Sunday, April 29, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
In response to Iceland’s whaling, in September 2011 President Obama imposed diplomatic sanctions on Iceland under the Pelly Amendment for undermining the effectiveness of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling and, specifically, the commercial whaling moratorium. In its analysis of Iceland’s whaling, the US Department of Commerce made clear that any resumption in fin whaling could result in more significant sanctions, including trade restrictions, against Iceland. The European Union is also presently engaged in accession discussions with Iceland.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
17, 18 April
17, 19 April
The Kathmandu Post
18, 20 April
The Himalayan Times, The Kathmandu Post
Monday, April 23, 2012
The move came on the heels of democratic reforms introduced by Burma ’s Government and has been supported by National League for Democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
STATEMENT BY BRAULIO F. DE SOUZA DIAS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY on the occasion of INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY
The proclamation of 22 April as International Mother Earth Day is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance. It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.
The concept of Mother Earth is very much in harmony with the ecosystem approach which is one of the pillars of the Convention on Biological Diversity and also with the precautionary principle contained in Principle 15 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the preamble to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
I remain convinced that the Earth and its rich biodiversity will be preserved by the actions all of us take on a daily basis, to help nurture and sustain our common matriarch, Mother Earth.
Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias
Friday, April 20, 2012
The Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Council has created an Earth Day campaign to help us share ideas and inspiration about how we can live Earth Day every day!
Write down how you live Earth Day every day, take a photo of yourself with your sign, and post it on our Facebook page to help inspire others!
The most creative or inspiring post will have the opportunity to be featured in our newsletter and on our website!
The campaign runs today through Earth Day!
We would like to inform you of a youth environmental challenge to engage young people in helping to protect our planet’s natural heritage. The “Green Space Challenge” encourages schools and community clubs to adopt local habitats and/or species to promote community conservation. This is not a competition- it is a global challenge.
Our proven model known as the Macoun Marsh Biodiversity Project began in 2004 with several Canadian schools working together to preserve an urban wetland. The international success of this program has launched this challenge initiative. We hope to develop many partnerships along the way!
This networking program will be continually featured on our international blog at biodiversitymatters.org.
Jessica Walsh Moreau
Biodiversity Youth Champion
Thursday, April 19, 2012
7, 10 April
Recently conducted Rhino census in Kaziranga National Park (2,290), Orang National Park (100), Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary (93) and Manas National Park (22) has recorded the presence of 2,505 rhinos. There has been an increase of 302 compared to 2009 census.
Wildlife movements along Nepal-India border will be free and unrestricted as per the agreement signed by high officials of both the country in Bharaich of India. As per the agreement, no fencing is allowed along the wildlife corridor unless there is a dense human settlement. Earlier in March 2011, India dug a trench in the biological corridors of the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) to stop the loss caused in Nepal by the Indian wildlife movement.
Headlines Himalaya #149
10, 11, 12 April
The Kathmandu Post, Nepal Samacharpatra, Kantipur
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Eighteen precious pochard ducklings are being reared at a specially built centre in Antsohihy, Madagascar, opened last year by Dr Lee Durrell. The birth of the ducklings is a key milestone in the conservation of the species, including an emergency expedition two years ago to take eggs into captivity. It is the ducks from those eggs that have now bred for the first time.
The pochard breeding programme is part of a joint project to save the bird by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), the Peregrine Fund, Asity Madagascar and the Government of Madagascar.
Peter Cranswick, Head of Species Recovery at WWT said: “Although Lake Matsaborimena is the last hiding place for the ducks, it is far from ideal as a habitat. Our initial investigations suggest there is too little food and this may be leading to the low survival of the ducklings; in effect, they are starving to death.
“We have identified some lakes where the physical conditions are potentially right for the pochard, but success will depend on support of the local community. Fishing is thought to be one factor that led to the pochard’s decline but many rural Malagasy people earn their livelihood from fishing. The challenge is to find a solution that helps both the people and the birds.”
Image and text from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has joined forces with Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold a night dedicated to the efforts behind gorilla conservation. The evening is entitled “Gorilla Conservation on the Frontline” and will take place on Wednesday 25th April, starting at 7pm in the Princess Royal Pavilion at Durrell
Five different races or ‘sub-species’ of gorilla are currently recognised, all of which face a severe threat of extinction in their native African habitats. The gruesome and growing illegal trade in gorilla ‘bush meat’ and the all too common problem of habitat loss are the main reasons for the decline of the gorilla.
Durrell has kept western lowland gorillas since 1959 and they are a familiar sight to visitors to the Wildlife Park. To date, 15 valuable babies have been born here. Most are now at other zoos and continue to make a valuable contribution to the breeding programme for their highly endangered species.
Images and text from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Monday, April 16, 2012
Join the Global Youth Biodiversity Network -
apply now for your ticket to Berlin!
The idea behind GYBN is to create a global youth network that unites young people and youth organizations from all parts of the world and all walks of life through one common goal: To halt the loss of Biodiversity as soon as possible!GYBN's mission is to provide a global platform to get in touch with each other and have the opportunity to join forces for the protection of biological diversity on our planet. GYBN also aims to become the international coordination platform for youth participation in the CBD and is committed to bring the opinions and positions of youth into the negotiations. It is officially supported by the CBD Secretariat.
From August 21st to 27th 2012 NAJU (German Youth Association for the Protection of Nature) will host the GYBN Kick-Off Conference in Berlin and bring together 35 young environmentalists from all parts of the
world to establish the global youth biodiversity network.
Biodiversity loss doesn't stop at national borders! This is your chance to get connected with like-minded young people and youth organizations from all over the world. Be a part of the solution and help to halt the loss of Biodiversity.
