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United States of America
In honor of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), the United States Forest Service is sponsoring the following programs:
- FOCUS (Forests, Ocean, Climate and US) a nationwide partnership with the Wyland Foundation, US Forest Service and NOAA which uses art and science to encourage young people to explore and appreciate the world around them. For 2010, students will celebrate biodiversity in Puerto Rico, Alaska, Virginia, Michigan, Texas and California. http://www.wylandfoundation.org
- Robert Bateman Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor program consists of an art contest, classroom programs, outdoor adventures, Natural Treasures Map, Virtual Hikes and many Bio Blitz competitions. This program is in partnership with the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Federation, the Children and Nature Network and California State Parks. http://www.gettoknow.ca
US Forest Service IYB Contact: Gloria Manning, Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest Systems, +1-202-205-1523, email@example.com
The National Park Service is working to preserve biodiversity. Find more by visiting http://www.nature.nps.gov/biodiversity
Message from Edward Norton - United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity.
North American launch of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, 10 February 2010
||Young scientists from UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet) explore biodiversity
Biodiversity and Sustainability was the subject of the 12th International Meeting of Young Scientists of the UNESCO Associated Schools, held in Santarém, Portugal, from 13 to 16 January.
The meeting brought together 55 ASPnet students and teachers from 4 countries (Andorra, Portugal, Spain and United States of America) to launch the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity with students and a teacher from each country presenting their research on topics including Evolution, Biodiversity and Sustainability, Sustainability of the Systems of Animal Production, Public Health and Fight Against Poverty and Protected Areas and Biodiversity Maintenance.
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The organization WildEarth Guardian
organizes a "BioBlitz," in which they are taking actions for 36 consecutive working days (28 Dec 2009 – 18 Feb 2010) to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Endangered Species Act (28 Dec 2009) and in honor of the International Year of Biodiversity. The BioBlitz is headquartered out of Denver, Colorado.
2010: The Year for Our Wildlife Nearly 18 years ago, the U.S. provided vital leadership in negotiating the Convention on Biological Diversity -- a vital international agreement to protect and preserve the world’s rich diversity of life. Now the U.S. and tiny Andorra are the only countries in the world that have failed to ratify this important accord.
In 2010 -- the International Year of Biodiversity -- the U.S. has an opportunity to reestablish its role as a global leader in wildlife conservation. But your senators need to hear from you! Take Action
While the World Waits: Environmental groups determined to see U.S. ratification
. San Diego News Room presents this article as part of a series reexamining the Convention on Biological Diversity and exploring the key issues at play in its 18-year saga toward U.S. ratification.
Draft Report on Attaining an Operational Marine Biodiversity Observation Network Available for Review and Comment
||The Ecolympics - A way to galvanize individual action
To celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity and to raise awareness of the current crisis in biodiversity loss, Alex Coverdill and Ph.D. Daniel Hudon, together with a team of students organized a week-long series of participatory events at Boston University called the Ecolympics. They ran from April 17-24 and events were geared toward the themes of sustainability, reduction of the human footprint on the environment and education about biodiversity.
*Photo: Camille Dupaquier – 2010 Photo Contest Winner!
The steering committee has completed the draft report from the workshop, which includes seven recommendations and case studies for implementing a national marine Biodiversity Observing Network (BON). The report is available for review and comment at http://www.nopp.org/forum
through 19 November 2010. The steering committee encourages input from the scientific and policy community on the draft report
. A final report is expected in January 2011. For further information on the workshop or report, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
||The i2P Amazon Expedition
The i2P Amazon Expedition team is assembling to depart for Brazil. There are 108 schools in six countries and a total of 15,266 students registered to follow the expedition!
A Time for Science
Recognizing, the importance of environmental and science literacy in society today, and the value of “learning by doing,” A Time for Science is uniquely able to coordinate the talents of area volunteers, to marshal a variety of resources for support, and to provide a supportive environment with which to enable participants at all levels to become engaged both in nature and in the experience of science and thereby enhance environmental awareness and science education and literacy in our region.
A Well-Fed World
A Well-Fed World (AWFW) is an international advocacy organization focused on the complex inter-relevancies of dietary choices, hunger concerns, and environmental protection. Our systems component works with social justice leaders and policy-makers to reduce the drastic growth and intensification of livestock production. Reversing this ‘livestock revolution’ is critical for increasing food security, slowing biodiversity loss, and swiftly reducing greenhouse gas concentrations. Additionally, we work ‘hands-on’ at the grassroots level, both directly participating and through our grants program. Our grants empower local stakeholders to pursue a wide variety of self-determined goals, such as self-sustaining food production and ecosystem services education.
