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Report names HSBC, Bank of America, Citigroup among top 10 banks financing biodiversity loss


The loans and underwriting provided by some of the world’s largest banks to companies operating in economic sectors which governments and scientists agree are the primary drivers of biodiversity destruction have been quantified for the first time. People walk past a HSBC signage in Singapore October 8, 2019. Photo credit: REUTERS/Feline Lim “Bankrolling Extinction” finds that, over the course of 2019, ...

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Indigenous communities’ role in addressing biodiversity crisis not recognised by govts, says study

Sengwer indigenous people

A new study of 42 countries, released on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 by the Rights and Resources Initiative, suggests that numerous governments, conservation groups and investors have ignored a growing body of peer-reviewed evidence suggesting that recognising the land rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and Afro-descendants must be at the core of plans now being considered for stopping biodiversity loss and rampant deforestation ...

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Obasanjo, other ex-leaders urge govts to support new goal to curb biodiversity loss

Olusegun Obasanjo

Governments worldwide have been called upon to support a new global goal to protect at least 30 percent of the planet’s land and ocean by 2030, shown by scientists to be the minimum amount needed to halt global biodiversity loss. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo The call was made on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by Campaign for Nature’s Global Steering Committee, a group composed ...

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World Environment Day: Nigeria to strictly enforce laws to curb biodiversity loss – Ikeazor

Sharon Ikeazor

Nigeria’s Environment Minister of State, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, has said that the nation will embark on stricter enforcement of policies and laws in order to curb illegal wildlife trade, deforestation and over-exploitation of biodiversity. Mrs Sharon Ikeazor speaking during the webinar Additionally, she said that government would prioritise the provision of alternative livelihoods to communities to reduce human activities impact ...

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Monsanto Tribunal: Judges, prosecutors, ambassadors unveiled

Francoise Tulkens

The Monsanto Tribunal, an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, crimes against humanity and ecocide, has unveiled a team of legal practitioners that will handle courts sessions at the Tribunal, scheduled to hold between 14 and 16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. The People’s Assembly, which provides the opportunity for social movements to ...

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Report urges accelerated action to meet biodiversity targets by 2020

Bold and innovative action is urgently required if governments are to meet the globally-agreed Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Targets by 2020, says a United Nations progress report on the state of global biodiversity. Launched on Monday (October 6, 2014) one year before the halfway point of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the United Nations Decade ...

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Parties meet on the Safe Use of Living Modified Organisms

Delegates from around the world will on Monday converge on Pyeongchang in South Korea for the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7). The meeting will discuss and adopt further decisions to contribute to ensuring the safe transfer, handling and use of living ...

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Essential biological diversity roles recognised in SDGs

Biological diversity and ecosystems last week featured prominently in the proposal of a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly agreed by acclamation to forward to the General Assembly, setting the stage for better links between the implementation of the biodiversity ...

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Activists demand action to end Ogoniland pollution

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has been asked to take urgent action to end the large scale environmental pollution in Ogoniland, a group of oil-producing communities that cuts across Kana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme local government areas (LGAs) in River State. Africa and Middle East Laureates of the Right Livelihood Foundation, who met recently in Cairo, Egypt, voiced their concerns ...

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