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North East India Ramsar Wetlands in Crisis

North East India Ramsar Wetlands in Crisis: March 1, 2020SANDRP There are three Ramsar sites in eight states of north east India which includes Deepor Beel in Assam, Loktak lake in Manipur and Rudrasagar in Tripura. There are no Ramsar wetlands in remaining North East India states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalya, Sikkim. Here is an account of issues ... Read More »

Small forest patches act as islands and corridors of biodiversity

by Sahana Ghosh on 19 February 2020 • Identification of smaller forest pockets that still hold high levels of biodiversity is essential for conservation. • Connecting smaller protected forests to larger ones can ensure movement of animals so that there is an exchange of genetic material, which will ensure long term sustainability of the populations. • Fragmented non-protected forest patches, ... Read More »

Biodiversity & Agriculture: Nature’s Matrix & Conservation

By Angus Wright, Ivette Perfecto and John Vandermeer OAKLAND, California, Feb 18 2020 (IPS) – When we were children, a long auto trip would require a stop every hour or so to clean the windshield of the insects that had been intercepted. Today’s windshields are spared this indignity—a convenience for motorists but a terrifying signpost of danger for the well ... Read More »

Why We Need Wetlands

by Martha Rojas Urrego GLAND, SWITZERLAND – It’s called the Extinction Wing. Located in a dark corner of the Paris Museum of Natural History, it houses a haunting collection of species that have long vanished from the natural world. With biodiversity declining faster than at any time in human history, what size museum will future generations need? Read More »

India’s unique water purifying wetland could soon be extinct

By Manipadma Jena KOLKATA, India, Jan 3, 2020 (IPS) – Ramkumar Mondal’s farm is awash in a brilliant yellow mustard bloom. A flock of grey cranes peck for food amidst the shallow watergrass. But Mondal’s fishpond digs in there like a do-or-die last sentinel as nearby high-rise buildings, a symbol of development and encroachment, menacingly tower over the fishpond, permanently ... Read More »

Nature losses threaten emerging economies

Jan 24 2020 (IPS) – More than half of worldwide GDP is moderately or highly dependent on nature, putting biodiversity loss among the top five risks to the global economy, according to a report presented at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Read More »

Loss of biodiversity causes yield reduction

Over the past half-century, the need to feed a growing world population has led to markedly expanded and intensified agricultural production. This transformation has led to the degradation of the global environment. The loss of biodiversity can disrupt key ecosystem services to agriculture, such as crop pollination and biological pest control, which underpin the final provisioning service of crop production. Read More »

Loggers in Brazilian Amazon Kill indigenous forest guardian

Another indigenous leader was gravely wounded in the ambush and a logger is reportedly missing Maranhão state, Brazil – Earlier Saturday, members of the Guajajara people’s Forest Guardians, a volunteer land and environmental monitoring force, were ambushed by a group of illegal loggers in the Araribóia indigenous territory, leaving one Guardian dead and another gravely wounded. Read More »

Wild fevervine herb discovered in N. China

A survey group has found a large cluster of wild Paederia scandens (Chinese fevervine) in north China’s Hebei Province during a field investigation for the fourth national survey on Chinese materia medica resources. The wild fevervine community, concentrating with a belt shape in Guxin Township of Shexian County, spans 1 km with a maximum width of 4 meters, according to ... Read More »

Indigenous leaders travel to Europe to report violations in Brazil

A delegation will visit twelve countries to warn authorities, companies and European society about violence against Indigenous Peoples in Brazil Brasília, Brazil – A delegation of Indigenous leaders will visit twelve European countries between October 17 and November 20 to report serious violations against Brazilian Indigenous Peoples since President Jair Bolsonaro took office. Read More »

Address key driver of Amazon deforestation: profit-seeking

Amazon Watch statement on the ‘Amazon Pact’ issued today by South American leaders Today Sept 8 – the presidents of Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Suriname met in Leticia, Colombia to discuss regional cooperation for the Amazon. They issued the “Amazon Pact” at the end of the meeting, which laid out their agreed-upon commitments. Read More »

Seven nations sign forest protection pact after Amazon fires

Seven South American countries have agreed measures to protect the Amazon river basin, amid global concern over massive fires in the world’s largest tropical forest, reports BBC. Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname signed a pact, setting up a disaster response network and satellite monitoring. At a summit in Colombia, they also agreed to work on reforestation. More ... Read More »

Eastern Caribbean takes up strategy for blue-green economy

By Jewel Fraser Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Sep 3 2019 (IPS) – Micro, small and medium enterprises as well as niche markets and experiences such as bee tourism may well hold the key for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States as countries of that sub-region, known as the OECS, ramp up efforts to build economies that are resilient to ... Read More »

Global Day of Action for Amazon Sept 5

September 3, 2019 ipmsdl_admin Categories: Events Amazon Rainforest is burning, and the world will not take it sitting down. This September 5, the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) joins the whole world in calling for immediate action to stop the Amazon fire. Read More »

Bolsonaro bans fires for land cleaning in Brazil to Amazon only

Rio De Janeiro, Sept 01 (AP/UNB) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is partially backtracking on a decree that banned most fires for land-clearing for 60 days, now saying the ban will only apply to the Amazon region. The government on Friday published a decree saying fires for agriculture outside the Amazon region would be allowed with authorization from state environmental ... Read More »