Thursday, July 16, 2015


“The media have an important role to play in raising awareness”, he said, “particularly when the content is made available in the languages that Mozambicans speak”.This was the consensual position of the journalists attending the seminar, who also argued that there should be specific government funding for this purpose. The seminar was organized by Radio Mozambique, as part of the celebrations of its 40th anniversary.Meanwhile, the fight against poaching took a step forward with the appointment of one of the country’s most prominent environmentalists, Carlos Serra, as National Director of the Legal Office of the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development.“I accepted this new challenge after much thought and consultation”, Serra wrote on his Facebook page. “I shall do my best in drawing up and revising legislation, and in training professionals in the sector”.He pledged that he would remain linked to environmental activism and to academic work, despite his new government responsibilities.Serra was one of those who insisted that ivory and rhino horns seized from poachers must be destroyed, lest they once again fall into the wrong hands. The government eventually agreed, and on 6 July the authorities incinerated 2.4 tonnes of illicit wildlife produce seized from poaching gangs. 618 elephant tusks and 82 rhino horns were consigned to the flames.

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