24 September 2020, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Researchers use lava flow analysis on Reunion Island to determine the ecological impact that humans had on species extinction and biodiversity loss.
A natural experiment created by an active volcano has given new insight into the long-term negative impacts of human colonisation of tropical forest islands.
If there’s one thing Jamaicans can boast about, it’s having a reliable and recognisable brand with major marketability. Brand Jamaica not only has music and beautiful vistas on its roster, but also, and maybe most importantly for those of us who ‘love wi belly’, a hard-working Ministry of Indust ...
The biodiversity observed in the Hawaiian Islands is a breathtaking sight on any given day. Hawai‘i boasts a rich variety of plants and animals that inhabit the land and carpet the lush, green mountain ranges. Each island harbors unique vegetation distinct to its home landscape.
The Galapagos Islands, one of the first marine reserves in the world and Charles Darwin’s famed site of revolutionary observation, recently housed University researchers looking to better understand biodiversity.
In the North Atlantic lies a remote group of volcanic islands renowned for their rugged beauty. Increasingly favoured by tourists, the Faroe Islands announced this year they were temporarily closing down parts of the country.
Blast fishing is devastating Tierra Bomba's marine ecosystems. One young woman is taking on macho culture to protect the Colombian island's future.
Last week, a global scientific assessment found the business-as-usual approach to conservation is not delivering the critical action needed to safeguard the future health of our planet.
If ever an island justified the label “paradise” that tourist brochures liberally apply to destinations, it is Saint Lucia.Shaped like a teardrop, this tiny Caribbean nation has everything. Crescent moon beaches of white sand.
Restoring islands by eradicating damaging, non-native invasive mammals such as rats, cats, goats, and pigs has repeatedly proven to be a high impact conservation action. New research published in PLOS ONE shows this conservation action can have a major contribution towards stemming the global ex ...
Four years ago, an island was erected out of what seemed like thin air. In a desolate place once only greeted by the sound of crashing waves and an occasional seabird, a formation of rock protruded outwards and upwards. The new island is officially nameless but has been coined Hunga Ha’apai (Hun ...
Millions of tourists each year visit Jamaica for its spectacular natural landscapes, from the beaches of Portland to the coffee farms of the Blue Mountains. But, like all countries, Jamaica also has to contend with environmental problems that are compounded by being a small island nation.
The Netherlands have found a solution to boost the ecosystem of the Markermeer by building new islands for biodiversity. The experts evoke one of the largest nature restoration operations ever carried out in Europe.
A group of 1436 land iguanas have been reintroduced to Santiago Island (Isla Santiago) – the fourth largest of the Galápagos islands – after an absence of more than 200 years.
As New Year’s Day broke in the Hawaiian Islands, one rare creature was not there to emerge from his shell and greet it: George, the last snail of his kind and a local celebrity, was dead at age 14.
Kisiwa Panza — For over 25 years, rising seas linked to climate change have caused repeated flooding on the small island of Kisiwa Panza
Kangaroo Island is home to many vulnerable species of native Australian plants and Natural Resources Kangaroo Island has been working hard to increase the populations of some of these often overlooked beauties.
28 September 2018, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Researchers have traced the recolonization by martens of Isle Royale in Lake Superior to martens likely arriving in the 1990s, solving a mystery and showing the island's dynamism.
Superseding initial reports that documented 60 to 70 percent mangrove cover loss, a new study reveals that in fact 97 percent of mangrove cover in the Nicobar Islands was razed due to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The mammoth natural disturbance triggered the emergence of potential habitats fo ...
The Greek island of Tilos is set to be the first in the Mediterranean to power itself entirely with wind and solar power, The Associated Press reported Sunday.
When waves of sargassum - a type of seaweed - washed up on Eastern Caribbean shores seven years ago, people hoped it was a one-off. Matted piles swamped coastlines from Tobago to Anguilla. "In 2011 it was the first time we'd seen it," says Professor Hazel Oxenford, an expert in fisheries biology ...
A high court has suspended all construction work on a controversial airport development on the unspoilt Caribbean island of Barbuda that residents say will devastate its fragile ecosystem.
Sun loungers dot the white sand of Cane Garden Bay, a beach resort tucked between steep hillsides and the azure sea in the British Virgin Islands. Yachts bob in the harbour and brightly painted homes line quiet streets.
In 1949, Ian Fleming bought a blank naturalist’s notebook which he grandly labeled “Sea Fauna or the Finny Tribe of Goldeneye.” Bound in leather and its title embossed in gold, he took it with him when he departed London for his beloved Jamaica, where he would immerse himself in the island’s nat ...
In 2004, when the Category 4 Hurricane Ivan hit the tiny island nation of Grenada and its 151 mph winds stalled overhead for 15 hours — it devastated the country. But not before pummelling Barbados and other islands, killing at least 15 people.
The much maligned rat is not a creature many would associate with coral reefs.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 9 2018 (IPS) - Wildlife conservationists consider it to be one of the most striking parrots of its kind. Saint Lucia’s best-known species, the endangered Amazon parrot, is recognised by its bright green plumage, purple forehead and dusty red-tipped feathers.
