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October 2012 Blog Posts (20)

World Wide Views on Biodiversity citizen participation project recognized at COP11 in India

One of the outcomes of the recently concluded meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP11) about the future protection of biodiversity, has been a recognition of a new and interesting approach to raising awareness and involvement of the public. The draft decision text highlights: The Conference of Parties (COP) encourages Parties, relevant organizations and stakeholders to support and contribute to communication…


Added by Markus Schmidt on October 31, 2012 at 12:32 — No Comments

Brazil joins global initiative for biodiversity data access

Copenhagen / Brasília  – Brazil has become the latest country to join the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), dedicated to promoting free and open access to biodiversity data.


The formal step of becoming a GBIF Participant was the signature of the GBIF Memorandum of Understanding by the Brazilian Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Marco Antonio Raupp.


The MoU commits a…


Added by Tim Hirsch on October 31, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

An obituary for long-dead elephants

An obituary for long-dead elephants

My girlfriend and I found these four elephants framed in a photograph in a bar last week in London. It was clear to us that the animals had…


Added by Mike Shanahan on October 29, 2012 at 15:42 — No Comments

Donate, Share, and Join

We have a project in competition with many others all over the world, so I want you to help us with a vote and sharing this with your friends and any person who can give any kind of help.

Here below there is a link and some steps to follow; First click on the link below ,after registering at the top-right of the…


Added by Jean claude DUSABIMANA on October 19, 2012 at 19:31 — No Comments




The massive rocky landscape was captivating as we approach the reserve after a four hours ride from the Dead Sea area. Dana nature reserve is a biosphere reserve that is protected by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and Wild established in 1966. Seven other reserves which represent the four bio- geographical zones in Jordan also benefit from the protection. It is also said to be the largest nature reserve in Jordan covering three hundred and twenty (320)…


Added by Vivienne Irikefe on October 16, 2012 at 19:59 — No Comments

4th IDSAsr International Seminar

Dear Contributors

Greeting from IDSAsr

Due to some technical-administrative reasons,…


Added by Dr Gursharan Singh Kainth on October 16, 2012 at 0:14 — No Comments

Mountain Voice-issues those matter in Himalayas

This is an introductory video of Mountain Voice project of Climate Himalaya, that advocates the need of better planning and implementation strategies in the Himalayan Mountain region of South Asia. The Mountain Voice' is a multimedia series of Climate Himalaya that captures the experiences, thoughts and opinions of people, practitioners, policy makers and researchers on various climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In this series we interact with people to record their…


Added by Climate Himalaya Initiative on October 15, 2012 at 11:39 — No Comments

Tourist Industry responsible for water crisis

Tourism industry responsible for water crisis in Bali: Expert

A- A …

Added by Rita widiadana on October 15, 2012 at 3:46 — No Comments

Food Security-Indonesia


Added by Rita widiadana on October 15, 2012 at 3:27 — No Comments

Why following the herd can be good for journalists

Banditry, robberies, infiltration of small arms, poaching in the region’s game reserves and national parks and frequent outbreak of livestock diseases are now being attributed to the uncontrolled movement of pastoralists and their animals.

This sentence, from a 2006 article in Kenya’s The Nation newspaper, encapsulates the way the country’s nomadic herders have been — and continue to be — portrayed in the media there. It echoes…


Added by Mike Shanahan on October 11, 2012 at 14:31 — No Comments

Message from Fukushima (Side Event Oct11, 18:15)

Farmer and Scientist from Fukushima will be presenting their view on post-nuclear accident and agriculture and biodiversity.




DATE: 11 October 2012 18:15 - 19:45

PLACE: Room 1.05 - Level 1

Presenting to and share with the world both the…


Added by Makiko IMAI on October 11, 2012 at 9:48 — No Comments

Q&A with BRAULIO DIAS, executive secretary of the CBD

‘Mismatch Between Commitments and Action on Biodiversity’

Added by Manipadma Jena on October 10, 2012 at 19:17 — No Comments

The Consequences of illegal Bush Meat Hunting in Liberia

Prior to the 14 years civil war, Liberian wild animals were exploited primarily for their meat –bush meat – which was sold throughout the country. The bush meat was commonly seen as quartered antelope or whole monkey, wood-smoked until dry enough to last for about two weeks. The recent appearance of fresh wild animal carcasses (bush meat of different species) in various parts of Monrovia, particularly, in Sinkor, opposite the UN Drive Supermarket, and in Paynesville at the SD Cooper and…


Added by Amos Smith on October 10, 2012 at 12:51 — No Comments

WWViews on Biodiversity: Results available

World Wide Views on Biodiversity (WWViews on Biodiversity) is a globe-encompassing democratic deliberation on biodiversity. On September 15, 2012, it gathered citizen views on international biodiversity policy issues and disseminated them to policymakers involved in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).


The 3,000 participating…


Added by Markus Schmidt on October 9, 2012 at 15:09 — No Comments

Mainstreaming Biodiversity

Bags are packed, and I am on the road this week to CoP11, aka the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Hyderabad, India. Talking points will focus on biodiversity.

I remember back some 15 years when I submitted the text for the …


Added by ron mader on October 6, 2012 at 19:22 — No Comments

New tool to help join-up policies to cut poverty and conserve biodiversity

As thousands of delegates gather in India for the 11th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) next week, a new initiative will be unveiled to help countries meet some of their obligations under the legally-binding treaty whilst also reducing poverty.…

Added by Mike Shanahan on October 5, 2012 at 13:08 — No Comments

Journalists are dying to tell stories of environmental plunder

It’s a sad reflection of reality that my first reaction to the news of Hang Serei Oudom’s murder was not one of shock or surprise.

The Cambodian journalist’s body was found last week in the boot of his own car. He had apparently been axed to death just days after reporting on links between the military and illegal logging there.

Oudom’s story…


Added by Mike Shanahan on October 3, 2012 at 16:56 — No Comments

GMOs safer than GSM Cell Phones-Scientists

An agricultural scientist Professor Wayne Powell has hinted that, the use of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) is more dangerous to humans health than the consumption of genetically modified foods (GMOs).…


Added by Npong Balikawu Francis on October 2, 2012 at 10:30 — 4 Comments

New group for COP11 in Hyderabad

Dear colleagues

I have created a new group on this site for anyone who will be at (or is especially interested in) the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity -- or COP11 -- which takes place in Hyderabad, India.

You can view or join the group here. The official COP11 page is here:…


Added by Mike Shanahan on October 1, 2012 at 16:53 — No Comments

In Croatia no “certificate of competence” needed to obtain pesticides


By Kruno Kartus

This article has been published with a support of the Danish network for investigative journalism Scoop The investigation received "Velebitska degenija", an annual award of Croatian Journalist's Association for the best environmental story in 2011.

LEAD – For the buying of pesticides, at the…


Added by Kruno Kartus on October 1, 2012 at 16:26 — No Comments

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