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Biodiversity ‘fundamental’ for global food systems, at “heart’ of development – UN agriculture chief

New York/IBNS: Because the production of everything we eat transforms the environment, the United Nations agriculture chief told a high-level UN meeting on biodiversity that careful discussions are needed to decide on the scale of acceptable transformations.

Mobile protected areas needed to preserve biodiversity in the high seas

Washington/IBNS: World leaders are currently updating the laws for international waters that apply to most of the world’s ocean environment. This provides a unique opportunity, marine scientists argue this week, to introduce new techniques that allow protected zones to shift as species move under climate change.

Shrinking biodiversity poses major risk to the future of global food and agriculture, landmark UN report shows

New York, Feb 23 (IBNS): With the biodiversity of plants cultivated for food shrinking, the global population’s health, livelihoods and environment are under severe threat. This warning from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) comes as the UN agency releases a new report – the first of its kind – on the state of the world’s biodiversity in food and agriculture.

Major reports on biodiversity, ecosystem services to be launched at UN-backed meeting in Medellin

New York, Mar 16 (JEN): With our planet’s flora and fauna facing unprecedented threats, science and policy experts are set to gather next week in Medellin, Colombia, for a United Nations-backed meeting to consider five landmark reports aiming to inform better decisions by Governments, businesses and even individuals on biodiversity, and issues of land degradation and restoration.

Canada: A news study promotes action on climate change

Toronto, Apr 4 (IBNS): A new study “Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being” by Tero Mustonen and Kaisu Mustonen has been published on Friday in science, indicating some species moving to cooler areas of the planet to survive the climate change, media reports said.

UN convention agrees to double biodiversity funding, accelerate preservation measures

New York, Oct 18 (IBNS) A United Nations conference in Republic of Korea wrapped up on Friday with governments agreeing to double biodiversity-related international financial aid to developing countries, including small islands and transition economics, by 2015 and through the next five years.

Eradicating poverty goes 'hand in hand' with biodiversity protection – UN officials

New York, Oct 16 (IBNS) The protection of biodiversity is directly related to the eradication of poverty and stimulation of economic growth, senior United Nations officials stressed on Wednesday at a meeting in Republic of Korea, calling on countries to take an integrated approach when it comes to development.

Benefits of investing in protection of biodiversity outweigh financial costs, says UN-backed report

New York, Oct 8 (IBNS) Implementing measures that promote the sustainable use of biodiversity is a worthwhile investment that will bring multiple economic and environmental benefits to countries, according to a United Nations-backed report released on Tuesday .

Indigenous knowledge essential to meet global biodiversity targets – UN official

New York, Oct 8 (IBNS)The knowledge and traditional practices of indigenous people and local communities are key to halting biodiversity loss and achieving sustainable development, a United Nations official stressed on Tuesday at a major meeting on biological diversity in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

Major conference on biodiversity warns against 'business as usual' behaviour, consumption

New York, Oct 7 (IBNS)The parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity began meeting on Monday as a new United Nations report on the status of biodiversity warned that much more efficient use of land, water, energy and materials are needed to meet globally-agreed targets by 2020.

U.S. initiates prototype system to gauge national marine biodiversity

Washington,Oct 6 (IBNS) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA are funding three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales.

Asian cities take action to reduce ecological impact, as global biodiversity declines: WWF

New Delhi, Sept 30 (IBNS): Asian cities are demonstrating that Earth-friendly solutions to global problems do exist, as threats to the natural environment mount, according to the Living Planet Report 2014 released on Tuesday by WWF.

Indian scientist gets Midori Prize in Biodiversity

Tokyo, Sept 8 (IBNS) Indian scientist Kamal Bawa, who has made intellectual contributions to biodiversity science through research on conservation and rural livelihoods in biodiversity hotspots, publishing nearly 200 research articles and 10 books or monographs, won the 2014 Midori Prize in Biodiversity.

UN seeks global instrument to protect marine biodiversity

New York, Apr 3 (IBNS): United Nations Member States have begun a series of meetings in New York to discuss the need for an international instrument that would regulate the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond countries' national jurisdiction.