Global Conservation News May 26

Source: Green growth: the save-the-mangrove scheme reaping rewards for women in Kenya


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5 ways biodiversity matters to jobs, health and the economy

World Economic Forum

On International Day for Biological Diversity, we celebrate the potential of nature to solve global problems and improve jobs, health and the economy. Nature-positive economic models in key sectors could provide almost 400 million jobs and over $10 trillion in annual business value by 2030…

How nature can help carbon-intensive companies meet their net-zero commitments

World Economic Forum

For hard-to-abate sectors like transport, energy and aviation, tropical forests are a key tool for setting and following through on ambitious net-zero climate commitments. The new LEAF Coalition offers a high-integrity platform for public-private co-investment in forests at the scale necessary to support Paris Agreement targets…

5 things we can do in 2021 that will protect the ocean and change lives

World Economic Forum

The stars are aligned around five actions that together will deliver food security, sustainable jobs, climate resilience, justice and hope. These comprise addressing harmful fisheries subsidies, the 30×30 goal, lawlessness on the high seas, the ocean-climate connection, and three new Marine Protected Areas…

Amid Climate Pressures, a Call for a Plan to Move Endangered Species

Yale Environment 360

The conservation community has fiercely debated whether to help species move as climate change and habitat loss threaten more extinctions. Now, scientists are calling on an upcoming international conference to set guidelines for this complex – and potentially risky – challenge…

‘A huge surprise’ as giant river otter feared extinct in Argentina pops up

The Guardian

Conservationists thrilled at the sighting of the wild predator, last seen in the country in the 1980s. “It was a huge surprise,” said Sebastián Di Martino, director of conservation at Fundación Rewilding Argentina. “I was incredulous. An incredible feeling of so much happiness. I didn’t know if I should try to follow it or rush back to our station to tell the others”…

Green growth: the save-the-mangrove scheme reaping rewards for women in Kenya

The Guardian

A community project on the Lamu archipelago trains women in preserving this vital ecosystem and provides business loans. Kenya’s mangroves have been harvested for centuries, the timber used in shipbuilding and for ornate doors and furniture as well as shipped across the Indian Ocean and around the world…

Rewilding: four tips to let nature thrive

The Conversation

We’ve published a set of guiding principles which specify what rewilding should involve and how it should be done. This is the result of one of the most comprehensive international studies on rewilding to date…

Chile’s marine protected areas aren’t safe from its salmon farms

Mongabay

Mongabay has mapped out the salmon-farming concessions off Chile’s coast and how they overlap with its patchwork of marine protected areas. In Chile’s four southernmost regions, five protected areas have salmon-farming concessions within them, with one having more than 300. This threatens the unique ecosystems of Patagonia….

Protected areas now cover nearly 17% of Earth’s surface: U.N. report

Mongabay

A new report from the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Union for Conservation of Nature reveals that countries are closing in on the target set in 2010 of protecting or conserving 17% of the Earth’s surface. Since 2010, the area of the marine environment that’s under protection has more than tripled, although global coverage is less than 8%, falling short of the 10% goal set in Aichi Target 11…

Illegal clearing for agriculture is driving tropical deforestation: Report

Mongabay

Tropical forests around the world are being destroyed at an alarming rate, even in 2020 when the global economy slowed dramatically during the pandemic. A new report released this week offers insight into a primary driver of this deforestation – and our unwitting complicity as consumers…

Greenland Glaciers May Be Leaking Mercury

Scientific American

The melting Greenland ice sheet could be a surprising source of toxic mercury. The island is one of the most remote places on Earth—yet runoff water from some melting glaciers contains as much mercury as highly polluted rivers in heavily populated parts of the world…

BC failing to meet international targets for protecting biodiversity, critical habitat: report

The Narwhal

A decade after Aichi biodiversity targets were set by Canada and other nations, a new report looks at how B.C. measures up, finding the province has failed to protect nature in the midst of a growing global ecological crisis…

Biodiversity conservation, an asset to fight coronavirus

Tehran Times

In a message on the occasion of The International Day for Biological Diversity, Kioumars Kalantari, head of the natural environment and biodiversity of the Department of Environment stressed that the most unique feature of the planet is the existence of life on the planet and the most amazing aspect of life is biodiversity…

Western Cape commits to biodiversity conservation with Edinburgh Declaration

IOL

Efforts to promote biological diversity conservation in the Western Cape received a boost on the weekend when the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning and MEC Anton Bredell signed the Edinburgh Declaration on Biological Diversity Day…


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Statement by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Elizabeth Maruma Mrema on the occasion of the event: Road to Kunming, Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth

As a follow-up to the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity held last September, this represents the continuation of the strong momentum for the biodiversity agenda…

All for One, Together towards Kunming Ministerial Round Table

The Convention is at a pivotal point in its history, and you are poised to join hands and take the crucial steps needed to move towards a future of life in harmony with nature, together. In the coming months, 195 countries and the European Union will come together to adopt a new post-2020 global biodiversity framework…

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