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Geo-Tagging Reveals Mining Threats on Philippine’s “Last Ecological Frontier”

A field update from the ALDAW Network (Ancestral Land/Domain Watch)
Between July and September 2009, a mission organized by the Philippines-based Ancestral Land/Domain Watch (ALDAW) and the Centre for Biocultural Diversity (CBCD) at the University of Kent traveled to Southern Palawan in the Philippines. The mission was led by Dr. Dario Novellino (CBCD researcher and CEESP member). Palawan is part of the “Man and Biosphere Reserve” program of UNESCO and hosts 49 animals and 56 botanical species found in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. …  

29 Jan 2010 | News story

Diver enjoying the experience of diving on biodiverse and healthy Egyptian coral reefs. Photo by HEPCA

Tourism industry should better cater for climate-sensitive holiday makers

A survey of tourists and tour operators in the Egyptian Red Sea region shows that the industry often misperceives its clients’ environmental sensitivity, putting its own business at risk. Climate change is a growing threat to the tourism industry by making destinations less attractive and jeopardizing major sources of income. The awareness of tourists towards climate change and other environmental issues is likely to be a major driver of their future holiday choices.
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29 Jan 2010 | News story

With the support of the European Commission

Options for Future Policy Options for Biodiversity Policy in the EU

The Commission has set out possible future options for biodiversity policy in the EU for the period after 2010. …  

28 Jan 2010 | News story

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‘Avatar is real’, say tribal people

Survival International: 25 January 2010 - Following the film, Avatar's win at the Golden Globes, tribal people have claimed that the film tells the real story of their lives today. …  

28 Jan 2010 | News story

State of the World's Indigenous Peoples

State of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples contribute extensibly to humanity's cultural diversity, enriching it withmore than two thirds of its languages and an extrordinary amount of its traditional knowledge. …  

28 Jan 2010 | News story

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Economic Value of Natural Capital and Green Development Mechanism

Biodiversity continues to be lost; funding continue s  to be inadequate. Can carbon markets provide insights for increasing biodiversity finance? During the 1st week of December 2009, the Green Development Mechanism 2010 Initiative kicked off international multi-stakeholder consultations about the possibility of setting up a 'green development mechanism' under the Convention on Biological Diversity - essentially a 'CDM' for biodiversity. …  

28 Jan 2010 | News story

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Secretariat provided and hosted by Bioversity International

Since 1996 Terralingua, an international NGO and IUCN member, has been at the forefront of developing research and applications in the field of biocultural diversity. This field conceives of the diversity of life as diversity in nature and culture. It has brought to the fore the links and interdependence between language, knowledge and the environment at the local level, and between biodiversity, cultural diversity and linguistic diversity globally. …  

28 Jan 2010 | News story

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Climate change and agrobiodiversity: Strengthening adaptability and resilience, facilitating adaptation and transition

Agrobiodiversity is already proving to be important in helping rural communities and farmers throughout the world adapt to climate change. Diversity (genetic, species and ecosystem) in production systems can improve adaptability and resilience and is an essential part of adaptation to changing production conditions. …  

28 Jan 2010 | News story

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Progress towards Conservation of Wild Arabica Coffee in Ethiopia

The remnant forests of Ethiopia are important hotspots for biodiversity conservation. The most popular coffee species (Coffea arabica) originates from the a fromontane rainforests in the country. These forest ecosystems which harbor the only wild gene pools of this globally important crop plant are highly fragmented due to agricultural expansion and over exploitation. …  

28 Jan 2010 | News story

Groundwater usage in the Mekong basin

National Dialogue on Water Resource Management in Thailand

The importance of a participatory approach to water management is main focus of the National Dialogue on Water Resource Management in Bangkok, Thailand. …  

27 Jan 2010 | News story

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