Global Conservation News Apr. 6

Source: Postponed: Climate COP26 and biodiversity COP15


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What Happens to the Climate Change and Biodiversity Talks of 2020?

Not just the climate change negotiations, the coronavirus outbreak has also impacted the meeting schedule of the Convention on Biological Diversity …

Postponed: Climate COP26 and biodiversity COP15

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the postponement of key international meetings on climate, biodiversity and ocean…

Minister Schulze: Global nature conservation can reduce risk of future epidemics

According to a scientific report, more measures in nature conservation can prevent new infectious diseases and their spread. The risk of disease outbreaks including pandemics increases the more nature is destroyed. Committed nature conservation in many regions…

Oceans can be restored to former glory within 30 years, say scientists

Major review reports recovery of marine life but a redoubling of efforts is still needed The glory of the world’s oceans could be restored within a generation, according to a major new scientific review. It reports rebounding sea life, from humpback whales off Australia to elephant seals in the US and…

Seychelles extends protection to marine area twice the size of Great Britain

Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean famous for its turquoise waters, giant tortoises and wondrous birds, has extended protection to 400,000 square kilometers (154,000 square miles) of its seas, an area twice the size of Great Britain. The move fulfills the country’s long-standing pledge to safeguard 30% of its marine waters…

In an Era of Pandemics and Fires, Global Action Is the Only Hope

In the San Francisco Bay Area, where the coronavirus is now eclipsing the dangers of drought and fire, the new pandemic is the starkest reminder yet of how connected we all are. To tackle both the virus and climate change, there is no option but global collaboration…

Save our forests and protect ourselves

Scientists from all over the world, including disease ecologists at Ecohealth Alliance who are studying malaria in East Malaysia, warn that human activities in forested areas, such as forest-clearing, road-building, mining, hunting, and logging, cause major disruptions to ecosystems, which then causes…

The ‘super year for biodiversity’: Undermined by a wildlife market?

This year’s meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is being curtailed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Ironically, the pandemic most likely first emerged from wildlife being traded in a live animal market in Wuhan, China, writes Janice Weatherley Singh…

Deforestation linked to emergence of new diseases

The continuing deforestation in the country could put the Philippines at risk from the emergence of new infectious diseases, as it loses one of its main protective barriers from possible outbreaks…

Nigeria declares new conservation zone for most threatened chimpanzee

The government of Nigeria’s Ekiti state has issued an executive order establishing a conservation area within the Ise Forest Reserve, where about 20 Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees are believed to survive.With perhaps as few as 3,500 left in the wild, the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee faces threats including…

A Path to Creating the First Generation of High Seas Protected Areas

The high seas treaty presents an opportunity to protect hot spots of biodiversity and important or unique ecosystems and ecosystem processes.

Oceans’ capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests

Research into North Atlantic plankton likely to lead to negative revision of global climate calculations. The North Atlantic may be a weaker climate ally than previously believed, according to a study that suggests the ocean’s capacity to absorb carbon dioxide has been overestimated.A first-ever winter…

Climate crisis may have pushed world’s tropical coral reefs to tipping point of ‘near-annual’ bleaching

Mass bleaching seen along Great Barrier Reef could mark start of global-scale event, expert warns. Rising ocean temperatures could have pushed the world’s tropical coral reefs over a tipping point where they are hit by bleaching on a “near-annual” basis, according to the head of a US government…

Why communities must be at the heart of conserving wildlife, plants and ecosystems

The Aichi Targets for biodiversity conservation date back to 2010 and … Each of the 194 signatories to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity …


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

SCBD/OES/EM/DC/88792 (SCBD/OES/EM/DC/88792) Dates and venue:

  • Twenty-fourth Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24), 17 to 22 August 2020, and Third Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 3), 24 to 29 August 2020, Montreal, Canada
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