Global Conservation News May 21


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.


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

UN chief outlines ‘intertwined challenges’ of climate change, ocean health facing Pacific nations on the ‘frontline’

“The Pacific region is on the frontline of climate change”, he said. “That means you are also our important allies in the fight against it”

Koalas ‘functionally extinct’ in Australia, according to conservation group

Koalas are ‘functionally extinct’ in their native land of Australia due to widespread deforestation, a conservation group has said. The furry marsupials …

scene is pastoral, a summertime flush of petal and leaf adorns their surroundings.

LVMH partners up with Unesco in biodiversity program

LVMH partners up with Unesco in biodiversity program … next two years, including the Convention on Biological Diversity, set to take place in China at …

Wood wide web: Trees’ social networks are mapped

Research has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots, fungi and bacteria helping to connect trees and plants to one another.

National Geographic Society, Campaign for Nature representatives join nations in Canada to push …

… meet in Kunming, China at the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of Parties to set global biodiversity policy for the next decade.

Biodiversity: many species could be even more likely to go extinct than we realise

More than a million species are at risk of extinction according to a new report on biodiversity.

Scientists estimate: Half of tropical forests under hunting pressure

Hunting is a major threat to wildlife in tropical regions. A previous study led by Ana Benítez-López at Radboud University, showed that bird populations declined on average by 58 percent and mammal populations by 83 percent in hunted forests.

Bias In Brazil’s Conservation Efforts

In 2010, parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity agreed to protect 17% of land and inland water and 10% of marine areas by …

Headline: UN Environment and Saudi Arabia sign deal to strengthen environmental protection

19 May 2019 – UN Environment and the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed a strategic cooperation agreement today to strengthen environmental protection and safeguard natural resources in the Kingdom

Headline: Green Finance Leaders Convene to Develop Financial Solutions for Global Goals

Edinburgh, Scotland – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Scottish-Government backed Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI), together with the New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform, gather experts in Edinburgh, Scotland today to develop financial solutions that drive socially…

Headline: Interest in protecting environment up since Pope’s 2015 encyclical

Just before Pope Francis released Laudato Si’, an encyclical, or formal letter from the pope, on the environment, on May 24, 2015, global concern for the environment seemed to be on the wane.

Nature Champions Summit Calls for Putting Nature at the Center of Sustainable Development Agenda

The Nature Champions Summit kicked off a series of multilateral meetings focused on building momentum towards 2020, when leaders representing 190 countries will come together with non-government actors for the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on…

National Geographic Society, Campaign for Nature representatives join nations in Canada to push …

… meet in Kunming, China at the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of Parties to set global biodiversity policy for the next decade.

Are we actually making progress on the SDGs?

In 2015, United Nations member states, together with civil society and business, came together to prepare a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030.

Peer review of CBD Technical Series No. 87: Assessing Progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Target 6 on Sustainable Fisheries

Iran to play an outstanding role in CBD

Khavazi made the remarks on Tue. in conference of “Convention on Biological Diversity” and added, “this issue will enable us to take maximum 

To solve climate change and biodiversity loss, we need a ‘Global Deal for Nature’ – World Economic Forum

A Global Deal for Nature is a plan which could avert a sixth mass extinction and reduce climate change.

So 1 million species are at risk of extinction. Now what?

The bleak environmental reports just keep coming. The latest declares that humans pose a threat to a vast portion of Earth’s plants and animals. But what can the public do with that kind of information?

Report confirms acceleration of species loss and habitat deterioration

The sixth report to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been published by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and …

Biodiversity loss has finally got political – and this means new thinking on the left and the right

The world recently discovered that disastrous deterioration in the health of most of the planet’s ecosystems means that a million species are threatened with extinction.

The Media Have Missed a Crucial Message of the UN’s Biodiversity Report

If we want to halt the extinction crisis, we need to embrace Indigenous worldviews.

Nature On The Eve Of Destruction — The UN Extinction Report

Humans have dammed a third of the world’s rivers. We have covered, destroyed or altered half of the world’s land surface. We use up most of the fresh …

Power and publicity trump protection in large marine protected areas

The goal to legally protect 10 percent of the ocean was ratified under the Convention of Biological Diversity in 2010, and in 2015 it was added to the …

AU to launch Africa’s forestry management framework in 2020: official

NAIROBI, May 20 (Xinhua) — Africa’s sustainable forestry management framework will be launched in early 2020 to guide the continent in sustainable exploitation of forest resources, an African Union (AU) official disclosed on Monday.

Ghana joins the world to Mark International Biological Diversity Day

Ghana will join the rest of the world to mark this year’s International Biological Diversity Day on Wednesday, May, 22.

Bauxite mining and Chinese dam push Guinea’s chimpanzees to the brink

BOKÉ, Guinea – As he looks out on a landscape devastated by bauxite mining, Lamarana Camara remembers when chimpanzees would wander freely through the thick forests that once surrounded his village in western Guinea.

Facial Recognition To Be Used In Panda Conservation – Z6Mag

Facial Recognition To Be Used In Panda Conservation  Z6MagA group of researchers in China have develop an app to track pandas using facial recognition technology as part of the conservation effort for giant pandas

Raj to co-host WILD11 of World Wilderness Congress next year

Mehta said initiatives like ‘Nature Needs Half’ and ‘Global Deal for Nature’ will be the core substance around which messaging and outcomes will be …

Amount of carbon stored in forests reduced as climate warms

Accelerated tree growth caused by a warming climate does not necessarily translate into enhanced carbon storage, an international study suggests.

Has the politics of climate change finally reached a tipping point?

People increasingly see the environmental crisis as a national priority. This is an opportunity for bold action from government

Brazil cancels another UN climate change event

RIO DE JANEIRO – After backing out of hosting the 2019 U.N. climate summit, Brazil has now canceled a United Nations climate change event that was to be held in August in the city of Salvador

UN chief calls for ‘enlightened self-interest’ from world leaders to save ‘the whole planet’ from climate change

“Over the past week, I have witnessed first-hand the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Island States”, the UN chief said in a statement concluding his visit to the region.

‘Earthworm Dilemma’ Has Climate Scientists Racing to Keep Up

Worms are wriggling into Earth’s northernmost forests, creating major unknowns for climate-change models.

Climate change: Global sea level rise could be bigger than expected

Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating melting in Greenland and Antarctica.

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