Global Conservation News April 21

Source: Genetic diversity in salmon has declined since fish farming introduced – study

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Nature Conservancy of Canada welcomes historic investment in nature in Federal Budget 2021

Global News Wire

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is pleased to see nature remain a key focus of the Government of Canada. NCC, a not-for-profit land conservation group, welcomes the historic investment in nature protection in Budget 2021, aimed at addressing the dual threats of climate change and biodiversity loss…

Exotic animal trade carries risks of disease outbreak and introduction of invasive species


There have been multiple instances in the last one year when exotic animals have been seized by different enforcement agencies across northeast India. Since there is a complete ban on trade in Indian species, smugglers have shifted to illegal trade of exotic species, which has led to disastrous global environmental consequences…

‘Ocean in crisis’: Global plan to protect world’s seas


A new global marine initiative has been launched to protect and conserve 18 million square kilometres of the ocean (seven million square miles) over the next five years, an area larger than the continent of South America. The collaboration, known as Blue Nature Alliance…

Conservation legend Roy Dennis: ‘We’re facing an ecological crisis, but it’s exciting too’

The Guardian

Eighty-year-old Dennis has devoted his life to returning eagles, osprey, red kites and red squirrels to Britain. But, he says, there is still plenty to do. And he is thrilled by the can-do attitude he gets from young people today…

Genetic diversity in salmon has declined since fish farming introduced – study

The Guardian

Researchers say loss of diversity in Sweden’s Atlantic salmon population could compromise the ability of fish to adapt to climate change. Fish farming may have been devised as a remedy to reinvigorate dwindling fish stocks but this human solution has spawned another problem: lower genetic diversity…

Environmental DNA – how a tool used to detect endangered wildlife ended up helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic

The Conversation

While scientists originally applied eDNA to human pathogen detection over a decade ago, it wasn’t until the beginning of the current COVID-19 human pandemic that the repurposing of eDNA took off on a large scale, allowing the technology to make staggering advancements in very short order…

Sharks on a knife’s edge as Maldives mulls lifting 10-year fishing ban


Eleven years ago, the Maldives created a 90,000-square-kilometer sanctuary that banned shark fishing, but fisheries minister said recently that the government may be planning to lift the ban. Conservationists say reopening shark fisheries in the Maldives would have devastating effects on shark populations…

Indigenous peoples are being shortchanged as forest guardians: Report


Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) play an important role in preserving the environment and ecosystems worldwide, especially forests in tropical countries, but don’t receive enough funding to carry out this work successfully, research shows…

Dams drove an Asian dolphin extinct. They could do the same in the Amazon


The tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis), a river dolphin endemic to the Amazon, has been declared endangered on the IUCN Red List, meaning all the world’s freshwater dolphins are now at threat of extinction…

What Burkina Faso can teach us about forest restoration

World Economic Forum 

In 2018, the West African country of Burkina Faso committed to restoring 5 million hectares of degraded land by 2030. A year later, researchers at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT interviewed managers of 39 active restoration initiatives in Burkina Faso. Here’s what they learned about what works…

Climate change could cause ‘irreversible impacts’ to lake ecosystems

World Economic Forum 

New research shows that lake “stratification periods” – a seasonal separation of water into layers – will last longer in a warmer climate. These longer periods of stratification could have “far-reaching implications” for lake ecosystems and can drive toxic algal blooms, fish die-offs and increased methane emissions…

Nepal’s rhino population increases by 16%—a sign of hope for the species

World Wildlife Fund 

Nepal’s rhino population has increased by 16%, according to the results of the National Rhino Count 2021—a promising sign for the greater one-horned rhino population in the country. The survey shows a population of 752, up from an estimated 645 counted in 2015 in the country’s Terai Arc Landscape…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Scenario Notes – SBSTTA 24 and SBI 3

I am writing as a follow-up to notification 2021-026 on the formal meetings of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24) and the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 3). I am pleased to inform Governments and observers that the scenario note for SBSTTA 24 and for SBI 3, as approved by the SBSTTA Bureau and COP Bureau respectively, are available…

Online Workshop: The financial sector and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework 17 and 18 June 2021

I am pleased to inform Parties and observers that the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), under the guidance of the Co-Chairs of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, is organizing a workshop entitled: “The financial sector and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework”…

Funding support for a Second Phase of the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative by the Korea Forest Service of the Republic of Korea

The Korea Forest Service (KFS) of the Republic of Korea and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding whereby KFS will support the funding of the second phase of the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI)…

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