Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus
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The Caucasus is one of the most diverse places on earth, with more species per acre than any other temperate zone. Leopards still roam here, only a few hours from central Europe, and conservation strategy is one of the few examples of inter-country collaboration in this region. A fascinating blend of culture, society and traditional life set in a history of fragmentation and conflict.
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The Earth will lose one third of animal species because of climate changes, scientists warn

The Earth will lose one third of animal species because of climate changes, scientists warn | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Global warming poses an existential threat to one third of animal species and to a half of plant species. The Earth may lose fifty thousand species even in this century unless the governments change quickly their attitude and begin fast to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.

 

This warning was introduced by scientists from Great Britain, Australia and Colombia in a report published in specialist magazine Nature Climate Change. Among the most endangered animal groups there belong reptiles and amphibians. The most threaten areas are then Australia, sub-Saharan Africa, Amazonia and central America.

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From words to action – key organisations team up to stop the extinction crisis 

From words to action – key organisations team up to stop the extinction crisis  | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

With unprecedented species declines and more than 20,000 of the species assessed on The IUCN Red List threatened with extinction, IUCN and other organisations, including BirdLife International, come together to support the achievement of a global biodiversity target to prevent further species loss.

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The tricky art of saving wild species

The tricky art of saving wild species | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Some estimates put the planet on a pace to lose half of all species by the end of the century, and accordingly, conservation efforts in the United States have moved far beyond not shooting animals. 

However it's not always clear if our new labors to save species are herculean or Sisyphean.

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Food Security: making the ecosystem connections

Food Security: making the ecosystem connections | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Worldwide, 870 million people go hungry every day. With the world population projected to exceed nine billion people by 2050, global agricultural output must expand by an estimated 60% to meet global food needs.
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Conserving the Diversity of Life - International Day for Biological Diversity

Conserving the Diversity of Life - International Day for Biological Diversity | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
May 22nd has been declared the International Day for Biological Diversity to highlight why we need to stop the biodiversity loss if we were to sustain life on Earth
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A Sustainable Future Relies on US-China Collaboration

A Sustainable Future Relies on US-China Collaboration | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Countries must undertake joint initiatives as populations grow and increase their demands on nature.
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Q&A with Helene Gayle | Conservancy Talk

Q&A with Helene Gayle | Conservancy Talk | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
CEO Mark Tercek and CARE CEO Helene Gayle talk about the intersections of poverty and the environment: When a child is starving, a family may not be able to think about long-term sustainability. Read the interview now.
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EU countries must do more to protect biodiversity

EU countries must do more to protect biodiversity | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

European Union countries should step up their conservation efforts and fully implement the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 to prevent species from going extinct, according to a recent analysis of the European Red List coordinated by IUCN. 

 

The analysis presents a detailed overview of species threatened at the European level in all 27 EU Member States. It shows that the highest share of species threatened in the European Union can be found in the Mediterranean region which hosts most of Europe’s biodiversity.

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A new view of The IUCN Red List

A new view of The IUCN Red List | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
There is a brand new way to search for information on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Launched today, a new section on The IUCN Red List website offers a simpler way to search for species and learn about the threats they face.
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Biodiversity and ecosystems for sustainable towns and cities

Biodiversity and ecosystems for sustainable towns and cities | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The rapid expansion of cities is putting nature and the resources it provides at risk. Yet nature can help urban planners to make cities more sustainable and reduce costs, while improving the well-being of their citizens.

Hosted by IUCN’s Member ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns, held from 17 to 19 April 2013 in Geneva addressed the potential of nature-based solutions for economic development in urbanized environments in Europe.

 

 

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Earth Day in Armenia – Absolute Problems

Earth Day in Armenia – Absolute Problems | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The Earth Day is celebrated on 22 April worldwide, when people plant trees, clean territories from garbage, hold demonstrations in the support of environment, speak about their achievements and problems.

Armenia can be proud of what its nature has. There are over 9000 rivers and 100 lakes in the territory of the country; approximately 96% of the water in Armenia used for drinking needs is formed from underground sources. 3 billion m3 underground waters are formed annually. The strategic water reserves, 35 billion cubic meters, are concentrated in the Lake Sevan.

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In Tanzania, Nature Provides Unseen Value for Farmers

In Tanzania, Nature Provides Unseen Value for Farmers | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

What role does the environment play in the livelihoods of African farmers?

Consider this example, drawing from data collected and aggregated by our Vital Signs pilot project in Tanzania. According to the 2010 National Panel Survey, over 70% of farmers surveyed in Tanzania’s “Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor” earned US$ 183 or less in annual household revenue from agriculture.

But farmers also get services from nature for free — protein from wild meats, nutrients from healthy soil, energy from fuelwood, etc. If the environment is degraded, farmers instead have to pay to get these services from an outside source. By adding up the yearly cost of meat from local markets, fertilizer and electricity, we found that the annual value of their household benefits from nature is greater than the amount they earn from agriculture.

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Can Consumer Goods Companies Achieve Zero Deforestation by 2020?

