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International Biodiversity Day: Sustainable tourism vital for biodiversity conservation – Palmer

Cancun

In the light of the global celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity on Monday, May 22, 2017 under the theme: “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”, the world has been examining the positive but also potentially negative impacts that tourism can have on biodiversity. Tourism is said to represent one of the world’s fastest growing industries. According to the United Nations World ...

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International Day for Biodiversity: Nature-based tourism holds key to conserving nature – IUCN

african-safari

Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Inger Andersen, in a statement to commemorate the International Day for Biological Diversity 2017, stresses that, if done right, the tourism industry also holds the key to conserving nature, and ensuring a more sustainable development. According to the Danish economist and environmentalist, nature-based tourism makes up more than ...

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International Day for Biodiversity: CITES applauds as Nepal destroys confiscated wildlife parts

Bengal tigers

At the occasion of the destruction of confiscated and other wildlife parts at the Chitwan National Park in Nepal, which was timed to coincide with the International Day for Biodiversity on Monday, May 22 2017, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John E. Scanlon, commended Nepal for fulfilling CITES requirements. At the event, ...

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EU provides €900,000 to support marine species

Karmenu Vella

The European Commission has announced a significant financial contribution of €2.25 million to the Secretariat of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to help with the implementation of decisions adopted at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the CITES that held September 24 to October 4, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The ...

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France, IUCN collaborate to support global environment, development efforts

Inger Andersen

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has signed a new framework agreement with France for 2017-2020, which aims to support the Union’s work to conserve the planet’s biodiversity and achieve sustainable development. The new agreement focuses on improving the protection and management of the oceans, islands and coasts, conserving ecosystems to combat climate change, reducing the negative ...

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Cross River COBRA scheme seeks to curb threat to Okpon rainforest

Okpon-COBRA

A Community Based Rainforest Action (COBRA) project is being implemented by an organisation known as NGO Coalition for Environment (NGOCE) with Goldman Environmental Foundation and Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco as sponsors and partners. The NGOCE, being a frontline environmental outfit in Cross River State, is noteable for its invaluable contribution to conservation. In her resoluteness with policy direction ...

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World Migratory Bird Day: Bird conservation crucial to mankind’s future

Migratory birds

The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2017 was observed across the world on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The theme for the WMBD is: “Their future is our future – A healthy planet for migratory birds and people.” The theme for the year throws light on the topic of Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People. Indeed, the WMBD 2017 highlights the ...

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Indigenous peoples and conservation: A call to action

Milka Chepkorir

The United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has made a series of recommendations to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples in the context of conservation activities. The Permanent Forum met in New York for the last two weeks, and, as part of the proceedings, heard from Milka Chepkorir, a Sengwer woman from Kenya, who presented a joint ...

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Virtual reality film to connect audiences with penguin protection

Penguins

For the first time, digital audiences can be transported to a sub-antarctic penguin colony to immerse themselves in the lives of penguin species, thanks to a new 3D 360-degree film launched on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 produced with Visualise for BirdLife International’s “Protect a Penguin” global campaign. BirdLife International, believed to be the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, has worked ...

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12m Euro SOS scheme to help carnivores, humans coexist

leopard

Protecting lions, cheetahs and other iconic African species by helping local communities coexist with these predators is the goal of a new 12 million euro programme, funded by the European Commission, to be managed by IUCN’s SOS – Save Our Species initiative. The new programme aims primarily to halt the decline of lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and Ethiopian wolves, ...

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