Global Conservation News March 17

Source: There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way.

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There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way

New York Times

Dozens of countries are backing an effort that would protect 30 percent of Earth’s land and water. Native people, often among the most effective stewards of nature, have been disregarded, or worse, in the past…

Plan for Indigenous Protected Area in Canadian Arctic Clears Key Hurdle


The Canadian government announced that it will create an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) to safeguard this remote island chain, which is reachable by plane or boat but is often inaccessible because of weather. This IPCA will be the first to be designated in the Arctic waters of Canada…

What Protecting 30 Percent of the Planet Really Means

Scientific American 

To succeed, supporters of an ambitious new conservation target must press national governments to recognize the land rights of Indigenous people. There is persuasive evidence that far-reaching protections for the planet’s remaining forests, grasslands, wetlands, coastal marshes and other ecosystems are urgently needed… Yet the 30 by 30 goal is viewed with justifiable suspicion…

Thailand’s Indigenous Peoples fight for ‘land of our heart’


Thailand’s legal frameworks for biodiversity conservation and international climate commitments omit the important role that its Indigenous Peoples play as stewards of the environment. A militarized conservation approach has seen Indigenous communities evicted from their ancestral lands…

Traditional healers are preserving their knowledge, and with it, the biodiversity of Brazil’s savanna


The Brazilian savanna contains almost a third of Brazil’s biodiversity but less than 10% is officially protected and its native vegetation is threatened by a rapidly-advancing agricultural frontier. A network of traditional healers is at the forefront of finding ways to protect, sustainably manage, and document the biodiversity based on their in-depth knowledge of medicinal plants…

The fight for the Galápagos: ecologists seek bigger reserve as fishing fleets circle

The Guardian

Ecuador’s president to decide on a proposal to expand islands’ marine reserve, seen as vital to protect world heritage site from fishing industry. One of the reasons the islands are such a hotbed of life is that the shallower, nutrient-rich waters around the volcanic atolls are fed by a confluence of…

‘There’s no ice’: warming seas chill Quebec’s seal tourism

The Guardian

For the fifth time since 2010, a lack of ice means no visitors and an unstable future for the ice-dependent harp seal. Little or no ice, or ice of poor quality, is not just a problem for the tourists, who can’t land in a helicopter, but also a problem for harp seals…

Scientists unlock secret of why hummingbirds hum

The Guardian 

Researchers use 3D sound mapping to show aerodynamic forces during flight explain eponymous sound. Hummingbirds might be instantly recognisable from their eponymous sound, but the cause of the characteristic has long been a mystery. Now researchers say they have cracked the conundrum…

Conservation or Preservation: What’s the Difference?

Nature World News

Environmentalists sometimes use the terms “preservation” and “conservation” interchangeably without specifying what they say or why they use one over the other. Here’s a short rundown of the differences between the terms “preservation” and “conservation,” as well as any explanations why people choose one to the other…

Bringing the High Seas Biodiversity Treaty Into Port

World Politics Review

Although not entirely lawless, the high seas are poorly governed by a fragmentary patchwork of regulatory schemes covering everything from migratory birds and regional fisheries to deep-sea mining and pollution from ships. The biggest gap in oceans governance is the absence of a comprehensive agreement to conserve and sustainably manage marine living resources and ecosystems on the high sea…

To what extent does climate change affect food insecurity? What we found in Lesotho


Food security is a growing concern globally, with two billion people being subject to moderate to severe food insecurity in 2019 according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. Food security consists of four interconnected pillars: food availability, food access, food use, and stability. Large-scale droughts can have cascading impacts on all these four pillars. They can reduce yield which may result in…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

United Nations High-Level Political Forum

The United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) will be held from Tuesday, 6 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, with the theme of “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development…

International Day for Biological Diversity 2021 

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce the slogan of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May 2021: “We’re part of the solution”…

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