biodiversity News

  • Biodiversity in France

    At the fourth national congress on sensitive natural environments (ENS) which took place at Cerny (Essonne) on 18 and 19 October, the Assembly of French Departments and about 20 departmental councils signed the ENS charter, which is seen as a “major element of land-use policy and sustainable development”. Even though local authorities have been involved in the preservation and enhancement of ENS ...

  • Business and biodiversity

    How can biodiversity be integrated into business strategy? A difficult question, which Biodiversity consultancy Gondwana has tried to answer in a report published in October, the first of its type in France. 'We carried out about 50 interviews and surveyed 80 national and international companies over a period of six months,' explains Véronique Dham, the managing director. The document, printed on ...

  • Agriculture and biodiversity

    Bidoviersity is still diminishing in Switzerland. More than a third of plant species, mushrooms and animals are on the red list. So the new report on organic farming and biodiversity, published by the Organic Agriculture Research Institute (FIBL) is very important. The document synthesises current scientific research on organic farming and conservation of animal and plant diversity on ...

  • Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life.

    To celebrate the launch of the International Year of Biodiversity on 11 January, the European Environment Agency (EEA) is commencing a series of concise, thematic assessments of biodiversity. The first of these '10 messages for 2010' presents the interaction between climate change and biodiversity. Biodiversity embraces the variety of genes, species and ecosystems that constitute life on Earth. ...

  • The biodiversity of the Western Ghats in pictures

    The Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot is a 1,600 kilometre mountain chain that runs parallel to India’s west coast. The range starts just south of Mumbai, where plateaus transform into flowerbeds after the monsoon rain. Further south, the mountains get higher, and grassy mountaintops alternate with forests along ridges. A long evolutionary history, coupled with the changing climate that ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Where on earth is biodiversity?

    Mount Kenya, the second-highest peak in Africa has been renowned for its wide tableau of animal and plant life, from the bamboo zone with its dense stands of bamboo to the upland forest, laden with orchids, ferns, wildflowers and trees. But according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) database, animal and plant species living on the 5,199 meter peak are globally threatened. In ...

  • INTERNATIONAL DAY OF BIODIVERSITY

    The International Day of Biodiversity (IDB), also known as the International Day for Biological Diversity, intends to raise awareness of biodiversity, ecosystems, and to draw public attention to the issues at stake. It is celebrated annually, on 22 May, and was designated by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with the adoption of the ...


    By Article 13

  • Biodiversity and forest ecosystems in Europe

    Forests offer much more than Sunday walks, clean air and water, wild birds and mushrooms. In addition to being home to numerous species, forests are vital to the overall health of our environment. The European Environment Agency's (EEA) new short assessment provides an overview of their state and their main threats. Fifth in the series of ' ...

  • Biodiversity Vital for Clean Streams

    The first study to rigorously show how biodiversity improves water quality has been published in Nature. It offers proof that the more species a habitat holds, the faster pollutants are removed from the water. Brad Cardinale, an ecologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is now developing his research from artificial lab-based environments to field-based streams. Cardinale used 150 ...

  • UK biodiversity indicators

    An updated overview of biodiversity in the UK has been published, which helps gives insight into the health of our natural environment. Biodiversity is the variety of individual species, the genetic diversity within species and the range of ecosystems that support them. These eighteen indicators were agreed in 2007 by the UK Biodiversity Partnership (Defra, the Joint Nature Conservation ...


  • Preparing biodiversity for climate change

    Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, today released Australia’s Biodiversity and Climate Change: a strategic assessment of the vulnerability of Australia’s biodiversity to climate change. Opening the International Congress of Ecology in Brisbane today, Mr Garrett said the report provided more compelling evidence of the need to protect ...


    By Australian Government

  • Preserving biodiversity `protects drylands`

    The impacts of climate change and desertification on drylands could be reduced by preserving biodiversity, one of the first studies to look at dryland biodiversity and ecosystems has found. This, in turn, would help protect ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • GreenFacts launches biodiversity Digest

    Montreal, Brussels – As a contribution to the International Day for Biological Diversity, an online summary of the second edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook has been launched today in collaboration with GreenFacts. Global Biodiversity Outlook 2, published last year by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, takes stock of the ...


    By GreenFacts

  • UK commitment on valuing biodiversity

    Joan Ruddock, Minister for Wildlife today welcomed a preliminary report on the global value of biodiversity presented to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, and announced UK funding to help develop the full study. The preliminary report “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity“ was commissioned by the German Government as part of their G8 presidency.  The study by ...

  • Halting the Loss of Biodiversity

    The EC welcomes the report adopted by the European Parliament on the Commission's Communication on 'Halting the Loss of Biodiversity by 2010 - and Beyond: Sustaining Ecosystem Services for Human Well-being'. The EC shares the Parliament's strong concern at financial constraints ...

  • Workshop: Wind Power and Biodiversity

    The documentation of the workshop “Wind Power and Biodiversity: Tools to Measure, Avoid and Compensate Impacts” held on June 29, 2012 in Lisbon is now available. About 40 participants discussed how impacts on biodiversity by wind energy projects could be decreased. The speakers showed the participants practical solutions to real world problems. The workshop was organised together with ...

  • Biodiversity`s true value

    According to CIWEM (UK), the draft declaration of the Convention on Biological Diversity 2010 acknowledged that the targets set at the 2002 summit were summarily missed. It warns that without significant changes there may be increased rates of species extinction, and even possible ecosystem collapse if certain thresholds are crossed. The economic and social value of natural capital should ...

  • Biodiversity: Facts and figures

    Laura Hood summarises the latest data on the world's biodiversity, with facts and figures on its value and efforts to conserve it. This feature contains the latest data on the extent and the distribution of the world's biodiversity. It also includes the most recent estimates of extinction threats for different groups of species, as well as facts and figures on the value of biodiversity and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity

    The largest-ever global study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) was released today in Nagoya, Japan, at the Convention on Biodiversity's 10th Conference of the Parties. The study, Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature, was led by a top international banker (Pavan Sukhdev) and sponsored by the U.N. and a host of countries. It finds that nature provides trillions of dollars in ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • ReSAC and Biodiversity and Ecosystems projects

    ReSAC participation in two projects, which are financed by Program BG03 “Biodiversity and Ecosystems” and co-financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA FM 2009-2014) GRASSLAND: Assessment and mapping of GRASSLANDecosystems condition and their services in Bulgaria, Contr. Д-33-90/03.09.2015 The ...

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