Category Archives: Biodiversity

Pandemic sheds light on importance of biodiversity

The novel coronavirus again shows that deadly illnesses can pass between species. Environmentalists hope that politicians will take urgent action to protect biodiversity and deal with the effects of climate change. “It is becoming increasingly clear that the outbreak of … Continue reading

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What biodiversity loss means for our health

Among the great lies, I learned in medical school was that a human being was the product of a sperm and an egg. Yes, these gametes are necessary, but they are hardly sufficient to create and sustain human life. Each … Continue reading

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Biodiversity loss is more than an environmental problem, it is a development, economic, social and moral issue

The IPBES recently published four landmark regional assessment reports of biodiversity (ie genes, species and ecosystems). There is one each for the Americas, Africa, Europe and Central Asia, and Asia and the Pacific, and an assessment of land degradation and … Continue reading

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Biodiversité : accélération de la disparition d’animaux sauvages

Selon un rapport du WWF, publié ce mardi 30 octobre, 60% des populations d’animaux sauvages ont disparu sur Terre en moins de 50 ans. En cause, la destruction de l’habitat de ces animaux par les humains. Aujourd’hui, seul un quart … Continue reading

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Research partnership is key to biodiversity conservation

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 (HCV) approach to safeguarding ecosystems and species. The HCV approach is widely used in sustainable land … Continue reading

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Indigenous storytelling as asset for biocultural conservation

Some of the areas hosting most of the world’s biodiversity are those inhabited by indigenous peoples. In the same way that biodiversity is being eroded, so is the world’s cultural diversity. As a result, there have been several calls to … Continue reading

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Just Conservation: Biodiversity, Social Justice and Sustainability

Loss of biodiversity is one of the great environmental challenges facing humanity but unfortunately efforts to reduce the rate of loss have so far failed. At the same time, these efforts have too often resulted in unjust social outcomes in … Continue reading

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Biodiversity increases the Resistance of Ecosystem productivity to Climate extremes

It remains unclear whether biodiversity buffers ecosystems against climate extremes, which are becoming increasingly frequent worldwide. Early results suggested that the ecosystem productivity of diverse grassland plant communities was more resistant, changing less during drought, and more resilient, recovering more … Continue reading

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FairWild – A Fair Deal for People and Wild Collected Plants

We aim to provide a worldwide framework for implementing a sustainable, fair and value-added management and trading system for wild-collected natural ingredients and products thereof. We encourage sustainable and fair business practices and focus on influencing consumer choice. We inform, … Continue reading

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Bringing back lost Biodiversity

Over millions of years animals have gone extinct, species have been driven out of their habitats and forests have disappeared. But how are conservationists and geneticists trying to re-establish what has been lost? De-extinction is just one way in which … Continue reading

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