Global Conservation News October 28th

Source: Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous Peoples


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Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous Peoples

YaleEnvironment360

From Alaska to Australia, scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world. What they are learning is helping them discover more about everything from melting Arctic ice, to protecting fish stocks, to controlling wildfires…

On a Philippine island, Indigenous women get their say on marine conservation

Mongabay

In the Philippines, the fishing industry has long been considered male territory, with fathers, sons and brothers taking their boats out to sea each day in hopes of catching tuna, blue marlin, or sea bass. A closer look, however, reveals that women play an equally significant role…

Nine insect-eating bird species in Amazon in sharp decline, scientists find

The Guardian

Paper suggests climate crisis reducing insects in lowlands and central jungle, as fruit-eaters not affected… Bird species are in decline even in the remote parts of the Amazon, far from human interference, a study shows…

Invasive species storming, seagrass spreading, Alps melting: 3 stories you may have missed

Conservation International Blog

News about conservation and the environment is made every day, but some of it can fly under the radar. In a recurring feature, Conservation News shares stories from the past week that you should know about…

Celebrating river dolphins and migratory fish on the same day is no coincidence

World Wildlife Conservation

Today, like every year, we celebrate the world’s five remaining species of river dolphins, writes Daphne Willems, WWF Lead River Dolphin Initiative. From China via South and South East Asia to Brazil, we shine a spotlight on these iconic species, the top-predators in some of the world’s mightiest rivers…

Into the invisible, indispensable world of microbial biodiversity

Global Landscape Forum

Microbes’ critical roles in all of Earth’s ecosystems are slowly being uncovered. Ninety percent of marine biomass is microbial, and these organisms produce almost half of the oxygen in our atmosphere; sit at the base of the marine food chain; and play a primary role in sequestering carbon… 

Planned road projects threaten Sumatran rhino habitat, experts say

Mongabay

Conservationists are calling for a Sumatran rhino habitat at the northern tip of the Indonesian island to be fully protected from planned road-construction projects. Officials in the province of Aceh have allocated 2.4 trillion rupiah ($164 million) for the development of 12 roads…

In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge

The New York Times

Climate change is shifting the habitats of endangered species and requiring conservation scientists to think outside traditional park boundaries…

Marmosets trafficked as pets now threaten native species in Atlantic forest

Mongabay

One of the most devastating effects of the illegal trafficking of wild animals in Brazil is the proliferation of marmosets in large urban centers…

The lynx effect: Iberian cat claws its way back from brink of extinction

The Guardian

A 20-year project to reintroduce the species across the peninsula has seen their numbers rise from 94 to 855. Spotty of coat, tufty of ear, and teetering on the verge of extinction less than two decades ago, the Iberian lynx is continuing to claw its way back across Spain and Portugal…

Deforestation on Indonesian island of Sulawesi destroys habitat of endemic primates

Scientific American

Intensified illegal logging and expansions of palm oil plantations and farms have destroyed rainforests on Indonesia’s fourth-largest island, Sulawesi, threatening the biodiversity of a world-renowned laboratory of evolutionary biology… 

Restoring Seagrass Brings Barren Bays To Life

Scientific American

In a newly published study, we describe the results of a 20-year mission to reintroduce eelgrass into Virginia coastal bays using a novel seed-based approach. This project has now restored 9,600 acres of seagrasses across four bays—one of the most successful marine restoration efforts anywhere in the world… 

Mammals on the move show why protected and connected habitats matter

Yellowstone to Yukon

Animal movement teaches us two important lessons: 1) we must protect wide tracts of land that support this movement; and 2) we must effectively connect the land between those protected areas by improving coexistence between wildlife and people and reducing barriers to movement…

Beyond Local: Low survival rate for Banff wolves due to hunting and trapping outside park boundaries

Airdrie Today

Wolves in Canada’s premiere national park have survival rates similar to wolf populations in unprotected areas because they face hunting and trapping pressures on neighbouring provincial lands…

Alberta and Canada reach caribou conservation deal

Alberta Newsroom

The governments of Canada and Alberta have reached an agreement for the conservation and recovery of woodland caribou in Alberta…

How Small-Scale Loggers Can Help Save Africa’s Tropical Forests

Yale Environment 360

Small-time loggers providing timber to local villages have long been seen as a threat to African forests. But that view is changing, as evidence mounts that these communities can be better forest protectors than the governments that are sanctioning major commercial operations… 

