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 ...


  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...


  • 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. ...

  • IAIA latest news

    1. Biodiversity symposium:  Registration is now open Registration is now open for a special IAIA biodiversity symposium, “Mainstreaming the Mitigation Hierarchy in Impact Assessment.” The symposium will be held 14-15 November 2017 in Washington, DC, USA. For more information, check out ...

  • 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 ...

  • Global biodiversity panel launched

    A global science assessment panel for biodiversity, modelled on the International Panel on Climate Change, was launched in Panama City earlier this month (21 April). The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...


  • Updating the monetary value of biodiversity

    New research has updated a major report on the monetary value of biodiversity. The second EU-funded Cost of Policy Inaction (COPI II) report has expanded the existing valuation database to include more regions, more ecosystems and more information on the services they provide and their economic values. The new data could be used to calculate a more accurate figure for the global value of ...

  • 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 ...

  • Rising threats to marine biodiversity

    The environmental and economic health of the World Seas-present and future-is outlined in a report that underlines growing concern from pressures such as pollution, over-fishing and climate change. The report, the Marine Biodiversity Assessment and Outlook: Global Synthesis by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) predicts that by 2050 productivity will have decreased in nearly all areas and with ...


  • 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

  • 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 protection in the Netherlands

    Two thirds of natural areas in the Netherlands suffer from at least one of four key environmental pressures including nitrogen pollution, drying, acidification and habitat fragmentation, a new study suggests. Possible solutions to enable the country to meet its commitments under the EU’s biodiversity targets include moves towards sustainable farming and reduction of nitrogen outputs, the ...

  • 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

  • Could urbanisation and biodiversity be compatible?

    More than 900 species of wild bees are found in France, but many of them - such as bumblebees - are in decline.  INRA scientists, working in collaboration with the naturalist association Arthropologia, have carried out the first exhaustive study in Europe to evaluate the impact of urbanisation on the wild bee community.  They studied 24 more or less urbanised sites in and around Lyon ...

  • FAO to partner CBD on biodiversity

    The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will work together on programmes that address climate change, food security and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • Commercial forestry – benefits for biodiversity?

    Commercial forestry, often slated as monoculture, may have an important role to play in maintaining biodiversity. This beneficial effect occurs in nearby fields grazed by livestock, rather than the forest itself. This surprising finding could be important for the conservation of grassland species, which have declined dramatically over the past 100 years as agriculture has intensified in Europe. ...

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