biodiversity News

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 SERIES

  • 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

  • Managing logging for biodiversity

    Forest management should safeguard biodiversity as well as focusing on harvesting timber, a new report from South East Asia argues. Despite many initiatives such as codes of practice, criteria and indicators and certification schemes, guidelines and standards remain vague and lack quantitative targets. Illegal logging, poor management and deforestation continue to cause severe environmental ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • On World Biodiversity Day the EC warns against biodiversity loss

    Today is World Biodiversity Day, and yet biodiversity is disappearing at an unprecedented rate. The EU has a package of measures in place to try and halt the loss, with an action plan well under way, a huge network of protected areas nearing completion, and a major report forthcoming on the economic consequences of biodiversity loss. EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: 'Biodiversity ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ' ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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