14 Nov '11, 8am

Protecting Nature's Nomads - Up to 10,000 animal species are thought to migrate

Protecting Nature's Nomads - Up to 10,000 animal species are thought to migrate

Protecting Nature's Nomads 11/14/2011 By Achim Steiner and Erik Solheim This article was first published by Project Syndicate. For permission to reprint, please contact [email protected] For the elephants that are returning to southern Angola, after herds were devastated during the country's civil wars, the battle is far from over. Old land mines, sown during the decades of conflict that ended in 2002, are threatening the lives and limbs not only of people, but also of the growing elephant populations that are crossing into Angola from northern Botswana on ancient migration routes that continue into Zambia. Mines are a particularly stark example of how humans interfere with migratory journeys that have linked breeding and feeding sites across the globe for millennia. Up to 10,000 animal species are thought to migrate. Yet, increasingly, air, water and land...

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