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Why nations should step up efforts to secure biodiversity

The UN Convention on biological diversity was adopted nearly 30 years ago and is a key universal instrument of international law that unites countries and multilateral organisations in a bid to conserve nature and promote sustainable use of our planet’s resources.

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FEATURED: Tracking Rwanda’s progress towards biodiversity conservation targets

Rwanda made remarkable achievements in biodiversity conservation from 2016 to 2020 according to the 6th report on the status of implementing the ‘Biological Diversity Convention’.

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Redirect harmful subsidies to benefit the planet, UN urges governments

Billions of pounds of environmentally harmful government subsidies must be redirected to benefit nature, the United Nation’s biodiversity chief has said, before the restart of negotiations on an international agreement to set new targets for protecting nature

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Webinar urges common efforts to care for biodiversity

VATICAN: In partnership with the Vatican Covid-19 Commission Ecology Taskforce, the Dicastery for Integral Human Development on Tuesday hosted a webinar on Biodiversity, inspired by Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato si’.The online event, titled “The Road to COP15,” aims to share wisdom, understan ...

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OPINION: Nature will help drive a better, faster COVID-19 recovery

In recent decades, deforestation, biodiversity loss and pollution have destroyed the natural capital on which we rely, helping to accelerate climate change and putting us at greater risk from its impacts.

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On the brink of extinction

One million of the eight million global animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, says director for environment Sandeep Singh.

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Time for governments to take biodiversity loss as seriously as climate change

Together with climate change, the world is also facing a biodiversity crisis, which has failed to capture the same attention. But efforts made by governments to tackle the climate crisis show that action is possible when there is sufficient political will, writes Janice Weatherley-Singh ahead of ...

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EU Commission seeks global coalition to protect biodiversity

On the occasion of the World Wildlife Day, the European Commission reiterated its invitation on March 3 to all world institutions to raise their voices to build the momentum for nature and help convince more governments to be ambitious at the crucial Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Pa ...

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The importance of biodiversity for our own safety

Habitat loss and overexploitation, driven by our rapid population growth and unsustainable consumption patterns, are the primary causes of biodiversity loss which is now happening up to ten thousand times faster than for millions of years before.

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Egypt initiative to integrate Rio conventions is imperative: Environment Minister

Egypt's Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad has highlighted the importance of the initiative set out by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to achieve integration between the three Rio conventions.

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‘Implementation should begin immediately’: Elizabeth Mrema on a global deal for biodiversity

On the face of it, global efforts to prevent the extinction of one million species are not progressing well. Out of 20 targets agreed by governments in 2010, none were met, and this year’s much hyped “super year for nature” has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with all global negotiations stalled.

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Five takeaways from the UN’s proposals to protect biodiversity

Dubbed by some “the other COP”, UN negotiations over biodiversity targets and a new international framework for nature restoration and conservation have not had the same media or political profile as those on climate change.

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Oceans, biodiversity, deforestation: what's on the climate agenda for 2020?

World leaders and business chiefs meeting in Davos this week will be confronted for the first time with an agenda on which the climate and ecological crises take top billing.

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To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October by show of hands.

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Safeguarding biodiversity is not just an environmentalist issue

In less than one year, delegates from around the world will gather in Kunming, China, to complete a new global agreement for protecting and conserving the world’s natural systems. To succeed, they must bring together not just environmentalists, but also officials with the clout to effect change ...

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UN draft plan sets 2030 target to avert Earth's sixth mass extinction

Almost a third of the world’s oceans and land should be protected by the end of the decade to stop and reverse biodiversity decline that risks the survival of humanity, according to a draft Paris-style UN agreement on nature.

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UN Convention on Biodiversity Proposes Protection of at Least 30 Percent of the Planet by 2030

Today, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity released its ‘zero draft’ text proposal for a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Featured in the text is a target to protect at least 30% of the planet — land and sea — by 2030.

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Changing behaviour towards nature to keep biodiversity

As far as I've remember, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon emphasised the importance of giving priority to considering biodiversity issues when making decisions in all sectors. Biodiversity must be the basis for establishing other goals, not an idea that comes up after other goals have bee ...

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Biodiversity in 2020: the biggest threats and opportunities

What are the biggest emerging opportunities and threats the coming year holds for efforts to conserve biodiversity? Nearly two dozen scientists, conservation professionals and future scanners recently came together to answer that question as part of an annual “horizon scan” led by Cambridge Univ ...

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JICA Supports Biodiversity Conservation and Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution Workshop in Sikkim

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) supported one and a half-day workshop on "Challenges for Biodiversity Conservation and Human-Wildlife Conflicts – Identifying the problems and possible solutions” held in Sikkim. The states with JICA-supported forestry projects, MoEFCC officials, ...

