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Five big questions for 2022

Bird Life International

We live in such a volatile, unpredictable world, that trying to make predictions seems slightly ludicrous. Yet, in this UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, we need to be pleasantly surprised. So, instead of predictions, I think it is worth posing some big environmental questions which we need to be…

‘We’ll get it done. Come hell, high water or Covid’: Can 2022 be a super year for nature?

The Guardian

It was supposed to be a “super year for nature”: 2020 was going to be “a major opportunity to bring nature back from the brink”. But then the coronavirus pandemic set in and long-held plans to tackle the environmental crisis, kickstarted at Davos in January, where the financial elite underscored the…

Costa Rica Expands Cocos Island National Park by 27 times in size

Q Costa Rica

President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica has signed a decree expanding the Cocos Island National Park, increasing the fully protected area in their Pacific waters by almost 53,000 square kilometers. This expansion follows an agreement that the presidents of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador…

How nature is more than a carbon sink 

World Economic Forum

Debates on carbon credits at COP26 highlighted how difficult it is to apply a global standard to complex regulatory and physical landscapes across diverse geographies. Carbon credits should not be viewed in isolation: the forests, biodiversity and communities nature-based climate solutions support are…

Community control of forests hasn’t slowed deforestation, Indonesia study finds


A new study has found that Indonesia’s social forestry program, which gives local communities access to manage the country’s forests, hasn’t led to a reduction in overall deforestation. The study found that forest loss in community-titled forests aimed at conservation actually increased…

More Attention Needed on Freshwater Biodiversity

Circle of Blue

In recent years I’ve been writing about global freshwater issues, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia’s Mekong River. As someone who came to this field of study relatively recently, I’ve been shocked and perplexed that freshwater biodiversity is seldom prioritized….

How Marine Protected Areas Can Pay for Their Own Protection

Hakai Magazine

One answer to the problem of overfishing is to implement marine protected areas (MPAs)—parcels of ocean where fishing is banned or severely restricted. When well designed, MPAs allow time for species to recover and can even increase the amount of fish available to fishermen in neighboring waters…

Remote areas are not safe havens for biodiversity

Mirage News

Remote localities are generally considered as potential reservoirs for biodiversity, but this is just part of the story. With regard to fish communities, researchers have produced a global map of risk that shows that no place is safe, regardless of distance from humans.

Biodiversity boost begins at home, every home  

Canberra City News

There is a lot more that should be done to massively increase the city’s biodiversity, assist in keeping the place cooler, provide safe mental spaces and generally improve the aesthetics of the whole city. In a follow-up piece to this, the topic will be how we could do better with public spaces, roadsides and parklands…

Thomas Lovejoy, renowned biologist who coined ‘biological diversity,’ dies at 80

National Geographic

Thomas Lovejoy, a well-known American conservation biologist who coined the term “biological diversity” in 1980, died on December 25 at the age of 80. Lovejoy, who lived in northern Virginia, spent more than 50 years working in the Amazon rainforest, founding the nonprofit Amazon Biodiversity Center…

E.O. Wilson’s last dream


In this piece, author Jeremy Hance recounts a 2017 conversation with Wilson and what could be his greatest legacy: the idea of protecting half the planet in a natural or regenerating state for the benefit of people and nature…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

NEW DATES: Resumed sessions of SBSTTA 24, SBI 3 and WG2020-3, 13-29 March 2022 – Geneva, Switzerland

With efforts to reconvene the meetings as soon as feasible, the Secretariat, following consultation with the Government of Switzerland, the COP Bureau, the Chairs of SBSTTA and SBI […] is pleased to inform Parties and observers that the resumed sessions of the meetings are now planned to take place on 13-29 March 2022, at the International Conference Center Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland.

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