As the world moves towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 era, there is an emerging debate about how target-setting and implementation might integrate across the 17 goals proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) so that the inextricable links between, say, climate change, ...
20 October 2014 | What’s happening to Paraguay’s forest is, unfortunately, a well-told story. The forests are under pressure from a multitude of threats that are undermining its health. A changing climate continues to alter rain patterns and affect food security.
OSLO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The United States and European Union want the U.N. to stress the low cost of fighting climate change in a draft handbook on the issue that it is compiling, a leaked document showed on Tuesday.
Haiti once produced half the world's coffee. The lush, shade-covered mountainsides provided an ideal environment for imported Arabica trees.
Sharks have long been portrayed as man-eaters, a menace to any swimmer brave (or foolish) enough to share the water with them. But this depiction could not be further from reality.
Farmers in one of the world's least-developed countries are restoring degraded land using innovative techniques to conserve water and soil.
Different obstacles to food security need different solutions. Experience shows that a combination of actions is needed to reduce hunger and guarantee food security in the longer run.
When the Endangered Species Act passed in 1973, the concern was that iconic species such as the bald eagle would become extinct. The main threats were from shooting, poisoning and trapping.
When a discreet “invitation to bid” advertisement appeared in a South African newspaper this month, it was a shocking admission of defeat by one of the world’s most famous wildlife reserves.
Indicator species such as pikas or frogs can signal a biological change in an ecosystem and can be used to diagnose its overall health, helping conservation efforts. Yet, picking the right indicator is not easy.
22 October 2014 | Over half the world’s known species are found only in tropical forests, and companies that invest in forest carbon projects often do so as much to conserve endangered habitat as to sequester carbon.
First white rhino born in captivity dies in Kenyan conservancy
17 October 2014 – A United Nations conference in Republic of Korea wrapped up today with governments agreeing to double biodiversity-related international financial aid to developing countries, including small islands and transition economics, by 2015 and through the next five years.
Europe’s leaders are about to consign the Earth to the risk of dangerous climate change, a UN expert says.
Vietnam, currently the world's top consumer of rhino horn, is gradually being weaned off a habit that last year saw a record 1004 rhinos killed in South Africa.
“Don’t plant any crops” was the expert advice one group of Colombian farmers received from a research partnership last year.
On the heels of a report showing that the world is far behind on targets to halve habitat loss, cut pollution, and reduce overfishing, delegates meeting at a United Nations conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea have agreed to increase step up efforts to conserve biodiversity in developing nations.
BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its mar ...
NAIROBI, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Seif Hassan is a pastoralist from Garissa, Northern Kenya, some 380 kilometres outside of the capital, Nairobi. He sells his animals at the Garissa livestock market where, during a good season, pastoralists can sell up to 5,000 animals per week and “it is a cash-maki ...
While the largest landowners have cut their contribution to deforestation by two-thirds, that of smallholders has increased
Meeting of 25 nations, including Russia and Ukraine, in Hobart will consider proposals on the future of Antarctic research and marine protection
Data indicates 190% rise in land clearance in August and September compared with same period last year
The invaders are evolving in a way that will make their colonisation happen faster
On 17 October 2014 the Convention on Biological Diversity concluded its 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In response, the WWF CBD delegation issued the following statement:
The gathering in South Korea agrees to use average annual biodiversity funding for the years 2006-2010 as a baseline to be doubled by 2015, and then maintained through 2020
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Oct. 17 (Yonhap) -- A United Nations convention on biodiversity, which brought together government officials, environmentalists and entrepreneurs from around the world, wrapped up its 19-day run on Friday by adopting the "Pyeongchang Roadmap."
17 October 2014 | During the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12), a United Nations backed report noted a major funding gap in global biodiversity conservation. Delegates may have well taken this into account because they agreed to double financial r ...
PYEONGCHANG, Gangwon Province ― The 12th meeting of members of the Convention of Biological Diversity closed Friday with the global community showing its commitment to increasing funding significantly to achieve conservation targets.
With Pyeongchang currently hosting the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Michael Koch, director of finance at the Global Crop Diversity Trust, explains why we need to act now to ensure future generations will be able to feed themselves.
Governments meeting at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity have committed to step up actions to achieve, by the end of the decade, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed four years ago, and contribute to the sustainable development agenda.
Long-term alteration of habitats and accelerated climate change will increase chances of exotic diseases spreading, scientists argue.
Global forest experts on Tuesday discussed the negative impact of forest fires, including the loss of biological diversity, during a sideline event of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity hosted by the Korea Forest Service.
PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - Bamboo Avenue is a two-and-a-half mile stretch of road in Jamaica’s St. Elizabeth parish. It is lined with giant bamboo plants which tower above the road and cross in the middle to form a shady tunnel.
Environmental delegates from around the globe and officials from related international organizations gathered last week for the 12th Conference of Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which will end today.
A deadly new disease has emerged that is wiping out amphibians, scientists report.
The presence of carnivores helps plants without thorny defences thrive, a study of life on the savannah reveals.
Death linked to drugs whose use in cattle devastated vulture populations in India.
The UN General Assembly has just reviewed progress towards an international agreement on how to tackle climate change and a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As SciDev.Net reported, President Obama announced a set of scientific initiatives.
TABOGA, Panama, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - Fermín Gómez, a 53-year-old Panamanian fisherman, pushes off in his boat, the “Tres Hermanas,” every morning at 06:00 hours to fish in the waters off Taboga island. Five hours later he returns to shore.
PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - The Mountain Chicken isn’t a fowl, as its name suggests, but a frog. Kimisha Thomas, hailing from the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, remembers a time when she could find these amphibians or ‘crapaud’ as locals call them “just in the backy ...
The congress provided a platform for the public and private sectors, civil society and international and regional organizations to share experiences and explore avenues on how to foster business engagement in BioTrade activities.
Environment-related officials from 124 countries agreed to widen the scope of global coordination on preserving biodiversity worldwide during the 12th meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which closed on Friday in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province.
As of next year, Jamaica’s biodiversity and ecosystem services will be used as key consideration in the island’s development decisions and poverty reduction strategies.
A new look at one of ecology's unsolved puzzles—why biodiversity is higher in the tropics compared with colder regions—brought some unexpected revelations.
Environment Minister tells UN conference that they must do more to protect biodiversity following recent worrying reports.
At the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity happening right now in Korea, there has been a lot of talk about adaptation. Most importantly, how can nature help countries and communities adapt to climate change?
Governments have agreed on mechanisms to ensure compliance with the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing at the first Meeting of the Conference of the Parties held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
Nagoya Protocol Spurs New and More Stringent Requirements for Prior Informed Consent and Benefit Sharing for Research and Commercial Activities Involving Genetic Resources from Plants, Animals and Microorganisms
I thank the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for inviting me to address this important side-event on "Biodiversity in the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals: Next Steps".
The private sector should increase its role in protecting and restoring biodiversity, the environment minister of Malta said Thursday during an environmental conference held in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province.