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Mike Shanahan
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Under the Banyan

Check out my personal blog Under the Banyan, where I write about biodiversity, climate change and other environmental issues.

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Profile Information

What is your name?
Mike Shanahan
What is your job title?
Press officer
What organisation do you work for?
International Institute for Environment and Development
What aspects of biodiversity are you most interested in?
Access and benefit sharing, Agriculture, Biodiversity targets, Biotechnology, CBD negotiations, Communicating biodiversity, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Education, Endangered species, Faith and biodiversity, Forests, Invasive species, Oceans, Poverty and biodiversity, Protected areas, Taxonomy, Trade and biodiversity, Traditional knowledge, Urban biodiversity, Wetlands
What languages do you speak?
English and a little Spanish
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I now work at the International Institute for Environment and Development but have previously been both a science journalist (SciDev.Net), rainforest biologist (PhD research in Borneo and Papua New Guinea) and book illustrator (Extraordinary Animals by Ross Piper). I am most interested in finding ways to communicate about biodiversity in ways that people can really relate to.

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The empty forest where 100+ bird species are feared extinct

In the latest study to report rapid loss of wildlife, researchers estimate that 106 bird species have disappeared from an area of forest. Continue reading at Under the BanyanSee More
Feb 24
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Climate Change

Use this group for focused discussion on linkages between biodiversity and climate change.
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Jul 31, 2014
Gangadhar Panday commented on Mike Shanahan's group COP11 in Hyderabad
"Babul Films Society has is FINALIST in eNGO Challenge South Asia 2013 in using ICT for Advocacy eNGO Challenge 2013 finalists"
Dec 22, 2013
Amos Smith commented on Mike Shanahan's group Protected Areas
"I feel connected to a web of professionals who will back me in the fight to make the Pygmy Hippo a Flagship Species and National Animal for Liberia."
Jun 28, 2013
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Jun 28, 2013
Vivienne Irikefe commented on Mike Shanahan's group Forests
"Cremation is relatively new in Africa.However Some countries on the continent are complaining about lack of space to bury the dead. The Lagos state House of Assembly in Nigeria has passed a bill to encourage voluntary cremation but the state…"
Jun 10, 2013

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At 16:40 on October 1, 2012, SYED ALI MUJTABA said…

Hi i am also editing a magazine public relations - a national magazine - where i can publish a report of this conference - syed

At 14:38 on October 27, 2010, promila Kapoor-Vijay said…
My best wishes to all working to make Biodiversity information and developments reach the communities all over the world.Congratulations on launch of Biodiversity Media Alliance.
I am always wishing and hoping one day links and websites such as Biodiversity Media Alliance- in Biodiversity information and developments will allow scientists, journalists, parliamentarians, financial institutions , IGOs, NGOS together with local communities rich with traditional and indigenous knowledge, and governments to bring solutions to persisting conflicts in our world. My heartiest congratulations on the launch of BMA. Promila Kapoor-Vijay
At 18:46 on June 13, 2010, Tamara Pulsts said…
Thank you for creating this great website Mike! Once ecoReserve launches its micro-conservation website next month (create your own nature reserve online for as little as $25), we will be looking for volunteer bloggers and contributing writers who can communicate about biodiversity in a way that people can relate to. If you or anyone else is interested, please email me at We are also currently seeking advisors for our conservation, restoration and sustainable agriculture programs for our pilot project in the Panamanian rainforest. Some info about us:

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