Biodiversity Articles

  • International Day for Biological Diversity 2016

    May 22nd 2016 sees International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) return once again. Designed to increase understanding and awareness around some of the world’s most important biodiversity issues, the day was first created back in late 1993 by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly. Initially, the 29th December was chosen as the International Day for Biological Diversity, due ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • What does technology do to our relationship with the environment?

    As more apps and other online tools connect users with the outdoors, we walk a fine line between enhancing and degrading nature-based experiences. Around 7:30 on a 60-degree morning in early November, Cornell University ornithologist Marshall Iliff parked in the upper lot of Millennium Park, outside of Boston, and started walking. Over the next two hours, he covered less than a mile ...


    By Ensia

  • Marine protected areas in Europe`s seas - An overview and perspectives for the future

    1. The EU and marine protected areas Europe's seas are under pressure. Marine protected areas (MPAs) can act as a key conservation measure to safeguard marine ecosystems and biodiversity as well as the services these ecosystems provide. Aim, structure and supporting data of this report This document reports on progress made to date in establishing MPAs and ...

  • EU 2010 biodiversity baseline — adapted to the MAES typology (2015)

    Why do we need to revise the EU 2010 biodiversity baseline report? Scientific and policy context for the revision This report presents a revised overview of the EEA's EU 2010 biodiversity baseline report. The revision is necessary because the typology of ecosystems used in the 2010 report has since been altered by a working group of biodiversity experts. ...

  • Hydrobiology and productivity of Kuntbhyog Lake, (District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh), India

    Studies on the biodiversity on Kuntbhyog Lake (Himachal Pradesh) were made on species composition and population dynamics of phytoplankton, zooplankton, nekton, productivity in relation to seasonal variations in physico-chemical characteristics of water. Among phytoplankton, members of Bacillariophyceae and Chlorophyceae constituted the dominant group, whereas Cyanophyceae and Euglenophyceae ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Mudbank - Responsible business supporting biodiversity and flyway conservation

    Mudbank is an innovative approach for business to support the conservation of wetlands and migratory waterbirds around the globe. To offset the impact of development projects, Mudbank invests on behalf of companies in the permanent protection of important coastal habitat along migratory flyways. It is designed to be an option in the Mitigation Hierarchy—and not just an “in lieu ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Rewetting of Drained Peatlands

    Canal Blocking has many benefits : Restoration of 'wet' peat characteristics and reduction of fire Return of the carbon sequestering capacity of peatland Re-establishment of the water buffer fucntion and a reduction of floads Opportunity to plant economically viable species like Jelutung for rubber and Tengkawang (illevenut) for edible oil production; it opens also ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Can we have our cities and biodiversity, too?

    Smart development could mean big benefits for biodiversity and urban areas alike. We are entering the most extensive and rapid phase of urban growth ever experienced. Not only are urban populations expected to double in just a few decades, physical urban space is expected to increase at an even faster pace. Estimates suggest that by 2050 a land area the size of South ...


    By Ensia

  • An empirical investigation of biodiversity loss from threatened species perspective: a comparative study

    Using panel data for 113 countries over a three-year period of time, this research investigates the empirical relationship between the changes of threatened mammal species and economic development by comparing three different measures: An N-shaped non-linear relationship is found when the dependent variable is the percentage changes; the Environment Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis is supported ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Arsenic biogeochemical cycle through microbial activity and biodiversity status of Shimsha River in Karnataka, India

    The biodiversity status of fishes was assessed according to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) criteria from Shimsha River in Karnataka. However, with a growing population the freshwater fishes, resources are under great pressure and affected 30% livelihood. The results showed that populations of the majority of fish species had a significant decline over the past five decades. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Crossing borders and linking plural knowledge: biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and human well–being

    The challenges we face today in terms of local, regional and global environmental changes and pressures on biodiversity can only be addressed with a close coupling of approaches from natural and social sciences together with local knowledge. The authors emphasise that biodiversity research and intervention should integrate this new comprehensive perspective, bringing together biological sciences, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biodiversity monitoring in Europe

    What is citizen science? The European Environment Agency (EEA) uses the following definition of citizen science: 'public involvement in projects or on-going programmes of scientific work by which individual volunteers or networks of volunteers, many of whom may have no specific scientific training, perform or manage research-related tasks such as observation, measurement or computation' ...

  • Summary conservation action plans for Mongolian reptiles and amphibians

    The assessments were carried out during the Second International Mongolian Biodiversity Databank Workshop from the 11th to 15th September 2006. The assessments revealed a number of trends affecting the amphibians and reptiles of Mongolia. Six Mongolian reptile and amphibian species were identified as regionally threatened. These summary conservation action plans are intended to highlight species ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The economics of pollution trading and pricing under regulatory uncertainty

    From the world's highest mountain ranges to the lowland plains, and from the great oceans and coastal wetlands to agricultural landscapes, nations and communities rely on the bounty and services of natural ecosystems. Biological resources and the goods and ecosystem services they provide underpin every aspect of human life and livelihoods, from food and water security to general well-being and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Toward Africa`s green future

    From the world's highest mountain ranges to the lowland plains, and from the great oceans and coastal wetlands to agricultural landscapes, nations and communities rely on the bounty and services of natural ecosystems. Biological resources and the goods and ecosystem services they provide underpin every aspect of human life and livelihoods, from food and water security to general well-being and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 'Our strength is diversity': imaginaries of nature and community in a Brazilian social movement

    This paper addresses the relation between activism and science through exploring imaginaries of nature and society. We analyse how a social movement started to reinvent itself by adopting and adapting a scientific image of nature. MST–Brazil (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra/Landless Workers Movement) is possibly the largest social movement in Latin America. A self–proclaimed Marxist ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Streamlining European biodiversity indicators 2020: Building a future on lessons learnt from the SEBI 2010 process

    Measuring biodiversity in Europe Loss of biodiversity in Europe is a fact. Yet measuring the extent of the loss and the threat it poses is a challenge. Many European countries have been developing their own indicators to measure changes in biodiversity in their territory. At the same time, progress had also been measured at the global level. Ensuring consistency between indicators at ...

  • Making the most of a second chance: What next for REDD+ safeguards?

    This spring, Parties to the UNFCCC must decide whether or not to continue discussions on the REDD+ safeguard information system (SIS) guidance that started in Durban. In particular, Parties have the option of developing further guidance related to the “transparency, consistency, comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the information” in the SIS. Parties may not wish to reopen this ...

  • Impact of globalisation on biodiversity conservation

    Biodiversity is generally described at three levels – diversity of ecosystems, diversity of species, and diversity of genes. Biodiversity is both a scientific and a political concept, embracing a trinity of globally-agreed objectives such as conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of biological resources, and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from this use. This paper describes ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biodiversity

    Introduction This biodiversity assessment is integrating our knowledge on species, habitats and protected areas into the complex issues of ecosystem management, ecosystem services, human health and wellbeing. Chapter 2 includes an overview of the state of biodiversity in the EU and EEA member countries and an analysis on pressures with a more specific focus on terrestrial ecosystems. Biodiversity ...

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