Global Conservation News August 18

Source: Major UN biodiversity summit delayed for third time due to pandemic

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Major UN biodiversity summit delayed for third time due to pandemic

The Guardian 

Cop15 negotiations to set this decade’s targets on nature to be split into two, with face-to-face meetings delayed until 2022A key United Nations biodiversity summit has been delayed for a third time due to the pandemic, the Chinese environment ministry has announced, as environmentalists pledged the…

A spotlight on mountains in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Daily Pakistan

Nepal’s Rt Honorable Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba has called for a common regional voice at the upcoming United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) on conservation and sustainable use of mountain biodiversity for building resilience to climate change, disaster risks, and other shocks…

What’s on the horizon for the upcoming Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework

Global Landscape Forum

The draft of the new Post-2020 Framework includes a major new addition to help it achieve the level of conservation that the Aichi Targets did not: a sub-framework for monitoring and evaluation that brings certain indicators of progress to the fore to assist countries in prioritizing their efforts and tracking…

How indigenous knowledge can help prevent environmental crises

Modern Diplomacy

Nemonte Nenquimo has spent years fending off miners, loggers and oil companies intent on developing the Amazon rainforest. The leader of Ecuador’s indigenous Waorani people, she famously fronted a 2019 lawsuit that banned resource extraction on 500,000 acres of her ancestral lands – a court win that…

Mallorca marine reserve boosts wildlife as well as business, report finds

The Guardian

Protected area delivered a tenfold return on investment, with benefits for fishing, biodiversity and tourism. A marine protection area established off the coast of Mallorca is proving beneficial not just for the environment but for business, too, according to a study that appears to confirm the long-term…

Forget massive seawalls, coastal wetlands offer the best storm protection money can buy

The Conversation

Coastal communities around the world are facing increasing threats from tropical cyclones. Climate change is causing rising sea levels and bigger, more frequent storms. Many coastal communities are pondering what to do. Should they build massive seawalls in a bid to protect existing infrastructure…

Climate change: IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity’

BBC News

Human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and sometimes irreversible ways, a major UN scientific report has said. The landmark study warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade. The report “is a code red for humanity”…

Why meeting the Paris Agreement means managing the ocean

World Economic Forum

Sustainable management of the ocean is vital for the livelihoods of millions of people, and the planet’s overall health. The ocean absorbs 93% of the additional heat from rising manmade CO2 emissions, with 25-30% of these otherwise remaining in the atmosphere…

‘Shared earth’ conservation promises to prioritize nature and people


A new article in Science calls for conservation in Africa to take a “shared earth” approach that prioritizes both nature and people. According to the authors, this approach would empower local communities, Indigenous people and governments to make decisions that would meet both equity and biodiversity goals…

Amazon forest loss hits second highest level since 2008


Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon declined slightly over the past 12 months but still reached the second highest level since 2008, reports the country’s national space research institute, INPE. According to INPE’s satellite-based deforestation alert system, forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

New Global Biodiversity Agreement: China to Host a Two-Part Summit on Nature

Host country China and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) today announced dates for the UN Biodiversity Conference, which includes the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-15), to be convened in two parts…

Selected representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities to receive funding for their participation in the Third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

In connection with the Third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3), which will be held virtually from 23 August to 3 September 2021, I am pleased to inform you that, after due consideration of all nominations received by the Advisory Selection Committee… 

Invitation to the webinar on “Proposed headline indicators for nature’s contribution to people (Goal B and Targets 8-12 of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework)” – 19 August 2021

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the GEO BON, the UNEP-WCMC and the UN Regional Commissions, will be convening a webinar to provide information and address questions on the proposed indicators for Goal B and Targets 8-12 of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. 

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