Global Conservation News Feb. 27

The latest news related to nature conservation from around the world. If there is an important news article we missed, please get in contact with us.

Good news: Habitats worthy of protection in Germany are protected, study finds

The world’s largest coordinated network of protected areas is not located at the South Pole or in Australia, Africa, Asia or on the American continents — but in Europe. An international team of researchers has examined how effectively Natura 2000 protects listed habitat types in Germany. The result:…

Ecosystem responses to dam removal complex, but predictable

In the United States, the removal of dams now outpaces the construction of new ones — with more than 1,400 dams decommissioned since the 1970s — and a new study suggests that the ecosystem effects of dam removal can be predicted.

Wild carnivores stage a comeback in Britain – Science Daily

Once-endangered carnivorous mammals such as otters, polecats and pine martens have staged a remarkable comeback in Britain in recent decades, a new …

Research into chimp health benefits human, ecosystem well-being too

Chimpanzees’ health is not just an issue of concern for conservationists or animal rights activists.

Why aren’t we using nature to fight climate change?

Forests, mangroves, and wetlands are sometimes seen as the easy option for sequestering carbon-yet using nature to tackle climate change can be surprisingly controversial.

We’ve had an apocalyptic warning: now will we care about biodiversity?

A UN report on shrinking species turns the focus away from bumblebees and on to us. It’s time for humanity to take notice

Hope is not a biodiversity strategy

The public is being encouraged to have its say on a new Biodiversity Strategy – hoped to be more effective than the previous one – and an accompanying policy to provide the “teeth” needed to help threatened species.

World Bank urges protection of Africa’s biodiversity

The World Bank Group, at the weekend, canvassed the protection of Africa’s biodiversity. It said the continent is home to a rich and diverse animal, plant, and marine biodiversity that provide critical ecosystem services, driving its economy and serving as buffers to climate change.

Biodiversity Loss Is Endangering Food Security, UN Warns

Global loss of biodiversity is threatening the security of the world’s food supplies and the livelihoods of millions of people, according to a new report by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Land-use changes, pollution, overexploitation of resources, and climate change were…

Understanding the rich social lives of animals benefits international conservation efforts

An international group of researchers working on a wide range of species, from elephants and crows, to whales and chimpanzees, argues that animals’ cultural knowledge needs to be taken into consideration when planning international conservation efforts.

High-level Conference Issues Declaration on Oceans and Climate Change

The Declaration urges all Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to agree on an ambitious post-2020 biodiversity framework at the …

Implement the Biological Diversity Act in its true spirit

On June 5, 1992, India signed the Convention on Biological Diversity at Rio de Janeiro which provides a framework for the sustainable management …

If we get biodiversity right, ‘everything else will follow’

If we get biodiversity protection right, we will also address issues in food … The failure largely rests with the fact that the Biodiversity Convention has ..

Recovering forests important to conservation, study finds

Tropical forests recovering from disturbance could be much more important to the conservation of forest bird species than first thought, according to a new study.

Conservation in a heating world

AS HOMO SAPIENS settles, criss-crosses and harvests ever larger swathes of the Earth, other species are being squeezed.

Elevation matters when it comes to climate change, deforestation and species survival

University of Toronto student George Sandler was shocked to see the rainforest floor suddenly come to life around him, as if in a scene from an Indiana Jones movie.


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