American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation
The American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) was created in 1993 to apply the Museum’s extensive scientific and educational resources to conservation policy and action. The CBC develops model programs that integrate research, education, and outreach so that people become participants in its conservation. The CBC’s mission is to mitigate critical threats to global biological and cultural diversity by:
- Advancing scientific research in diverse ecosystems
- Strengthening the application of science to conservation practice and policy
- Developing professional, institutional, and community capacity
- Furthering AMNH's efforts to heighten public understanding and stewardship of biodiversity.
Aqua - National Aquarium in Baltimore
From the Chesapeake Bay to Costa Rica, National Aquarium programs help people apply practical and programmatic solutions for protecting marine life and coastlines. As a world-class entertainment attraction the visitor experience is a priority and exhibits at the Baltimore and Washington, DC venues connect the public to the biodiversity around us. Our commitment to education on the aquatic environment extends to thousands of school children who make emotional connections that create lasting enthusiasm for the environment. By establishing alliances and creating partnerships around the world, the National Aquarium collaborates with like-minded organizations to achieve more together.
Beyond Ktaadn promotes the conservation of alpine wilderness in Eastern North America – from New England to Labrador – through field research, biodiversity inventory, and public outreach.
The highest peaks of the northern Appalachian Mountains and the Canadian Shield, crowned by islands of arctic-alpine tundra, are internationally significant reservoirs of biodiversity. These alpine highlands bear strong affinities to the arctic tundra some thousand miles to the north. They support hundreds of species of rare arctic plants and several species of distinctive arctic fauna (such as caribou, timber wolf, arctic hare, willow ptarmigan, and American pipit). Through focused research on mountain climate, vegetation, geology, and wildlife populations, we aim to increase the profile of these ranges and by working with individuals, local groups, and agencies, develop an informed conservation strategy that leaves these exemplary refugia of biodiversity and wilderness intact for future generations.
Center for Biological Diversity
At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive. Our work mainly focuses on North America, but has a growing international focus.
Center for Plant Conservation
The mission of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is to conserve and restore the imperiled native plants of the United States to secure them from extinction. By facilitating and providing project funding, CPC helps build strong, science-based plant-conservation programs within its national network of community institutions, including botanical gardens and zoos. CPC Participating Institutions bank representative samples of seed or other material from vulnerable plant species and hold these collections off-site (ex situ) to serve as a restoration resource. In addition to conducting species and ecological research to support restoration, institutions monitor sites and manage restoration projects in the wild. CPC also works with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and offers scientific guidance, professional resources and training, and advocacy.
Center for Rural Empowerment and the Environment
CREE is a non-profit organization that seeks practical solutions to bridging the gap between sustainable development and environmental conservation. We achieve this through programs that focus on poverty alleviation and resolving human-wildlife conflict. CREE is unique because of its sole focus on poverty, making it a leader in the environmental field in addressing problems traditionally tackled by humanitarian organizations. Projects are diverse in scope and include eco-tourism, improved agricultural techniques, and human-wildlife conflict minimization.
Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance that connects people and nature. We are more than 250 organizations that work together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all who live here, by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. Our four key initiatives—to restore the health of local nature, to implement the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision, combat climate change, and leave no child inside—reflect our commitment to using science and emerging knowledge, as well as a collaborative approach to conservation, to benefit all the region’s residents.
The organization believes that the Earth's natural heritage must be maintained if future generations are to thrive spiritually, culturally, and economically. Its mission is to conserve the Earth's living heritage – our global biodiversity – and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching nearly 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, Planet Green and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services.
Earth Foundation is a nonprofit media specialist team and organization focusing on creating media that preserves the environment and native culture, and insures food, energy, and water sustainability for HAWAII, THE PACIFIC, JAPAN, KOREA, and the EARTH. From promoting Academy Award winning documentary films to supporting cooperation between native peoples and corporate communities.
Wildlife Trust is an international organization of scientists dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity. For more than 35 years, Wildlife Trust has focused its efforts on conservation. Today, we are known for our innovative research on the intricate relationships between wildlife, ecosystems and human health.
Wildlife Trust's work spans the U.S. and more than 20 countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia to research ways for people and wildlife to share ecosystems for their mutual survival. Our strength is built on our innovations in research, education and training and our accessibility to international conservation partners.
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ECOSTASY is a sustainable design conscious commerce destination featuring personal accessories and home decor objects that promote social and environmental good. Features products handmade in Brazil and Portugal by artisans, designers, indigenous groups, community-based groups and NGOs using natural and renewable materials.
Encyclopedia of Life
Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a global effort to harvest the vast wealth of information on every species – animals, plants and microorganism – and present it as a scientifically accurate resource available to all on the Internet.
EOL’s content is continually expanding and includes descriptions, photos, bibliographic links, distribution maps and other specialty data that have traditionally been scattered around the world in libraries, museums, herbaria, universities and other storehouses of expert knowledge.
