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Cash-strapped conservationists in South Africa are struggling to collect biodiversity data – how to change that

Cash-strapped conservationists in South Africa are struggling to collect biodiversity data – how to change that

SOUTH Africa’s government conservation organisations have experienced substantial budget cuts. Even after steps to cut costs, South African National Parks reported a big shortfall (R223 million or about US$11.92 million) for 2021/22. So did the provincial body KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife (R89 million; about US$4.77 million). South African conservation authorities manage millions of hectares of protected areas. However, recruitment freezes and insufficient funds have reduced their ability to conduct basic operations. One of these is biodiversity monitoring. Knowing which plants and animals are present in protected areas and where they are is vital for making conservation decisions. You need to know…
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Cash-strapped Congolese eye deep inequalities ahead of vote

Cash-strapped Congolese eye deep inequalities ahead of vote

FIVE years after graduating with a diploma in computer network maintenance, Georges Bamue, 27, still navigates the streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital as a motorcycle taxi rider, unable to find a job or raise enough to start a business in his trained field. On a good day, he makes around $30, but with Congo's rampant inflation, the depreciation of the local currency, and multiple demands on his meagre income, he struggles to make ends meet by paying rent and making sure his family does not go hungry. Bamue, like millions of Congolese who will head to the…
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