Global Conservation News July 6

Source: A new deal for nature – transformational change or Aichi 2.0?


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Fewer than 20 extinctions a year: does the world need a single target for biodiversity?

Next year, all eyes will be on Kunming, China, as talks resume on a new set of global goals to protect biodiversity. These are much needed, because most of the existing 20 targets, which were set in 2010 in Aichi, Japan, have failed to make an impact on the rate of biodiversity loss…

Vital Sites: The Journey to Marseille and online event on financing protected areas

BIOPAMA, Conservation Capital and partners hosted an online discussion about financing and resourcing of protected and conserved areas, with a focus on case studies from Eastern and Southern Africa. This event is part of the IUCN and WCPA “Vital Sites: The Journey to Marseille”, a series of online events in the run-up to the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France…

Six ways nature can protect us from climate change

This month, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a brand-new animation to explain the increasingly popular concept of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). Restoring and protecting nature is one of the greatest strategies for tackling climate change, but not just for the obvious reason…

Reset Sustainable Development Goals for a pandemic world

As COVID-19 batters the world and its economy, it’s time to rethink sustainable pathways for our planet. Rosy hopes that globalization and economic growth would bankroll waves of green investment and development are no longer realistic…

The biodiversity leader who is fighting for nature amid a pandemic

Earlier this month, Elizabeth Mrema was appointed executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), making her the first woman from Africa to lead the intergovernmental body…

Biodiversity governance: The agreements and laws that help enforce it

More than 25 years have passed since 197 countries became party to CBD, with several of them taking significant steps to protect their biodiversity…

A new deal for nature – transformational change or Aichi 2.0?

Updated goals and targets have been published by the Convention on Biological Diversity, but campaigners are concerned they do not go far enough…

CBD News: Good Practices in Biodiversity: Taking Action to Create Cities with Nature

The City of Montréal has developed six briefing sheets on an equal number of concrete biodiversity initiatives: ecosystems management in large parks, conservation of wildlife trees, renewed and improved wildlife observatories, urban wildlife passages, environmental action days and coexistence with coyotes…

A New Tool Visualizes Environmental Changes During Pandemic

Space agencies in the United States, Japan, and the European Union have collaborated to create a new tool that visualizes environmental changes during the Covid-19 pandemic, from air and water quality, to greenhouse gases, to agriculture…

Listening to Silence: Why We Must Protect the World’s Quiet Places

As more people push into once-remote areas, truly quiet spots — devoid of the noise of traffic or crowds of tourists — have become increasingly scarce. Now, a coalition of activists, scientists, and park officials are trying to preserve the last quiet places on the planet…

Hundreds of elephants dead in mysterious mass die-off

Botswana’s government is yet to test the remains of the dead animals in what has been described as a ‘conservation disaster’. More than 350 elephants have died in northern Botswana in a mysterious mass die-off described by scientists as a “conservation disaster”.A cluster of elephant deaths was first reported…

Why we need sharks: the true nature of the ocean’s ‘monstrous villains’

Why did dolphins get Flipper while sharks got Jaws? These majestic, diverse animals bring balance to the ocean ecosystem – and they’re in grave danger…

The Problem of ‘Colonial Science’

As a Sri Lankan marine biologist, I have often found myself challenging stereotypes. At the beginning, some of my fellow Sri Lankans questioned my choice of career path…

Nature’s Goods and Services Get Priced

The gross ecosystem product, or GEP, tries to take into account the contribution of nature to the economy…

Australian Plant Species Face ‘Imminent Extinction’ from Invasive Pathogen

The once common native guava has nearly vanished—killed off by an invasive fungus that arrived just 10 years ago. Other plant species may soon follow…


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Peer review of draft documents for the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24)

As per notification 2020-038, the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24) has had to be rescheduled given the continued uncertainties arising from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. SBSTTA 24 is now expected to take place in early November 2020 in Canada, at a venue to be announced…

2020 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Through this notification, I wish to update Parties on the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) scheduled to take place virtually from 7 to 17 July 2020. This year’s theme – “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development” – presents an important opportunity to highlight, among other issues, developments on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, focusing on the role of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development…

Stepping up ambition towards the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Call for commitments and actions through the Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People

During the High-Level Segment of the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Governments of China and Egypt, together with the Secretariat of the CBD, launched the Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People. Pursuant to decision XIV/34, Parties decided to encourage indigenous peoples and local communities and all relevant organizations and stakeholders including the private sector to consider developing, prior to the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, biodiversity commitments that may contribute to an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework and to make such information available as a contribution to the Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People…

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