Friday, May 29, 2015

CANADA- Statement on Divisional Court ruling on Ontario’s Endangered Species Act

TORONTO — Ontario’s Divisional Court has upheld a provincial regulation that exempts major industries from the Endangered Species Act and allows them to kill species at risk and destroy their habitat.
“This is a disappointing decision for Ontario’s endangered and threatened wildlife,” said Ecojustice lawyer Lara Tessaro. “The Endangered Species Act is intended to put species first — not to let their survival be balanced against competing industrial interests. That would tip the scale towards extinction.”

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thoughts on the Mosquito

By far the easiest insect to photograph, they just fly right up to you!  They bring itching, hives, and swelling and they make the most annoying high-pitched sounds as they fly around your head.  My favourite nature and science writer, David Quammen, writes that the mosquito is a fierce defender of its turf.  The fact that we still have large tracks of equatorial rainforests is due to fact that humans fear the disease-bearing, blood-sucking mosquito.   Likely the tropical forests of the world would have disappeared a century ago if malaria and yellow fever had not kept settlers away.  So it appears that this human parasite has some good after all.

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015. International Biodiversity Day, Ottawa, Canada

 Our Grade 6 class celebrated IBD by painting local species on our Outdoor Observatory!

 Youth need a connection to a local space.

 Young people need to care about biodiversity in order to protect it.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bio-Bridge Initiative funding agreement signed to promote technical and scientific cooperation on biodiversity

Montreal, 19 May 2015 – The Republic of Korea and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the purpose of promoting technical and scientific co-operation and to support achievement of the goals and targets of the Convention, have today signed a funding agreement for the implementation of the 2015-2020 Bio-Bridge Initiative.

The Bio-Bridge Initiative, launched by the Republic of Korea in 2014 at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, aims to support developing countries in their efforts to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 19, that “by 2020, knowledge, the science base and technologies relating to biodiversity, its values, functioning, status and trends, and the consequences of its loss, are improved, widely shared and transferred, and applied.”

The agreement was signed by the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Mr. Seong-kyu Yoon and the Executive Secretary of the CBD, Mr. Braulio de Ferreira de Souza Dias.

During his visit to the Republic of Korea, Mr. Dias will hold a series of high-level meetings on the leadership initiatives – including Bio-Bridge – that have been established by the Republic of Korea to support the Convention. He will also participate in events being held to commemorate the International Day for Biological Diversity that is celebrated this year under the theme, “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”.

“Technical and scientific cooperation among its 196 Parties is a critical multilateral element of the Convention,” said Mr. Dias. “By carefully helping to match the needs of Parties with the offers of support by other Parties that have relevant experience, as well as with leading organizations and centres of expertise, the Bio-Bridge Initiative will make a lasting contribution. I invite all Parties and partners to join in this initiative to significantly enhance our efforts to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2020.”

Funding for Phase 1 of the Bio-Bridge Initiative (BBI) comprises an initial investment of more than US$ 500,000 by the Ministry of Environment of the Government of the Republic of Korea, with five additional contributions for 2016-2020.

The initiative aims to address some of the identified structural deficiencies that will enable more systematic and sustainable technical and scientific cooperation by: facilitating the communication of technical and scientific needs and priorities of countries; enhancing the availability and accessibility of information with respect to best practices and expertise for technical and scientific cooperation, and; matching the needs of countries with support for technical and scientific cooperation by relevant global, regional and national organizations and initiatives.

The BBI will particularly benefit developing countries and countries with economies in transition that are Parties to the Convention, in particular least developed countries and small island developing States, and the scientific and technical institutions in these countries. Activities scheduled for Phase 1 include engaging important partners; preparing a detailed 2016-2020 action plan; compiling and validating technical and scientific cooperation needs and offers of support; organizing scoping exercises and consultations with Parties, agencies and experts; setting up the basic clearing-house mechanism function of the initiative; developing key partnerships and networks for project delivery, and; identifying candidate pilot projects for Phase 2 (2016-2020).

A funding agreement for the Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative was also signed by the Minister of Environment and the Executive Secretary. This initiative will promote transboundary cooperation in protected areas globally. Through the Peace and Biodiversity Initiative, Parties to the CBD can share knowledge and best practices in transboundary cooperation. They may also wish to strengthen existing cooperation mechanisms or develop new ones with the facilitation of the CBD Secretariat and many partners with expertise in this regard.

The agreements for the Bio-Bridge and Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiatives add to three other agreements that the Republic of Korea has signed with the Secretariat of the CBD as a commitment of critical support to the Convention in view of its Presidency of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention. The previous three agreements are the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries’ support to the Sustainable Ocean Initiative, the Korean Forest Service’s support to the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative, and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy’s support to the Capacity Building Initiative for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


A new polio case has been detected from the Shabqadar Tehsil of Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, north western Pakistan. The number of affected patients has reached 10 in KP alone.
May 13


There is a gradual increment in the production of vegetable in Bhutan since 2012. It has increased by 13 percent between 2008 and 2012. The country had produced 46,468 metric tons of vegetables in 2013.
May 16


A landslide caused by the earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale on Tuesday has killed One while injuring two in Kyirong, Tibet, southern China. The buildings were also destroyed as tremors were felt at Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet.
May 14


The heavy rainfall has triggered landslides near Poshana Village forcing closure of the historic Mughal Road for vehicular traffic at Jammu and Kashmir, northern India. Men and machinery have been engaged for the clearance of road.
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The Pulibar police of Jorhathave arrested two individuals for smuggling rhino horns weighing 400 grams in Malowkha area, Assam, north eastern India. They have been trying to hand the animal parts to a gang at Dimapur who allegedly sold such parts in some provinces of Myanmar.
May 13