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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

Is it time to kill off ‘biodiversity’?

Data from Google, graffiti on Wikipedia and a phone call with my Dad all suggest that biodiversity is not the best term to use to raise public awareness of a growing threat to our wellbeing. Read the rest of this blog post at Under the Banyan.

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 28, 2010 at 17:03 — No Comments

One step further towards the adoption of the Aichi Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

This press release was just issued by the secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity today (21 Sept)



One step further towards the adoption of the Aichi Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing



Montreal, 21 September 2010 – Working late into the night, Governments continued to negotiate the core issues for an international protocol on the provision and use of the genetic resources of the planet. The drafting committee… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 21, 2010 at 22:01 — No Comments

UN General Assembly Event to Spur Action to Stem Further Biodiversity Loss

The following is a UN press release issued today (21 September 2010).



UN General Assembly Event to Spur Action to Stem Further Biodiversity Loss

With the continued loss of biodiversity representing a major obstacle for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the UN General Assembly will consider strategies for speeding up the implementation of measures to protect and conserve species and ecosystems around the world.



The one-day… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 21, 2010 at 19:29 — No Comments

Talks to finalise new international rules on genetic resources begin today

Governments are on the brink of agreeing new international rules on the use and provision of genetic resources that will play an important role in both conserving biological resources and ensuring that they contribute to human wellbeing.



The new legally binding ‘protocol’ is intended to not only

make it easier for people to use biological resources for commercial, scientific conservation purposes, but also to ensure that any benefits that arise are shared fairly with the… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 18, 2010 at 4:09 — No Comments

What gorillas can teach children about being human

The world’s most famous gorilla died 18 years ago today. I’m grateful for what he taught me while he lived. Read the rest of my blog post at Under the Banyan.

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 16, 2010 at 14:39 — No Comments

World’s governments set to agree three big boosts for biodiversity and human security

UN CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY - PRESS RELEASE



Montreal 15 September 2010. Next month, governments from around the world will gather in Nagoya, Japan to make three key decisions that will determine whether current and future generations continue to benefit from nature’s riches.



On the table is a comprehensive ten-year strategy that – if enacted – would revolutionise the way we manage and interact with the world about us, and… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 15, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

Good news and good news about biodiversity blogs

I have been looking into biodiversity blogs and I think there is good news and good news.



It makes a nice change.



First, there are lots of good blogs about many different aspects of biodiversity. Here's my list of old favourites and new discoveries.



Second, there is plenty of space for many new biodiversity blogs to start up and get established. Here are… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 10, 2010 at 5:00 — No Comments

Borneo’s Husband-and-Wife Mountain Gods Look Down on Illegal Logging

The news that Norway has sold all of its shares in a Malaysian timber company it accuses of illegal logging has brought back memories of one of the best experiences of my life, and of a pair of sad brown eyes I wish I had not seen. Read the rest of my blog post at Under the Banyan.

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 26, 2010 at 10:50 — No Comments

They kill environment journalists, don’t they?

Journalists face many threats for uncovering environmental abuses. Some more solidarity from their safer colleagues around the world would put the media spotlight on a growing problem that nations are obliged to tackle under the Rio Declaration they signed in 1992. Read the rest of this post at my new blog Under the Banyan.

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 24, 2010 at 8:17 — No Comments

Biodiversity and Climate Change Laws: A Failure to Communicate?

Professor David Hodas at Widener University - School of Law has produced a paper called Biodiversity and Climate Change Laws: A Failure to Communicate?



In it, he warns of a "significant risk" that national and international laws that aim to tackle either climate change or biodiversity in isolation could have perverse… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 22, 2010 at 13:13 — No Comments

How to link ape conservation with poverty reduction in Africa

African countries with populations of endangered apes could do more to ensure that conservation activities bring benefits in the fight against poverty, according to two reports published this week by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and partners.



The reports reveal important lessons from across the continent that policymakers and conservation groups can use to boost both biodiversity and the livelihoods of poor… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 20, 2010 at 9:41 — No Comments

Can your Head of State answer these 11 questions?

Here is a golden opportunity for journalists worldwide to localise a global biodiversity story.



The UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has posed a series of questions to Heads of State or Government ahead of their big meeting on biodiversity at the UN headquarters on 22 September.



The questions are listed below and the full background paper is online here in various languages.



Can your… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 11, 2010 at 10:38 — 1 Comment

Ban Ki-moon's biodiversity paper for UN General Assembly session next month

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent a background paper to the UN General Assembly ahead of its high-level meeting on biodiversity on 22 September 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York.



You can download the paper in various languages from this site, and read a summary of it… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 10, 2010 at 12:44 — No Comments

Entries invited for 2010 Environmental Media Awards

Journalists who report on environmental issues might be interested in the 2010 Media Awards, co-funded by Thomson Reuters Foundation, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the COMplus Alliance of Communicators for Sustainable Development. The deadline for entries is 31 July 2010.



Six regional winners each receive a cash prize of US$500 while the global winner will be awarded US$5000 and a travel grant to attend the award ceremony which will be held in Nagoya, Japan… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on July 8, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Green Economy Coalition letter to G20 heads of state urges action on biodiversity

The Green Economy Coalition has today sent an open letter to the heads of states who will attend next week’s G20 summit in Toronto, Canada.



It calls upon G20 leaders to:



(1) integrate the value of biodiversity into national accounts, and to encourage the disclosure of environmental and social impact through environmental, social and governance reporting systems.



(2) reform all subsidies which encourage… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on June 18, 2010 at 11:11 — No Comments

Conservation and human rights: the need for international standards

Conservation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. In recent years, awareness has grown of the relationship of international conservation practice to indigenous peoples and local communities, and especially the links between conservation and human rights. The impacts protected areas can have on rural communities – such as evictions and lost access to natural resources – are now under particular scrutiny. Concern is meanwhile rising over the human rights implications of some climate change mitigation and… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on June 7, 2010 at 12:21 — 1 Comment

Wanted: an IPCC for biodiversity

Nature's editorial this week calls for an independent panel to coordinate scientific research about the state of biodiversity and what to do about its decline.

Added by Mike Shanahan on June 4, 2010 at 14:33 — 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

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