Biodiversity blogs

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    Ask not what you can do for nature…ask what it can do for you

    Mike Shanahan 1 August 2011

    In 1997 a British barrister uttered three words that left my sister and me speechless and gave us a glimpse of the future.

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    “Protecting and promoting the rights of indigenous people benefits us all”

    Krystyna Swiderska 9 June 2011

    He gave the example of indigenous peoples in Peru who are responding to climate change by reintroducing native potato varieties and so are “helping to conserve the earth’s biodiversity”. “Indigenous peoples have been living a ‘green economy’ for centuries,” he added — economists should look to old practices in indigenous communities for new ways to achieve sustainable development.

  • Kate Lewis's picture

    Can hunting wildlife contribute to biodiversity conservation?

    Kate Lewis 19 November 2010

    It’s a politically and ethically charged debate. Can hunting animals really contribute to wildlife conservation and biodiversity objectives?

  • Dilys Roe's picture

    Charting a course for biodiversity and the poor

    Dilys Roe 22 October 2010

    Negotiations by parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) continue in Nagoya, Japan. Biodiversity researchers, advocates and government officials have gathered here to strike a deal that will, hopefully, safeguard life on Earth over the next decade.

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    Better communication is key to wise use of Nature's riches

    Mike Shanahan 19 October 2010

    To ensure that nature's goods and services can continue to support human wellbeing, we need better communication about why biodiversity is important, what its decline means and what can be done about it.

  • Will biodiversity loss break the bank?

    Barbara Kiser 9 March 2010

    Is the biodiversity drain speeding up? As Juliette Jowit reports in a recent Guardian, a study by Simon Stuart of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission reveals that humans are driving extinctions ‘faster than new species can evolve’.

    That might not surprise some in Madagascar — the California-sized ‘eighth continent’ off Africa’s southeastern coast, and a crucible of species from lemurs to octopus trees. This positively sizzling biodiversity hotspot is in danger of becoming little more than a barren political minefield.

    All of which strikes a bleak note in this, the International Year of Biodiversity.

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    Bushmeat stew: complexities of a shadowy trade

    Emma Blackmore 1 February 2010

    It’s hard for some to imagine sitting down to a meal of baboon, green monkey and warthog meat.