Global Conservation News August 10

Source: Covid-19 lockdown will have ‘negligible’ impact on climate crisis – study


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‘They just pull up everything!’ Chinese fleet raises fears for Galápagos sea life

A vast fishing armada off Ecuador’s biodiverse Pacific islands has stirred alarm over ‘indiscriminate’ fishing practices…

Extreme droughts in central Europe likely to increase sevenfold

Researchers say moderate reductions in CO2 emissions could halve their likelihood…

England’s first wild beavers for 400 years allowed to live on River Otter

Family of reestablished colony legally sanctioned to remain in east Devon habitat…

Deadly diseases from wildlife thrive when nature is destroyed, study finds

Rats and bats that host pandemic pathogens like Covid-19 increase in damaged ecosystems, analysis shows…

In tackling the global climate crisis, doom and optimism are both dangerous

Overheated polemics won’t solve this emergency – and the apocalypse is a needlessly high bar for action…

A new global map of terrestrial habitat for boosting greener business

The United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) identifies habitat destruction as one of the key drivers of the emergence and rapid spread of diseases such as COVID-19 from wildlife to people.

In the Philippines, A Community Fights to Protect Its Ancestral Lands

In “This Is Our Land” — the second-place winner in the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest — a Filipino filmmaker chronicles how after years of worsening air and water pollution, Indigenous communities near the mammoth Didipio gold and copper mine decided to fight back.

More Than 500 Dams Planned in Protected Areas Around the Globe, Study Finds

More than 500 dams are planned or already under construction within protected areas around the world, according to a new study published in the journal Conservation Letters. 

Protecting Indigenous bush foods and medicines against biopiracy

The use of Indigenous knowledge and resources—including bush foods and bush medicines—is increasingly on-trend. Cosmetics, pharmaceutical giants and large food producers are vying for everything from access to monopoly in the modern market.

Interim Review on Economics of Biodiversity Urges Reshaping Understanding of Sustainable Growth

The Government of the UK published an interim version of ‘The Dasgupta Review,’ an independent, global review on the economics of biodiversity. The Review aims to guide the international response to biodiversity loss and global action to meet the SDGs.

WEF Report Makes Case for Nature-positive Economy

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has published a report warning that over half of the global gross domestic product (GDP) is potentially threatened by nature loss.

As Amazon deforestation rises, so does the need for urgent action

…deforestation throughout the Amazon has been rising steadily, jumping 55% in the first four months of 2020 compared to the same period last year. 

New species extinction target proposed for global nature rescue plan

As the species extinction rate has increased continuously to date, far-reaching political measures would be required to reach the target of the biodiversity researchers. 

Conserve both large intact and small degraded habitats to maintain biodiversity

Scientists are undivided on the need to conserve natural habitats to maintain biodiversity, but divided on which ones to prioritise: intact wild habitats, or fragmented, degraded lands that are becoming increasingly common?

Meet the grandmother looking for root and branch reform on biodiversity

Sioned, who moved from Wales to her current home in Kealkill, West Cork, in 1987, was motivated to fell and replant the Coillte forest above her home with native broadleaf trees more than 20 years ago when she saw the area she once foraged for wild bilberries, mushrooms…

What it takes to save species, locally and globally

The banks of the Potomac River upstream from Washington, D.C., are often mounded with drifts of tiny shells bleached white by the sun. That invertebrate abundance startles me every time I walk the riverbank, a clue to an invisible city of bivalves under the water…

Covid-19 lockdown will have ‘negligible’ impact on climate crisis – study

Drop in emissions was a blip, say scientists, and a green recovery is vital to halt global heating…

Satellite Images Show Land Productivity Changes In Protected Areas Worldwide

Satellite observations suggest that protected areas may help conserve stable levels of land productivity. However, productivity has dropped or risenSatellite observations suggest that protected areas may help conserve stable levels of land productivity. However, productivity has dropped or risen…

As Record Arctic Heat Continues, Canada’s Last Intact Ice Shelf Collapses

Canada’s last fully intact ice shelf in the Arctic has collapsed, shrinking by about 80 square kilometers, or 40 percent of its area, over just two days at the end of July…

Protecting 30% of the earth will bolster economy

Global experts say we shall gain many times what we spend by 2030 and unleash huge business opportunities…

A new deal for nature – transformational change or Aichi 2.0?

Updated goals and targets have been published by the Convention on Biological Diversity, but campaigners are concerned they do not go far enough…

Biodiversity monitoring protocol to integrate conservation activities

Now with the biodiversity monitoring and social survey protocol in place, conservation activities in the country are expected to be more integrated with systematic, coordinated, and consolidated biodiversity data.

There’s Still Time To Save About Half of Earth’s Land

Human risk to diseases like COVID-19 could be reduced by halting the trade and sale of wildlife, and minimizing human intrusion into wild areas.

Why deforestation and extinctions make pandemics more likely

Researchers are redoubling efforts to understand links between biodiversity and emerging diseases — and use that information to predict and stop future outbreaks.

Government of Canada invests in conservation projects at national parks in Ontario to fight climate …

Investing in these locations will help support the health of our natural heritage, create jobs in our local communities and support the Government of Canada’s efforts to combat climate change. 

The COVID-19 pandemic, Part 2: Perspectives on the future of coastal and marine tourism and its implications for coastal and marine ecosystems

In this series, The Skimmer is taking a look at the various ways that the pandemic is affecting marine ecosystems and their conservation and management.

Why marine conservation and management need to be anti-racist and anti-colonial

Two recent articles we read really struck home about why it benefits EVERYONE to make marine conservation and management anti-racist and anti-colonial. 

Draft guidelines for planning and monitoring corporate biodiversity performance issued for public comment

IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme and Species Survival Commission Species Monitoring Specialist Group, working with numerous colleagues in the business and conservations sectors, today shared draft Guidelines for planning and monitoring corporate biodiversity performance.

The Slow but Steady Progress in the Implementation of the Biodiversity Agenda

Despite the contrary perception of many, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been quite successful in promoting and leading the development and implementation of the global biodiversity agenda, though not yet at the scale and speed needed to reverse the ongoing crisis and decline of biodiversity.

IUCN Standard to boost impact of nature-based solutions to global challenges

 IUCN today unveiled a Global Standard providing the first-ever set of benchmarks for nature-based solutions to global challenges.


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Consultation and Information Briefing on a Draft Outline of a new gender plan of action

The draft outline serves as a basis for consultation (drawing on the review of the current plan of action and consultations on gender in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework) to obtain initial feedback on the structure of…

Statement by CBD Executive Secretary Elizabeth Maruma Mrema on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples’ traditional lifestyles are a source of their resiliency. However, in contemporary times, indigenous peoples are particularly affected by COVID-19 because they also face many other challenges, including extreme poverty, overcrowded housing and limited access to health services.

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