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Conserving biodiversity

Nations Accelerate Plans to Realize UN Biodiversity Conservation Goals

Mexico established four new biological reserves and five other protected areas as representatives from more than 190 UN member nations adopted the Cancun Declaration, stepping up their efforts to conserve biological diversity. Will it be enough to curtail a Sixth Great Extinction?

Water is the key to biological diversity

Water Problems and Solutions in the Wake of International Day of Biodiversity 2013

Water is synonymous with biological diversity. The UN’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) is celebrated each year on May 22nd, it is designed to increase awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for IBD 2013 was Water and Biodiversity and its goal was to raise awareness about the mutually reinforcing relationship between water security and biodiversity. From its creation by…

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193 Governments Agree to Boost Funding for Biodiversity Protection

To a man, or government rather, all parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity–developed and developing nations alike–agreed to increase funding for biodiversity protection, a sign that government leaders are increasingly aware of the profound threats the extraordinary loss of plant and animal species that’s taking place poses to human societies and civilization the world over.

International Day for Biological Diversity: A Day to Celebrate Wetlands, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystems

May 22 is the UN’s “International Day for Biological Diversity,” a day that various UN agencies are joining in celebrations and reaffirming their commitments to biodiversity conservation, protection and “wise use” efforts worldwide. Included is the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the only global environmental treaty focused on addressing challenges related to one particular ecosystem.

Biodiversity Loss

Evolution Lost: Vanishing Biodiversity

The COP10 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Summit wraps up tomorrow in Nagoya, Japan, where participating nations have gathered to attempt to work out a treaty to deal with biodiversity loss. As with last year’s COP15 climate change summit in Copenhagen, what began with soaring rhetoric and exhortations to save the world’s biological diversity, is winding down to a divide…

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