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World Oceans Day

8 June 2024, New York, United States of America


World Water Day

22 March 2024, New York, United States of America

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Extension of Deadline: 6th Joint Work Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on Wetlands

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/IMS/JL/NP/MK/91533 (2024-020)
To: CBD national focal points, SBSTTA focal points, indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant organizations; Convention on Wetlands Focal Points and international organization partners

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World Wetlands Day

2 February 2024, Gland, Switzerland

Action by

6th Joint Work Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on Wetlands

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/IMS/JL/NP/MK/91533 (2024-011)
To: CBD national focal points, SBSTTA focal points, indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant organizations; Convention on Wetlands Focal Points and international organization partners

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World Water Day: "Accelerating Change"

22 March 2023, New York, United States of America


World Water Day: "Groundwater - Making the Invisible Visible"

22 March 2022, New York, United States of America

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Years later, restored wetlands remain a shadow of their old selves

Danes have been diligent about wetland restoration. Indeed, more than 200 wetlands have been restored over the past 25 years. In particular, restoration in Denmark has been used as a means to curb nutrient runoff from crop fields into watercourses.

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Tanzania calls for joint actions to reverse environmental degradation of Lake Tanganyika

Tanzanian Vice President Philip Mpango on Thursday called on countries sharing Lake Tanganyika to take bold steps aimed at reversing environmental degradation facing the lake, the second-oldest freshwater lake in the world.

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Wild birds witness improved environment in yellow river delta

The Yellow River, China's second-longest waterway that is dubbed a "mother river," is attracting more wild birds to inhabit the river delta.

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The past, present and future of the Congo peatlands: 10 takeaways from our series

Mongabay published a four-part series on the peatlands of the Congo Basin. Only in 2017 did a team of Congolese and British scientists discover that a sprawling wetland known as the Cuvette Centrale spanning the border between the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) actu ...

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NT outback to host Australian-first green hydrogen project at Tennant Creek

In the centre of Australia, where the landscape is parched and temperatures can soar into the high 40s, water can be a precious commodity. But a "cutting edge" technology is being trialled in the Northern Territory, giving a glimpse of how water-dependent industries may one day be able to operat ...

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Trees in the wetlands emit more methane than researchers thought

Historically the thick green of the Amazon has been our planet’s largest carbon sink, though this tipping point has also been breached earlier this year. But a new wave of research over the last few years, including a new study published recently in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Societ ...

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Botswana's Okavango Delta: World Heritage Site under threat

Environmental organizations are raising the alarm over mining for oil and gas in the world's largest cross-border nature reserve, known for its biodiversity and unique landscapes.

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Brazil is in water crisis — it needs a drought plan

Brazil has the largest amount of fresh water in the world. Two-thirds of what flows in the Amazon River alone could supply the world’s demand. Yet much of the nation now faces drought.

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A peatland restoration project in Indonesia could set a global example

Peatlands in tropical nations are home to vital biodiversity while they also help mitigate climate change by acting as highly effective carbon sinks. In addition, these wetlands serve key economic functions by protecting seashores against erosion and from the effects of storms. And there is more.


World Water Day: "Valuing Water"

22 March 2021, Online, New York, United States of America


World Maritime Day 2020

24 September 2020, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Water Resources Commission: Coronavirus, Water And Climate Change

As the world's largest natural resource, water plays a central part in sustaining ecosystems and life on earth. Climate change impacts water resources and affects many sectors of the economy in many nations.

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Martha Rojas Urrego: Why wetlands are key to the battle against catastrophe

Restoring such areas as bogs and mangroves can prevent species extinction and have all sorts of other beneficial effects.

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New insights into how global change is impacting freshwater environments

A new global study sheds light on how interactions between specific characteristics of catchments, such as carbon and pollution, affect aquatic plant diversity and function in freshwater environments.

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Fiji values conservation of wetlands for preservation of biodiversity

Conservation of wetland ecosystems is essential for sustainable fresh water supply, flood mitigation and preserving biodiversity for plants, animals and humans, said a Fijian minister on Monday.

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“Wetlands and Biodiversity” is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2020

Wetlands are vital for humans, for other ecosystems and for our climate, providing essential ecosystem services such as water regulation, including flood control and water purification. Wetland biodiversity matters for our health, our food supply, for tourism and for jobs. Wetlands also absorb c ...

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New Zealand launches plan to revive the health of lakes and rivers

New Zealand’s government released a plan to reverse the decline of iconic lakes and rivers this week. It proposes higher standards for water quality, interim controls on land intensification and a higher bar on ecosystem health.

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Beaver reintroduction key to solving freshwater biodiversity crisis

Reintroducing beavers to their native habitat is an important step towards solving the freshwater biodiversity crisis, according to experts.


Opportunities to provide inputs to the work of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Reference: SCBD/OES/DC/AC/88272 (2019-067)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Cartagena Protocol National Focal Points, ABS National Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local communities, relevant organizations

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88 percent decline of big freshwater animals

Scientists have now quantified the global decline of big freshwater animals: From 1970 to 2012, global populations of freshwater megafauna declined by 88 percent - twice the loss of vertebrate populations on land or in the ocean.

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Mekong River at its lowest in 100 years, threatening food supply

A SEVERE DROUGHT that has caused water levels in Southeast Asia’s Mekong River to drop to their lowest in more than 100 years could have devastating consequences for fish, as well as the tens of millions of people living and working along the river, experts warn.

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Better river basins network to protect biodiversity in Spain

Reservial Project: a pioneering initiative

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Sturgeon population makes comeback after near extinction

After thriving for 200 million years, sturgeon were pushed near extinction by dams, pollution, and overfishing. Now they're rebounding around the U.S

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Bangladesh declares its rivers 'legal persons'

Bangladesh's high court has granted the country's rivers the rights and status of "living entities" in a bid to save them from encroachment, a lawyer said Tuesday.

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Rivers are the world’s heritage. Time to treat them as such (commentary)

This July represents a critical opportunity to protect rivers and the World Heritage sites that depend on them.

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Researchers lay out plan for managing rivers for climate change

New strategies for river management are needed to maintain water supplies and avoid big crashes in populations of aquatic life, researchers argue in a perspective piece published today in Nature.

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Preserving the Yangtze River Basin's biodiversity

The Yangtze River Basin has unique biodiversity due to its distinctive geological history, topography and geographical location.

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As planet warms, Arctic lakes, rivers will lose their biodiversity

May 22 (UPI) -- As Earth's temperatures continue to rise, freshwater ecosystems in the Arctic are becoming unusually warm -- too warm for many native species.

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No fishing for 500 miles: the river that runs clean through India

No fishing for 500 miles: the river that runs clean through India While the Ganges is sacred but heavily polluted, the Chambal’s ‘cursed’ but pristine waters have proved a blessing for locals

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