Can Consumer Goods Companies Achieve Zero Deforestation by 2020? | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The flurry of excitement in 2010 around the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) announcement that its 400+ members would work together to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020 was palpable. Those of us in the climate community had the “aha” moment we had been waiting for — finally the private sector would join us in combating one of the fastest-growing contributors to climate change: deforestation.
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Kenya getting tough on poachers, set to increase fines and jail time

Kenya getting tough on poachers, set to increase fines and jail time | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The Kenyan parliament has approved emergency measures to tackle the on-going poaching crisis: last week Kenyan MPs approved legislation that should lead to higher penalties for paochers.
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Q&A with Sir Richard Branson | Conservancy Talk

Q&A with Sir Richard Branson | Conservancy Talk | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek sits down with Sir Richard Branson to discuss climate change, the Caribbean and why business as usual must change.
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Where the Millennium Development Goals Fell Short: Valuing Nature

Where the Millennium Development Goals Fell Short: Valuing Nature | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

This week in New York City, the 27 members of the high-level panel of eminent persons appointed by the U.N. Secretary General will deliver a report providing recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda. This is a critical opportunity to address the inadequacies of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to chart a new course for sustainable development.

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New book shows the power of ecosystems to protect us

New book shows the power of ecosystems to protect us | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Healthy and well-managed ecosystems reduce the risk of disasters and strengthen our ability to adapt to the effects of climate change, according to a new book launched by the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR).
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Wild Boars Completely Extinct in South of Armenia Because of African Swine Fever

Wild Boars Completely Extinct in South of Armenia Because of African Swine Fever | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

International Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated on 22 May worldwide. The UN General Assembly declared International Day for Biological Diversity on 20 December 2000. The loss of biodiversity in Armenia is huge and there are a lot of reasons for this such as loss of habitat for animals and plants, poaching, fire, natural disasters, diseases, mining and SHHP operation. For example, wild boars got completely extinct in Armenia several years ago because of African swine fever.

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Asian Development Bank (ADB) Allotting Russian Company Loan of 25 Million USD for Sevan-Hrazdan ...

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Allotting Russian Company Loan of 25 Million USD for Sevan-Hrazdan ... | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Asian Development Bank (ADB) will allot a loan of 25 million USD for the rehabilitation of Sevan-Hrazdan Cascade. ADB signed a $25 million loan with International Energy Corp. (IEC) – which is majority owned by RusHydro, the Russian Federation’s largest hydropower generation company, while RusHydro, in its turn, is 67.12% owned by the Russian state.

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Director’s Desk: Armenia Dreaming (part 3)

Director’s Desk: Armenia Dreaming (part 3) | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Mid-April, CNF’s Armenia national coordinator Arman Vermishyan and I set off for a closer look at some of the Armenian protected areas where we are already working or are planning to work. Our dual objective was to assess their problems and potential, and to scout out the Armenian leg of our September donor trip.


This is the third in a series of several reports on our two-day trip. Read part 1 →

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IUCN signs new partnership for better forests

IUCN signs new partnership for better forests | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

IUCN signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday with the Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux ( ATIBT) – a key player in the tropical timber industry specialized in sustainable forestry, local processing of timber and forest certification schemes.

 

The two organizations will now work together on the assessment of timber species for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ to help improve the way forest resources are managed. They will also explore the important role that forest certification plays for biodiversity and for local social and economic development.

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Can Consumer Goods Companies Achieve Zero Deforestation by 2020?

Can Consumer Goods Companies Achieve Zero Deforestation by 2020? | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The flurry of excitement in 2010 around the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) announcement that its 400+ members would work together to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020 was palpable. Those of us in the climate community had the “aha” moment we had been waiting for — finally the private sector would join us in combating one of the fastest-growing contributors to climate change: deforestation.

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Director's Desk: Armenia Dreaming (part 1)

Director's Desk: Armenia Dreaming (part 1) | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Mid-April, CNF’s Armenia national coordinator Arman Vermishyan and I set off for a closer look at some of the Armenian protected areas where we are already working or are planning to work. Our dual objective was to assess their problems and potential, and to scout out the Armenian leg of our September donor trip, which will feature the amazingly varied and beautiful landscapes of the South Caucasus.

 

This is the first in a series of several reports on our two-day trip.

 

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Innovative small-scale farming boosts food security and forest conservation in Cameroon: Greenpeace Africa

Innovative small-scale farming boosts food security and forest conservation in Cameroon: Greenpeace Africa | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Yaounde, 19 April 2013 – Community-based farming in South West Cameroon could increase food security while protecting the region’s rich forests, according to a report released today by ACDIC (Association Citoyenne pour la Defense des Interêts...
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Future Generations To Pay For Our Mistakes: Biodiversity Loss Doesn't Appear For Decades

Future Generations To Pay For Our Mistakes: Biodiversity Loss Doesn't Appear For Decades | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

April 15, 2013 Mongabay

The biodiversity of Europe today is largely linked to environmental conditions decades ago, according to a new large-scale study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)....

 

Future generations will inherit a natural world of our making. ... the scientists say conservation efforts will have to stepped up considerably to stave off mass extinction.

"The progressive impact of environmental degradation on the loss of global biodiversity is strongly linked to key socioeconomic indicators such as human population size, land use, and gross domestic product (GDP). However, species populations do not necessarily respond immediately to environmental degradation but might do so with a delay," the scientists write. This theory is known as 'extinction debt,' whereby it takes species several of their generations to show the full impact of habitat loss and other threats.... http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0415-hance-biodiversity-debt.html

 

April 15, 2013 "Revolution" - Richard Branson's Blog - Virgin.com
"THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONSERVATION BECAUSE CONSERVATION IS THE PRESERVATION OF HUMAN LIFE ON EARTH."  This is the message of Revolution, an excellent new film following the adventures of Rob Stewart as he attempts to spark a change in the global mindset towards conservation http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/blog/revolution

 

April 15, 2013 - CSRWire Talkback
NO NATURE, NO BUSINESS: THE COSTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE & THE FINANCIAL CRISIS http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/802-no-nature-no-business-the-costs-of-climate-change-the-financial-crises

 

 

 


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