Since its inception in 2007, the EOL community has partnered with content providers, scientific experts, learned societies and institutions to assemble, verify and provide trusted information about hundreds of thousands of species.
Fauna & Flora International
FFI protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide – mainly in the developing world – FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity. Fauna & Flora International is the world's longest established international conservation body, founded 100 years ago. Renowned for its science-based approach, FFI has pioneered sustainable conservation work that tackles problems holistically, providing solutions that simultaneously help wildlife, humans and the environment.<p>FFI acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and compatible with human needs FFI protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide – mainly in the developing world – FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity.
GEF Small Grants Programme
For almost two decades, the Small Grants Programme has been working with communities around the world to combat the most critical environmental problems and has successfully demonstrated that supporting communities in their efforts to achieve more sustainable livelihoods is not only possible, but extremely important in bringing change and achieving global environmental benefits.
With presence in 122 countries and more than 12,000 grants awarded worldwide, SGP supports projects of non-governmental and community-based organizations in developing countries demonstrating that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.
Global Environment Facility
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a global partnership among 178 countries, international institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. It provides grants for projects related to six focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.
Global Sports Alliance
Global Sports Alliance is a coalition of athletes and sports fans working together for environmental awareness and action. If you love sports – whether it’s football, running, cycling, rock climbing or even marbles – you can join the Global Sports Alliance. Become an ecoplayer and help us do nothing less than change the world! Global Sports Alliance is an official partner of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Global Wildlife Conservation
The mission of Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) is to use the best science to protect the world’s threatened wildlife and habitats. GWC is involved in three areas of conservation and science: conducting field expeditions to the most biologically important areas of the world; implementing conservation research and action on threatened species and habitats; and facilitating wildlands conservation in collaboration with partners. GWC works in conjunction with the world’s leading conservation nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, universities, zoological and botanical institutions, and museums that have long studied and protected the environment from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
GO-Science is an informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education center. Partnering with the Center for Biodiversity GO-Science is creating and implementing innovative biodiversity programs, deliverables, and activities. These deployments include new media educational modules for the web, informal learning activities, teacher training programs, and exhibits that promote a better understanding of biodiversity and a greater awareness of conservation. In addition, GO-Science is opening an Online Biodiversity Social Network (OBSN) that connects researchers, scientists, teachers, students, and the general population together using technology as a learning and dissemination medium to promote greater scientific understanding. Activities & Products for 2010
HowStuffWorks.com is an award-winning, credible online resource that provides easy-to-understand information and explanation for thousands of topics. In the Green Science site section, readers can learn about global warming, pollution and other impacts on nature and the planet, plus what we can do to combat them.
i2P Education is an adventure based learning program provided free to schools and students by the non-profit organization impossible2Possible (i2P). The brainchild of world-class adventurer Ray Zahab, i2P was founded in 2008. Since then it has run successful expeditions to the South Pole, Baffin Island in North Canada, Lake Baikal in Siberia, and the Sahara Desert in Tunisia. In October 2010 the i2P expedition team will visit the Amazon Basin in order to bring attention to the international year of Biodiversity. Using its unique experiential education platform this expedition will be followed by thousands of school children across North American and around the world. More info (pdf).
Island Conservation prevents extinctions by working where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest: islands. By removing one of the greatest threats—invasive alien vertebrates—native island species and ecosystems often can recover with little or no additional intervention. Removing the dominant threat to biodiversity, in the places where the greatest lasting results can be obtained, ensures conservation success across the globe.
News Network for the United Nations and the International Community
"GIVING POWER & RESONANCE TO THE VOICE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY"
The Nature Conservancy is one of the leading conservation organizations working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
NatureServe is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe represents an international network of biological inventories, known as natural heritage programs or conservation data centers, operating in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The NatureServe network is a leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. Together we collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, and develop information products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs. NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. NatureServe has been established as an international thematic focal point under the CHM (see: <a href=" http://www.biodiv.org/chm/tfp.asp">http://www.biodiv.org/chm/tfp.asp</a>)
Pew Environment Group (PEG)
The Pew Environment Group (PEG) is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts. PEG works to strengthen environmental policies and practices that protect terrestrial and marine systems worldwide. Our staff includes an international array of scientists, communications professionals, policy experts and attorneys. They are focused on reducing the scope and severity of three of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, dramatic changes to the Earth’s climate caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere; the loss of large wilderness ecosystems that support much of the world’s remaining biodiversity; and the destruction of the ocean environment, with a particular emphasis on marine fisheries.
Rainforest Partnership (RP) is an international non-profit organization focused on protecting tropical rainforests. We partner with communities in Latin America to develop sustainable economic alternatives to deforestation, making it more valuable to keep forests standing. By creating a global networklinking people to people, community to communitywe act as a catalyst to achieve a sustainable future.
