Global Conservation News December 1

Source: One in six Australian birds are now threatened, landmark action plan finds

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Portugal Establishes the Largest Fully Protected Marine Reserve in Europe

National Geographic

Today the government of Portugal expanded a marine protected area around the Selvagens Islands, creating the largest fully protected marine reserve in Europe at 2,677 square kilometers. The Selvagens islands are a small archipelago in the North Atlantic located midway between Madeira and the Canary Islands…

Island conservationists identify key barriers to meeting biodiversity targets

University of Oxford

The failure to meet global biodiversity targets clearly indicates the need for more effective biodiversity management and conservation efforts, and this in turn requires better understanding of the current barriers to success. Research with island conservationists in the Western Indian Ocean revealed…

We reconstructed birdsong soundscapes from over 200,000 places: and they’re getting quieter

The Conversation

Our results reveal a clear, continuous fall in the acoustic diversity and intensity of soundscapes across Europe and North America over the past 25 years, suggesting that the soundtrack to our spring is becoming quieter and less varied. In general, we found that sites that have experienced greater decline…

Behind the Science: How Do We Know How Many Shark Species Are at Risk?


This September a team of dozens of scientists announced grim news: Around one third of the world’s 1,199 known sharks and related species, they assessed, are now threatened with extinction. The startling message from members of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group…

We need to protect 50% of the planet — but even that’s not enough

ZME Science

Protected areas are advocated for by scientists and conservationists alike because of their clear environmental benefits. Due to the constant expansion of our species, environments and ecosystems are under more and more pressure, and having safe havens like these protected areas is essential…

For tradition and nature on the Bijagós Islands, loss of one threatens the other


Communities in the Bijagós Islands off Guinea-Bissau have for generations maintained a close spiritual connection to nature that’s been credited with the archipelago remaining a biodiversity hotspot. In recent years, the islands’ young people have been turning their backs on these traditions…

One in six Australian birds are now threatened, landmark action plan finds

The Guardian

One in six Australian birds are now threatened, according to a once-in-a-decade study that finds the climate emergency is pushing species closer to extinction. The action plan for birds is a major scientific study led by Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University, with input from more than 300 bird experts…

Swifts and house martins join UK red list of endangered birds

The Guardian

The red list of Britain’s most endangered birds has increased to 70 species with the swift, house martin, greenfinch and Bewick’s swan added to the latest assessment. The red list now accounts for more than a quarter of Britain’s 245 bird species, almost double the 36 species given the status of “highest conservation concern”…

Underfunded but passionate, Native American conservationists call for more support


While tribal nations receive less funding for conservation than state agencies, Native American wildlife biologists have dedicated themselves to protecting species, like the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), from going extinct. Just $5 million to $6 million is available per year for the 574 Indigenous tribes…

Nearly three dozen white rhino from SA flown safely to Rwanda

Herald Live

In a mammoth effort, 30 rhino have been moved from SA to Rwanda in the biggest-ever single translocation of the species. This is an opportunity for Rwanda to substantially advance its contribution to rhino conservation, with Akagera poised to become a globally important sanctuary…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Webinar: Resource mobilization and the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Reflections from the Panel of Experts’ report

I am pleased to invite you to the webinar entitled: “Resource mobilization and the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: reflections from the Panel of Experts’ report”, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 14 December 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EST)…

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