biodiversity conservation News

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Taking a Molecular Approach to Conserving Freshwater Biodiversity

    Molecular ecologists have a key role to play in setting priorities for the conservation of aquatic biodiversity, according to a recent review paper published in the Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Sciences. By applying DNA sequencing and related tools, molecular ecologists can collaborate with other ecologists, especially in the fields of species distribution modelling and conservation ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • 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. ...

  • Conserving nature and dollars: delivering cost-effective biodiversity protection

    Lead author Dr Richard Fuller of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship and The University of Queensland said that without spending extra money "we could dramatically improve the performance of protected area systems by replacing a small number of poor performing areas with more cost-effective ones". Protected areas are one of the most important tools in modern nature conservation, with over ...

  • World Conservation Union calls for decisive action on climate change and biodiversity at the UN

    Launching negotiations in Bali to fight climate change and its impacts, acting decisively to achieve the 2010 biodiversity target, and integrating environmental sustainability into development were among the main issues the World Conservation Union (IUCN) called for at the United Nations General Assembly on 31 October 2007. Speaking about sustainable development at the UN General Assembly, IUCN ...

  • Biodiversity in Europe: policy scope must be widened for effective conservation

    Europe is still far from meeting its 2010 target and we risk missing future targets unless we change the way we are managing our environment. The European Environment Agency’s new biodiversity report based on SEBI 2010 indicators assesses the state of biodiversity in Europe and makes recommendations for improving policy effectiveness. The Agency's new report " ...

  • USAID Awards Tetra Tech a $47M Biodiversity and Forestry Conservation Contract

    Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) announced today that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Company a $47 million single award contract, LESTARI, to promote climate-smart ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and conserve forested areas in Indonesia. Indonesia possesses some of the planet’s most biologically diverse and carbon-rich ecosystems. The country’s ...


    By Tetra Tech

  • China celebrates 30 years of conserving and sustainably using biodiversity through CITES

    Rapid economic development in China creates new challenges and opportunities for the conservation and sustainable use of wild animals and plants From pandas to tigers, China is home to some of the most magnificent wild species and plays a prominent role in the conservation and sustainable use of the planet's biodiversity. Thirty years ago today, China became the 63rd Party to the ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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 ...


  • 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

  • Research and Markets: Frontiers in Biodiversity Studies

    Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/35n64f/frontiers_in) has announced the addition of the "Frontiers in Biodiversity Studies" book to their offering. To use biodiversity components sustainably, to maintain ...


  • India expands its biodiversity databases

    India is expanding its biodiversity databases and linking them in a network so that policymakers for programmes that address biodiversity, climate change and socio-economic concerns have ready access to ...


    By SciDev.Net

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