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October 2010 Blog Posts (50)

Banking on the Harvest

Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.

In the Maradi area in south central Niger, where 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, the months before the harvest are called “the hunger season.” From mid-July to… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on October 21, 2010 at 13:17 — No Comments

COP10: Love not Loss is the communications message

I'm in Nagoya, and have blogged about my initial impressions of the communications challenge at COP10, and the new message that can be the solution.

Watch the Love not Loss film clip, and let me know what you think. Is this the way we can inspire mass action on biodiversity?

Added by Laurie Bennett on October 21, 2010 at 12:07 — No Comments


River systems have undergone more severe changes than any other ecosystem type in recent decades, primarily due to human activities. UNESCO’s Third World Water Development Report predicts that nearly half of humanity will be living in areas of high water stress by 2030. In water scarce South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust is addressing the problem through its Healthy Rivers Programme.

The third edition of the Convention on Biological…


Added by Hayley on October 19, 2010 at 19:30 — 1 Comment


The 2010 target, adopted by more than 190 countries including South Africa, to “significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss”, under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2002, will be reassessed at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Nagoya, Japan from 18-29 October 2010.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is one of the most signed onto treaties in the world, and deals with the need to sustain the rich diversity of life on Earth. In 2002… Continue

Added by Hayley on October 19, 2010 at 19:16 — No Comments

AILING MARINE ENVIRONMENTS - Declining Dugongs and seagrass destruction

Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface, yet less than 1% of these critical systems are under any form of legal protection. The Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) indicates that the world’s marine ecosystems are in peril. Along southern Africa’s east coast, the Dugong is one marine mammal in urgent need of protection.

If we do not…


Added by Hayley on October 19, 2010 at 19:00 — No Comments

News Release

CCNB News Release

For Immediate Release

October 19, 2010

Contact: David Coon, Executive Director, CCNB

(506) 461-1023

Canada's Ecosystems Crumbling or Compromised from Destruction of Biodiversity

The news is not good according to an Environment Canada report card on the health of Canada’s ecosystems. Friday's covert release of Canada’s Ecosystem Status and Trends 2010 report follows on the heels of a report card the Department of… Continue

Added by David Coon on October 19, 2010 at 15:49 — No Comments

Want get moving on implementing TEEB?

Want to get going on TEEB? Join in the multi-sector 'The Economics of Nature' forum, 16th November, at Citypoint in the City of London. Expressions of interest for an invitation to this event can now be registered at The IUCN UK National Committee has teamed up with Carbon Leapfrog to examine the future implementation of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report being launched at the CBD in Nagoya, Japan this… Continue

Added by Chris Mahon on October 19, 2010 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

If we keep on biting the hand that feeds us, it will slap us in the face

Why is the UN’s big biodiversity meeting in Nagoya, Japan so important? Because the environment and human wellbeing are two sides of the same coin. Read the rest of this post at Under the Banyan.

Added by Mike Shanahan on October 19, 2010 at 4:45 — No Comments

COP 10 Opener: Biodiversity at the Cliff's Edge - Nature's 'Free Services' In Sharp Decline

Hello from Nagoya, here's my opening story on COP 10 for Tierramerica/IPS Biodiversity at the Cliff's Edge

Added by Stephen Leahy on October 18, 2010 at 22:36 — No Comments

BBC Does a Columbus - finds the lost tigers of Bhutan

On September 20, BBC published a report in its Earth News section of its web edition that has had the global wildlife and conservation community abuzz with excitement. In the article, ‘Lost tiger population discovered in Bhutan mountains’, editor Earth News, Matt Walker, described with unconcealed…


Added by Pankaj Sekhsaria on October 16, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

Key role for biodiversity in the battle against poverty and climate change

Nature’s riches can play a major role in poverty eradication, but only if governments and businesses recognise the true economic value of the goods and services our environment provides us.

That’s the central message of a free book published today by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), BirdLife International and Pavan Sukhdev — leader of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity study.

It warns that biodiversity loss is not only an… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on October 15, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Wheat Supply Panic


Wheat Price Volatility: Panic is Baseless and Hurts Poor People

Apparent similarities between today’s rising wheat prices and the food-price

crisis of 2007-2008 are just that: apparent, not real. Suggestions to

the contrary serve to… Continue

Added by Vincent NNANNA on October 14, 2010 at 18:17 — No Comments

COP10: Bringing Biodiversity to Life

In a week and a bit, the big cheeses of biodiversity science, research, policy and communication will descend on Nagoya, Japan. Their job is to work out how we as a global population can safeguard life on earth over the next decade or so.



Added by Laurie Bennett on October 14, 2010 at 11:55 — 1 Comment

Call for greater support for media coverage of biodiversity issues

Journalists need more training and greater access to sources and information if they are to effectively tell an under-reported story that has profound implications for livelihoods, health and businesses the world over -- the silent decline in the planet’s biological resources.

So say media specialists at IUCN, IIED and Internews who will formally launch their Biodiversity Media Alliance (BMA) during the conference of parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity on 27 October in… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on October 14, 2010 at 10:00 — 5 Comments

Getting the most from crops, in the field and at the market

Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.

In Cameroon, one of the foods that grows best is cassava. But farmers struggle with low yields because of pests and diseases that damage…


Added by Danielle Nierenberg on October 13, 2010 at 19:15 — No Comments

Call out for grass roots projects focused on biodiversity - can you help?

Hi all,

I am looking for grassroots projects working to preserve biodiversity in any way. If you can point me in the direction of any, or are running one yourself, please do get in touch.

It's for a possible piece I'm writing, and it would be great to give such projects some attention.

Thanks in advance,

Ruth Stokes
Freelance Journalist

Added by Ruth Stokes on October 13, 2010 at 16:27 — No Comments

Announcements of financial support to CBD LifeWeb Initiatve and protected area solutions




COP 10 to the Convention…

Added by Mike Shanahan on October 12, 2010 at 16:06 — No Comments

The Nagoya—Kuala Lumpur Protocol on Liability and Redress for Damage Resulting from Living Modified Organisms born in Nagoya

Nagoya, 12 October, 2010 - After more than six years of intense negotiations, Parties to the Biosafety Protocol finalized the negotiation of a new treaty known as the "Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety".

Named after two cities where the final rounds of negotiations were held, the new treaty will establish international rules and procedures for liability and redress in case of damage to biological diversity… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on October 12, 2010 at 15:49 — No Comments

Looking for civil society views and analysis from the COP 10 negotiation floor?

Visit to hear the latest from NGOs, social movements, and Indigenous Peoples.

Download the most recent ECO (ECO is the voice of civil society within the CBD negotiations)!

The site will be updated several times a day during COP.

Follow twitter feed - UncoverCOP

And on Facebook… Continue

Added by Jessica Dempsey on October 12, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

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