From 24-29 February 2020, the second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework took place in Rome, Italy. Here, 741 delegates from parties, non-parties, intergovernmental organisations, indigenous peoples and local communities, youth, academia, business and so on got together to discuss the future of global biodiversity. Whereas the first…

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Over the past century, the public sector was the predominant funder of land conservation projects, creating national parks, national forests and wildlife refuges in countries around the world. More recently, inventive conservation finance practitioners have discovered myriad ways to bring private capital to the effort – for example, funding for non-profit mitigation banks and providing impact capital…

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IUCN is currently carrying out an EU-funded LIFE Preparatory Project – ‘Improving the performance of the Natura 2000 network through a Green Listing approach’ (LIFE16 PRE BE 001) – to determine the feasibility of the application of the IUCN Green List Sustainability Standard to Natura 2000 sites in order to promote effective management and provide a benchmark…

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The Eurosite Economics and Ecosystem Services Working Group has since its creation aimed to increase the number of protected areas implementing ecosystem services planning, as well as increase awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of protecting and enhancing ecosystem services. During the Eurosite Annual Meeting that took place in Finland last month Mr. Jan…

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BiodivERSA has launched a new policy brief called ‘The Common Agricultural Policy can strengthen biodiversity and ecosystem services by diversifying agricultural landscapes’. This 4-page brief presents key recommendations on how the Common Agricultural Policy can significantly contribute to diversifying agricultural landscapes in support of nature and people, for a more sustainable agriculture. These projects have…

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As part of the Eurosite Annual Meeting 2017, on 27 September Eurosite and Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland organised a thematic networking event of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process on ecologically justifiable Low Hanging Fruits in restoration and nature management. The original idea for this approach was introduced during the second Boreal Seminar of the…

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The Protected Planet Report 2016, published by UNEP-WCMC and IUCN, assesses how protected areas contribute to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and relevant targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, and highlights current research and case studies as examples of the role protected areas play in conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage. Download the report here.  …

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The German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) and the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy (WBW) are calling for an independent and effective European nature conservation fund. This is the key recommendation contained in their newly-released joint statement. Biodiversity in Europe is still being lost at an alarming rate, and in order to improve…

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