Global Conservation News February 3rd

Source: Human activity forces animals to move further to survive, study finds

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Economics’ failure over destruction of nature presents ‘extreme risks’

The Guardian

The world is being put at extreme risk by the failure of economics to take account of the rapid depletion of the natural world and needs to find new measures of success to avoid a catastrophic breakdown, and landmark review has concluded…

The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review

HM Treasury

The Dasgupta Review is an independent, global review on the Economics of Biodiversity led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta. The Review calls for changes in how we think, act and measure economic success to protect and enhance our prosperity and the natural world…

Nation looks for balanced targets at COP 15 conference

China Daily

China is looking forward to seeing ambitious but balanced conservation targets that fully consider developing countries’ capabilities at this year’s United Nations biodiversity conference, a senior Ministry of Ecology and Environment official said…

Activists make the case that bigger is better to protect Galápagos reserve


A group of scientists, conservationists and NGOs are campaigning to expand the current Galápagos Marine Reserve to protect an additional 445,953 square kilometers (172,183 square miles) in the exclusive economic zone of the Galápagos Islands. The marine reserve expansion would help protect…

Global shark and ray population crashed more than 70% in past 50 years

The Guardian 

Increase in fishing since the 1970s has ravaged abundance of sharks and rays in oceans. The global population of sharks and rays has crashed by more than 70% in the past 50 years, researchers have determined for the first time, with massive ongoing losses pushing many species towards extinction…

Rarely seen Sumatran rhinos are now even more elusive as threats close in


The wild Sumatran rhinos of Way Kambas National Park in Indonesia are becoming even more elusive in response to changes to their habitat, according to rhino expert Arief Rubianto. Fires and poaching of other species for bushmeat pose a serious threat to the critically endangered rhinos…

Ambitious return to carbon markets to conserve Africa’s forests


Growth of voluntary carbon market and new investor interest in natural climate solutions in Africa prompts The Nature Conservancy to launch effort to help local enterprises raise $300 million for forest conservation. The Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst will initially identify existing projects with potential to protect 100,000 hectares of natural forest or sequester three million tonnes of CO2 over 10 years…

New chameleon species may be world’s smallest reptile

National Geographic

Scientists have discovered a tiny new species of chameleon in a patch of rainforest in northern Madagascar. About the size of a sunflower seed, the newly described creature from Madagascar may already be critically endangered…

Current protected areas not enough to save parrots from extinction: Study


Parrots are at risk globally. Nearly one-third of parrot species are threatened with extinction. A new study concludes that current protected areas are not sufficient to protect parrot diversity, overlapping with only 10% of the geographic range of all parrot species…

Why collaboration is key to global reforestation efforts

World Economic Forum

Multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential for accomplishing ambitious SDGs by 2030. The business community can play a key role in the reforestation movement. The private sector can lead by example. This week, we announced our commitment to net-zero by 2050…

Paradox lost: wetlands can form in deserts, but we need to find and protect them

The Conversation

From agricultural expansion and river diversion to invasive species and climate change, wetlands face numerous threats. But one of the gravest may be ignorance. We still don’t know enough about these habitats, and they can still surprise even seasoned scientists like us…

Establishment of Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management announced


On the occasion of the World Wetland Day and as a part of its commitment towards conservation, restoration and management of India’s wetlands, the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change announced the establishment of a Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management…

How wetlands are linked to our climate

Deutsche Welle

Bogs, ponds and peatlands don’t get the attention they deserve. Yet they could help us save the climate — and ourselves.  Although wetlands cover less than 4% of the Earth’s surface, 40% of all animal species live or reproduce in them. One-third of all organic matter on our planet is stored in places like the gigantic Pantanal wetland in western Brazil…

Ending the global water crisis ‘starts in your back yard’

Conservation International Blog 

Reports on the state of the world’s freshwater ecosystems sound a single refrain: humanity is facing a water crisis. Researchers project that by 2030 the demand for water could outstrip supply by 40 percent. And severe floods and droughts caused by climate change are only exacerbating the problem…

Human activity forces animals to move further to survive, study finds

The Guardian 

Hunting and recreation found to have greater impact than urbanisation and logging. Human activity is fundamentally altering the distances the world’s animals need to move to live, hunt and forage, according to a study that examined the impact on more than 160 species across six continents…

A new initiative could make cities more biodiverse: Here’s how

World Economic Forum

The COVID-19 crisis, along with climate change, has accelerated an urgent need to transform the way cities and their residents reconnect with nature. A new global initiative, BiodiverCities by 2030, aims to address imbalance and design sustainable cities of the future…

To sniff and protect: the dogs that help wildlife conservation

South China Morning Post

From tracking rare or invasive species to protecting animals from predators, dogs pay a vital role in conservation. Their incredible sense of smell means they can detect anything from droppings to toxins and wildlife contraband…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Informal sessions of SBSTTA 24 and SBI 3: Organization of Work

These virtual informal sessions are intended to help to maintain momentum in the preparation for the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) and related meetings, including important work related to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework…

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