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visites occasionnelles de quelques espèces de tortues marines. Quelque 38 espèces de coraux et 72 espèces de poissons y ont été identifiées, selon cet officiel, qui a expliqué que le parc, une fois décrété site Ramsar, va aider le secteur du tourisme de Maurice en attirant davantage de visiteurs en quête de sites marins protégés. Il a indiqué que le parc est délimité par des bouées installées dans différentes zones, l'objectif étant de protéger la faune et la flore marines et de conserver la biodiversité en ce lieu, de promouvoir la recherche scientifique sur la biodiversité marine, de permettre une utilisation contrôlée des différentes ressources disponibles à un niveau durable et de promouvoir l'éducation et la sensibilisation du public à travers la conservation, entre autres.

Ghana: Kumasi Residents Under Environmental Threat

Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra): It is not surprising to wake up these days to realise that a bare piece of land, one saw at the Central Business District in Kumasi three days before, fenced with corrugated roofing sheets. Some rich, private developer would be engaged in some activity there, having acquired the site, and putting up a commercial building to be hired out as stores.

A few weeks later, an inscription "Stores for Rent, book a space now!" is boldly written on a wooden board, and displayed on a tall outlandish structure, inviting interested individuals who wish to own a store within the commercial area, to book a reservation before the project is completed.

Described as perhaps the most lucrative and fastest money-making business in Kumasi, one only needs to identify a place, pay his way through to secure approval from the city authorities, and quickly commence business, damning the environmental impact and the consequences such a development could have on residents of the metropolis. http://allafrica.com/stories/200809090493.html

Namibia: Wave Erosion a Costly Threat at Swakop

The Namibian (Windhoek): Beach erosion along the central coast needs high-level attention to safeguard seaside properties, says Rod Braby, the senior technical advisor for the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management Project (Nacoma). "There are houses and developments along the coast currently threatened by the reality of rising sea levels and more frequent storm-related wave action," Braby has told The Namibian. "The question is, who's going to pay when the paw-paw hits the fan?"

He says there is not enough technical information on the pace at which the coast is eroding, but judging by aerial observations, the erosion has been speeding up over the past decade. "This is a priority issue, especially for the local governments. Monitoring of the eastward migration of the coast must be done to evaluate the impacts to help all those involved make the right decisions," Braby says. http://allafrica.com/stories/200809091065.html

Nigeria: Abuja Residents Task Govt On Environment Issues

Daily Trust (Abuja): The increasing concerns over the consistent deterioration of the environment in Nigeria coupled with the occurrence of more hazards have indicated the need for a strong and effective legislation to check these problems. However, incoherent

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