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  • Local participation in biodiversity monitoring: how much is best?

    Monitoring species and habitats is essential to sustain biodiversity. A recent Danish study has classified different monitoring schemes based on levels of community participation. The classifications could help conservation leaders identify the most appropriate schemes for different situations. Maintaining biodiversity is an important goal of European environmental policy, both within the EU and ...

  • 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 ...


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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


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  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • Biodiversity beyond 2010: deciding the way ahead

    World leaders and policymakers are gathering at a major conference in Japan to debate how to halt global biodiversity loss. At this 10th Conference of the Parties (COP-10), the European Environment Agency is presenting its assessments on Europe’s biodiversity, including its new report on the EU 2010 Biodiversity Baseline. The European Union made a commitment in 2001 to halt biodiversity ...

  • New directions for protecting deep-sea biodiversity

    The deep sea is vulnerable to human impacts and environmental changes. A recent report provides an insight into deep-sea ecosystems and makes recommendations for future research and policies to protect deep-sea species and habitats. Two thirds of the Earth's surface is covered by ocean waters more than 200 metres deep, referred to collectively as the deep sea. Yet there remains a lack of ...

  • Valuing nature protects biodiversity and reaps financial rewards

    A new global study1 on the economics of ecosystem services and biodiversity loss suggests that governments can achieve more resilient economies and receive higher rates of return on their public investment strategies when they recognise and target the value of ecosystem services. A new report highlights the economic consequences of not valuing ecosystem services and biodiversity, whose benefits ...

  • Biodiversity fortune-telling: extreme weather and new diseases

    Foreseeing future challenges to the environment is essential for the development of environmental policy. Some recent contentious issues that could have been foreseen include the negative public reaction to genetically-modified crops in the United Kingdom, and challenges posed by avian flu, foot and mouth disease and biofuels. New research points toissues ranging from extreme weather events to ...

  • Business and Biodiversity Platform: 1st Annual Conference

    Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to this First Annual Conference on Business and Biodiversity. This conference comes right at the start of my mandate – and the timing could not be better: It will certainly set the tone for the next five years. Ideally it will be the soundboard for the message that biodiversity and the economy are not opposite ...

  • Europe must grasp the true value of biodiversity

    Europe clears forests, ploughs fields, drains wetlands and builds cities and roads, often at the expense of natural ecosystems. But how much does our current consumption and production affect the integrity of ecosystems? How much and how fast is the loss of biodiversity in Europe? The European Environment Agency (EEA) has provided some answers to these questions at a high-level conference ...

  • Carbon mapping to curb climate change and boost biodiversity

    A new UNEP-led mapping project shows how carbon stocks in Asia, Africa and Latin America overlap with biodiversity hotspots. The new maps pinpoint places where investments in carbon can contribute to community livelihoods, forest conservation and the fight against climate change. Compiled by a partnership led by UNEP's World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the maps overlay the carbon held in the ...

  • Europe-wide biodiversity data infrastructure project developed

    Developing a Europe-wide research infrastructure on biodiversity is the ambitious goal of the recently-started LIFEWATCH project. The infrastructure will enable the exchange and linking of biodiversity data, the development of online analysis tools and the creation of virtual laboratories in EU Member States. Ultimately, the project partners hope their approach will contribute to better managing ...

  • Cropland expansion the culprit in biodiversity loss, says study

    Rapid cropland expansion is the main cause of biodiversity loss in tropical countries, a study by UNEP's (the UN Environment Programme) World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative has found. The study, published in PLOS ONE last month (9 January), highlights maize ...


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  • Posters Invited for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment

    Poster abstracts are invited for a Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment Special Symposium which will be held in Washington, DC on 7-8 February, 2013.  Abstracts will be accepted through 15 December. This symposium will bring together practitioners who work at the cutting edge of biodiversity and ecosystem services (ES) with both policy makers responsible for shaping IA ...

  • Biodiversity data gaps `need bridging` to meet global targets

    Global biodiversity targets are in danger of being missed because of inadequate capacity and tools to gather and assess data, an international conference has heard. The information "is still not there", ...


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  • New EU initiative to protect biodiversity and fight wildlife crime

    B4Life: United for Biodiversity Why do we need EU Biodiversity for Life? What is the value-added? EU Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) marks a change in the way the EU provides support to protect biodiversity in developing countries. In the face of the growing global threats to biodiversity, it provides for more resources, strengthened capacity and ...

  • German CSR Forum 2013: Corporate Social Responsibility Meets Biodiversity

    Where do enterprises stand when it comes to biodiversity in the year 2013? How do companies and NGOs handle greenwashing reproaches concerning the co-operation on the protection of nature. At the German CSR Forum – International Forum for Sustainability and Futureability – business and NGOs representatives will provide answers to these questions at three side events organised by the ...

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