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FAO publishes voluntary guidelines to assure resilience to crop loss

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations recently published new guidelines aimed at assuring crop diversity and farmers’ resilience to plant genetic resource loss. Called the Voluntary Guidelines for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Farmers’ Varieties/Landraces, t ...

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Toward a Global Biodiversity Accord

The 2015 Paris climate agreement was made possible when countries realized it was in their own interest to commit to reducing their carbon dioxide emissions. But a similar understanding of the need for stronger conservation policies has yet to take hold, putting the world's ecosystems increasing ...

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ACB hails leaders’ commitment to environment, climate action in ASEAN Summit

The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) commended the renewed commitment of the leaders of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) to environmental protection and climate action during the 35th ASEAN Summit and related summits held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 3 November 2019.

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Tackling an emerging biodiversity threat

We must applaud the government for finally allocating a handsome sum in funding for biodiversity and conservation efforts next year. The RM48 million in funding is timely, thanks to our big mammal friends like tigers and tapirs that made the news headlines due to the dire state of their natural ...

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Can tokenization and other fintech initiatives help save the planet’s biodiversity?

Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance (SDFA) – a non-profit organisation with a high-level Advisory Board co-chaired by United Nations Environment Programme UNEP and Ant Financial Services Group – has launched its “Fintech for Biodiversity Challenge” to identify fintech companies across the globe ...

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Experts call for efforts to protect plant species and habitats

Efforts should be stepped up to support the strategic goal of global plant conservation, said experts at an international forum that ended Wednesda

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Anne McCall: Be honest about the transformative change needed to save biodiversity

Scotland has just been given the clearest and most objective view of how its remarkable natural heritage and ecosystems are faring in the modern world.

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Stakeholders plan strategies to tackle biodiversity, ecosystem threats

To strengthen the resilience of African food systems, communities and natures’ contributions to the economy, stakeholders have harped on the need for more action plans and strategies in addressing tremendous pressure on the nations’ biodiversity.

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Our diets must change to halt nature loss, says UN biodiversity chief

Next year is a crunch moment for efforts to stem humanity’s destruction of nature. So far, efforts are failing miserably, with a landmark UN report this year finding our activities have put a million species at risk of extinction.

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EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

Conscious of the need to avert global biodiversity loss, on May 3, 2011, the European Commission adopted a new strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity, known as EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 (EUBS).

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Africa's global deal for nature

Africa is experiencing a dramatic loss of biodiversity. By the end of this century, climate change alone could cause the loss of over half of African bird and mammal species, and a significant loss of plant species.

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Taking the lead in Asean biodiversity conservation

How will you make sure that everyone—from policy-makers and business leaders to their employees, and even school children—are aware of and practice biodiversity conservation in their daily activities? This is the challenging mission of Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, international wildlife expert a ...

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Beijing biodiversity meet to debate '30 percent by 2030' target

Ahead of a crucial global meet on biodiversity next year, a group of 13 international conservation organizations urged governments to set an ambitious target to protect the world's natural sites and wildlife population.

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KENYA: UNDP launches $4 million project for biodiversity conservation

Kenya has a high biodiversity, with national parks that are among the best known and most visited by tourists on the African continent. For example, the Masai Mara National Park, known for its beautiful wildebeest population, or Lake Nakuru National Park, with its myriad of water birds. These na ...

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Central Africa: EU Grants €20 Million for Biodiversity Protection

Biodiversity protection programmes in Central Africa will receive a €20 million grant from the European Union. Three grant contracts have been signed in this regard.

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LIFE programme: Council agrees its position on the EU's environmental policy flagship programme

The EU is updating its main funding instrument for nature, biodiversity and climate action projects. The Council today agreed its position (partial general approach) on a regulation to extend the LIFE programme beyond 2020. LIFE is the EU's flagship programme dedicated to funding environmental, ...

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Cameroon launches second phase of biodiversity conservation project

The second phase of the Integrated and Transborder Conservation of Biodiversity in the Basins of the Republic of Cameroon basins, TRIDOM II. The project was launched on Tuesday December 19 in Sangmelima by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife in partnership with the United Nations Development P ...

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Anticipating hastened global action in integrating conservation in dev't sectors

Following the agreement of 196 countries during the UN Biodiversity Conference to ensure the achievement of global biodiversity targets through actions at the global, regional, national, and sub-national levels, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Executive Director Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim ex ...

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African Union: The Great Great Wall Initiative

The Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative aims to implement actions to end or reverse land degradation, loss of biodiversity in African drylands and to ensure that ecosystems are resilient to climate change, continue to provide essential services and contribute to human well-being and the eliminatio ...

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