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Ecuador endangered

John Seed The tropical Andes of Ecuador are at the top of the world list of biodiversity hotspots in terms of vertebrate species, endemic vertebrates, and endemic plants. Ecuador has more orchid and hummingbird species than Brazil, which is 32 times larger, and more diversity than the entire USA. Read More »

Saving the orangutans of Sumatra

The Leuser Ecosystem is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Sumatra and one of the largest single continuous blocks of tropical rainforest left in the whole of south-east Asia. It is also home to the orangutan, one of the region’s most endangered species. Despite Leuser’s World Heritage status, it is under continued threat from deforestation by palm-oil plantations, affecting ... Read More »

18 films about food to inspire, outrage, and Mobilise

Danielle Nierenberg Film is an incredible tool for effecting change in the food system with its unique ability to educate, inspire, and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming. Film can transport viewers to unseen territories, from Colombian coffee-growing regions to the bottom of the ocean, and unveil the stories, struggles, and triumphs of those working in the hidden ... Read More »

Testing a low-tech pesticide alternative: Flowers

To make sure more beneficial bugs come to their fields to feed on pests, farmers are planting them homes in the middle of their fields. (Extra bonus: It looks beautiful.) By Adele Peters On a farm near the town of Buckingham, England, a crop of oilseed rape–a plant that would normally make the field a solid yellow color–is planted with ... Read More »

Respect your elders—plants!

Danielle Nierenberg I had a very unique opportunity this week to join a group of entrepreneurs, chefs, scientists, advocates, writers, policymakers (including the very inspiring President of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib), and other food and agriculture experts to attend a luncheon at Clarence House in London, England, with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who serves as the Patron of ... Read More »

‘Remove Ithai Barrage on Loktak Lake’ in Manipur

Manipur – Loktak lake is the largest freshwater lake near Moirang in Manipur state. In local language Loktak means end of stream. The lake is referred as the “lifeline of Manipur” as it is highly productive and provides habitat to biota and livelihoods to people. The lake is an Important Bird Area (IBA) and is widely famous for the phumdis ... Read More »

BD creates framework to monitor SDGs progress

The government has approved the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Bangladesh aimed at tracking the implementation progress of SDGs in the country. The M&E Framework for SDGs was approved at an inter-ministerial meeting titled “Finalization of Bangladesh’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” held at NEC Conference Room of Planning ... Read More »

Bird fair held at jahangirnagar university

A day-long Bird Fair-2018 was held today on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus with a view to raising mass awareness to conserve birds in the environment. JU Zoology department in association with Wild Life Rescue Center (WLRC), Bangladesh Bird Club, Aronnyok Foundation, Prokriti O Jibon Foundation and Bangladesh Forest Department organized the fair at the Zahir Raihan auditorium premises on ... Read More »

HC halts felling of trees of Jessore Road

The High Court on Thursday stayed the government’s decision to cut down century-old trees on both sides of Benapole-Jessore Highway. A bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Iqbal Kabir Liton passed the order in the morning after hearing a writ petition. Read More »

BDF meet for holistic development of urban services

Speakers at a working session of the two-day Bangladesh Development Forum underscored the need for a holistic and inclusive approach with the coordination of all concerned agencies and stakeholders to improve urban service delivery to help ensure sustainable development. “Coordination of all concerned agencies and stakeholders and good governance are prerequisite for improving urban services for sustainable development,” Center for ... Read More »

Sustainable energy critical for achieving Paris Climate Agreement

By Miroslav Lajčák Aby Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jan 15 (IPS) – The Paris Agreement ushered in a new global approach to climate change. At the core of this agreement are the Nationally Determined Contributions. We are now implementing these pledges. Over the last few days we have heard much about challenges and opportunities. Challenges are nothing new. It is ... Read More »

Mongabay-India launched

“Mongabay-India: Bringing biodiversity discussions into the mainstream “Mongabay-India is the newest product from the Mongabay.com group of online publications with 20 years of publishing history. “Even though India was a leader in biodiversity policy, it has been a laggard in biodiversity-related discussions in the public space; Mongabay-India intends to fill this gap. Read More »

Flower research center at Jessore on cards

Dhaka, Jan 9 – Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury on Tuesday said the government has a plan to establish a regional flower research centre at Jessore. The minister said this while responding to a query placed by treasury bench lawmaker M Manirul Islam of Jessore-2 at the Jatiya Sangsad here. A development project for setting up a flower research centre ... Read More »

China’s ban on ivory trade comes into force

China has long been one of the world’s biggest markets for ivory, but as of 2018 all trade in ivory and ivory products in the country is illegal. The move is being hailed as a major development in efforts to protect the world’s elephant population. Wildlife campaigners believe 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers every year. Read More »

Mainstreaming agrobiodiversity in sustainable food systems

Rome, Italy, 26 Dec – Bioversity International has recently published a book on mainstreaming agrobiodiversity in sustainable food systems. The book summarises evidence on the contribution of agricultural biodiversity to four interconnected dimensions: (1) diverse, healthy diets; (2) multiple benefits in sustainable farming systems; (3) seed systems delivering crop diversity for sustainable food systems; and (4) conserving agricultural biodiversity for ... Read More »

Bangladesh releases its first biotech rice

Dhaka, Dec 27 – Scientists in Bangladesh have developed country’s first biotech rice variety giving farmers an answer to the difficulties they face in harvesting the staple with machines. Stems of BRRIdhan-86, the variety that got official release approval Wednesday, are strong and stout and easy to reap by mechanical harvesters. This will come handy to farm owners, who suffer ... Read More »

Migratory birds shying away hitherto safe JU campus

Each year as winter descends lakes on the Jahangirnagar University campus play host to hundreds of migratory birds, who prefer taking this temporary refuge to escape extreme chilly weather of Siberian region. But this year the scene appears unpleasantly different. The migratory birds shied away from the campus due to noises created by an ever increasing number of vehicles parked ... Read More »

Move to conduct survey of Sundarbans

Dhaka, Dec 16 – The government has planned to conduct the Unesco-prescribed Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in the Sundarbans and adjoining areas to assess the cumulative impacts of development in the world’s largest mangrove forest for going ahead with the 1320 MW coal-fired Rampal Power Plant projects and other industrial schemes. Read More »