Global Conservation News July 14

Source: For Africa’s great apes, even ‘best-case’ climate change will decimate habitat

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Giant pandas no longer endangered thanks to conservation efforts

World Economic Forum 

China no longer considers giant pandas an endangered species in the wild. Their population has now increased to 1,800, and they’re classed as ‘vulnerable’. The increase comes from improved living conditions and China’s efforts in keeping their habitats intact…

For Africa’s great apes, even ‘best-case’ climate change will decimate habitat


Africa’s great apes stand to lose up to 94% of their current suitable habitat by 2050 if humanity makes no effort to slow greenhouse gas emissions, a new study warns. Even under the “best-case” scenario, in which global warming can be slowed, gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos would still lose 85% of their range…

Amazon deforestation rises modestly in June


Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continued on an upward trajectory in June, reports the country’s national space research institute INPE. INPE’s satellite-based forest monitoring system detected 1,062 square kilometers of deforestation during June, an area 311 times the size of New York City’s…

Natural landscapes key to Canadian cities, rural areas for building climate resilience, experts say

CBC News

Investing in natural infrastructure like the Park Rill Floodplain will be key to building climate resilience in Canada, according to a new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) released Monday.   The report’s authors said one-third of Canada’s public infrastructure…

UN plan would protect 30% of oceans and land to stem extinctions

New Scientist

Nearly a third of the world’s oceans and land should be protected by 2030 to stem extinctions and ensure humanity lives in harmony with nature. That is the suggestion from 195 countries in a proposed United Nations plan to tackle the global destruction of nature.

Restoring ocean health in a Papua New Guinea coastal community

World Wildlife Fund

Jack Sagumai grew up in a coastal community in Papua New Guinea, where much of his life revolved around the ocean; now he works with WWF and other community members to save it…

Zoonoses: Preserving biodiversity is the key

Health Issues India

This week marked an importance observance which went overlooked by large swathes of the media, including this publication. World Zoonoses Day took place on July 6th, coinciding with the anniversary of the first rabies vaccine administered by French biologist Dr Louis Pasteur in 1885…

UN sets out Paris-style plan to cut extinction rate by factor of 10

The Guardian

Ambitious draft goals to halt biodiversity loss revealed, with proposed changes to food production expected to ‘raise eyebrows’. Eliminating plastic pollution, reducing pesticide use by two-thirds, halving the rate of invasive species introduction and eliminating $500bn (£360bn) of harmful environmental…

How China can build a nature-positive and net-zero economy

World Economic Forum 

China contains four of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots. China will host the COP15 Biodiversity Conference. Chinese businesses must step up their actions on nature and can help achieve carbon neutrality…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

The 1st Draft of The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework debuts 

The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the first draft of a new global biodiversity framework, to guide actions worldwide through 2030, to preserve and protect nature and its essential services to people…

Statement by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: “Restoration. Land. Recovery”

Combating land degradation and restoring degraded land is an urgent priority to protect the biodiversity and ecosystem services vital to all life on Earth and to ensure human well-being, livelihoods and a sustainable future…

Third Global Thematic Dialogue for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, at its fourteenth meeting, requested the Executive Secretary to facilitate and support the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in the discussions and processes related to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework…

Survey on Gender Responsive Monitoring of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Secretariat, in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is working to support a gender responsive approach to measurement and reporting of the post-2020 framework…

Briefings by the WG2020 Co-Chairs on the First Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Secretariat is pleased to announce two information briefings by the Co-Chairs of the Openended Working Group on the First Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, to be held on 22 July 2021…

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