2014 saw an increased involvement in sustainability by the private sector and other actors in addition to the traditional non-profit organizations and environmentally focused government agencies. Many note-worthy developments were characterized by different groups working together (multi-stakeholder partnerships) and the narrowing in on specific areas with new tools and technologies. Although policy from the local level to the international continues to face obstacles, significant progress was made this year.
A new policy paper led by University of York scientists, in partnership with Proforest, aims to increase awareness among researchers of the High Conservation Value approach to safeguarding ecosystems and species. Full Story The HCV approach is widely used in…
Chances are you’ve come across some ocean news lately. And it may even have been positive! Yes, the ocean is still in serious trouble due to overfishing, pollution, climate change and habitat destruction, but there are more and more success stories to point to, and point I shall.
Despite our ever-increasing knowledge of the natural world, too many people still see it as just another means to make money, says Jean-Christophe Vie. In this week's Green Room, he sets out his argument why the planet's rich diversity of life needs to be preserved in its entirety.
After years of Congressional inaction on conservation issues, 2014 turned out to be a time to celebrate. Not only did we successfully advocate for two new national monuments (and the expansion of two others), but in a fitting salute to the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we helped push Congress to protect more than 1 million acres of public lands in the National Defense Authorization Act.
Conflicts between humans and wildlife have occurred since the dawn of humanity. In Africa, these conflicts have become more frequent and severe over recent decades as a result of human population growth, extension of transport routes and expansion of agricultural and industrial activities which together have led to increased human encroachment on previously wild and uninhabited areas. This publication was compiled to facilitate the coexistence of humans and wildlife and assist affected communities in applying best management practices.
With a focus on large herbivores and carnivores such as elephants, lions, baboons and crocodiles, the book presents the issues, describes different methods of conflict management and outlines a three-step framework for decision-making.
Three dozen text boxes support the concepts through concrete examples. The publication was developed through a writing workshop organized by FAO and the International Foundation for the Conservation of Wildlife (Fondation IGF) in January 2008. It will be of interest to villagers, farmers, wildlife practitioners, development workers and researchers, to local, regional and national authorities, and ultimately to anybody keen to learn more about the issue.
Santa Cruz>> A deadly fungal infection called white-nose syndrome has decimated bat populations across the eastern U.S. since 2006. Millions of bats have died and several species are now on the brink of extinction. This week, a research t
Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRRIL) is violating its own sustainability policy by continuing to source fiber produced via the destruction peatlands on the island of Pulau Padang in Riau, Sumatra, argues a new report published by a coalition of Indonesian environmental groups.
"If the world’s carnivores are to survive we must find ways to minimise their impact on people, and also, very importantly, increase tolerance for their presence in the communities that share their landscape." Dr Sarah Durant from Zoological Society of London (ZSL) shares her perspective on the wider conservation implications of the English badger cull.
From California to Kosrae, thank you for everything you did over the past year to help protect lands and waters around the globe. It’s safe to say that TNC has never been stronger. 2014 was our best fundraising year ever, in large part because it was also our most collaborative and innovative. Thanks to your support, we enter 2015 well-positioned to protect important places, transform the way people value and use nature, and inspire greater investment in conservation.
In all the world, who will decide when to pull the plug on a species, when it is possible to save it from extinction. The answer is a computer, but then follows the question, who will control the use of the computer and have a veto on its advice? I think we know the answer to that.
Earlier this week I released the first part of saving the wild' quotes of 2014, comparing Africa's poaching crisis to a thriller novel filled with terrorism and torture, corruption and conflict. Fortunately there are a growing number of global citizens that refuse to believe in a world without elephants and rhinos, who believe that man has no right to make another species extinct, and who are acutely aware that the greatest threat to wildlife is the belief that someone else will save it.
Lush mountains speckle East Africa's grasslands and desert, from Mozambique to Ethiopia. These isolated habitats are home to a plethora of species, and are considered by scientists to be some of the most biodiverse regions in the world. However, their forests are being cut down for farmland and are threatened by global warming, putting at risk multitudes of species that have nowhere else to go.
A while back, we wrote about some of China’s more obnoxious exports to the United States – poisonous pet food, toxic drywall, et al. We thought – quixotically – that businesses and governments might think about this when considering trade arrangements with the world’s second largest economy. Today, we’re going to [...]