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Endangered Species Conservation
In late 2015, WKC was engaged to provide expert advice related to the conservation of Persian Wonder Gecko at a proposed development site in Dubai, UAE. Within Arabia, Persian Wonder Gecko (Teratoscincus scincus keyserlingii) are restricted to the UAE and are significantly threatened by habitat loss due to urban development and over-grazing. These reptiles are currently listed as Critically ...
By WKC Group
What Euro MPs want from Bali conference
Representatives from over 180 countries gather in Bali 3-14 December to discuss the future of international efforts to halt global warming. A European Parliament delegation will attend the UN Climate Change Conference 11-14 December. On 15 November, the EP called for agreement on binding emissions targets for all industrialised countries and a 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of ...
Focus on plant function, not origins
Conservationists and land managers should no longer use the origins of plant species as a guiding principle for policy and management decisions, argues a team of ecologists led by Marc Davis. Instead, they should focus on the function of plant species and whether they benefit or threaten biodiversity, human health, ecological services and economies. The idea of plant 'nativeness' was introduced ...
Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Off-Road Races on California Dunes
SACRAMENTO, California, November 1, 2007 (ENS) - The Center for Biological Diversity Tuesday sued the California Department of Parks and Recreation for issuing a multi-year approval of an off-road vehicle race through the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. The suit charges that State Parks failed to conduct any meaningful analysis of the race's effects on California's delicate ...
Technology to Back Ballast Water Bill Nonexistent
Washington, DC - A bill that aims to protect U.S. lakes, rivers and coastal waters from aquatic invasive species was introduced in the House of Representatives Thursday by Republican members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. But the measure requires treatment of ships' ballast water with technology that does not now exist. The Ballast Water Management Act of 2007 (H.R. 2423) ...
Time to unite invasive alien species management in Europe?
Recent evidence suggests that Europe is home to more than 11,000 alien species. The rate of establishment of alien species is rapidly increasing. A new study summarises available information in this area and proposes that Europe unites its fragmented activities by establishing a single body to manage this ever-increasing problem more effectively. Every year, tens of new plant and animal species ...
Protected areas have increased to cover one fifth of Europe’s land
More than 21 % of the land has some kind of protected status in the 39 countries which work with the European Environment Agency (EEA). However, only 4 % of the sea controlled by countries of the European Union is included within the Natura 2000 network of protected areas, according to a new report from the EEA. A ‘protected area’ can be any area of land or water designated primarily ...
Breakthrough in international year of biodiversity as governments give green light to new gold standard science policy body
History was made today in the South Korean port city of Busan, when governments gave the green light to an Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The independent platform will in many ways mirror the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has assisted in catalyzing world-wide understanding and governmental action on global ...
UN agencies, shipping corporations to tackle environmental threats
A Global Industry Alliance (GIA) was launched this week to tackle the threats of marine bio-invasions caused by the transfer of marine organisms from one environment to another, in ship ballast tanks. Ballast water is carried in cargo ships to provide needed stability. It is taken onboard at the start of every trip a ship makes and then pumped out on arrival. Some organisms in the ballast ...
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