Global Conservation News Apr. 13

Source: Want to Stop the Next Pandemic? Start Protecting Wildlife Habitats


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Snow white coral of once vibrant Great Barrier Reef a sign urgent action must be taken

Plan for net-zero emissions combined with a new diplomatic effort is Australia’s best chance at saving reef for future generations…

Who’s Brave Enough to Invest in Saving the Planet?

A handful of venture capitalists are taking big financial risks in hopes of even bigger rewards…

Human impact on wildlife to blame for spread of viruses, says study

Increased contact with animals likely cause of outbreaks such as Covid-19, say experts, as conservationists call for global ban on wildlife markets…

UN Biodiversity Chief Argues for a Permanent Ban on Wildlife Markets

The United Nations’ biodiversity chief has called for a global ban on wildlife markets — such as the one in Wuhan, China, believed to be the starting point of the coronavirus outbreak — to prevent future pandemics. 

Most laws ignore ‘human-wildlife conflict’. This makes us vulnerable to pandemics

While various commentators have blamed pangolins, bats, or even our lack of “mastery” of wildlife, the real cause of this pandemic goes deeper – into the laws, cultures and institutions of most countries.

Want to Stop the Next Pandemic? Start Protecting Wildlife Habitats

There are four critical facets of pandemic prevention, according to Lee Hannah, senior scientist at Conservation International. Three of them make immediate sense against the backdrop of our current emergency…

New protected area raises hopes for critically endangered monkey

The fortunes of the critically endangered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey have received a boost after its habitat was declared a protected area by the Myanmar government.

COVID-19 disrupts a major year for biodiversity policy and planning

2020 was shaping up to be a good year for global policy on biodiversity. With momentum building from dire reports on biodiversity loss and climate change, policymakers were set for…

Biodiversity post-COVID 19: Approaches and frameworks for conservation need to be revamped

The coexistence of communities and biodiversity has now become a matter of prime concern. How to ensure this coexistence? This is a million-dollar question before humanity for survival in the post-COVID 19 world.

UN Biodiversity Chief Calls for Ban on Wildlife Market to Prevent Pandemics

The acting executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity Elizabeth Maruma Mrema called on countries to ban “wildlife markets” that sell live and dead animals for human consumption to prevent pandemics. 

COVID-19 Could Lead to Better Protection of Biodiversity and Wild Animals

A positive outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic could be a better understanding of protecting biodiversity and a global ban on the trade in wild animals for food.

Biodiversity super-year promises scrutiny

This year’s landmark convention on biodiversity will put the issue squarely in focus – and will increase scrutiny of financial institutions and large …

IUCN statement on the COVID-19 pandemic

As the world continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) stands in solidarity with all those already directly affected by the virus around the world. 

The pace of biodiversity change in a warming climate

The timing of disruptions to biodiversity associated with global warming is a key, but little-explored, dimension of change. Will losses in biodiversity occur all at once, or be spread out over time?

When biodiversity fails, human health is on the line

The rapid rise of disease caused by a new coronavirus seems to have caught much of the world by surprise. It shouldn’t have. An upsurge in the emergence of new infectious diseases started…

Deep emissions cuts this decade could prevent ‘abrupt ecological collapse’

Swift global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could prevent the “abrupt” collapse of ecosystems, which may otherwise begin within the next few decades, a study finds.


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Statement by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of World Health Day

  • “We are living through one of the most extraordinary threats to global health experienced in the past century, and it is only fitting that World Health Day this year celebrates the central role played by nurses and midwives in the provision of health care services in all countries worldwide.”

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