Global Conservation News May 5

Source: IPPC Secretariat gets ready for key global biodiversity meetings leading up to the COP-15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity

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Integrated ocean carbon research: a summary of ocean carbon research, and vision of coordinated ocean carbon research and observations for the next decade


The Integrated Ocean Carbon Research (IOC-R) programme is a formal working group of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) that was formed in 2018 in response to the United Nations (UN) Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), “the Decade”…

Map of African forests shows areas most vulnerable to climate crisis

World Economic Forum

Much of the conversation surrounding the ecological benefits of tropical rainforests focuses on South America’s Amazon. However, the forests of Central Africa are just as important. While the Amazon is the largest contiguous rainforest in the world, Central Africa’s rainforests are the world’s second largest…

Why women have an essential role in biodiversity conservation

The European Sting

The world is suffering a biodiversity crisis – approximately 10,000 species are lost to extinction every year. Women in indigenous communities are uniquely positioned to take action on conservation issues. We must prioritize the participation and engagement of women and girls to enhance the community effort…

IPPC Secretariat gets ready for key global biodiversity meetings leading up to the COP-15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity

International Plant Protection Convention

The IPPC Secretariat has started preparations for the upcoming meetings organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24) and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3), paving the way to the fifteenth session of the CBD Conference of Parties (COP-15). The IPPC Secretariat calls on all IPPC contracting parties to contribute to achieving our joint mandate…

The World’s Largest Tidal Power Device Will Soon Begin Testing Off Scotland

Yale Environment 360

A plane-shaped device that will be able to power 2,000 homes in the UK by harnessing the power of the tides is being towed into position off Scotland’s Orkney Islands in the North Sea, according to Recharge news…

In Colombia, Indigenous Lands Are Ground Zero for a Wind Energy Boom

Yale Environment 360

The northernmost tip of South America, home to the Indigenous Wayúu people, is the epicenter of Colombia’s nascent wind energy industry. But Wayúu leaders are concerned that the government and wind companies are not dealing fairly with the inhabitants of this long-neglected land…

Succulent smuggling: why are South Africa’s rare desert plants vanishing?

The Guardian

Unique species in ‘the world’s most biodiverse desert’ are at risk from a warming planet and the lucrative plant poaching trade. In May 2020, 10mm of rain fell at Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp in South Africa’s most north-westerly corner. After enduring nine years of almost zero rain…

Redirect harmful subsidies to benefit the planet, UN urges governments

The Guardian 

Head of the Kunming biodiversity summit asks nations to review destructive support for fishing, agriculture and other industries. Billions of pounds of environmentally harmful government subsidies must be redirected to benefit nature, the United Nation’s biodiversity chief has said, before the restart…

Receding glaciers causing rivers to suddenly disappear

The Guardian

Global phenomenon known as river piracy demands urgent adaptation from ecosystems and people who rely on their flow. As glaciers around the world recede rapidly owing to global warming, some communities are facing a new problem: the sudden disappearance of their rivers…

Arctic biodiversity at risk as world overshoots climate planetary boundary


The Arctic is changing quickly as the poles warm. Sea ice cover, which has endured for millennia, is quickly disappearing, thinning and shrinking as the biome heats up at twice the rate of the rest of the world. In the absence of ice, southern species are moving north, sometimes making refugees and relics of long-term residents…

Mozambique Mints a New National Park — and Surveys Its Riches

New York Times

In the wake of wars, natural disasters and insurgencies, Mozambique is experiencing an environmental renaissance. One of the results is a new and stunningly beautiful national park. When you stand in the Chimanimani Mountains, it’s difficult to reconcile their present serenity with their beleaguered past…

Ecologists Saved Bald Eagles with Helicopter Parenting

Scientific American Content 

One of the country’s largest captive-breeding programs for the once endangered species has helped it recover in California. Today 60 bald eagles live on the Channel Islands. And more than 316,000 of them thrive across the country, according to a 2020 survey recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

UN Biodiversity Convention holds virtual meetings essential to development of post-2020 global biodiversity framework

UN Biodiversity Convention’s two subsidiary bodies holding virtual meetings over May and June. Discussions will include targets and pathways for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and sharing of the benefits for the next decade and beyond…

Peer review of the updated CBD Technical Series on Synthetic Biology

The Conference of the Parties, at its fourteenth meeting, requested the Executive Secretary to update, subject to the availability of resources, the CBD Technical Series on Synthetic Biology for consideration by the SBSTTA based on the peer review of scientific information…

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

IPBES 8, review of the second order draft of the chapters and the first order draft of the summary for policymakers of the assessment of the sustainable use of wild species, and other opportunities to participate in IPBES processes…

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