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Mike Shanahan's Blog – October 2010 Archive (10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Malaysia’s million dollar question — where did the logs come from?

The 50-km long log-jam that blocked Malaysia’s biggest river shows the scale of deforestation in the highlands of Borneo and raises fresh concerns about how the state of Sarawak manages its natural resources. Read the rest of this post at Under the Banyan.

Added by Mike Shanahan on October 12, 2010 at 7:55 — No Comments

Poor countries to gain from major research into how nature’s riches can drive growth and cut poverty

This week researchers from all corners of the globe will come together to discuss ways of tapping into Nature's 'treasure chest' to reduce poverty, deliver sustainable growth and improve the lives of people in the most vulnerable communities.

An innovative and imaginative workshop, being held at the University of Edinburgh (4-6 October), is making use of video and internet technology to bring these researchers together as part of the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on October 4, 2010 at 14:35 — No Comments

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