Global Conservation News March 31

Source: African elephant species now Endangered and Critically Endangered – IUCN Red List

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The nine boundaries humanity must respect to keep the planet habitable


Scientists note nine planetary boundaries beyond which we can’t push Earth Systems without putting our societies at risk: climate change, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, ozone depletion, atmospheric aerosol pollution, freshwater use, biogeochemical flows of nitrogen and phosphorus, land-system change, and release of novel chemicals…

African elephant species now Endangered and Critically Endangered – IUCN Red List


Following population declines over several decades due to poaching for ivory and loss of habitat, the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) is now listed as Critically Endangered and the African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species…

Patagonia’s blue whales besieged by hundreds of boats, study finds


Researchers have for the first time been able to show visually the impacts that marine traffic is having on the world’s biggest animal off the north of Chile’s Patagonia region… Blue whales feeding off Chile’s north Patagonia coast have to dodge hundreds of vessels daily, most of them serving the area’s salmon farms… 

Ocean protection done right can kill three fish with one stone, study says


A new study suggests that carefully planned marine protected areas could yield triple benefits for the ocean, helping to maintain biodiversity, while also increasing fish yields and maximizing the ocean’s ability to sequester carbon in seafloor sediment. This study is one of the first to quantify the carbon footprint of ocean trawling…

Blue Food for Thought: Four New Ideas for Protecting the Ocean

International Institute for Sustainable Development

The 2021 Monaco Ocean Week that took place online earlier this month is the kind of forum needed to explore fresh and bold new ideas for protecting the ocean. In a paper titled ‘Blue Food for Thought,’ featured by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, we offer four new approaches to policy to protect the ocean…

Turtle conservation hits the SPOT in North Cyprus


Green and loggerhead turtle nest counts have increased by 162% and 46% respectively in less than two decades on North Cyprus in the Mediterranean. The increase has been achieved through preventing nests being raided by dogs and foxes, and protecting the beaches from tourism development…

Climate change: Consumer pose ‘growing threat’ to tropical forests

BBC News 

Rising imports in wealthy countries of coffee, cocoa and other products are a “growing threat” to forests in tropical regions according to a new study. Research shows consumer behaviour in the UK and other rich nations is responsible for the loss of almost 4 trees per person per year…

American bald eagles have made ‘strong return’ from brink of extinction

The Guardian

Species has more than quadrupled since 2009 thanks to the Endangered Species Act, according to a recent report. The number of American bald eagles has more than quadrupled since 2009, according to a recent report by the US Fish and Wildlife Service…

Canada declares fish fraud crackdown but leaves out restaurants

The Guardian

New study released after Guardian Seascape investigation shows drop in seafood mislabelling, but campaigners argue it uses less strict methodology. Canada’s food safety authority has announced improved monitoring to tackle seafood fraud, after a recent Guardian Seascape analysis found fish mislabelling to be widespread…

Indigenous Lands Contain Nearly Half of the Amazon’s Intact Forest

Yale Environment 360

A comprehensive United Nations study says that 45 percent of the intact forests in the Amazon are in Indigenous territories, comprising an area that sequesters more carbon than all the tropical forests in either Indonesia or the Democratic Republic of the Congo…

A Biologist, an Outlandish Stork and the Army of Women Trying to Save It

New York Times

In the Indian state of Assam, a group of women known as the Hargila Army is spearheading a conservation effort to rescue the endangered greater adjutant stork…

Why Rwanda will include natural resources in GDP calculation

The New Times 

National Gross domestic product (GDP) has been a standard or traditional measure for economic performance – income – but does not give insight on the underlying wealth and the assets that sustain the income, or the trends in their use or performance. However, this could change soon…

Research Brief: Ecosystem Services and British Columbia’s Inland Temperate Rainforest

Yellowstone to Yukon

British Columbia’s inland temperate rainforest is a conservation priority not only for wildlife and their habitat, but as a nationally important hotspot for the benefits that people get from nature… Today, a prime opportunity exists for win-win actions that protect rare ecosystems and at-risk species, and safeguard vital benefits that people get from nature…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Invitation to the Webinar on “Introduction to Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures for Mexico, Central and South America”

I am pleased to invite Parties, relevant organizations and indigenous peoples and local communities to the webinar on “Introduction to Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) for Mexico, Central and South America”, jointly organized by the IUCN-WCPA and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on 13 April 2021, at 9:00-10:30 a.m. (GMT-5)…

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