Global Conservation News November 25th

Source: Can Spain fix its worst ecological disaster by making a lagoon a legal person?

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Prioritising nature, health and people in an effective and equitable COVID-19 recovery and response

WC20 Declaration

The leaders of the undersigned conservation NGOs who together make up the Wildlife Conservation 20 (WC20), have made the following recommendations to Global Leaders at the G20 Summit in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Von der Leyen calls for global ambition to protect biodiversity

Xinhua Net News

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday underlined the need to focus global efforts on protecting the nature and addressing the alarming loss of biodiversity…

For sustainable business, ‘planetary boundaries’ define the new rules


Carbon emissions are often the focus of sustainable business models, but the Science Based Target Network (SBTN) aims to broaden this approach by offering guidance on how companies can take action to protect all aspects of the natural world alongside climate…

Regional resource Hub for protected areas and biodiversity launched

CGTN Africa

The Regional Resource Hub for protected areas and biodiversity is now available to support the 24 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa in improving conservation outcomes and achieving global commitments, for the benefit of nature and people…

Australia’s platypus habitat has shrunk 22% in 30 years

The Guardian

The scientists compiled all available data and records of the platypus to examine changes in both its distribution and occurrence, concluding that it meets the criteria for a vulnerable listing under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act… 

Can Spain fix its worst ecological disaster by making a lagoon a legal person?

The Guardian

Murcia residents hope to protect the polluted Mar Menor, Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon, with a change in legal status. The ambitious proposal recognises the right of the lagoon to “exist as an ecosystem” and to be protected and preserved by the government and residents…

A Malagasy community wins global recognition for saving its lake


For centuries, Lake Andranobe in Madagascar’s central highlands has nourished the surrounding communities. Over the past 16 years, its dependents have come together to restore the ailing lake. Now, that community-led initiative, the organization Tatamo Miray an’Andranobe (TAMIA), has won the United Nations Development Programme’s Equator Prize this year in the “Nature for Water” category…

New rule puts Indonesia’s protected forests up for grabs for agribusiness


The government’s “food estate” program calls for establishing millions of hectares of new farmland, mostly for rice and other staple crops. To ensure there’s sufficient land for the program, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry issued a regulation permitting protected forest areas to be cleared for that purpose on a “large scale”…

A million hectares ablaze as forest fires sweep through Bolivia


Forest fires in Bolivia have burned 1.4 million hectares (3.4 million acres) across the country this year, according to the government. And as in 2019, the Chiquitania and Chaco ecosystems are the hardest-hit areas. There were 57 active wildfires as of Oct. 8, according to María Elva Pinckert, the country’s…

France falls short in ending deforestation linked to imported soy


Eight French supermarket chains will now require that their suppliers obtain soybeans that were not grown on deforested land, according to the Washington, D.C.-based environmental NGO Mighty Earth. The announcement said the retailers’ contracts will now bar soy coming from deforested parts of the Cerrado…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

UN Biodiversity Conference’s extraordinary meetings to resume next week

The purpose of the meetings is to ensure the continued operation of the CBD Secretariat and strengthen momentum in the implementation of its programme of work pending the holding of postponed governing bodies conferences…

Webinar Series on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in collaboration with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, is organising an informal global webinar series to share information related to digital sequence information on genetic resources (DSI)…

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