Global Conservation News March 10

Source: Global biodiversity policy post-2020


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Global biodiversity policy post-2020

Nature Research

The delay in final negotiations on the global post-2020 biodiversity framework is providing time for additional scientific evidence, and for strengthening ideas around natural capital. This Collection of research and opinion articles from Nature Ecology & Evolution and Nature Sustainability speak to the goal-setting process and the scientific underpinnings of effective biodiversity conservation…

16 Women Restoring the Earth

Global Landscapes Forum

Raising up female leaders defining the future of our planet through their ideas, talents, actions and inspiration…

Why investors are putting biodiversity on the balance sheet

GreenBiz

Until very recently, investor demands regarding environmental impact largely have focused on the climate crisis and greenhouse gas emissions. Now, investors are beginning to wake up to the threat of habitat destruction and biodiversity loss…

Joining forces to protect biodiversity worldwide: Commission acts to engage more supporters

EU Reporter

On the occasion of the World Wildlife Day, the Commission reiterates its invitation to all world institutions to raise their voices to build the momentum for nature and help convince more governments to be ambitious at the crucial COP15…

Backcountry rodeo: scientists and Indigenous guardians net caribou from the sky

The Narwhal

The project, collaring 20 caribou from the little-studied Tseneglode herd, is part of the Tahltan Nation’s ongoing work to track how its lands and wildlife are responding to the accelerating effects of the climate emergency…

Land could be worth more left to nature than when farmed, study finds

The Guardian

Nature-rich sites such as woods and wetlands more valuable because of the ‘ecosystem services’ they provide. The economic benefits of protecting nature-rich sites such as wetlands and woodlands outweigh the profit that could be made from using the land for resource extraction…

Champion for Nature, Biodiversity and Conserving #30×30: Elizabeth Mrema

Our Daily Planet 

 A May 2019 report by a panel of global expert scientists found that “nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now”…

Podcast: Restoration for peat’s sake

Mongabay

Over a million hectares of carbon-rich peatlands burned in Indonesia in 2019, creating a public health crisis not seen since 2015 when the nation’s peatland restoration agency was formed to address the issue. To understand what is being done to restore peatlands, we speak with the Deputy Head of…

Conservation would be more effective with more Indigenous leadership, says Patrick Gonzales-Rogers

Mongabay

In the past year there’s been a lot more talk about stakeholder inclusivity in the conservation sector. But how would conservation actually transform its practices? Patrick Gonzales-Rogers, the Executive Director of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, says increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples…

In Japan, scientists look to the past to save the future of grasslands

Mongabay

Ecologists in Japan recorded several rare and endangered plant species in old grasslands that are not present in younger ones, mirroring findings from other continents that highlight the rich biodiversity of these landscapes. Grasslands face growing threats from humans on a global scale, especially land use…

Deforestation in Indonesia hits record low, but experts fear a rebound

Mongabay

Indonesia’s deforestation rate hit a historic low in 2020, with the government crediting its various policies prohibiting forest-clearing, and experts attributing the trend to more rains, falling oil palm prices, and an economic slowdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Scientists unveil fish-like robot that can explore the deep ocean

World Economic Forum

Scientists from Zhejiang University in eastern China have designed a fish-like robot with a flexible, soft body that can explore the ocean depths. The battery-powered robot has already explored the Mariana Trench, which extends nearly 11,000 meters below sea level…

“The world needs a new economic system that is powered by nature”

Global Landscapes Forum 

For the past two centuries, the world has relied on a linear, fossil fuel–based economy in which raw materials are transformed into products, used and then thrown away. But now, the climate, biodiversity, land degradation and global health crises are calling for a fundamental transformation…

5 facts you might not know about why forest biodiversity matters

World Economic Forum

The Earth’s forests are some of the richest and most biodiverse habitats we have. Not only do they serve as important carbon sinks, but up to 350 million people living in or near them rely on their ecosystems for a range of basic needs, from food and shelter, to energy and medicine…

Bison Return To Waterton Lakes National Park – National Parks Traveler

National Parks Traveler

Six young plains bison have arrived at Waterton Lakes National Park, replenishing a small herd that had to be relocated during the 2017 Kenow Wildfire. They came from Elk Island National Park and were released February 19 into the park’s isolated winter paddock where the rough fescue prairie…

An Urgent Call for a New Relationship with Nature

Scientific American

The triple global crises of biodiversity loss, climate change and the increasing risks of emerging pandemic diseases are all interrelated, all three reflecting the appallingly destructive toll that human activity has taken on our planet over the past two centuries…

Hummingbirds’ Iridescent Feathers Are Still a Bit of a Mystery

Scientific American 

What looks like an elaborate sequined mask on this male hummingbird could disappear the second he tilts his head. The throat and face feathers are iridescent—depending on the viewing angle, the plumage might flash brilliant or mundane hues. Researchers are still investigating the purpose of the kaleidoscopic coloring…

Unique study pinpoints key places to stem biodiversity loss in Canada’s south

Street Insider

The assessment looks into “crisis ecoregions,” and other high-priority natural spaces. This study is the first of its kind in Canada. The information can be used by anyone who is making decisions about land use or is interested in learning more about the conservation needs where they live…

Is 30 percent of land, water too much to ask?

The Daily Item

In 2015, the United Nations adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a resolution to save people and the planet. This science-based project aims to protect the planet and return 30% of it including oceans, to nature, by 2030. 17 Sustainable Development Goals guide us to attaining the success we need…


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

 “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”

Women’s leadership and their full and effective engagement in the development and implementation of the framework is critical for its success. Those shouldering the greater share of the costs arising from biodiversity loss must have equal opportunity to lead decision-making processes related to biodiversity…

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