Global Conservation News Jun. 17

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.

Africa is not immune to the rapid global biodiversity loss!

They are all the more important to be understood by the continent’s decision makers as the International Convention on Biological Diversity – COP15 …

Australia cuts nature protections: study

… for protected areas by 2020 under the Convention on Biological Diversity. … Researchers called for international conventions to establish systems to …

ASEAN, EU diplomats reiterate partnership on biodiversity conservation

Dr. Lim added that the ASEAN and the EU continue to work together in implementing commitments to the Convention on Biological Diversity, …

CCICED Urges China to Help Belt and Road Countries Meet Paris Agreement, SDGs (IISD)

The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) deliberated on outcomes from the eight Special Policy Studies (SPS) conducted during the past year, and discussed draft recommendations informed by SPS findings at its 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Hangzhou, China.

Headline: Most protected areas lack proper policing

On paper, nations are protecting their wilderness areas. In practice, most protected areas lack effective policing.

Predator-free by 2050? High-tech hopes for New Zealand’s big conservation dream

To preserve New Zealand’s remaining native biodiversity, the country has begun an ambitious nationwide program to eliminate its most damaging non-native invasive predators — rats, stoats and possums — by 2050.

Headline: Deforested areas bleed heat to nearby forests, drive local extinctions

Areas cleared of forests bleed heat to neighboring forests, and this fuels increases in temperatures there, new research has found.

Headline: Algerian forest reinstated as National Park after turbulent history

Djebel Babor forest in Northern Algeria was a National Park for 60 years before being stripped of its status.

Headline: 24 billion tons of fertile land lost every year, warns UN chief on World Day to Combat Desertification

“Desertification, land degradation and drought are major threats affecting millions of people worldwide,” said the UN chief, “particularly women and children.”

Headline: There’s No Continent, No Country Not Impacted by Land Degradation

The coming decades will be crucial in shaping and implementing a transformative land agenda, according to a scientist at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN).

New protected area in Amazon announced

Recently, the Bolivian government established the Bajo Madidi Municipal Conservation and Management Area.

Enforcement Efforts to Slow Amazon Deforestation Plummet Under New Brazilian President

Since taking office in January, the nationalist Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has gutted key agencies responsible for monitoring and stopping deforestation in the Amazon, leading to a steep drop in enforcement actions in the world’s largest tropical forest, according to an investigation by the…

A global map to understand changing forests

An international collaboration of hundreds of scientists-led in part by the Forest Advanced Computing and Artificial Intelligence (FACAI) Laboratory in Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources-has developed the world’s first global map of tree symbioses

On the Road to the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference: Imagining the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity … (IISD)

The 2019-2020 biennium is crucial for global biodiversity governance. Despite … The Convention aims to promote the conservation of biodiversity, the …

High Seas Protections Could Help Reverse Loss of Biodiversity

High Seas Protections Could Help Reverse Loss of Biodiversity … commitment—agreed to under the Convention on Biological Diversity—to protect 10 …

Marine reserves work as they protect the oldest and largest animals

After centuries of fishing we do not know what natural conditions are. Only marine reserves will give us such insights

[Commentary] Why is marine conservation still an unchartered zone?

A glance at the map of India is enough to understand how vast and wide-ranging the country’s biophysical environment is – from alpine meadows on the Himalayan slopes to coral reefs along the ocean floors.

The human benefits of marine protected areas

Many countries have committed to setting aside 10% of their marine areas as MPAs by 2020 as part of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

China strengthens measures to defend biodiversity

“The Chinese government attaches great importance to biodiversity … and healthy ecosystems”, according to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

More Scientists Now Think Geoengineering May Be Essential

Once seen as spooky sci-fi, geoengineering to halt runaway climate change is now being looked at with growing urgency.

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