Rare specializes in social marketing – a method for changing attitudes and behaviors that has been successfully applied by other organizations to such issues as seatbelt use, smoking, pollution, teen drug abuse, and reproductive health.
Rare is the leader in social marketing for biodiversity conservation — with a successful track record in more than 50 countries to date. We train and support leaders from the world’s top environmental organizations, local grassroots groups, and governments – all of which are increasingly aware that failure to create support at the community level reduces the chance of conservation success.
Seacology is an international nonprofit, nongovernmental organization whose sole purpose is to preserve the environments and biodiversity of islands globally. Seacology has created an innovative model of island conservation and community development that has proven to successfully protect threatened island ecosystems, engage local stakeholders in modern conservation trends, promote international cooperation and dialogue, and ensure long-term benefits to rural island communities and the increasingly precious environments that surround them. To-date, Seacology has funded 195 projects on islands around the globe, preserving 1,812,720 acres of coral reef and marine ecosystems and 161,477 acres of terrestrial habitat. There remains much more work to be done, and Seacology intends to continue our legacy of success through additional innovative, grassroots programs aimed at preserving the world's most endangered ecosystems throughout 2010.
Sierra Forest Legacy
Sierra Forest Legacy is the only conservation focused organization working exclusively in the Sierra Nevada region of California to protect, restore, and conserve the 11 national forests within the mountain range and the biological treasure that make the Sierra Nevada one of the planet’s biological diversity “hot spots.” Surrounded by three national parks, the region encompasses approximately 12 million acres of publicly owned forests that are the last refuge for vast numbers of species of plants and animals.
Solpugid Productions is a partnership between two entomologists who teach about insect science and biodiversity in an inventive new way. We use insects and spiders as a vehicle to talk about everything from racism to educational potential. We have three focus areas: accessible science education, career development and digital media. Our backgrounds are varied: theater, dance, digital media and of course, science. It is this unique mix of art and science that helps us to create curriculum that is sharp, funny and speaks the language of the learner. We partner with museums, after-school and community programs, and NGOs for our projects. You will be able to know more about Solpugid Productions by visiting their podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bug-bytes/id347593785
SVF Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of rare and endangered breeds of livestock. SVF collaborates with Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to collect and cryogenically preserve germplasm (semen and embryos). In the event a breed becomes extinct, we would be able to reawaken that breed with its full genetic diversity, within one generation. SVF’s program is a model for global conservation of native breeds of livestock.
The Equator Initiative
The Equator Initiative is a partnership that brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses, and grassroots organizations to build the capacity and raise the profile of local efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
The New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is one of the country’s oldest and most well established environmental research institutions; committed to the study, conservation, and sustainable management of plant diversity. It is also one of New York City’s premier educational and cultural destinations. Each year, more than 750,000 people enjoy our world-class exhibitions, and through our educational programming gain a better understanding of plants and nature. The Garden’s scientific programs are comprehensive, thorough, and far-reaching. With a century of botanical expertise, outstanding plant collections, cutting-edge research facilities, and expert scientists, the Garden addresses critical environmental problems of the twenty-first century such as habitat destruction, sustainable forestry and natural resource management, and understanding complex interactions between plants and people.
The Society for Conservation Biology
The Society for Conservation Biology is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. The Society's membership comprises a wide range of people interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity: resource managers, educators, government and private conservation workers, and students make up the more than 10,000 members world-wide.
Tree Walkers International
Tree Walkers International supports the protection, conservation, and restoration of wild amphibian populations through hands-on action both locally and internationally. We foster personal relationships between people and nature by providing opportunities for citizens of all ages to become directly involved in global amphibian conservation. Through this involvement, our volunteers become part of a growing and passionate advocacy for the protection and restoration of wild amphibian populations and the environments upon which they—and ultimately we—depend.
Founded in 1974, WILD is the only international organization dedicated entirely and explicitly to wilderness protection around the world. WILD works to protect the planet’s last wild places and the wildlife and people who depend upon them, because wilderness areas provide essential social, spiritual, biological and economic benefits. We believe that intact wilderness areas are an essential core element of a healthy modern society. In late 2009, we launched a bold, new vision to protect at least half of the planet, land and water, in an inter-connected way (At Least Half WILD™).
WildEarth Guardians protects and restores wildlife, wild rivers, and wild places in the American West. The organization works to safeguard biodiversity by seeking adequate legal protections for endangered plants and animals. WildEarth Guardians has filed formal requests for a multitude of imperiled species under the United States Endangered Species Act, a highly effective law for preventing extinction. In response, in 2009 alone, the federal government agreed to assess 110 of the species for which WildEarth Guardians submitted requests. The group simultaneously endeavors to raise public awareness of the value of biodiversity and the swift pace of the extinction crisis.