How Covid-19 impacted wildlife trafficking and conservation in East Africa, and how the media can help prevent another pandemic
It’s been more than a year since the Covid-19 pandemic began – a devastating disease that emerged from interactions between humans and wildlife. At the same time, the pandemic has presented unique threats to wildlife across East Africa, as local poaching has increased and tourism has dropped – an industry that largely funds conservation.
In the past year, what have we learned in terms of wildlife conservation, protection of biodiversity and natural habitats, and a One Health approach to conservation? How can we prevent another pandemic from emerging – and how should the media take a critical role in forecasting threats before they become crises? How was wildlife trafficking and conservation affected in East Africa, and what can we do to better protect wildlife going forward?
During this event on 24th June 2021, InfoNile also launched our new investigation The Pandemic Poachers, a cross-border data journalism project that looks at how Covid-19 impacted wildlife trafficking and conservation in the region.
– Bashir Hangi, Communications Manager, Uganda Wildlife Authority
– Dr. Anthony Collins, Director, Baboon Research, Gombe Stream Research Centre, Tanzania
– Dorcas Wangira, Citizen TV Journalist, Kenya
– Prosper Kwigize, Mpanga Radio Journalist and DW Tanzania Correspondent
– Annika McGinnis and Fredrick Mugira, InfoNile/Water Journalists Africa
Moderator: Sarah Mawerere, UBC Journalist