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  • 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 ...

  • Biodiversity in France

    At the fourth national congress on sensitive natural environments (ENS) which took place at Cerny (Essonne) on 18 and 19 October, the Assembly of French Departments and about 20 departmental councils signed the ENS charter, which is seen as a “major element of land-use policy and sustainable development”. Even though local authorities have been involved in the preservation and enhancement of ENS ...


  • Business and biodiversity

    How can biodiversity be integrated into business strategy? A difficult question, which Biodiversity consultancy Gondwana has tried to answer in a report published in October, the first of its type in France. 'We carried out about 50 interviews and surveyed 80 national and international companies over a period of six months,' explains Véronique Dham, the managing director. The document, printed on ...


  • Workshop: Wind Power and Biodiversity

    The documentation of the workshop “Wind Power and Biodiversity: Tools to Measure, Avoid and Compensate Impacts” held on June 29, 2012 in Lisbon is now available. About 40 participants discussed how impacts on biodiversity by wind energy projects could be decreased. The speakers showed the participants practical solutions to real world problems. The workshop was organised together with ...

  • 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 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 ...


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


  • Characterising the biodiversity and functioning of European soils

    World Soil Day (Dec 5, 2014) concludes a week-long series of events in Dijon bringing together international scientists. The results of the European EcoFINDERS project, coordinated by INRA, were revealed for the occasion. This project helped create standardised methods of measuring soil biodiversity, and as a result, vital data on the health of Europe’s soils were gathered. The analyses ...

  • 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 ...

  • Indian biodiversity hotspot under pressure

    A global biodiversity hotspot in Tamil Nadu state in southern India is under pressure from human activity, according to a new study. Conducted by the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation at the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bengaluru, Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology in Bhuj, western India, and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Modifying urban rivers to increase biodiversity

    Urban rivers are typically heavily-engineered and polluted with degraded habitats. They are therefore a priority for biodiversity restoration. Research suggests that relatively simple modifications to river walls may potentially encourage biodiversity by significantly improving habitats for plants and animals. The EU’s Water Framework Directive requires good ecological status in surface waters by ...

  • 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 ...

  • Increased biodiversity decreases the spread of disease

    Decreasing biodiversity in an ecosystem can increase the spread of disease, research suggests. Researchers studying amphibian communities in natural wetland ecosystems as well as controlled experiments have shown that as diversity increased, infection rates dropped. The rate of extinction of species is increasing as ecosystems across the world come under pressure from habitat loss, pollution and ...

  • Motorway verges can contribute to biodiversity

    Motorway verges (strips of land running along the edge of the road) have been found to play a crucial role in maintaining the richness of biodiversity in intensive agricultural landscapes, according to recent research. A mixed area of both planted hedgerows and open grassland was found to provide the best habitat for encouraging biodiversity in both plants and spiders. New research studied 25 ...

  • Biodiversity slows spread of pesticide resistance

    The ability of organisms to adapt to toxic chemicals like pesticides is essential for their survival, but also an agricultural annoyance. This study shows that interactions between different species can delay the development of pesticide resistance and therefore suggests that biodiversity supports effective pest management. When pest species are exposed to toxic chemicals, like pesticides, they ...

  • African observatories will gather biodiversity data

    Scientists are pooling remote-sensing satellite data and geographical information services for two pan-African digital observatories that will provide accurate and readily accessible information on biodiversity and forest cover for policymakers. Under a grant awarded in 2009, the European Commission"s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) is supporting the development of the observatories, details of ...


    By SciDev.Net

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