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One year after Aila disaster/ Scarcity of water still persists in Bangladesh's southwestern areas

Water, water, everywhere,

And all the boards did shrink;

Water, water, everywhere,

Nor any drop to drink.

The mariner’s agony as described by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge has become hard truth for the Aila-hit Bangladeshi villagers living along the coastal line in…


Added by Rafiqul Islam Azad on May 25, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

UN: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Further to the Guardian's coverage on Saturday of the upcoming TEEB report:


and associated link, including one to some of the problematic issues with valuing nature (clearly a lot more could be written on this!):

>… Continue

Added by Juliette Jowit on May 24, 2010 at 17:24 — No Comments

The National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) published a report on communicating science related to marine reserves.

Hi all!

I think this recent report migth be of interest for some of you. This report is based on an experience in the marine reserves in the Channel Islands and along the California coasts. It gives a good example for many of us working on environmental issues.

You can find a note here:…

Added by Ana Claudia Nepote on May 24, 2010 at 15:27 — No Comments

UN Biodiversity Meeting Nairobi May 24-28

I'm attending the WGRI and will be reporting on it -- interested in comments/thts anyone might have, Steve

Added by Stephen Leahy on May 24, 2010 at 10:06 — No Comments

Biodiversity and the poor


At SciDev.Net, we've put up a couple of interesting news/commentary relevant to biodiversity and the poor in the last few days--

News about a study from Kenya that finds fishermen benefit from closed fishing areas and equipment restrictions but acceptance is still an issue.

An… Continue

Added by sian lewis on May 24, 2010 at 9:32 — No Comments

Internationale Tag der biologischen Vielfalt

BfN Pressemitteilung

Bonn, 17. Mai 2010: Am kommenden Pfingstsamstag (22. Mai 2010) ist der Internationale Tag der biologischen Vielfalt. Diesen Tag hat das Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN) in Kooperation mit dem…


Added by Wilfried Lintker jr. on May 19, 2010 at 21:25 — 2 Comments

Losing the will to live and let live

My colleague Tom Birch has a new blog post on biodiversity at the International Institute for Environment's Due South blog.

Reflecting on the findings of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 report, launched last week in Kenya, Tom asks what proportion of the planet’s natural systems should be… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on May 19, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Sustainable-Use Group


Convention on Biological Diversity

Article 1. Objectives: The objectives of this Convention, to be pursued in accordance with its relevant provisions, are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the…


Added by Steve Gluck on May 18, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

Relevant Blog - Biolaw: Law and the Life Sciences.

Along with joining Wil's endorsement of the Teaching Climate Change Law & Policy blog, I'd like to encourage readers to check out Biolaw: Law and the Life Sciences. Although this blog is only updated about 2X per month, every post is directly relevant to biodiversity studies. I encourage new readers to check out all of the past posts and then check back on…


Added by Andrew Long on May 10, 2010 at 23:00 — No Comments

An important call on communicating Biodiversity loss, from SciDev.Net

Hi all,

I just wanted to share with you (in case you missed it) the editorial that SciDev.Net published at the beginning of february. It´s about the Biodiversity loss and the crucial role that communicating biodiversity has in this years and of course, on the coming years and…

Added by Ana Claudia Nepote on May 5, 2010 at 23:22 — 3 Comments

CBD meetings in Nairobi - May 10 - 28 Who is Going?

I will likely be covering the latter half this big meet for IPS:;… Continue

Added by Stephen Leahy on May 5, 2010 at 18:46 — No Comments

Relevant Blog: Teaching Climate Change Law & Policy

The Teaching Climate Change Law & Policy blog may be of interest to some members, as we often cover species impacts, and often highlight studies on climate trends, We are always looking for guest bloggers also, so if you're interested in contributing, please contact me. Wil Burns,

Added by Dr. Wil Burns on May 5, 2010 at 17:46 — No Comments

Climate Himalaya News Blog

Interested in Climate Change in Himalaya, you may like to visit the blog at

Added by Climate Himalaya on May 5, 2010 at 13:30 — No Comments

Entangled in the Web of Life: Biodiversity and the media

Biodiversity — the variety of genes, species and ecosystems on the planet — is disappearing faster than at any time since the demise of the dinosaurs. The implications are profound, for humanity and for our efforts to tackle poverty and climate change. Yet the media has under-reported this urgent environmental challenge, partly because researchers and policymakers have failed to communicate the issues in a way that is relevant to most people.… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on May 4, 2010 at 18:18 — No Comments

Agrobiodiversity is biodiversity too

In my latest post at the Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog I describe very briefly an attempt to bridge the gap between the biodiversity conservation and agricultural communities by combining data on deforestation and on the wild relatives of crops.

We sometimes forget that there is much biodiversity…

Added by Luigi Guarino on April 30, 2010 at 8:38 — No Comments

Thanks for the opportunity to share

Good idea to better connect journalists and media people with the world of biodiversity and sustainable development. Journalists can help us to reach out more effectively to the vast majority of citizens who are not yet actively involved in conservation and reducing their footprint. Whose primary concern is their home, job, family and friends. Who are not cynics, but don't yet realize how they impact on nature and what they can do to reduce their footstep and at the same time improve their…


Added by Frits Hesselink on April 29, 2010 at 9:59 — No Comments

Introducing myself

Thanks for the invitation to join the Biodiversity Media Alliance. I just want to use my first post here to say that I work on the ex situ conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, including crop wild relatives, but my interests extend to the conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity in general, by whatever means :)

Together with my friend and colleague Jeremy Cherfas, I blog on these issues at the Agricultural… Continue

Added by Luigi Guarino on April 29, 2010 at 8:20 — No Comments

Free access to special biodiversity supplement in Nature

The journal Nature has created a special supplement on biodiversity to mark the UN International Year of Biodiversity.

All of the material is free, but for a limited time only.

The collection includes feature articles, opinion pieces, news and views articles and original research papers

You can see the… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on April 28, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Welcome to the Biodiversity Media Alliance

Hello and thanks for joining this website.

It exists to build bridges between journalists and sources of stories, news and interviews about biodiversity — why it matters, how it is threatened, and what can be done to protect it and use it in a sustainable way.

All members can use the Blogs section to share news, thoughts, ideas, publications, etc., and you can include photos,… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on April 28, 2010 at 1:00 — 8 Comments

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