Welcome to Madagascar — biodiversity paradise, lush, green jungles, and more than 70% of the population living under the national poverty line. The third largest island in the world, lying off the coast of Mozambique in the Indian Ocean, is not short of natural resources though.
The island chain of Socotra, famed for unique plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet, is coping with the aftermath of a powerful cyclone. The archipelago was struck by Cyclone Mekunu on Wednesday night, leaving at least 17 people missing and forcing its native population to flee flo ...
Palau, an archipelago of over 576 islands in the western tropical Pacific Ocean, is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, many of which are endangered or can be found nowhere else on the planet.
On Sibuyan Island in Romblon province sits Mount Guiting-Guiting, one of the focal points of Sibuyan’s declaration as a biodiversity haven. It is often referred to as the Galapagos Island because of its rich biodiversity.
Biodiversity concerns prompt emergency plan to use ferrets to round up the few rabbits left
The government of Puerto Morelos says they are ready for the upcoming sea turtle season, which they note was a record-breaker last year.
Just less than a decade ago, the Seychelles—the archipelago nation of 115 island off the East African coast—faced a host of challenges in its climate protection efforts. Reports show that its environment has been vulnerable to numerous challenges including climate change, environmental degradati ...
The UN Environment Programme said the resources were often exploited by the likes of large pharmaceutical companies and it says communities need to be adequately compensated.
Who does not feel proud of the beauty that your country offers? In this regard, we are not the exception. Costa Rica, a beautiful portion of land anchored right in the heart of the continent, has a series of unique and wonderful benefits.
Islands are incredible. Some, like Hawai’i, are forged by volcanoes. Others, like Isla Mona, are born from the collision of continental shelves. In some cases, like the Palauan Rock Islands, islands are formed atop ancient coral reefs.
Fiji holds the presidency for this year's UN Climate Change Conference, taking place in Bonn, Germany. The island archipelago boasts stunning natural beauty - but it’s already suffering the effects of global warming.
Replete with rare and endangered species, Cuba is a crown jewel of biodiversity in the Caribbean. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports on the ways scientists and conservationists are working to survey and protect the island’s rich, and sometimes unique, wildlife
Mantises from the African lineage landed on the Greater Antilles islands more than 92 million years ago, likely hitching a ride on floating ocean debris. They were present tens of millions of years before other mantis groups arrived from Central and South America, and also before animals such as ...
Two species of songbirds that once made a home in the Bahamas likely became extinct on the islands because of rising sea levels and a warmer, wetter climate, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Florida, Gainesville. The study, ...
12 - 16 June 2017, New York, United States of America
5 - 9 June 2017, New York, United States of America
Reference: SCBD/MPO/AF/OH/JSH/CE/84551 (2015-120)
To: CBD National Focal Points of Comoros, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu
Island conservation is the hot issue nowadays. Life forms started from deep sea and flourished on islands. Roots up conservation action is very crucial to establish a long term support and impact on local people. Therefore, constant communication between different stake holders and massive envir ...
Our Pacific Voyage to protect and conserve our regions’ biodiversity is an ongoing one, as we navigate this journey we are learning and experiencing new moments and lessons which we wish to share and learn from others. The Pacific islands will showcase work done in the region on our voyage, und ...
The theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 was "Island Biodiversity". Islands and their surrounding sea has often unique ecosystem connected to rivers and forests. They are rich in biodiversity, endemic and endangered species/subspecies. However, in islands and their coasta ...
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JSH/CE/83223 (2014-033)
To: CBD and SBSTTA Focal Points, relevant organizations and potential donors
Island Biodiversity: In-Depth Review of the Implementation of the Programme of Work
Compilation and Synthesis of Information Submitted by Parties, Other Governments and Organizations for the In-Depth Review on Island Biodiversity (Reposted 21 August 2012)
Integration of Climate Change Impacts and Response Activities Within the Programme of Work on Island Biodiversity
Report of the Workshop “Helping Islands Adapt – Aworkshop on Regional Action to Combat Invasive Alien Species on Islands to Preserve Biodiversity and Adapt to Climate Change” (11-16 April 2010, Auckand, New Zealand)
Island Biological Diversity: Supporting Activities for The Secretariat, Suggested Partners, and Linkages with Decisions of the Conference of the Parties and Processes
Island Biodiversity: Report of the Strategy Meeting of the Global Island Partnership
Report of the Workshop on the Ecosystem Approach and Customary Practice in Protected Areas in Small Islands, Bangkok, 12-16 December 2006
Annotated Provisional Agenda
Information Note for Participants
Island Biological Diversity: Compilation of Supporting Actions for the Programme of Work
Island Biodiversity: Proposed Elements for a Programme of Work
Report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Island Biodiversity
Report of the Liaison Group on Island Biodiversity
Report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Island Biodiversity
Information for participants
Review of the programme of work on island biodiversity
Reference: SCBD/STTM/DC/OH/Sg/80758 (2012-123)
To: CBD National Focal Points and relevant organizations
CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF ISLAND ECOSYSTEMS. This side event will show the progress to date on protecting biodiversity on Mexican islands and the important advances on the related strategic planning. The event highlights major goals achieved by Mexico following a national approach in ...
