Global Conservation News November 4th

Source: Breeding program ‘being worked on’ to boost caribou population in Jasper National Park


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Rewilding key to averting mass extinctions and reducing carbon emissions

Mongabay

An international team led by Brazilian researchers recently published a study in the journal Nature showing that restoring habitats that are currently degraded by agricultural activity is key to mitigating climate change impacts and avoiding animal species extinction…

Expanding marine protected areas could boost fish yields – but there’s a catch

The World Economic Forum 

Marine protected areas, or MPAs as they’re more commonly called, are very simple. Areas of the sea are set aside where certain activities – usually fishing – are banned or restricted. Ideally, these MPAs might be placed around particularly vibrant habitats that support lots of different species, like…

Building the business case for biodiversity

 Landscape News

Resilient Landscapes is an innovative platform that aims to tackle deforestation, degraded landscapes and broken food systems that are contributing to climate change and biodiversity loss by providing attractive investment solutions to companies, financial investors, donors and governments…

Breeding program ‘being worked on’ to boost caribou population in Jasper National Park

The Jasper Fitzhugh

David Argument, resource conservation manager for Parks Canada, described the move as “the only remaining suitable tool here for circumstances in Jasper”…

Golden jackals expected to emerge in Belgium, say experts

The Guardian

Expectation creature will settle in country comes after sheep attacks just 40 miles away in Germany. After more than a century, Belgium recently witnessed the return of the wolf and the lynx due to a mix of nature and nurture reasons. Now, to the trepidation of local farmers, an entirely alien species to the country is on the verge of making an entrance: the jackal…

In mangrove restoration, bespoke solutions trump one-size-fits-all approach

Mongabay

The vast tangled mangrove forests that sweep along so many tropical coasts are one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems. They also play crucial roles in protecting coastlines from erosion and providing communities with resources from food to firewood and are one of our most effective carbon sinks…

A chameleon not seen in a century reappears in a Madagascar garden

Mongabay

Armed with headlamps and flashlights, a team of researchers in northwestern Madagascar searched through the night for an elusive chameleon, Voeltzkow’s chameleon, which hadn’t been spotted for more than 100 years. On the sixth day of their expedition, they found it…

Cancelled segment of proposed marine protected area a deeply troubling setback for endangered …

World Wildlife Foundation

Removing even a small portion of a proposed marine protected area marks a dangerous precedent for marine wildlife. This decision not only puts beluga prey habitat at risk, it also shows that marine protections can be overturned for new development opportunities…

Island’s Roosevelt elk fall prey to poachers

Times Colonist

The illegal killing of Roosevelt elk on Vancouver Island continues to pose a threat to a population already listed as being of special concern in B.C. “That’s about a lack of investment in conserving our resources.” As a result, conservation officers and biologists are stretched too thin trying to enforce…

EU Council advances biodiversity strategy for 2030

New Europe

The European Council has endorsed the objectives of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030 and the nature protection and restoration targets contained therein, which aim at setting biodiversity on the path to recovery…

Without realizing the One Health approach, sustainable development cannot be achieved

Landscape News

Now, biodiversity is at a turning point. It’s being lost at an “unprecedented pace,” according to a report released by the U.N. Convention on Biodiversity that warned of a million species being well on the path to extinction…

Researchers Build a Roadmap to Restore an Ancient Woodland

Yale Environment 360

Scientists have completed a “dramatic” decades-long restoration of an ancient oak woodland in Illinois — a rare success story that researchers say holds key lessons for ecological restoration at a time when forests are increasingly seen as a critical tool for fighting climate change, according to…

Humans pushing North Atlantic right whale to extinction faster than believed

The Guardian

New modelling says just 356 remain – down from 409 last year. The 70 breeding females could disappear in 10-20 years. Humans are killing the endangered North Atlantic right whale far faster than previously thought, and experts say the window to act is quickly closing…