The number of participants is strictly limited and will be selected according to the application.
Please fill in the questionnaire on:www.naju.de/english/gybn
10th of May 2012
Fee50,00 EURO (Board and lodging will be provided. Up to 75 % of the travel costs can be reimbursed after handing in the original tickets. )
Juliane Rosin, Juliane.Rosin@NAJU.de
NAJU im NABU
10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)30 284 984 1924
Fax: + 49 (0)30 284 984 2900www.NAJU.de/english/gybn
The gybn kick-off conference will be funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN).
Logo gybn kick-off conference: Gigih Septianto, Daniel Henkel
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Although bonobos are our closest living relative, we still know very little about them. What we do know is that there aren’t many of them left – as few as 10,000 left in the wild, making them the world’s most endangered ape. Bonobos only live in one country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has seen the bloodiest war since World War II.
The initiative aims to influence Canadian political actors to adopt progressive policies on sustainable development. The three policy proposals put forward by We Canada are: Measuring What Matters, Getting the Prices Right and Making Trade Fair. We Canada is about talking, about sharing, about creating a community of engaged citizens around common ideas and concerns for our future. We Canada is about telling our leaders that they must take a stand for sustainability because this is our priority.
We want your voice to be heard when Canada speaks up for you at the Earth Summit 2012. Whether you see sustainable development as a health issue, an environmental issue, a social issue, an equality issue, a political issue, or a global issue - you’re right! Together, WE CAN address all of these challenges and make our voices heard at this globally important event."
Earth Summit Dialogues:
"The Earth Summit Dialogues, is an initiative to encourage Canadians to take action for Canadian leadership at the Earth Summit 2012. Through the dialogues Canadians will have an opportunity to engage in discussions related to sustainability at the local level. These discussions will involve friends, family, students and/or colleagues and will focus on We Canada’s three major policy proposals for the Earth Summit 2012. The results from these dialogues will then be presented at the conference in Rio de Janeiro during the We Canada event. The Earth summit Dialogues will be hosted in Canadian homes from April 15 – May 15, 2012.
The three policy recommendations that are the topic of discussion of the Earth Summit Dialogues are: Measuring What Matters, that aims to establish an efficient method to measure human welfare, Getting the Prices Right that targets the Canadian government to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and place an economy-wide price on carbon and Making Trade Fair, that addresses Canada’s economic activity on a global scale and focuses on ways to ensure that Canadian trade advances the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of other people and places around the world."
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
|A hummingbird drinking some sweet honey from a feeder.|
|A close up shot of a hummingbird.|
|Some bromeliads from the same family as pineapples, nestled up on some tree branches.|
|A nut from the Bambito tree. One of the foods the Resplendent Quetzal prefers.|
|Here is a male quetzal with a nut that he is holding in his beak. Waiting so he can feed it to his chicks.|
|A shot I took of a piece bamboo which helps the earth here in Panamá stay firm. |
Bamboo is very helpful to avoid corrosion and landslides.
The 2012 biodiversity barometer finds that 76% of all respondents from around the globe were aware of sustainable development, 64% of biodiversity. Of the top 100 beauty companies in the world, 54 mentioned sustainability in their reporting and website, while 31 referred to biodiversity.
The barometer provides insights on evolving biodiversity awareness among consumers and how the beauty industry reports on biodiversity. It also illustrates the progress towards achieving the targets of the Strategic Plan of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This year, the survey was conducted among 8000 consumers in eight countries - Brazil, France, Germany, India, Peru, Switzerland, UK and USA.
A significant number of people surveyed (75%) assign an important role to private sector in achieving sustainable development, in addition to their governments. This highlights the needs to consider the private sector in the outcomes of Rio+20 and the importance of business to take action towards the future we want.
Reaching the 2020 biodiversity targets
Awareness on biodiversity around the world is generally high, with particularly high awareness rates in countries like Brazil, France, Switzerland and South Korea. Significant differences of awareness exist between countries, even within the same region. The understanding of 2 biodiversity, measured through the number of people that provided correct definitions of biodiversity, is often very limited: Nowhere does it exceed 50%.
Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the CBD, said: “The first target of 2020 is raising awareess on the values of biodiversity. To reach these targets we need to regain the momentum created by 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. We trust that Rio+20 and the United Nations Decade of Biodiversity 2011-2012 will put biodiversity high on people’s agenda again.”
Rik Kutsch Lojenga, UEBT Executive Director, adds: “Only 19% of people have heard about biodiversity through business communications. So far, the potential contribution of the private sector towards biodiversity awareness remains largely untapped. To understand the vast potential, one only needs to look at Brazil where consumers say that advertising is the second most important source of information on biodiversity. Biodiversity awareness in Brazil is highest among the surveyed countries.”
Ethical sourcing of biodiversity: consumer expectations towards business
The UEBT biodiversity barometer finds that 85% of consumers surveyed look for natural ingredients in cosmetics products, and 69% pay attention to where ingredients come from. More than 80% would like to be better informed about companies' sourcing practices. Yet, only 31 of the top 100 beauty companies mention biodiversity in their websites or CSR reporting. Only 19 mention biodiversity sourcing practices in supply chains, and consistent and comprehensive reporting on these issues is almost absent.
Last month, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) released the new briefing Blood Ivory: Exposing the myth of a regulated market and a campaign film, calling for legal ivory sales to be stopped and for China to be stripped of its Approved Buyer status.
EIA Executive Director Mary Rice said: “Panorama's findings clearly show how China’s unregulated consumption is devastating elephant populations in Africa, and how illegal ivory is even available in State-run Friendship stores.
Interviews are available on request; please contact EIA Executive Director Mary Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7354 7960.