Global Conservation News January 27th

Source: How Indigenous communities are helping wildlife conservation

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How Indigenous communities are helping wildlife conservation

Calgary Journal

To save the caribou, Parks Canada may want to expand their partnerships with Indigenous people. In BC, one Indigenous group has helped conserve grizzlies simply by observing. Coastwatch is a Heiltsuk-driven scientific research initiative that provides the Heiltsuk people with the skills and knowledge to be proactive in resource management and conservation planning in their territory…

Canadian First Nation deploys ROV in push for stronger marine protection


The Songhees Nation, a First Nations people of British Columbia, Canada, completed the first marine survey of culturally important species around the Tl’ches archipelago using a small underwater drone. By establishing a baseline for these animals, the Songhees Nation has taken the first steps toward establishing stronger protections for the culturally and ecologically rich site…

How Wildlife Corridors Protect Animals and People


In an interview with Jodi Hilty, chief scientist and president of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), we learn more about maintaining healthy ecosystems and safer roads…

How creating wildlife crossings can help reindeer, bears – and even crabs

The Guardian

Sweden’s announcement this week that it is to build a series of animal bridges is the latest in global efforts to help wildlife navigate busy roads Every April, Sweden’s main highway comes to a periodic standstill. Hundreds of reindeer overseen by indigenous Sami herders shuffle across the asphalt…

Conservation group creating action plan for Okanagan wildlife corridor

Kelowna News

An action plan for Okanagan governments and land owners will soon be made available to protect a wildlife corridor that spans between two regional parks. Their ongoing project, to establish a wildlife corridor that stretches for 65 kilometres between Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park near Kelowna and Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park near Vernon has been ongoing for roughly seven years.…

Quarter of known bee species have not been recorded since 1990

The Guardian

Researchers found a steep decline in bee species being recorded since 1990, with approximately 25% fewer species reported between 2006 and 2015 than before the 1990s. Although this does not mean these species are extinct, it may indicate that some have become so scarce that they are no longer regularly observed in the wild…

Wild lynx could be reintroduced into Scottish Highlands

The Guardian 

Study tests public support for bringing back species after 500-year absence, while farmers fear for sheep. A consortium of conservationists that hopes to release wild lynx into the Scottish Highlands has launched a year-long study to see whether the public supports their reintroduction…

Only a third of UK’s key fish populations are not overfished

The Guardian

Only a third of the UK’s key fish populations are in a healthy state, and catches of key species such as cod should be reduced this year as the UK negotiates fishing rights with the EU. Of the top 10 stocks on which the UK’s fishing, only three are in ‘a healthy state’…

Whale sharks: boat strikes in protected areas could be harming the animals’ development

The Conversation

Marine protected areas (MPAs), where human activities like fishing are restricted, are an important tool when it comes to the global conservation of many animals in the sea, including whale sharks. But our new study shows these areas might not be the safe haven we once thought they were…

A New Way to Track Endangered Wildlife Populations from Space

Yale Environment 360

Scientists have developed a new technique for remotely surveying elephants and other wildlife that is quicker and has the same accuracy as human counts done on the ground or in low-flying airplanes. The system, which uses satellite images and deep learning, could help improve the monitoring of endangered species in habitats across the globe…

Sri Lanka to conduct elephant census after 10 years


Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation will conduct an island-wide elephant census this year after a decade to determine the exact number of the animals in the country, local media reported on Monday…

A new 3D koala genome will aid efforts to defend the threatened species

The Conversation

We have created a new “chromosome-length” sequence of the koala genome, which will allow researchers to study its three-dimensional structure and understand its evolution…

6% of Earth’s protected land is used to grow crops, study finds


Protected areas are intended to safeguard the planet’s vulnerable inhabitants – including 83% of its endangered species. A new study reveals that cropland takes up 13.6% of the planet’s ice-free surface area and overlaps with 6% of its protected areas…

Biodiversity: why foods grown in warm climates could be doing the most damage to wildlife

The Conversation

Nearly half of the food eaten in the UK is grown abroad. Take your morning tea or coffee. These are just two of the many crops grown in tropical and subtropical climates that depend on animal pollination and countless other services. But how often do we consider biodiversity when enjoying them…

Amazon is on the brink of turning into a carbon source, study warns


In the last 20 years alone, forests in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and Malaysia, have turned into net carbon emitters, and the Amazon threatens to go the same way. Most of the Amazon lies in Brazil, and between 2001 and 2019 the Brazilian Amazon acted as a net carbon source…

Global ice loss accelerating at record rate, study finds

The Guardian 

Rate of loss now in line with worst-case scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The melting of ice across the planet is accelerating at a record rate, with the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets speeding up the fastest, research has found…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021

The Secretary-General of the United Nations will convene a Food Systems Summit later this year with the aim of launching bold new actions to transform the way the world produces and consumes food, as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030… 

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Review of the second order draft of the chapters and the first order draft of the summary for policymakers of the values assessment, and other opportunities to participate in IPBES processes…

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