoming ‘carbon ..

Effect of Climate Change on Gender-based Violence

A recent IUCN study, the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, highlighted the effects of climate change on gender-based violence. Effects Highlighted: The study showed that climate change and environmental degradation are leading to increase in violence against women and girls. Incidents like domestic violence, forced marriages, rape etc. are increasing in many parts ..

Paul Biya wins the Presidential elections in Cameroon

The President of the central African country Cameroon for the last 37 years- Paul Biya recently won in the Presidential elections held in the country, by obtaining complete majority. His party -Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (RDPC) won 139 out of 167 declared seats. The Elections were cancelled in 13 other seats, in some regions and ..