Rotten river: life on one of the world’s most polluted waterways – photo essay

The Guardian

Indonesia’s Citarum is relied upon by millions, but decades of pollution have choked it with chemicals and rubbish. Despite the filth, fishing is still widely practised along the river, but the number of fish species in the Citarum has decreased by 60% since 2008…

We Can Save Earth’s Coral Reefs

Scientific American

Members of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), a global partnership of more than forty governments and more than forty civil society organizations with coral reef expertise, have agreed on the parts of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework that are critical for coral reefs…

For global wetlands, intensifying droughts pose a ‘diabolical’ threat

Mongabay

Covering almost one-tenth of the land area of Earth, places with wet soils provide an estimated $27 trillion in benefits to humanity per year, but, according to a newly published review paper, researchers still have much to learn about the effects of drought on wet soils…

Restoring Nature in the Right Places Can Come with Great Payoffs

Prestige

Restoring 30 percent of ecosystems, that have long-since been converted into agriculture and other human needs, could bring about large payoffs…

ACB 2020 webinar: What does mainstreaming of biodiversity across sectors mean for ASEAN?

Philippine Information Agency

The second virtual session of the Third ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity or ACB 2020 on Tuesday drew over a hundred representatives from the ASEAN. The attending experts weighed in with their experiences and views on biodiversity mainstreaming relevant to the Region’s context…

UN expert urges transformative change to bend curve on biodiversity loss

Forests News

The rate of deforestation has dropped by a third over the past 10 years compared to the previous decade, according to a landmark report on international biodiversity targets. The achievement, which falls short of a goal agreed by governments, offers a slim glimmer of hope for biodiversity advocates…

World’s first dedicated coral conservation facility and attraction to be located in Port Douglas

Australasian Leisure Management

World’s first dedicated coral conservation facility and attraction to be located in Port Douglas. The new building typology – a ‘living ark’ – will be the only dedicated facility of its kind in the world…

Global heating threatens UK wildlife’s ability to adapt and survive

The Guardian

Restoring and connecting habitat across Britain could save a fifth of species by 2030, says report by Rewilding Britain. Global heating is shifting Britain’s climatic zones by up to 5km each year, outpacing wildlife’s ability to adapt and survive, according to a new report by Rewilding Britain…

The world’s banks must start to value nature and stop paying for its destruction

The Guardian

As a new report spells out how financial institutions contribute to biodiversity loss, the clamour is growing for a new approach. Banks lent $2.6tn linked to ecosystem and wildlife destruction in 2019 – report. The scientific community has long been unequivocal about biodiversity destruction…

Protecting nature is vital to escape ‘era of pandemics’ – report

The Guardian

Halting destruction of wild places could slow frequency of deadly outbreaks, say scientists.  The world is in an “era of pandemics” and unless the destruction of the natural world is halted they will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, kill more people and affect the global economy…

Climate Change Is Central to California’s Wildfires

Scientific American

The science is clear. Climate change plays an undeniable role in the unprecedented wildfires of recent years. Without aggressive reduction of greenhouse gasses, forests in Northern California, Oregon and Washington could experience an increase of more than 78 percent in area burned by 2050…

Podcast: New Latin American treaty could help protect women conservation leaders — and all environment defenders

Mongabay

We’re shining a spotlight once again on women who are leading Amazon conservation as well as a new international treaty that would help protect all environmental defenders in Latin America, especially the women leaders who face particularly violent threats…

With a drastic decline in tropical fruit, Gabon’s rainforest mega-gardeners go hungry

Mongabay

The rainforest of Lopé National Park in central Gabon is one of the last safe havens for the endangered forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis). But in a new study in Science, researchers warn that elephants and other keystone species in the park, such as western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, and mandrills could be facing famine…

The traditions that could save a nation’s forests

BBC

Indigenous communities evicted from their ancestral forest lands in Kenya have plans to restore peace and biodiversity to their homelands…


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Review of the 5th Joint Work Plan 2011-2020 between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on Wetlands – Online Survey

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands would like to inform Parties to the Conventions and other Governments of the near completion of their 5th Joint Work Plan 2011-2020…


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