Global Conservation News October 7th

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Land use and environmental impacts

Ahram Online

Egypt is taking steps to promote sustainable urban development in order to protect natural ecosystems and conserve biodiversity…

Businesses Could Pay $1 Trillion Biodiversity Bill

Forbes

As the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity meets on Wednesday, governments and businesses are being urged to commit to ambitious new targets…

China to host COP15 meeting on biodiversity in 2021: Xi

Ecns.cn

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) will be hosted by China next year in the city of Kunming, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday…

David Attenborough leads call for world to invest US$500ba year to protect nature

The Straits Times

British broadcaster David Attenborough led a call from conservation groups on Wednesday (Sept 30) for the world to invest US$500 billion (S$683 billion) a year to halt the destruction of nature, warning that the future of the planet was in “grave jeopardy”…

Biodiversity: Why the nature crisis matters, in five graphics 

BBC News

Human activities are destroying the natural world, leading to the extinction of animal and plant species at an alarming rate. Now, world leaders are promising action to tackle the problem. But will it be enough?…

Egypt has put in place ‘effective systems for conserving the environment’: Sisi tells UN summit

Ahram Online

“Egypt has put in place effective systems for the conservation of the natural environment, especially the River Nile, which represents the lifeblood of a civilisation in which the rational management of natural resources is embodied,” the president said…

UN chief calls for greater ambition to reverse biodiversity loss

The Independent

Yet, despite repeated commitments, efforts have not been sufficient to meet any of the global biodiversity targets set for 2020. Much greater ambition is needed — not just from governments, but from all actors in society, he said…

Global biodiversity conservation: China’s role and efforts 

CGTN

China, as a big country and the host of COP 15, has an important role to play in transforming global biodiversity conservation and sustainable development…

Paris climate accord could stand between human extinction and survival: Hasina

BDNews24

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the need for urgent action to conserve biodiversity on the planet as she warned that human beings are moving towards the ultimate extinction of the species if current actions continue to be unchecked…

Fashion sector plays crucial role in biodiversity loss

Fibre2Fashion

Kerry Bannigan, executive producer of the SDG Media Zone and founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign,spoke about the fashion sector’s crucial role in biodiversity loss in response to the SDG Media Zone session, held ahead of the UN Summit on Biodiversity…

‘Protect Nature And It Will Protect You’: Prakash Javadekar At UN Biodiversity Summit

Republic World

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar addressed United Nations Biodiversity Summit India has a culture of conserving nature & living in harmony since time immemorial…

Wildlife conservation to go commercial under new law

The New Times

Private companies seeking to venture into wildlife conservation for commercial gain will now be allowed to do so, thanks to a new law that governs biological diversity and wildlife in Rwanda, whose draft was approved by the cabinet last week…

UAE joins international efforts to preserve marine life 

Emirates New Agency

As part of the high-level week of the UN General Assembly and the UN Summit on Biodiversity, the UAE, Fiji, Kenya, Norway, Palau, Portugal, and Sweden convened a roundtable of ocean champions to propose and review critical deliverables for 2020 and 2021…

President Ramaphosa Call Govts To Prioritize Environmental Conservation

Technology Times

South Africa as a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity, is working to conserve its biodiversity, promote its sustainable use and ensure the benefits of the commercial use of genetic resources are fairly distributed…

India Aims To Restore 26 Mn Hectares Of Degraded And Deforested Land: What It Means 

It News

At a time when the PM Narendra Modi-led government is facing criticism for making it easier for companies to get environmental clearance, even inside protected areas, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has said that India has a culture of not just conserving and protecting nature, but living in harmony with it…

We Need Nature and Biodiversity if We Want a Sustainable Future

Inter Press Service

“Investing in nature is investing in a sustainable future,” was one of the key messages from yesterday’s first-ever United Nations Summit on Biodiversity where world leaders and experts agreed  on the urgency to act swiftly to preserve biodiversity globally…

‘The house is on fire’: Can we stop nature’s decline?

Aljazeera

World leaders must ensure their words and promises turn into actions that protect biodiversity and the planet…

World’s protected areas lack connections, recent study finds

Mongabay

The world’s protected areas are largely a jumble of disjointed refuges, separated from each other by the encroachment of human impacts, a recent study has found…

Brief Explores the Role of the Governance in Protecting Global Biodiversity

SDG Knowledge Hub

The brief notes the need for “transition pathways,” and reviews the negotiations to establish and further the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its protocols as the main forum for the international community to conserve biodiversity, use its components sustainable, and share fairly and equitably the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources…

Nigeria: Buhari Outlines Key Measures to Reverse Biodiversity Loss in Nigeria

AllAfrica

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday outlined measures by Nigeria to reverse biodiversity loss, expressing concern that most indigenous flora and fauna commonly found within the country are facing extinction…

Biodiversity: Where the World is Making Progress and Where It’s Not

Gizmodo

The future of biodiversity hangs in the balance. World leaders are gathering to review international targets and make new pledges for action to stem wildlife declines. Depending on whether you are a glass half-full or half-empty person, you’re likely to have different views on their progress so far…

Aig-Imoukhuede Calls for PPPs to Preserve the Planet

This Day

Former Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede has appealed to business leaders, investors and heads of government on the urgency to collectively fight for the preservation of biodiversity of the planet at the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly…

PM pledges to protect Thailand’s natural resources at virtual biodiversity summit

The Thaiger

According to a report in Nation Thailand, the PM acknowledges the impact of climate change on biodiversity, saying Thailand is “stepping up to the challenge”. Addressing those attending, “Urgent Action on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”, he outlined 3 measures for managing climate change…

