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International Vulture Awareness Day

Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction. The International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness Days run by the Birds of Prey Programme in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in...

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International Vulture Awareness Day
Sep 01

International Vulture Awareness Day

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Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction.The International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness Days run by the Birds of Prey Programme in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England, who decided to work together and expand the initiative into an international event.It is now recognised that a co-ordinated international day will publicise the conservation of vultures to a wider audience and highlight the important work being carried out by … Read More

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National Arbor Week
Sep 01

National Arbor Week

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Arbor Week is a national campaign initiated to celebrate South Africa’s trees and to raise awareness about their importance. South Africa celebrates Arbor Week annually in the first week of September.

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International Coastal Cleanup Day
Sep 15

International Coastal Cleanup Day

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Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies.Join the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean and waterways by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup.

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World Rhino Day
Sep 22

World Rhino Day

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World Rhino Day is on September 22 and celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.

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African Penguin Awareness Day
Oct 06

African Penguin Awareness Day

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African Penguin Awareness Day is dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin.

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National Marine Week
Oct 08

National Marine Week

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National Marine Week aims to educate all South Africans about the role oceans play in our daily lives, including recreation and employment. Since 1988 it has been celebrated during the second week of October. It creates awareness on the marine and coastal environment, marine conservation issues, and the promotion of sustainable use and conservation of these resources.The 3 000km of the South African coastline, which stretches from the Orange River in the west to Kosi Bay in the east, are rich in marine life and support many different marine ecosystems. Great demands are placed on these ecosystems by various bodies. The increase of marine pollution has … Read More

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World Soil Day
Dec 05

World Soil Day

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Soils have been neglected for too long. We fail to connect soil with our food, water, climate, biodiversity and life. We must invert this tendency and take up some preserving and restoring actions. The World Soil Day campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.

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International Mountain Day
Dec 11

International Mountain Day

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Mountains cover approximately one-quarter of the world’s surface and are home to 12% of the human population. Mountains are characterized by massive global diversity – from tropical rain forests to permanent ice and snow, from climates with more than 12 m of annual precipitation to high ‑ altitude deserts, and from sea level to almost 9 000 m in altitude.They are the water towers of the world – providing freshwater to at least half of the world’s people. However, mountains are also high-risk environments; avalanches, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and glacial lake outburst floods threaten life in mountain regions and … Read More

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