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40% of plant species at risk of extinction – Study

Plant Species

About 40 per cent of the world’s 500,000 identified plant and fungi species are at risk of extinction, according to a study published on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. 40 per cent of the world’s 500,000 identified plant and fungi species are at risk of extinction More sophisticated techniques for assessment and analysis had allowed the scientists to “correct biases” of ...

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2020 World Migratory Bird Day themed ‘Birds Connect Our World’

Migratory birds

Birds can be found everywhere: in cities and in the countryside; in parks and backyards, in forests and mountains, and in wetlands and along the shores. They connect all these habitats and they connect us, reminding us of our own connection to the planet, the environment, wildlife and each other. Through their seasonal movements, migratory birds also remind us of nature’s cycles. ...

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Global Strategy for Plant Conservation aligns actions to protect plant diversity

Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

A new report on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), suggests that while the 16 targets of the decades long plan to protect global plant are unlikely to be met, countries have made considerable progress towards achieving many of them. A gathering of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation Such progress is the result of actions under the strategy, ...

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NCF raises voice for conservation on Vulture Awareness Day

Vultures

As the need to promote conservation message becomes more important in the face of the world battling the effect of COVID-19, and in order to prevent another pandemic through zoonotic disease, international and local groups have embarked on vulture conservation awareness campaign in Africa. Vultures The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), on its part, commemorated the International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) ...

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H&M Group announces multi-year contribution to IPBES

Anne Larigauderie

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) on Tuesday, September 9, 2020 announced a new four-year financial contribution to its work on biodiversity science and policy by the H&M Group. The Swedish-based global fashion retailer has committed significant, non-earmarked support to IPBES, in addition to a wider engagement with biodiversity issues. IPBES Executive Secretary, Anne Larigauderie Speaking about the ...

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Kenya pledges to enhance conservation of vultures amid threats

Vultures

Kenya will earmark sufficient resources to promote conservation of vultures amid threat of extinction linked to habitat destruction and retaliatory poisoning by herders, officials said on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at an event to mark International Vulture Awareness Day. Vultures Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, said that protecting vultures and other birds of prey from myriad threats ...

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Activists want Congress to block Trump from drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

Donald Trump

In what looks like a blow to environmental conservation and Indigenous peoples’ rights, President Donald Trump has announced that he will open up the 1.6 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and gas drilling. President Donald Trump of the US The Arctic Refuge is said to be the largest remaining stretch of wilderness in the U.S. ...

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ECOWAS Regional Consultation urges protection of Africa’s ‘irreplaceable’ biodiversity

Deforestation

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Consultation on Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework held recently has said that threatened biodiversity from the West and Central Africa regions that form an irreplaceable part of humanity’s natural heritage must be protected for generations to come. According to Dr Mohammed Abubakar, deforestation across the West African ...

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Overfishing puts local livelihoods, shark populations at risk in Congo

Silky sharks

Congolese artisanal fishers are increasingly turning to shark fishing because of increased scarcity of other stocks overfished by industrial fisheries, a recent study has revealed. The silky shark The study, undertaken by TRAFFIC, finds that urgent legislative and management improvements are needed to prevent a collapse of shark fishing and protect local livelihoods. Artisanal shark fishing by migrant fishers using ...

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Hundreds of sea lions to be killed in effort to save endangered fish

Approval to kill up to 840 sea lions in a portion of the north-western U.S.’ Columbia River and its tributaries during the next five years to boost the survival of salmon and steelhead at risk of extinction was expected from federal officials in the U.S. on Friday, August 14, 2020. Sea lions The kill programme has been in the works since Congress approved a ...

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