S/Africa to prioritize environmental conservation – Ramaphosa

Journal du Cameroun

There is a need for all countries to conserve the environment amid the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic which has added to the destruction of biodiversity worldwide, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said…

Ethiopia: Green Recovery Post-Covid-19 – Policy Measures for Healthy and Restored Forests

All Africa

The recovery from the pandemic must support the transition laid out in the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Global Biodiversity Outlook: Conserving intact ecosystems, restoring ecosystems, reversing degradation, and employing landscape-level spatial planning…

Ignoring Freshwater Ecosystems Could Doom the Amazon Rainforest

Gizmodo

Right now at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, world leaders are setting countries’ conservation targets for the next 30 years. As leaders make those plans, they should pay particular attention to restoring the planet’s freshwater rivers, wetlands, and lakes, which are threatened by habitat loss and the climate crisis…

Interview: China’s engagement reshapes global biodiversity agenda — UN official

China.org.cn

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), said that China has been an influential player in global efforts to conserve endangered species…

Biodiversity takes center stage at the 75th session of UN General Assembly

UN Environment Programme

From action on climate, biodiversity, health, gender equality and more, world leaders, academics, young activists and others turned their attention to the United Nations in September with the need to work together for a sustainable future a common refrain…

‘We are at the last hour’: From Guterres to Prince Charles, world leaders bat for swift action at UNGA Biodiversity Summit

Tech2

The theme of the conference was “Urgent Action on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development” and was supposed to act as a precursor to the 15th Conference of Parties (COP 15) or the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2021 that was to take place this year in Kunming, China…

Global Ocean Alliance 30 countries are now calling for greater ocean protection

Mirage News

30 countries have now joined the Global Ocean Alliance championing an international commitment for a minimum 30% of the global ocean to be protected through Marine Protected Areas by 2030…

UN report highlights links between ‘unprecedented biodiversity loss’ and spread of disease

New Kerala

The report notes the importance of biodiversity in addressing climate change, and long-term food security, and concludes that action to protect biodiversity is essential to prevent future pandemics…

Global experts laud Xi’s plan on biodiversity President calls for stronger international effort to tackle environmental challenges 

Pakistan Observer

At the UN summit on Wednesday, Xi highlighted major risks related to the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of the ecosystem. He also made four proposals…

Save nature or risk economic disaster, global leaders tell each other

IOL

The mass extinction of species will be catastrophic for economic development, global leaders warned as they lamented that the international community they themselves are part of has failed to meet any of the biodiversity targets set a decade ago…

EU environment ministers vow to step up climate action, save biodiversity

Brinkwire

European Union (EU) environment ministers reiterated during an informal meeting on Thursday their commitment to work on means to achieve the new target of reducing at least 55 percent CO2 emissions by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. German Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze, who presided over the meeting, stressed the importance of “teamwork” and solidarity within the EU… 

Local communities to be made custodians of biodiversity

The News

Islamabad: The climate change ministry is pursuing an action plan in which the local communities would ultimately become custodians and beneficiaries of biodiversity in the country…

Irish Marine Habitats Suffering From ‘Deterioration’ & ‘Destruction’, Report Finds – Afloat

Afloat

A new report from the Irish Wildlife Trust says some of this country’s protected marine zones are suffering from “serious deterioration, and in some cases outright destruction”. And according to The Irish Times, the situation is grave enough for the trust to lodge a complaint with the European Union over “blatant” violations of the EU Habitats Directive…

Nestlé Malaysia to plant three million trees in the country by 2023 – The Edge Markets MY

The Edge Markets

Reforesting degraded forests and riparian zones are among the many initiatives implemented by Nestlé Malaysia to achieve its global pledge of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050…

40% of world’s plant species at risk of extinction

The Guardian

Race against time to save plants and fungi that underpin life on Earth, global data shows. Two in five of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction as a result of the destruction of the natural world, according to an international report…

Global heating warming up ‘nights faster than days’

The Guardian

The climate crisis is heating up nights faster than days in many parts of the world, according to the first worldwide assessment of how global heating is differently affecting days and nights. The findings have “profound consequences” for…

Planetary ‘safety net’ could halt wildlife loss and slow climate breakdown

The Guardian

Researchers have drawn up a blueprint of areas that need additional conservation to stem biodiversity and climate crises. World leaders are preparing to join a key summit on biodiversity being hosted in New York amid mounting evidence that governments are failing to halt the unprecedented loss of species around the world…

Global poll of views on environment and science finds sharpest divide in US

The Guardian

Only one in five Americans with right-wing outlook said they had a lot of trust in scientists. People in the US are more sharply divided along political lines when it comes to science and environmental issues than in other parts of the world, new research shows…

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest suffers worst fires in a decade 

The Guardian

Satellites record 61% rise in hotspots over September 2019, Scientist warns: ‘It could get worse if the drought continues.” Fires in Brazil’s Amazon increased 13% in the first nine months of the year compared with a year ago, as the rainforest region experiences its worst rash of blazes in a decade…

Amazon near tipping point of switching from rainforest to savannah – study

The Guardian

Climate crisis and logging is leading to shift from canopy rainforest to open grassland. Much of the Amazon could be on the verge of losing its distinct nature and switching from a closed canopy rainforest to an open savannah with far fewer trees as a result of the climate crisis, researchers have warned…

How to Revolutionize Biodiversity Conservation in the U.S. 

Scientific American

A little-known provision in the 2020 Democratic Party platform could make a huge difference if it is enacted… I’m speaking about “30 by 30,” the goal of using science-based decision-making to protect 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by the year 2030…

The Earth Is on Fire 

Scientific American

It’s immoral to saddle today’s young people with an inheritance of environmental catastrophe…


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