Global Conservation News July 21

Source: Laws of nature: could UK rivers be given the same rights as people?

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Local leaders in Indonesia make forest and peatland protection pledge


Nine districts across three islands in Indonesia have pledged to protect 50% of their forests, peatlands and other “important ecosystems” by 2030. The pledge encompasses a total of 5.8 million hectares (14.3 million acres) of forest and 1.9 million hectares (4.7 million acres) of peat…

Protected areas keep adjacent lands safe, but face losing their own protection


Slowing the pace of mass extinctions and the climate crisis requires that nature be protected. But when it comes to protected areas, some have argued that safeguarding one area can simply displace harmful activities, such as illegal logging or mining, into another, a phenomenon known as leakage or spillover….

Gabon becomes first African country to get paid for protecting its forests


Gabon recently received the first $17 million of a pledged $150 million from Norway for results-based emission reduction payments as part of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Gabon has 88% forest cover and has limited annual deforestation to less than 0.1% over the last 30 years…

EU environment ministers on new post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and pollinator protection

Republic of Slovenia

On the second day of the informal meeting of EU environment and climate change ministers in Slovenia, discussions addressed the new proposal of global targets for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The ministers also discussed the challenges of jointly strengthening pollinator protection…

New biodiversity algorithm ‘will blight range of natural habitats in England’

The Guardian

Natural England biodiversity metric will let valuable wildlife habitat be logged as ‘degraded’ land and penalise rewilding, warn ecologists. The government’s new metric for biodiversity will have to be urgently improved if it is going to be fit for purpose, academics and conservationists have warned…

Laws of nature: could UK rivers be given the same rights as people?

The Guardian

As more and more countries grant natural features or ecosystems legal personhood, the UK’s fight to pass nature rights laws is quietly gaining pace. The River Frome murmurs and babbles through the woods and fields of north Somerset. It is popular with anglers and wild swimmers but is often polluted with…

Will Russia’s Forests Be an Asset or an Obstacle in Climate Fight?

Yale Environment 360

New research indicating Russia’s vast forests store more carbon than previously estimated would seem like good news. But scientists are concerned Russia will count this carbon uptake as an offset in its climate commitments, which would allow its emissions to continue unchecked…

5 things you need to know about the new global framework to manage nature

World Economic Forum

The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity has released the first draft of its new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. It outlines action plans to protect, restore and sustainably manage nature and transform society’s relationship with the natural world. Here are five key things you need to know…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Support to Facilitate the Effective Participation of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in the Third Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

I am pleased to inform indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC) organizations that the Secretariat, through the Voluntary Trust Fund, and in close collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be in a position to support IPLC representatives who are experiencing connectivity and time zone challenges…

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