By J Nastranis

NEW YORK | MANILA (IDN) – Chimpanzees – which share some 99 per cent of their DNA with us – are in trouble, despite national protection efforts across Africa, says the world-renowned conservationist Ian Redmond.

“Although our zoological next of kin with the widest distribution of any ape apart from ourselves, they are an endangered species. Most are declining in number – victims of habitat loss and poaching – and have been extirpated in at least three, possibly five other countries,” he said.

Redmond – who is Ambassador to the Convention on Migratory Species – was speaking from the Philippines where he is participating in this year’s largest global wildlife summit. The triennial meeting of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP12), which opened in Manila on October 23, has agreed to list Chimpanzees on both its Appendices to offer them much-needed trans-border protection.

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Sustainable Development Observer Issue 3 Focuses on COP 26 and Climate Change

By Kalinga Seneviratne

SYDNEY (IDN) — The November 2021 issue of Sustainable Development Observer focuses on Climate Change and the COP26 summit in Glasgow. We look at the debate on methane gas reduction from a farming mythology perspective. Indigenous people have called for a stop to ‘war on nature’ and we look at their perspective on climate change.

And, why is a Japanese Buddhist group calling for an annual UN Youth Climate Summit? Find out more about this issue. Also while Greta Thunberg gets all the attention, we look at why youth from the Global South says their voices are ignored at COP26.

Many Pacific Islands are threatened with extinction while the sea levels rise due to global warming. We bring you a viewpoint from the Cook Islands Prime Minister on why rich countries need to deliver on their “Pacific Climate Financing” promises, and also from the Pacific we bring you a report on how Australia is buying “silence” from Pacific nations on climatic change issues.

Looking critically at the COP26 final communiqué we question why farming and food security have been ignored? Because food security is a critical issue, we look at Africa and how climate change is creating environmental havoc and threatening food security.

We have two special features from Asia—one from Thailand on how a Buddhist monk is helping COVID-effected people to embark on a new sustainable livelihood—and from the Philippines on how a group of young people is fighting to save indigenous land from “developers”.

We feature three important reports that give different perspectives on the impact of climatic change on people. The Health Argument for Climatic Action gives 10 recommendations for tackling the climate and health crises.

The Heat Is On provides data on where we are in the goal of achieving the 2030 greenhouse emission reduction targets. Global Health Watch is a critical expose of who controls the global health agenda.

Keeping to the theme of health, our focus feature this month centres on the medical brain drain from the Global South with a special look at Nigeria and the Philippines. . [IDN-InDepthNews – 03 December 2021]

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