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  • Green 10 steps to halt biodiversity loss by 2010

    On the occasion of Green Week 2006, the Green 10 group of environmental NGOs published a leaflet entitled Saving life: 10 simple steps to help halt biodiversity loss by 2010. It contains facts and figures summarising the main concerns related to biodiversity, as well as practical advice on how to prevent biodiversity loss through changing our ...

  • Call For Evidence On The Economics Of Biodiversity Loss

    Today the European Commission launched a six-week-long internet-based call for evidence on the economics of biodiversity loss. Following commitments made at the G8+5 meeting of Environment Ministers in Potsdam in March 2007, the Commission is supporting Germany with the preparatory work for a Review on the Economics of Biodiversity Loss. The Review will be carried out by an independent economist ...

  • Get biodiversity science to decision-makers

    Scientists must ensure biodiversity research information reaches decision-makers, say biologists Harold Mooney and Georgina Mace. Global responses to biodiversity loss have been slow, say the authors — partly because environmental agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) lack solid science assessments. We have no baselines and standards for these and lack information on ...


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  • African youth urge world leaders to commit to protecting biodiversity now

    Kigali/Volcanoes National Park/Nairobi, 05 June 2010- Young people from across Africa called on world leaders on World Environment Day to act now to protect biodiversity. In a statement addressed to global leaders for the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), the young delegates, aged 14 to 24, expressed their frustration that no government has met the 2010 biodiversity targets, while ...

  • COP10: nature talks ended with three inter-linked goals

    Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity closed the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit (COP10) by adopting decisions that will permit the community of nations to meet the unprecedented challenges of the continued loss of biodiversity compounded by climate change. The European Environment Agency will continue to support Europe's policymakers in implementing the ensuing measures. The ...

  • Halting biodiversity loss – the EU no net loss initiative

    The European Commission has published an on-line consultation to seek the public's views on a future EU initiative to halt Biodiversity loss. Biodiversity – the natural world that surrounds us – is in decline around the world, often as a result of human activities. Even when efforts are made to ...

  • Japan joins Countdown 2010

    Japan, which is due to host the 10th UN Biodiversity Conference in 2010, has signed the Countdown 2010 Declaration to halt or reduce the loss of biodiversity. The move came while ministers from Asia gathered at the Eco-Asia Summit in Japan. The local, regional, and national governments of Japan, including the City of Nagoya, the Aichi Prefecture and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, ...

  • Japan adopts legislation to combat biodiversity loss

    Two days after the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting in Kobe, the National Diet of Japan adopted the Basic Act on Biodiversity. The Act formally recognises biodiversity as a challenge all countries must face and one that needs immediate nonpartisan action. The Liberal Democratic Party, the Democratic Party of Japan and the New Komeito have been instrumental in putting the issue high on Diet's ...

  • Biodiversity loss: now for the hard part

    Last month's Nagoya summit on biodiversity reached some important agreements. The challenge is to ensure that they are fully implemented. What a difference a year makes. One year ago, those clamouring for strong international action to combat the effects of global warming were optimistically looking forward to a high-level meeting in Copenhagen they hoped would launch a new global ...


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  • More citizens calling for greater nature protection

    Almost nine out of ten Europeans believe that biodiversity loss – the decline and possible extinction of animal species, flora and fauna, natural habitats and ecosystems in Europe – is a problem, according to a new survey. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "It's good to see that public opinion is increasingly aware of how important biodiversity is. I hope political ...

  • Commission calls for a shakeup in EU biodiversity policy

    A European Commission conference on biodiversity in Athens has issued a forward-looking message regarding the future biodiversity policy of the European Union. Key findings include the need to improve communication about the loss and its consequences, the importance of thinking about ecosystem protection rather than species protection, and the need to ensure that available funds are indeed ...

  • UNEP hosts Intergovernmental Negotiations on Strengthening Science for Policy on Biodiversity & Ecosystems

    Ecosystem health and sustainability are central to the well being of human kind. Over the past 50 years, the world has suffered an estimated 60 % decline in ecosystems services and unprecedented biodiversity loss - caused by unsustainable human activities. Biodiversity loss makes ecosystems more vulnerable to shocks and disturbances, less resilient, and less able to supply humans with critical ...

  • What next for biodiversity protection in the EU?

    The European Commission marked the opening of the International Year of Biodiversity with a paper setting out future options for biodiversity policy. Despite past efforts, species extinctions are continuing at alarming rates, and a new vision is required to halt these losses. The Communication sets out a vision and outlines four possible targets to reach it, with different levels of ambition. The ...

  • New vision required to stave off dramatic biodiversity loss

    Natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use the variety of life on Earth says new UNEP ...

  • African youth urge world leaders to commit to protecting biodiversity now

    Young people from across Africa called on world leaders on World Environment Day to act now to protect biodiversity. The call was made today during the traditional Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda, the host of the 2010 global World Environment Day celebrations. The event was attended by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Hollywood star Don Cheadle, wildlife photographer Luo Hong, ...

  • Improving the United Nations governance for the environment

    IUCN stressed the urgency of taking the necessary actions to get an international governance system suitable to respond to unprecedented challenges before us: biodiversity loss, degradation of the world’s ecosystems, desertification, and climate change, among others. Sustainable development needs to be effectively the overarching framework for the work of the United Nations, said Narinder Kakar, ...

  • World governments failing to deliver on 2010 biodiversity targets

    Eight years after world leaders pledged to reverse an alarming decline in biodiversity by 2010, the losses keep mounting across the globe, according to a new United Nations report. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the world has failed in its efforts and that conditions are actually getting worse. "Having reviewed all available evidence, including national reports . . . this third edition of ...


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  • Biodiversity offset policy: dangers that must be avoided

    Biodiversity offset policies may inadvertently incentivise behaviours which actually accelerate biodiversity loss, new research has found. The study’s authors identify four ways this can occur and make recommendations for prevention. Biodiversity is declining worldwide. Much of this is the result of developments, from roads to buildings, which destroy and fragment habitat. ...

  • World Conservation Union welcomes UNEP report on the state of the environment

    The World Conservation Union (IUCN) congratulates the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the release of the Global Environment Outlook 4 (GEO4). IUCN was one of the collaborators behind the report, which is an extensive review of the state of the environment in 2007. The report highlights several key concerns of IUCN, including the impacts of climate change on the environment and ...

  • 90% of Europeans believe biodiversity loss is a problem

    An overwhelming majority of Europeans believe that the loss of biological diversity is a serious problem, according to a Eurobarometer survey on attitudes to biodiversity. The survey highlights the concerns of Europeans regarding the decline and extinction of animal and plant species, natural habitats and ecosystems. Concern is greatest in Greece, Portugal and Romania. The survey also reveals ...

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