Arctic Sea Ice Has Still Not Formed in Siberia — the Latest Date on Record

Yale Environment 360

For the first time since records began, the main nursery of Arctic sea ice in Siberia has yet to start freezing in late October. The delayed annual freeze in the Laptev Sea has been caused by freakishly protracted warmth in northern Russia and the intrusion of Atlantic waters, say climate scientists…

Antarctica: an ecosystem under threat – in pictures

The Guardian

Antarctica’s ocean is one of the most extreme environments on the planet, and home to its most productive life. A new series of images by Cristina Mittermeier, Paul Nicklen and John Weller shows why…

We’re so nature-deprived that even footage of wilderness lifts our spirits | Adrienne Matei

The Guardian

Around 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. Simulated nature is better than none – but it’s not nature. A recent study has determined that watching nature programming on TV or via a virtual-reality headset reduces feelings of sadness and boredom…

Why lockdown had little to no effect on global temperatures

The Conversation

The different gases and aerosols we emit either contribute to global heating or global dimming. So determining how lockdown affected global temperatures is a matter of finding out which effect dominated…

Half-measures won’t save nature, scientists warn

Malay Mail News

Originally scheduled for this month, the “COP15” negotiation of nearly 200 nations under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity — postponed due to the pandemic — is tasked with setting new goals…

Team of researchers analysing new UN biodiversity goals conclude that tackling decline in nature needs a ‘safety net’ 

 Natural History Museum

A ‘safety net’ made up of multiple, interlinked and ambitious goals is needed to tackle nature’s alarming decline, according to a new paper in the journal Science…

Nature’s road to recovery

The Gazette

Dr. Paul Snelgrove, University Research Professor, departments of Ocean Sciences and Biology, is co-author of a new paper in the journal Science, which concludes that policy-makers must identify multiple conservation targets if we are to curb nature’s decline…

CITES Secretariat joins CPF’s global call for forest solutions to be placed at the heart of COVID-19 recovery strategies

CITES

The CITES Secretariat and the fourteen members of the Cooperative Partnership on Forests (CPF) have issued a joint statement calling for the integration of sustainable forest management in all efforts towards a global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic…

‘It’s about saving ourselves’: senator pushes plan to conserve 30% of US by 2030

The Guardian

Tom Udall’s ‘30 by 30’ proposal seeks to align US with international goals to protect and preserve global ecosystems. A US senator has introduced a proposal to conserve 30% of the country’s lands and seas in the next 10 years, amid a surge of similar proposals…

Press statement by Commissioner Sinkevičius, in charge of Environment, Oceans and Fisheries …

European Commission

Ministers endorsed the Strategy’s objectives, welcoming in particular the creation of a network of well-managed protected areas and the target of protecting a minimum of 30% of the EU’s land area and 30% of its sea area, with one third of it strictly protected…

“A call for collective action” – Ministers O’Brien and Noonan receive expert report on Marine Protected Area expansion

gov.ie

“Never before have we, as a nation, faced the twin global crises of climate change and accelerating biodiversity loss on land and at sea. This comprehensive report represents a Call for Collective Action on behalf of our people and our natural marine environment…” 

Europe Moves to Protect Nature, but Faces Criticism Over Subsidizing Farms

New York Times

The European Union’s Environment Council on Friday endorsed the proposal by the president of the European Union to create protected areas for 30 percent of the continent’s land and water by 2030 […] but was criticized for not curbing agricultural subsidies that drive pollution…

Senate resolution aims to conserve 30% of US land and water by 2030

The Guardian

Tom Udall’s ‘30 by 30’ proposal seeks to align US with international goals to protect and preserve global ecosystems…

2020 GDT European wildlife photographer of the year – winners

The Guardian

The winners of the European wildlife photographer of the year have been chosen in the competition’s first virtual award ceremony. Jasper Doest’s striking shot, A Monkey’s Mask, was declared overall winner…

Net-zero carbon emissions won’t be sustainable if social inequalities aren’t addressed

The Conversation

With COP26, the UN’s climate change conference, on the horizon next year in Glasgow, all eyes are on securing the decarbonisation of the global economy. What this will mean and how it will be achieved will be hotly debated before, during and after…


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Global Access and Benefit Sharing Conference 2020

The UNDP-GEF Global Access and Benefit-sharing Project and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in collaboration with the Governments of Japan and Jordan and other partners, are organizing the virtual Global Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Conference 2020: “The ABS we all need”…

Statement by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of United Nations Day

“The 75th anniversary of the United Nations reminds us of the importance of solidarity and global cooperation as we face issues that transcend borders such as COVID-19, biodiversity loss and climate change”…


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