Global Conservation News September 15

Source: From Marseille to Kunming, all eyes on post-2020 global biodiversity framework

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Conservationists set out ‘nature positive’ vision for global biodiversity deal

Climate Home News

Conservationists have called on countries to make the world “nature positive” by 2030 as they hope to shape slow and difficult international negotiations to protect the planet’s plants and wildlife. In its final hours, the Congress overwhelmingly endorsed a blueprint to halt and reverse biodiversity loss…

OECM concept may bring more inclusive approach to protecting biodiversity


Devised under the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, “other effective area-based conservation measures” (OECM) are an alternative to traditional protected areas, in that they can include any geographically defined area that has a management structure and can show a long-term positive…

Saving sea turtles in the ‘Anthropause’: Successes and challenges on the beach


Conservationists describe how economic issues have put turtles and themselves at risk from poachers, while travel restrictions have crippled operations in Costa Rica and Malaysia. The lull in human seashore activities also revealed that tourism pressure….

Grasslands have key role to play in saving the planet

The Guardian

They are essential for trapping carbon, and world leaders must commit to protecting them, write a group of conservationists. News that the perilous plight of endangered grasslands is not fully recognised in a EU draft anti-deforestation law (Leaked EU anti-deforestation law omits fragile grasslands and…

Closing the Nature-Finance Gap – East African Business Week

East African Business Week

We found that while the world spends $124-143 billion per year (as of 2019) on economic activity that benefits nature, it spends much more on activities that damage it. Moreover, to protect and then begin to restore nature, we urgently need to close a $598-824 billion annual financing gap…

HotSpots H2O: ‘Global Indigenous Agenda’ Calls for Water, Land, and Resource Governance at 2021 IUCN World Congress

Circle of Blue

Guiding the summit’s discussions was the newly released “Global Indigenous Agenda for the Governance of Indigenous Lands, Territories, Waters, Coastal Seas and Natural Resources,” authored by the IUCN Indigenous partner organizations. The pervading hope is that this summit is more…

From Marseille to Kunming, all eyes on post-2020 global biodiversity framework

China Daily

A series of resolutions and commitments were adopted by the Seventh World Conservation Congress (WCC) that closed on Friday in French port city of Marseille and online, calling for efforts to address climate and biodiversity emergencies…

Environmental threats ‘greatest challenge to human rights’: UN

Al Jazeera

Environmental threats are worsening conflicts worldwide and will soon constitute the biggest challenge to human rights, the United Nations has warned. UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday climate change, pollution, and nature loss are severely affecting human rights…

90% of global farm subsidies damage people and planet, says UN

The Guardian

Almost 90% of the $540bn in global subsidies given to farmers every year are “harmful”, a startling UN report has found. This agricultural support damages people’s health, fuels the climate crisis, destroys nature and drives inequality by excluding smallholder farmers, many of whom are women, according…

Biodiversity’s Greatest Protectors Need Protection

Scientific American

Indigenous peoples have been conserving ecosystems for millennia. Now the developed world wants to evict them. In the late 19th century Yellowstone, Sequoia and Yosemite became the first of the great U.S. National Parks, described by author and historian Wallace Stegner as America’s “best idea.”…

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