Global Conservation News January 19

Source: Seeing 1,000 glorious fin whales back from near extinction is a rare glimmer of hope | Philip Hoare

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Biodiversity faces its make-or-break year, and research will be key


Biodiversity is being lost at a rate not seen since the last mass extinction. But the United Nations decade-old plan to slow down and eventually stop the decline of species and ecosystems by 2020 has failed. Most of the plan’s 20 targets – known as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets – have not been met…

Expanding national parks not enough to protect nature, say scientists

The Guardian

An analysis of the draft UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreement by more than 50 leading scientists has found that, while expanding protected areas will, if done well, help slow the destruction of the natural world, much more is needed to stop it…

Decline of biodiversity, health of Indigenous peoples interconnected

Troy Media

The Ărramăt Project brings together more than 150 Indigenous organizations and governments from around the world with researchers at 19 Canadian universities and two Canadian colleges, and 14 international universities. It includes 12 academics from the University of Alberta alone.

Seeing 1,000 glorious fin whales back from near extinction is a rare glimmer of hope

The Guardian

Good news doesn’t get any more in-your-face than this. One thousand fin whales, one of the world’s biggest animals, were seen last week swimming in the same seas in which they were driven to near-extinction last century due to whaling. It’s like humans never happened…

Why wildlife is so essential to spreading plants’ seeds 

World Economic Forum

Plants reproduce using seed dispersal, often relying on wildlife to carry their seeds so that their offspring don’t grow in their shadow. Today the Earth is losing species at a rapid rate, potentially representing the sixth mass extinction in its history, which could impact seed dispersal. 60% fewer seeds are being…

Here’s how science is trying to conserve the monarch butterfly’s forests 


A team of Mexican scientists are developing a successful experiment that allows for the recovery and maintenance of endemic trees in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve that provide a habitat for monarch butterflies every winter. The team is employing a mix of natural restoration, soil conservation…

BiodiverCities: how infrastructure could transform the urban relationship with nature 

World Economic Forum

Supporting urban development is a foremost priority for any global leader steering a 21st-century sustainable development agenda. In less than 30 years, three-quarters of the world’s population will be living in cities, with citizens holding high expectations for their economic opportunities, well-being and prosperity…

Small gardens as vital as big ones for conserving bees, says study

The Guardian

Small gardens are as important as big gardens for conserving bees and other pollinators in UK cities, a study has found. Worldwide, bee populations are declining. Habitat destruction, pesticide use, and climate change have led to the disappearance of some pollinators, but researchers found…

Nearly half of City GDP at Risk of Disruption from Nature Loss

Modern Diplomacy

Cities contribute 80% to global GDP – but they also account for 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Integrating nature-positive solutions can help protect cities from growing risks associated with extreme weather while driving sustainable economic growth…

Amid Pandemic, Tribal-Run Conservation in Africa Proves Resilient

Yale Environment 360

The Covid pandemic has hit African tourism and the wildlife conservation it supports extremely hard. But Indigenous-managed projects, such as the Il Ngwesi eco-lodge and conservancy run by Masaai in Kenya, have benefited by local people’s stewardship of their lands…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Core Programme Budget of the Convention on Biological Diversity: Scale of assessment for the apportionment of expenses for 2022

The United Nations General Assembly resolution 76/238, adopted on 24 December 2021, sets out the scale of assessments for 2022-2024. The scale of assessments for the Convention on Biological Diversity for 2022 has been updated accordingly and is attached to this notification…

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