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October 2010 Blog Posts (50)

Will there be mangoes in December?

There seems to be a strange phenomenon occurring across Bangalore City, in South India. In early October, a number of Mango trees suddenly began to bloom across the city and I wondered, will there be…


Added by Marianne de Nazareth on October 29, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

New asphalt tears into the forest

Indigenous people and populations that live off extractivism denounce the impacts caused by paving the roads between the south of Amazonas and Acre. The construction work is ridden with environmental and fiscal irregularities.

Added by Gustavo Faleiros on October 29, 2010 at 5:04 — No Comments

Protecting Arctic Biodiversity: Limitations and strengths of environmental agreements

Yesterday, UNEP/GRID-Arendal launched a new report on Arctic Biodiversity at COP 10 in Nagoya.

The Arctic region is characterized by some of the largest continuous intact ecosystems on the planet, but is facing increasingly larger threats. These threats include the full range of stressors known from other parts of the world, namely habitat loss and fragmentation from infrastructure and industrial development, chemical pollution, overharvesting, climate…

Added by Rannveig Nilsen on October 28, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

Latest Issue of IUCN's Forest magazine, Arborvitae

Read it here!


Latest issue of IUCN's Forest magazine, Arborvitae

Theme: Forest Finance

Added by Daniel Shaw on October 28, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments



The ASEAN Champions of Biodiversity is a recognition program for ongoing projects on biodiversity conservation and advocacy in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The award is aimed at generating greater leadership, public and media awareness of the problems facing the region’s rich but highly threatened biodiversity.

Nominations are open for three…


Added by imelda samson on October 28, 2010 at 11:28 — No Comments

Watch the webcast of the Biodiversity Media Alliance launch

The Biodiversity Media Alliance held its formal launch event at the COP10 biodiversity conference in Nagoya, Japan yesterday (27 October).

The 30-minute event was filmed and can be watched online here.

The Biodiversity Media Alliance is a partnership between IUCN, Internews and the International… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on October 28, 2010 at 7:03 — No Comments

Improving the Harvest, From the Soil to the Market

Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.

Farmers in the Uluguru Mountains in Tanzania are fighting a losing battle against increasingly degraded land. Repeated plantings are quickly depleting the nutrients in the soil, leaving it nearly barren and vulnerable to erosion. Meanwhile, downstream, the… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on October 27, 2010 at 19:45 — No Comments

Management of Natural Resources and Environment in India

Dear Colleagues,

I thought you might be interested in Proceedings of the seminar we have

just concluded on the theme Management of Natural Resources and

Environment in India. This is the second seminar we have conducted during

the last one year that looks to see what is happening in the real world.

We looked at whether or not all players were prepared to combat

degradation of natural resources and climate change impact. I am very

interested in any… Continue

Added by Dr Gursharan Singh Kainth on October 27, 2010 at 13:30 — No Comments

Earth first! Happy link!

We are going to make a big circle tomorrow, 28th 11:30~ at COP10.


Earth first!

Happy link


The COP10 decides the treaty of biodiversity finally! Let's hold hands and make a big circle to pray for that the treaty will be positive and settled to protect…

Added by 7 Generaions Walk on October 27, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

INDIA: Not Part of Asia or Regional Adaptation Network?

The geographical coverage of SIDA-Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency supported initiative ‘Adaptation Knowledge Platform‘or (Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform ) with international partners like SEI-Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) includes:… Continue

Added by Climate Himalaya on October 27, 2010 at 4:26 — No Comments

Protecting biocultural heritage in Peru, India, China and Kenya

Today in Nagoya, a COP10 side event will present the findings of a global research project on "Protecting Community Rights over Traditional Knowledge: Implications for customary laws and practices".

The event is hosted by the International Institute for Environment and Development, Asociacion ANDES (Peru), the Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy (China), Ecoserve (India) and ICIPE (Kenya). Food will be provided.

Case studies from Peru, China, India and Kenya will be… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on October 27, 2010 at 1:25 — No Comments

A cute wintering visitor!

The Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus… Continue

Added by Marianne de Nazareth on October 26, 2010 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Can bamboo provide an answer?

As negotiators struggle to develop a future strategy for sustaining life on earth, the word Satoyama echoes around the corridors of the CBD COP10 in Nagoya. Broadly speaking, Satoyama landscapes recognize the strong connection between ecosystems and agricultural systems, and are being touted as one potential solution to halting biodiversity loss.

In line with this approach, new research from the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), carried out in bamboo production… Continue

Added by Tim Cronin on October 26, 2010 at 11:32 — No Comments

UK parliamentarians mark COP10 with early day motion on biodiversity, poverty and climate change

Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom are signing an Early Day Motion on biodiversity and poverty.

The Early Day Motion has just been opened for signatures and the number of MPs signing will grow in the coming days.

It reads:

That this House notes that 2010 is the UN's International Year for Biodiversity; believes that the alarming rate of… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on October 26, 2010 at 8:49 — No Comments

Satoyama, only one hour from COP10 venue, is being destroyed with the city's approval

All attending COP10 must have a good idea what satoyama is by now. Many, especially government officials, are emphasizing the ideal side of its satoyama initiative - how Japanese rural area can offer an example of humans and nature co-existing. And you must have started wondering, is that all they can offer? Don't they have any failed experiences, or can't they show us some implementation of that where most of Japan's population can actually see? Isn't there any satoyama in the city of Nagoya… Continue

Added by Takuya Kamiabyashi on October 26, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

Where does the Amazon stand in the current electoral campaign?

Hey, we just publish a interesting story about how the Amazon is been discussed (or not being) at the Brazilian elections

Added by Gustavo Faleiros on October 26, 2010 at 5:31 — No Comments

COME to Press Conference at 13.00 hours

TODAY Monday October 25, civil society organizations will present the first week’s Dodo Awards to countries at the COP10.

Please come to the International Conference Room (room 3f, building 3) at 13.00 hours to meet the Dodo, and hear the awards.

Added by Jessica Dempsey on October 25, 2010 at 3:47 — 1 Comment

THE GROWTH MUST STOP - Greenaccord, annual gathering of environmental journalists

CUNEO, ITALY – Experts in the world increasingly criticize a model of economic growth that dominated the last century and the dogma of the gross domestic product (GDP) as a prior sense of the development. Instead of a new unsustainable exploitation of the Earth, scientific discussions are focusing on the issues of happiness and quality of life, such as during the Greenaccord conference of environmental journalists in Cuneo last week, from October 13 to 16.

American… Continue

Added by Kruno Kartus on October 24, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Ecology for decision-makers

How can we ensure decision-makers and climate negotiators understand the ecological implications of their decisions? This was a question that arose during the lively discussion in the REDD+ Hour here at the CBD CoP10 in Nagoya today. My worry is that most negotiators and the ministers they report to (most of whom are lawyers, economists or politicians with little training in ecology) appear to regard biodiversity as an optional extra in REDD, one of the bonus benefits included in the +…


Added by Ian Redmond on October 23, 2010 at 7:27 — 2 Comments

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