According to a recent World Economic Forum report, transitioning towards nature-positive economic models in key sectors could provide almost 400 million jobs and over $10 trillion in annual business value by 2030.
Youth Launch ‘Stronger Campaign’ for UN Biodiversity Day
The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) has put leaders and policymakers on notice that they are not willing to listen to the same conversations, suggestions and unmet promises, as the world faces a biodiversity crisis.
Study on biodiversity loss calls for global economy rethink
New research examining the major causes of the world’s biodiversity loss calls for an urgent and profound re-organisation of the global post-pandemic economy to prevent further planetary harm.
Regression in draft post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
We want to share with you our concerns with the current text proposed as the ‘update of the zero draft’ of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework since it actually represents a step back in biodiversity related policies and obligations.
Conserving Tigers, Elephants, Bison; One LPG Stove at a Time
As the sun sets over the canopy of Albizia Amara trees, a thin blanket of fog begins to descend over the forests of the Malai Mahadeshwara Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
Biodiversity at risk threatens human survival
As the living tissue of the earth, biodiversity is “intimately linked to human health” the head of the UN’s scientific agency told a global forum on Wednesday, noting that “we are part of that living tissue”.
A New Food System Based on Agroecology for Rural-Urban Areas
It is vital that indigenous peoples, local communities and peasant farmers, especially women, are properly included in policy development and decision-making on food systems.
Protecting Indigenous Languages is Protecting Biodiversity
The extinction of one million species feels rather abstract. We do not know how to speak of the scale of such extinction, except as a mere number: one million!
WHO EB discusses pathogen sharing & benefit sharing
On 25-26 January, the Executive Board (EB) of the World Health Organization (WHO) considered the public health implications of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing, a treaty under the Convention Biological Diversity.
Namibian Govt Proceeds with Sale of 3% of its Last Elephants
By Alison Kentish UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 2021 (IPS) – Over 100,000 concerned petitioners have urged the Namibian government to scrap its plan to auction off 170 wild elephants — which include rare desert-adapted elephants — but the country’s Ministry…
Health, IPR, Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge
As COVID-19 vaccines are approved and rolled out, the issue of timely access to the vaccines in developing and least developed countries has become even more urgent. The current continuing reliance on a handful of pharmaceutical companies with limited production…
Kashmir’s New Land Laws Could Impact Biodiversity
By Peerzada Ummer SRINAGAR, India, Dec 17 2020 (IPS) – Walking in the middle of fields of delicately-scented purple saffron crocus flowers, 36-year-old Mubeen Yasin, a saffron farmer from the southern region of Indian Kashmir, is not optimistic that in…
পরিবেশ সুরক্ষায় জীববৈচিত্র্য সংরক্ষণ করতে হবে – পরিবেশ মন্ত্রী
ঢাকা, ৬ ডিসেম্বর – পরিবেশ, বন ও জলবায়ু পরিবর্তন মন্ত্রী মোঃ শাহাব উদ্দিন বলেছেন, প্রতিটি জীবই কোনও না কোনোভাবে পরিবেশের জন্য গুরুত্বপূর্ণ। তাই জীবজগতের ভারসাম্য বজায় রাখা ও পরিবেশের সুরক্ষার স্বার্থে সকল জীবকেই বাঁচতে দিতে হবে। আজ মৌলভীবাজার জেলা প্রশাসকের…
Historic deal revives plan for largest US dam demolition
An agreement announced Tuesday paves the way for the largest dam demolition in U.S. history, a project that promises to reopen hundreds of miles of waterway along the Oregon-California border to salmon that are critical to tribes but have dwindled…
We Need Nature, Biodiversity if We Want a Sustainable Future
By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 2020 (IPS) – “Investing in nature is investing in a sustainable future,” was one of the key messages from yesterday’s first-ever United Nations Summit on Biodiversity where world leaders and experts agreed on…
PM Hasina seeks check on human actions to save other species
Dhaka, Oct 01 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said if the current actions of humans keep going on unchecked it will not only cause the extinction of other species, but also move towards ultimate extinction of itself.
UN officials discuss roadmap to preserve the natural world
28 September 2020 – Top UN officials working to preserve the natural world are urging “action now” ahead of a crucial biodiversity summit this week, where world leaders will reaffirm their commitment to the cause.
World Rivers Day 2020: Celebrating Rivers across the world
September 26, 2020 SANDRP The World Rivers Day (WRD) is celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of September. The event strives to highlight the invaluable ecological, hydrological services and cultural, recreational values offered by the rivers. Indeed, the most of…
Understanding the benefits of local wetland encourages to save it
by Mantoe Phakathi LAWUBA, Eswatini, Aug 10 2020 (IPS) – Sibonisiwe Hlanze, from Lawuba in Eswatini’s Shiselweni Region, lights up as she shows off her sleeping mat which she made from what she described as “the highest quality indigenous fibre”.
A Global Treaty Could Protect Biodiversity in the High Seas
Jun 9 2020 (IPS) – Oceans cover 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface. But, because many of us spend most of our lives on land, the 362 million square kilometres of blue out there aren’t always top of mind.
Pioneering technique to Bring the coral reefs back to life
7 June 2020 – Coral reefs are being killed by the climate crisis, which is leading to rising sea temperatures. “Cryopreservation”, a pioneering scientific technique, could be one way to help save them.
World Environment Day on Friday
The World Environment Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere around the world on Friday with a call to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment.
Ensuring biodiversity now will prevent pandemics later
By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, May 26 2020 (IPS) – A future repetition of the current COVID-19 pandemic is preventable with massive cooperation on international and local levels and by ensuring biological diversity preservation around the world, experts recently said.
Shrinking forests need bold action to safeguard their biodiversity
22 May 2020 – Amidst alarming rates of deforestation and land degradation, urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world’s forests, according to a new United Nations report, released on Friday.
Investing in Nature Pays off for People and Biodiversity
If you take care of the land, it will take care of you, says Tsefaye Kidane, a 40-year-old coffee farmer from the Kafa Biosphere Reserve, a protected area in southwest Ethiopia that is also regarded as the birthplace of wild…
15 Indigenous Crops to Boost Immune System, Celebrate Biodiversity
Danielle Nierenberg May 22, is International Day for Biological Diversity, which the U.N. observes every year to celebrate and honour the natural vibrancy of our world’s ecosystems.
Biodiversity or Bust
By Tudor Alexis TORONTO – The blame game has begun. The number of COVID-19 victims is still unknown, but there is a stream of hate and misinformation pervading timelines. The damage of disinformation and the virus itself to families and…
Biodiversity is in steep decline, says UN chief
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all to join him in demanding a healthy and resilient future for people and planet alike noting that all eyes are on the COVID-19 pandemic – the biggest test the world has faced since…
Biodiversity fundamental for global food systems, uplift
24 February 2020 – Because the production of everything we eat transforms the environment, the United Nations agriculture chief told a high-level UN meeting on biodiversity that careful discussions are needed to decide on the scale of acceptable transformations.
One Million Species in World’s Eco-System in Danger of Extinction
By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Feb 18 2020 (IPS) – When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the 193-member General Assembly last December, he focused on the smoldering climate crisis– pointing out that the last five years have been the hottest…