Global Conservation News June 29

Source: We are Earth, we are nature. Patenting biodiversity means stealing the nature of life


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Kenya to plant 1.8 billion trees as UN report calls for safeguarding biodiversity

Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry pledged to plant an additional 1.8 billion trees as efforts to reverse biodiversity loss on Friday, the International Day for Biological Diversity.

Rampant deforestation drives up Brazil’s emissions despite Covid-19

As the world sees a record drop in emissions as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns, uncontrolled deforestation is driving them up in Brazil…

Investing in Indigenous conservation to create a more resilient economy

We can deliver the same benefits here in Canada by making Indigenous-led conservation a key part of the country’s economic recovery plan.

Let’s not forget biodiversity

Halting biodiversity loss and restoring nature are essential to Europe’s economic recovery, writes Michel Derdevet. The EU’s aspiration for global leadership on this depends on its ability to lead by example and intensify its actions on the ground, he argues.

We are Earth, we are nature. Patenting biodiversity means stealing the nature of life

The patenting and piracy of biodiversity and nature is a violation of spiritual, ecological, biodiversity and human rights laws.

Rethinking financial sustainability for biodiversity

Biodiversity can be in the center of sustainable development, yet it requires systematic solutions and diverse mechanisms that enable retainment and reinvestment of funds into conservation.  This new sourcebook deals with a range of additional financial instruments that may support planning and thinking about financing biodiversity, ecosystems and protected areas as investments in sustainable development.

We must not miss this glorious chance to address the climate and biodiversity crises

If the government plots a green recovery from coronavirus, the benefits are endless. If it doesn’t, we’re screwed…

Safeguarding the Endangered Mountain Gorilla during COVID-19 Crisis

As countries around the world grapple with COVID-19, the global pandemic also threatens our close evolutionary ‘cousins’ and one of the world’s most iconic threatened species – the mountain gorilla. 

Planting trees to stop climate refugees

To mark Micro-, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, which falls on 27 June, we are profiling entrepreneurs who are helping to tackle some of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues.

Why clean air is vital for healthy ecosystems

We all need clean air to live. It is one of the things that we don’t think much about, we breathe in and breathe out automatically and take the air around us for granted. But dirty air takes a heavy toll on human health and the environment, leading to 7 million premature deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization.

Sustainable landscapes are progressing, but how to measure this?

Monitoring and evaluating the cause-and-effect relationships of inputs, interventions and outputs in agriculture has been helping make food systems more responsive to people’s needs and landscapes more sustainable. But the frequency and intensity of disruptions to those systems – from climate change to COVID-19 – is presenting challenges.

Conservationists: Despite pandemic, ‘there is still work to do’

The well-documented loss of biodiversity is bad enough — but the pandemic has put a spotlight on another effect of the destruction of nature: the outbreak of disease. 

Multiple crises signal the need to change course

This pandemic could be a trial run for how we respond to the almost-inevitable next pandemic. Or it could be the wake-up call that finally compels us to employ the many available and developing solutions to resolve this and other related emergencies, including the climate and biodiversity crises, as well as the severe inequality crisis.

Protected areas, bioversity challenges tackled

Efforts to preserve and protect the country’s legislated protected areas from environmental degradation, adverse effects of climate change, and other threats were the focal points of discussion in the first monthly Protected Area (PA) webinar series held Monday, June 22.

Indigenous-led conservation, natural law and a different future

“Conservation is what we learn and observe from the natural world,” said Atleo. 

Government of Canada supports Indigenous led conservation efforts

This $50 million, five-year initiative (2019-2023) provides Indigenous organizations with funding to support collaboration, planning, conservation, …

CHILE: Forestry giant finds downside to planting millions of trees

A multi decade state program to subsidize tree planting in one of South America’s wealthiest nations led to a loss of biodiversity and did little to increase the forests’ capacity to capture greenhouse gases.

Invest in nature to prevent pandemics

IT is a bold new goal of rising importance to the interests of every human and other species: Protect at least 30 per cent of all land and oceans by 2030. Its urgency was underlined last week in a joint statement by the Global Steering Committee of the Campaign for Nature…

Plants: the known unknowns which are undermining conservation

We got the ‘green’ in green issues from the chlorophyll in plants. But the botanical world—which drives the planet’s ecosystems—is the Cinderella science, struggling for resources and recognition, struggling even to keep up with the rate of extinction.

The IUCN Green List website is proud to host Vital Sites: The Journey to Marseille

Building up to the Protected Planet Pavilion at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France (January 2021), by showcasing protected and conserved areas as effective and positive for the people and the planet.


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Opportunities to provide inputs to the work of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The Plenary of IPBES, at its seventh session held from 29 April to 4 May 2019 in Paris, France, adopted a new work programme, “the IPBES rolling work programme up to 2030”, which responds, among others, to a request from the Conference of the Parties through…

Briefings on pre-session documents for SBSTTA 24 on agenda item 3 related to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

The Secretariat would like to inform you about the organization of a series of information briefings in preparation for the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24).

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