biodiversity conservation News

  • Statement by Commissioner Potočnik on the outcome of the vote in the European Parliament on the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Regulation

    I am pleased with the outcome of the European Parliament's vote today on the important issue of access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from their utilization (ABS). This is a complex issue, but also an important one as it involves implementing international commitments on ABS entered into by the EU in the framework of the United Nations Convention on ...

  • PCI-media impact featured in IUCN February newsletter

    Soap operas promote conservation and biodiversity in 16 countries By Lindsey Wahlstrom for Sean Southey, CEC member and Executive Director of PCI-Media Impact Gorilla, tiger and dancing coral fish mascots are coming to communities in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia through communications campaigns supported by PCI-Media ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Brooks Childress, former Chair Flamingo Specialist Group

    Wetlands International is deeply saddened to report the loss of one of flamingo conservation's champions. Dr. Brooks Childress, former Chair of the IUCN/SSC Wetlands International Flamingo Specialist Group from November 2004 to July 2010, passed away in the early hours of 22 July 2011. Following a successful 27-year business career in the USA, England, and Canada, Brooks and his wife, Sandy, ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Balancing urban expansion with biodiversity conservation

    In developing countries economic growth is linked with expansion of urban areas and changes in land use, including conversion of forests to agricultural land. An investigation of the impacts of two neighbouring cities in central Panama has revealed that continued expansion is likely to cause future habitat loss, which in turn could lead to a decline in species diversity. A key factor underpinning ...

  • 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 ...


    By WKC Group

  • Missing in action - Ontario failing to halt the loss of biodiversity

    The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario says the Government of Ontario must come up with a new strategy to stem the continuing decline in Ontario's species and natural spaces. In a special report released today, "Biodiversity: A Nation's Commitment, an Obligation for Ontario," Gord Miller says unless Ontario and all other provinces take action, the international commitments made by the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Geodiversity information enhances biodiversity conservation

    Geodiversity describes the diversity of the non-biological parts of the natural world such as rocks, soils, landforms and the processes which shape them over time. New research on how geodiversity information has been used to examine or inform conservation policy has been explored through eight different case studies. The research shows the variety and utility of geodiversity information to ...

  • Lisbon marks major shift in convergence between business and biodiversity

    More than 400 leaders from business, governments, the European Union and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) meeting in Lisbon have signaled a major shift in thinking on the role of business in biodiversity conservation. Convergence between public and private sectors on the critical importance of biodiversity – the rich diversity of animals, plants and nature that supports us all – and what ...

  • Protected areas that allow access to local people also benefit wildlife

    Protected areas that allow local people to use the resources in a sustainable way are better for biodiversity conservation than excluding people entirely, a new study suggests. In a review of over 160 scientific studies, the researchers found that protected areas which were managed to allow sustainable access yielded greater socioeconomic benefits. Importantly, those with greater socioeconomic ...

  • Streamlined environmental assessments Australia wide

    Bilateral agreements for environmental assessments are now in place between the Commonwealth and all Australian states and territories with Victoria and the ACT both signing agreements in the past month. The agreements are in accordance with national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). 'This is a great step forward and I am very pleased ...


    By Australian Government

  • 1.5bn litres of extra water for South Australian wetlands

    Two wetlands in South Australia are receiving a total of 1,531 million litres of environmental water this month under the Australian Government's Water for the Future plan. Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said most of the water was sourced from Toorale Station which was purchased by the New South Wales Government in late 2008 with funding assistance from the Australian ...


    By Australian Government

  • IUCN joins forces with businesses for world conservation congress

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has joined forces with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) for its World Conservation Congress, the world's largest ever conservation event. The agreement is designed to address ecosystem degradation, strengthen the business case for biodiversity conservation and put biodiversity considerations at the heart of ...

  • Strengthening the Business – Biodiversity Link in Lisbon

    Last week, over 400 leaders from business, governments, the European Union and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) came together in a high-level event, to discuss the role of business in biodiversity conservation. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) was one of the organizers of this event which took place from 12–13 November. Over 20 WBCSD member companies – three ...

  • Environmental Scenario Planning: what if marine conservation hotspots in NE Atlantic increase under climate change?

    Marine biodiversity conservation in the north-east Atlantic needs a combination of more adaptable management strategies and international co-operation, a new study says. This is required to deal with a potential increase in marine conservation hotspots under climate change. Priority marine habitats (PMHs) are used to prioritise marine biodiversity conservation and protection under the 1992 OSPAR ...

  • Nagoya 2010: Bridging business and biodiversity

    What is a 'Key Biodiversity Area'? Why is it important, how was it established and what is its relevance to business? The answers to these and other key questions can be now found on the 'A-Z Areas of Biodiversity Importance' website, which was launched today at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity taking place in Nagoya, Japan. Spotlighting some 35 ...

  • Settlement of Gibson Guitar Logging Case

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday that it reached a criminal enforcement agreement with Gibson Guitar Corporation, resolving two widely-publicized investigations into allegations that Gibson had violated the U.S. Lacey Act by illegally purchasing and importing wood products from Madagascar and India. The U.S. ...

  • UN environment programme pays tribute to Linda Norgrove

    The passing of Linda Norgrove, a respected environmentalist and humanitarian, has shocked and deeply saddened her former colleagues at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Linda, who was 36, worked for UNEP and the United Nations Office for Project Services in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2008. Working in often challenging conditions, she helped mould UNEP's country programme in ...

  • What`s happening at Rio+20: June 18th

    We’re moving into the final week of Rio+20, and WRI’s experts are on the ground for all the action. Each day, we’ll bring you highlights of upcoming WRI events. Check out the details below on what we’ve got going on tomorrow. And be sure to visit the ...

  • €267 million for new environmental projects

    The European Commission has launched its annual call for proposals to be funded under the LIFE+ programme, the European fund for the environment. Proposals are welcome under one of the programme’s three components: Nature and Biodiversity, Environment Policy and Governance, and Information and Communication. A total of €267 million is available, in the form of ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Action, action, action to save biodiversity in the Caucasus

    A stark call for the protection of the natural wealth of the Caucasus emerged from the Countdown 2010 Caucasus Conference, held in Gudauri, Georgia from May 15- 17. Nature conservation organisations launched a countdown to reach the 2010 biodiversity target. In this particularly biodiverse European region, at least 700 species are threatened with extinction. Gudauri, Georgia, 17 May 2006. ...

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