Global Conservation News March 2

Source: Loss of Sumatran rhinos leaves several plant species without a seed disperser


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Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

IPCC

The Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change…

Bridges in the sky carry sloths to safety in Costa Rica

Mongabay

The Sloth Conservation Foundation, created by British zoologist Rebecca Cliffe, is working to preserve the future of the world’s slowest mammals in Costa Rica. The group is building rope bridges to allow the arboreal animals to cross cleared patches of forest safely. Without these bridges, the sloths would…

Deforestation emissions far higher than previously thought, study finds

The Guardian

The world’s forests form an enormous carbon store, holding an estimated 861 gigatons of carbon – equivalent to nearly a century’s worth of annual fossil fuel emissions at the current rate. When trees are cut down, they release the carbon they store into the atmosphere. Since 2000, the world has lost…

Choosing the right trees for a changing climate

The Tribune

In urban environments, trees are threatened by heatwaves and lack of rain, both predicted to increase in coming decades. Towns and cities are often home to a great diversity of trees, including those with a high tolerance of climate extremes, but species’ selection criteria and climate-risk assessments…

Natural England chair backs ‘biodiversity net gain’ plan to boost wild areas

The Guardian

Demand for nature is exceeding supply but new wildlife areas can be created by regulations to ensure housing estates bring about “biodiversity net gain”, according to the chair of England’s nature watchdog. Tony Juniper said the post-pandemic surge in people visiting wild places for their mental and physical…

Nature-based solutions to improve climate change and air quality

Environment Journal

Nature based solutions are a strong part of what local authorities already do. They have parks, playing fields, highway verges and trees to maintain and grounds maintenance has been an important part of their functional areas for decades. They also own extensive land, sometimes in the form of…

Four new MPAs in Maluku boost Indonesia’s bid to protect its seas

Mongabay

Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries designated four new marine protected areas in the country’s east in January. The four new MPAs bring the Indonesian government two-thirds of the way toward its goal of ensuring “effective management” of 10% of national waters by 2030…

Loss of Sumatran rhinos leaves several plant species without a seed disperser

Mongabay

The critically endangered Sumatran rhino plays a unique role in dispersing seeds in Southeast Asian forests, and its disappearance from these landscapes is already affecting the composition of the forests. Many plant species in this region evolved alongside large animals like rhinos…

How bison are boosting biodiversity in the United States 

World Economic Forum

Bison are considered ‘ecosystem engineers’ due to their ability to help manage the land they reside on. Their hooves can help irate land for seeds, grazing can improve how habitable land is for various prairie species and their wallowing can help develop amphibian breeding grounds…


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Secretariat Events at UNEA-5.2

I am pleased to inform Parties and observers of the Secretariat’s activities on the margins of the resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) that will be held from 28 February to 2 March 2022 and the Special Session devoted to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the UN Environment Programme, from 3 to 4 March 2022…

Clearing-House Mechanism Awards – Revised Selection Process

Reference is made to Notifications 2020-18 and 2020-61 in which Parties were invited to submit applications for the Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) Awards that will be granted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), following the modalities described in the annex to these notifications…

Updated information: Resumed sessions of SBSTTA 24, SBI 3 and WG2020-3, Geneva, Switzerland

Please note that given the improving epidemiological situation in Switzerland, the Government of Switzerland has announced that COVID measures are being relaxed…

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