This side-event will highlight the key results of the Meeting on Sustainable Ocean Initiative Programme Development, held 2-4 August 2011 in Kanazawa, Japan, consolidate ways and means to implement the vision and specific goals of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative, and articulate specific message ...
Side event illlustrating some of the successes and lessons in implementing the Programme of Work on Island Biodiversity which will be under review during SBSTTA 16.
Island biodiversity: in-depth review of the implementation of the programme of work
Reference: SCBD/STTM/SBSTTA15/DC/JG/78811 (2012-020)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, POWPA Focal Points and relevant organizations
Reference: SCBD/STTM/OH/JG/78159 (2011-222)
To: CBD and SBSTTA Focal Points and relevant organizations
The purpose of this notification is to invite Parties, other Governments, and relevant organizations and experts to contribute their views and relevant information to an online discussion forum at http://www.cbd.int/island/forum/, which was established to facilitate input to the in-depth review ...English Spanish French
Reference: SCBD/STTM/OH/JG/74898 (2011-107)
To: CBD and SBSTTA National Focal Points and relevant organizations
Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations were invited to provide information for this review via notifications issued on 15 February 2011 and 28 April 2011 (http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2011/ntf-2011-032-island-en.doc and http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2011/ntf-2011-08 ...English Spanish French
Reference: SCBD/STTM/OH/JG/74898 (2011-086)
To: CBD and SBSTTA National Focal Points and relevant organizations
As you know, notification 2011-032 (sent on 15 February 2011, available at http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2011/ntf-2011-032-island-en.doc) invited Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to provide information for the in-depth review of implementation of the programme of wor ...English
Reference: SCBD/STTM/OH/JG/74898 (2011-032)
To: CBD and SBSTTA Focal Points and relevant organizations
The purpose of this notification is to invite Parties and relevant organizations to provide information for the in-depth review of implementation of the programme of work on island biodiversity by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) at its 16th meeting, ...English
The US Government, in conjunction with partners in Micronesia, is completing a comprehensive, science-based biosecurity plan to minimize invasive species threats to the region of Micronesia associated with the pending US Military build-up on Guam. The plan will include risk analyses of invasive ...
Introduction of the progress and implementation plan of AP-BON as a regional network under GEO-BON, which aims to strengthen scientific basis for biodiversity observation through integration of data and information in Asia-Pacific region.
As part of the Pacific's celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-Fiji and its partners will launch an Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) guide for the EBM practitioners in the Tropical Western Pacific, which is based on lesson learned from four ye ...
The side event aims at sharing success stories from around the Pacific region and to highlight some of the key challenges in the Pacific with regards to biodiversity conservation. There will be presentations by selected key note speakers as well as an exhibition and display of products from the ...
Discussion and presentations from countries and institutions in the Western Indian Ocean (islands of the Indian Ocean and coastal areas of East Africa) hosted by the Global island partnership. Will including the environmental and climate change needs and threats and how to address these through ...
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/AW/71840 (2010-101)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points and International Organizations
The secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with the secretariats of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will convene the Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Clima ...English
6 - 13 November 2009, Merida, Mexico
Reference: SCBD/STTM/OH/AC/58712 (2007-068)
To: CBD and SBSTTA Focal Points
Pursuant to paragraph 10 of Decision VIII/1 requesting the Executive Secretary to identify linkages between the priority actions of the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work (IBPOW) and all other thematic work programmes and cross-cutting issues under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) ...English Spanish French
12 - 16 December 2006, Bangkok, Thailand
Reference: SCBD/STTM/DCO/JG/56664 (2006-121)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, and island organizations
With the generous financial support of the Government of the Netherlands, the Secretariat is organizing a workshop on the application of the ecosystem approach to the planning, establishment and management of protected areas in small islands, in support of the Micronesia Challenge and similar in ...English
Reference: SCBD/STTM/OH/JG/56279 (2006-112)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points
Following up on Notification 55472, I have the pleasure to inform you that the dates for the workshop on the application of the ecosystem approach to the planning, establishment and management of protected areas in small islands are 12 to 16 December 2006, in Bangkok, Thailand.English Spanish
Reference: SCBD/STTM/OH/JG/55472 (2006-086)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, island organizations
I have the pleasure to inform you that, with the generous financial support of the Government of the Netherlands, the Secretariat is organizing a workshop on the application of the ecosystem approach to the planning, establishment and management of protected areas in small islands, in support of ...English
The 100,000 islands of the world represent more than 600 million people, one quarter of the nations of the world, 16 per cent of the planet’s known plant species and more than half of the world’s tropical marine biodiversity. The richness of these unique ecosystems is under attack. Thirty per c ...
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/JG /51255 (2005-110)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points and AHTEG members
In paragraph 6 of its recommendation X/1, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) requested the Executive Secretary to compile those supporting actions for the programme of work on island biodiversity included in the drafts considered at its tenth meeting a ...English