Global Conservation News September 1

Source: Ocean League: New Global Campaign for Ocean Protection


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Ocean League: New Global Campaign for Ocean Protection

News Gram

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and The Ocean Agency, in collaboration with creativity partner Adobe, on Friday launched the Ocean League, a new campaign that showcases the power of creativity in driving positive change for ocean protection and climate action…

Mapping nature to create a global biodiversity framework

United Nations Development Programme

Uganda, a leading force for conservation in Africa, is playing a critical role in advancing the UN Biodiversity Convention. It is co-chair for the…

Stakeholders urge reversal of biodiversity losses in West Africa

The Guardian

The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Ms. Elizabeth Mrema said despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, “we were able to…

Indian Ocean oil spill damages rich marine ecosystems

India Climate Dialogue

…including some 800 types of fish, 17 kinds of marine mammals and two species of turtles, according to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity…

South Africa first to test key biodiversity areas

Creamer Media’s Engineering News

The KBA Standard and its practical application will be vital at a time when the world, through the international Convention on Biological Diversity is deliberating a new plan for nature…

Turning the Tide on the Relentless Destruction of Cambodia’s Forests 

Yale Environment 360

Photographer Sean Gallagher traveled to Cambodia to document the devastation of that nation’s forests. In an e360 photo essay, he shows how timber and agribusiness companies are ravaging lands that are supposedly protected and how Indigenous people are trying to stop the destruction. Read more on E360…

Infrastructure Projects in the Tropics Threaten Forests and Community Rights, Study Finds 

Yale Environment 360

Large-scale infrastructure investments in Latin American countries threaten efforts to protect tropical forests and mitigate climate change, according to a new analysis published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The analysis warns that so-called “mega-infrastructure” projects…

Connected Conservation expands to Kenya to protect local species

Intelligent CIO

Building on the success of protecting rhino poaching in South Africa, Connected Conservation is now expanding to Kenya to support six different conservancies in the East African country. Intelligent CIO Africa finds out how the current rhino poaching crisis began in Africa and how IoT technology is playing a key role to decrease poaching numbers across the continent

How has thirty years of logging saved the rainforest in Guatemala?

EuroNews

In the heart of Central America’s most populated country, Guatemala, lies one of the most important spaces in the world for biodiversity: the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Extraordinary as it may seem, thirty years on, the spaces which actively permit logging and farming are the areas with the lowest rate of deforestation. Since 2005, the multiple-use zones have maintained a near-zero deforestation rate…

Involve local groups in protecting biodiversity, conservationists urge

The Guardian

The “Edinburgh declaration”, published on Monday, urges leaders to work more closely with sub-national governments, indigenous peoples, national parks, local councils and wider society in meeting 20 biodiversity goals set out in the Aichi accord, signed in Nagoya, Japan, 10 years ago…

What Climate Change Does to the Human Body

Scientific American

The climate crisis has led to a widespread public health crisis… An ENT physician sees the effects in her patients all the time…

Alaska’s Salmon Are Shrinking

Scientific American

Every year, Alaska’s big salmon runs feature smaller salmon. Climate change and competition with farmed salmon may be to blame. Julia Rosen reports…

North American Biomes Are Losing Their Resilience, With Risks for Mass Extinctions

Yale Environment 360

The resilience of North America’s plant biomes is declining — indicating that today’s landscapes are “primed to herald a major extinction event” not seen since the retreat of glaciers and arrival of humans 13,000 years ago, scientists reported in a new study published in the journal Global Change Biology…

It’s terrifying’: can anyone stop China’s vast armada of fishing boats?

The Guardian

Ecuador stood up for the Galápagos, but other countries don’t stand a chance against the 17,000-strong distant-water fleet. The recent discovery by the Ecuadorean navy of a vast fishing armada of 340 Chinese vessels just off the biodiverse Galápagos Islands stirred outrage both in Ecuador and overseas…

Whale stranding increase may be due to military sonar exercises, say experts

The Guardian

It is thought sonar may scare animals into surfacing too quickly, causing decompression sickness. An unusual series of strandings and sightings of 29 rare beaked whales has taken place around the shores of northern Europe…

How We Can Use the CITES Wildlife Trade Agreement to Help Prevent Pandemics

Scientific American

In reaction to the global COVID-19 pandemic, attention has focused on the potential role of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to further regulate—or ban—various form of the wildlife trade. Banning the wild animal trade, particularly for human consumption, means stopping the movement of some zoonotic diseases—infections that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020

Financial Buzz

The AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are pleased to announce the winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020…


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Revised arrangements for the meetings of SBSTTA 24 and SBI 3

In light of the ongoing uncertainties caused by the pandemic, it is now clear that it will not be possible to convene any large physical intergovernmental meeting this year. Accordingly, following consultation with the Bureaux of the COP and SBSTTA and the Chair of SBI, it has been agreed that…

Further information on modalities: Special Virtual Sessions for SBSTTA 24 and SBI 3 15-18 September 2020

As already stated in the earlier notification and as per the practice for meetings of the subsidiary bodies, the designation of representatives to participate in the above sessions should be addressed to the CBD Executive Secretary through an official letter of nomination…

UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook New Launch Date

The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5), to debut Tuesday 15 September 2020, outlines a combination of achievable actions needed to protect nature, ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people. The report underlines the enormous stakes for humanity involved in the success of those efforts…

Statement by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema – Executive  Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the opening of the virtual expert forum on SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting 2020 24-25 August 2020

As we are now five years into the Sustainable Development Goals, there is growing recognition that we cannot separate economic development, social development and the environment into siloed dimensions of development, but that protecting biodiversity and sustainably using natural resources is at the heart of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. There is also a growing recognition among leaders that…

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