Global Conservation News December 15

Source: Dragonflies and damselflies disappearing as wetlands are lost

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Conservation documents for half of all critically endangered species don’t mention climate change

The Guardian

Conservation documents for more than half of Australia’s critically endangered species and habitats fail to mention climate change according to new analysis that argues there is a significant “climate gap” in the management of Australia’s threatened wildlife. The analysis examined the extent to which…

Indigenous communities hold a huge and unique source of ecological knowledge

British Ecological Society

A study has found that indigenous people in the rainforests of Gabon have knowledge of plant and fruit-eating animal interactions that exceeds that found in academic literature. When comparing local knowledge with academic literature, the researchers found that 34% of interactions were known only to local people… 

Climate mitigation should not come at cost of biodiversity conservation, warns tropical savannah ecologist


Tree planting efforts in savannah grasslands can harm biodiversity and affect soil carbon storage, says field ecologist Mahesh Sankaran. Long-term efforts that capture slow or episodic processes such as impacts of droughts on ecosystems are critical to grasp how an ecosystem responds to climate change…

Bumblebees are dying – but could solar parks save them?

Euro News

Solar farms could become havens for bees and other pollinators if simple changes were made, new research suggests. Fields of glinting panels may not look like the most inviting place for wildlife to flourish. But if solar park land is managed as meadows – as opposed to turf grass – it can support four…

Dragonflies and damselflies disappearing as wetlands are lost

BBC News 

The loss of marshes, bogs and swamps is driving a rapid, global decline in dragonflies, researchers say. Their plight has been highlighted by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s latest Red List of Threatened Species, following its first comprehensive assessment of this colourful group of insects…

Camera trap study shows conservation efforts ‘are working’ on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula


The largest-ever camera trap study in Central America, on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, has revealed how human disturbance affects where animals live and how they’re grouped. Protected areas and healthy forests held a greater diversity of animals as well as larger species like tapirs, jaguars and pumas…

‘Cooling the climate for 10,000 years’: How saving wetlands can help save the world


Peat swamps, or peatlands, are particularly effective at storing carbon, which has accumulated over centuries and even millennia as dead plant matter became trapped in waterlogged soil. As nations race to protect and replant forests in an effort to curtail global warming…

Increased protection for rare bird species’ habitats in Russia

World Widlife Fund

WWF-Russia today released a publicly accessible, easy-to-use interactive map that shows habitats of animals listed in the Red Data Books of Russia’s endangered species. The map covers the full territory of the Russian Federation, including the boundaries of forestry units and leased areas of logging companies…

Coastal species are forming colonies on plastic trash in the ocean, study finds

The Guardian

Now, researchers have a term for these drifters: “neopelagic communities”, seafaring colonies of anemones, brittle stars, shrimp, barnacles and more, which are thriving on plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and washing up wherever the currents take them…

How border walls are triggering ecological disaster

The Guardian

We now know that, even in large reserves, wildlife species can decline towards extinction if they cannot disperse and mix with populations from elsewhere. Their genetic diversity narrows, reducing their breeding success and making them more susceptible to disease. Barriers prevent them from moving as conditions change… 

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Training Manual for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on the Convention on Biological Diversity

I am pleased to announce that the “Training Manual for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on the Convention on Biological Diversity” has been published online in English and Spanish…

Statement by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity on the occasion of International Mountain Day

Mountains offer some of the most unique and inspiring landscapes on Earth. From medium elevation slopes to the highest peaks, mountains cover a high variety of ecosystems that are sensitive to the ways we use and experience nature…

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