Jean-Jacques Cornish

CITES votes to give extrude help to save helmeted hornbill from extinction

The conference of the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna has agreed to taking additional measure to save a unique hornbill from extinction,

The Asian helmeted hornbill has a unique feature that makes it particularly attractive to poachers.

The helmeted hornbill, about as large as the trumpeter hornbill in South Africa, has been fully protected on CITES schedule one for many years.

This bans any trade in this critically endangered bird.

The large casque on the top of its bill is solid – in every other large hornbill that lump  is hollow.

As Dr Richard Thomas of the animal charity Traffic explains: “The solid casque is made from hard red-tinged keratin, that can be carved like ivory.”

So,  gangs go into the jungles killing any hornbill hoping it is helmeted.

The CITES decision is to give additional assistance to the Indonesian authorities to protect the bird

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.