Global Conservation News September 23

Source: ‘Lost decade for nature’ as UK fails on 17 of 20 UN biodiversity targets


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Up to 48 species saved from extinction by conservation efforts, study finds

The Guardian

Up to 48 bird and mammal extinctions have been prevented by conservation efforts since a global agreement to protect biodiversity, according to a new study…

‘Lost decade for nature’ as UK fails on 17 of 20 UN biodiversity targets

The Guardian 

UK government said it failed on two-thirds of targets, but RSPB analysis is bleaker – and suggests UK is moving backwards…

Canada is failing tropical conservation, key to extinction crisis fight and pandemic Prevention

Cision

A report published today by the International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC) found that Canada, while increasing funds for conservation at home, is near the back of the pack among wealthy nations when it comes to paying to save tropical nature…

Welsh seagrass meadow sows hope for global restoration

The Guardian

Seagrass is a wonder plant but unrecognised and sorely neglected… It is an unsung hero in the fight to clean up carbon dioxide and the climate emergency…

Conservation groups blast province for logging in caribou habitat near Revelstoke

Vernon Morning Star

“The B.C. government is taking two steps forward and three steps back by attempting to create habitat while also obliterating old-growth habitat that caribou have been known to use. It’s a net loss,” said Wilderness Committee conservation and policy campaigner Charlotte Dawe in a press release…

As Oceans Warm, Some Species Are Moving in the Wrong Direction

Yale Environment 360 

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that as water temperatures climb, benthic species in the northwest Atlantic Ocean are spawning earlier in the year, when currents travel southward. As a result…

Studies investigate marine heatwaves, shifting ocean currents

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

North America experienced a series of dangerous heat waves during the summer of 2020, breaking records from coast to coast. In the ocean, extreme warming conditions are also becoming more frequent and intense…

Indigenous Tribes Are Using Drones to Protect the Amazon 

EcoWatch

The Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau are a tribe of less than 300 people in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest who first came into contact with people outside their community in the early 1980s, according to the Povos Indigenas No Brasil. While they still maintain many of their tribal ways, they and other tribes have recently begun using modern drones to detect and fight illegal deforestation in their territory…

Kerala wraps up Asia’s biggest bird survey 

Research Matters

Over a thousand birdwatchers, working for over five years, complete Kerala’s first Bird Atlas…

Can China take the lead in the UN biodiversity process?

China Dialogue 

Covid-19 has stalled the progress of UN talks about the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). But there are hopes China will display leadership when it hosts a major CBD conference in Kunming, writes Kong Lingyu…

African CSOs Intensify Campaign on COVID-19 Effects on Wildlife Trade, Other Policies

This Day

The secretariat of an alliance of over 80 African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in conservation as the African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance (ACBA) under the umbrella of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), will on September 17, 2020, intensify its campaign for a better world that continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic…

Rimba Raya Becomes First Forest Conservation Project in the World to Achieve 3rd Party-Verification of Contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

InvestorSking

Rimba Raya is the world’s first forest conservation project to independently verify its contributions to environment, biodiversity and social SDGs under the newly created Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta)…

‘Shocking’: wilderness the size of Mexico lost worldwide in just 13 years, study finds

The Guardian

Researchers say loss of 1.9m square kilometres of intact ecosystems will have ‘profound implications’ for biodiversity. Wilderness across the planet is disappearing on a huge scale, according to a new study that found human activities had converted an area the size of Mexico from virtually intact natural landscapes to heavily modified ones in just 13 years…

The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis

The Guardian

Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by warming, from ice sheets and ocean currents to the Amazon rainforest – and scientists believe that if one collapses others could followThe warning signs are flashing red. The California wildfires were surely made worse by the impacts of global heating…

Botswana says it has solved mystery of mass elephant die-off

The Guardian

Elephants may have ingested toxins produced by bacteria found in waterholesHundreds of elephants died in Botswana earlier this year from ingesting toxins produced by cyanobacteria, according to government officials who say they will be testing waterholes for algal blooms next rainy season to reduce the risk of another mass die-off…

Global Biodiversity Is in Free Fall

Scientific American

Global efforts to address the steep, ongoing loss of biodiversity through a series of specified targets have failed, according to a dire assessment released by the United Nations…


Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Peer review of CBD Technical Series: Anthropogenic Underwater Noise: Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats, and Mitigation and Management Measures.

The CBD Secretariat circulated for peer review the draft report on Anthropogenic Underwater Noise:Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats, and Mitigation and Management Measures. This document will be revised in response to input received through peer review, as appropriate, prior to publishing it in the CBD Technical Series…

Webinars on the long-term approach to mainstreaming biodiversity and the role of subnational governments and local authorities in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The Secretary of CBD invites Parties and organizations to two webinars relevant to the mainstreaming of biodiversity within and across sectors and other strategic actions to enhance implementation that will be addressed as item 11 of the agenda of the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation…

Series of webinars for the development of a decision-support platform on forest ecosystem restoration

Secretariat of the CBD, in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainability Rio (IIS Rio) and the International Institute for Sustainability Australia (IIS AU), will organize a series of four informative webinars, also serving to gather views on the development of a voluntary decision-support platform for spatial optimization planning of forest ecosystem restoration…

Webinar on Regional Seas Programmes and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

The  United Nations Environment Programme, the European Commission and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity will organize a webinar briefing on the Regional Seas Programmes and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework on 1 October 2020…


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