Global Conservation News May 19

Source: The first mangrove forest with full carbon calculation enters the carbon market

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Can delay to COP15 biodiversity summit be a positive thing?


The world’s largest biodiversity summit, COP15 was due to take place in Kunming, China, in May, but pandemic concerns meant it was pushed back again, to this October. But can the enforced delay prove to be a positive thing?…

More than 70% snow leopard habitat unexplored: WWF report

Down To Earth

More than 70 per cent habitat of the snow leopard, over 12 Asian countries, remains unresearched, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) claimed in a recent report. This may have bearings on conservation of the species…

‘Farmers are making a significant contribution to biodiversity’

Irish Examiner

Marking the start of National Biodiversity Week, Minister Pippa Hackett acknowledged the contribution of farmers in maintaining biodiversity on their land. In recent days, the Minister visited a high nature value farm in the Slieve Bloom mountains, which is part of the Hen Harrier project…

The first mangrove forest with full carbon calculation enters the carbon market

Landscape News

For the first time since scientists recognized the carbon-sequestration power of mangroves, known as blue carbon, the carbon value of a mangrove ecosystem – a 11,000-hectare mangrove forest in Cispata, Colombia – has been fully calculated…

Soil is the solution

Daily Monitor 

The key impact of desertification is the degradation of land – to the point where soil becomes so damaged that it no longer supports life. Soil is so much more than dirt. And healthy soil is essential to a healthy planet…

How many people care about biodiversity and nature loss? Hundreds of millions and counting

Landscape News

The past couple of years have seen a wave of reports on Earth’s biodiversity and its dire state, finding that 1 million species are under threat of extinction and that populations of monitored animals have declined 68 percent since 1970. But how much are these scientific findings making it through to the zeitgeist? Are their numbers changing how much people care?…

How much do we really care about nature? A new report reveals all

World Economic Forum

Humans have caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of all plants. Around the world, more people are voicing their concerns about conservation. Their demands for action online are helping shape policymakers’ decisions, according to a new report…

Why 2021 is the year to highlight how critical water sources are for the climate

World Economic Forum

Water sources on earth drive how weather and climate are regulated. Human activity is currently altering ocean acidity, temperature and circulation. By bringing water to the forefront of COP26’s climate discussions, we can simultaneously mitigate some of the effects of climate change and continue to support human activities…

Keeping animals wild vs ‘safe’ should be prioritized, lion biologists argue


Despite growing media and public pressure to ‘sanitize’ the wild, the priority for conservation should always be keeping populations and areas wild above keeping individual animals safe, six leading lion conservationists argue…

Green light for ‘net zero’ equivalent for nature

BBC News

The government has promised to “halt the decline of nature” as part of a new drive to improve the environment. More trees are to be planted, the sale of peat will be banned and new targets will be set to return species such as wildcats and beavers to the countryside. The measures include a legally binding 2030 target to address wildlife loss…

Animals are our overlooked allies in the fight against Covid

The Guardian 

In every stage of our journey to create vaccines, we’ve had a large number of assistants we’ve neither appreciated nor applauded. Millions of animals have been a part of our rigorous process of drug safety and efficacy testing. The main reason we don’t honour them is that they possess an uncertain moral status in our eyes. That may be uncomfortable, but does that mean that the role of animals should be ignored?…

What to Save? Climate Change Forces Brutal Choices at National Parks

The New York Times

For more than a century, the core mission of the National Park Service has been preserving the natural heritage of the United States. But now, as the planet warms, transforming ecosystems, the agency is conceding that its traditional goal of absolute conservation is no longer viable in many cases…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Statement by Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema at the opening of the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. I am honoured, together with my team at the Secretariat, to have continued to support your work and preparations for the convening of this meeting…

Invitation to Share Information on Capacity Development and Awareness-Raising related to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing and to provide feedback on the CEPA Toolkit

In preparation for the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (COP-MOP 4), the Secretariat is seeking the inputs and collaboration of Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to facilitate reporting on Article 22…

Voluntary Peer Review (VPR) – Sri Lanka

It is my pleasure to inform Parties and observers that the final report of the voluntary peer review (VPR) of the revision and implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan 2016-2022 of Sri Lanka has been published…

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