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African Conservation Telegraph is a thrice-yearly newsletter published free of charge by the Africa section of the US Society for Conservation Biology. The newsletter aims to provide news and information on conservation science in Africa.
Aliens is the newsletter of the Invasive Species Group of the World Conservation Union. An associated email listserver is dedicated to alien invasive species, with a focus on those that threaten biodiversity.
Founded in 1995, BIOTHAI raises awareness of the links between biodiversity and local livelihoods among policymakers and the general public. BIOTHAI is now a member of the Thai National Biosafety Committee and Plant Varieties Protection Board and advises the government on national biodiversity policy. The organisation campaigns on issues surrounding biotechnology and genetically modified organisms in South-East Asia. Its website links to related news, articles, reports and public statements, from a variety of online sources.
Biodiversity Benefits People is a new, free-access online presentation and exhibition available from the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring centre website. Launched on International Biodiversity Day on 22 May 2004 the presentation is aimed at the wider public and takes the form of Microsoft Powerpoint slides accompanied by audio commentary. The presentation highlights examples where world's biodiversity is under threat. It adds that unless current losses are reversed, humans will lose access to what are known as 'environmental services', such as pollination or natural water purification, which themselves depend on the presence of a rich diversity of species and ecosystems.
This award-winning website promotes the hotspots concept through the protection of 25 areas of the world that contain the largest number of species under the greatest threat. A colourful site that allows browsers to discover species that are threatened in different hotspots arond the world; compare the state of different hotspots and find out what is being done to conserve them by Conservation International, a US-based group that publishes the site and is doing most to publicise - and lobby - for more hotspots to be protected.
This network, created by the International Institute for Environment and Development, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Internews, connects journalists with scientists to help in improve media reporting of biodiversity issues. The website hosts a blog, where members can post stories, ideas, photos and publications. A list of relevant events and links are also available.
BioWatch South Africa is a nongovernmental organisation based in Cape Town founded in 1997 to 'publicise, monitor and research issues of genetic engineering and promote biological diversity and sustainable livelihoods'. It publishes a monthly newsletter, occasional policy briefings and information booklets on genetically modified crops. A library of images, free to reproduce for educational purposes, is also available.
CABI is a not-for-profit, intergovernmental organisation specialising in agricultural and environmental research, publishing and communication. With over 40 different member countries, its scientific projects include finding ways to lower production costs while using ecological practices. CABI studies environmental impacts of invasive species and pests, and searches for natural ways of controlling them. CABI also finds solutions to agricultural problems caused by climate change, provides microbial services and advises on trade policy.
This website, from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, provides information on the co-benefits of mitigating climate change. Issues covered include carbon storage, biodiversity, ecosystem services, protected areas and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).
CABS was founded in 1998 and is a part of the US non-governmental organisation Conservation International. It brings together leading experts in science and technology, and conducts research that supports the mission of its parent organisation, namely to identify and respond to elements that threaten the earth's biological diversity. CABS recently launched its Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) initiative, which aims to monitor long-term trends in biodiversity through a growing network of tropical field stations.
The Centre for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge (CBIK) is an NGO based in Kunming (China) dedicated to conserving nature and culture. CBIK promotes socially equitable and environmentally sound development in mountainous areas of southwest China that are inhabited by ethnic minorities. The website includes links, articles and notices of events.
Chinadialogue is the world's first bilingual Chinese-English online magazine on environmental issues, with a special focus on China. Chinadialogue publishes articles by experts, policy makers, activists and concerned citizens. We aim to find solutions through debate and discussion on shared global issues.
In June 2004, the Climate Change Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), a consortium of large businesses and mostly US conservation NGOs, launched a certification system for global climate protection and biodiversity conservation projects around the world.
Under the scheme, projects that mitigate or adapt to climate change, such as forestry projects, or renewable energy plants, are given scores for their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity conservation, and benefits to local communities. Projects that score at least 50 per cent in each of these three components are eligible for a CCBA certificate.
The certification system, which was launched on 7 June, can work in both developing and developed countries and on projects with private investment, public investment or a combination of the two. CCBA’s founding organizations include the oil company BP and the conservation organisations The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International.
The Conservation Finance Alliance is a network of the major international conservation NGOs, which aims to coordinate their efforts at obtaining funding for biodiversity projects. Their website provides details of news, events and training opportunities in conservation finance. The Alliance was established in 2002 and is based in Washington DC.
Conservation in Practice is a quarterly magazine published by the US Society for Conservation Biology, aimed at researchers and practitioners who need high quality information written in an accessible way. It is a subscription publication, although a selection of articles are freely available. The magazine contains news, features, opinions and analysis of contemporary themes in biodiversity conservation, with an emphasis on practical conservation.
Conservation International is a US-based group set up in 1987 to work on habitat conservation and community participation in Bolivia, Costa Rica and Mexico. Later that year it also launched the world’s first debt-for-nature swap. Conservation International is a major player in world biodiversity science and politics and has convinced a number of governments to set aside land as protected areas, and was among the first groups to adopt the ‘hotspots’ concept of protecting areas with large numbers of threatened species. Together with the Ford Foundation, CI has set up the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business
, which promotes business practices that reduce industry’s ecological footprint and contribute to conservation.
The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research is an association of public and private members supporting a system of 16 Future Harvest centres that work in more than 100 countries to mobilise cutting-edge science to reduce hunger and poverty, improve human nutrition and health, and protect the environment. As well as taking a keen interest in agricultural biotechnology, much of CGIAR's research has direct relevance to biodiversity. CGIAR also coordinates a global network of genebanks that aims to keep the bulk of the world's plant genetic resources in the public domain.
This is the official website for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which was signed in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The convention aims to conserve biodiversity around the world; promote its sustainable use; and share its benefits equitably. The website provides access to all key documents on national and intergovernmental initiatives to slow down the loss of biodiversity. The website also provides information on national biodiversity reports, a useful collection of case studies
from around the world, contact information for national biodiversity officials, information/announcements and guidance on upcoming and past meetings. It is also the official website for the Biosafety Protocol.
The most commonly cited source of information on the protection of indigenous knowledge is the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It urges all governments to protect IK. This part of the website looks specifically at Article 8 (j) of the CBD which relates to traditional knowledge, innovations and practices.
This website publishes information about an international project that aims to design integrated conservation strategies to protect arid and semi-arid ecosystems by preventing and reducing degradation. It concentrates on 18 desertification and degradation 'hotspots' around the world, including Cape Verde, Chile, and Morocco. The website publishes information about research sites, reports and partners, including a dedicated information system, and links to a library of related organisations and upcoming events.