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Romanticising Biodiversity, Balakrishna Pisupati

We have just completed twenty-five years of adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that was born out of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit (UN Conference on Environment and Development), along with two other Conventions, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Traditional Knowledge of Kyrgyz People for Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

The Kyrgyz Republic is a developing country that facing many challenging issues after transition period, on the way of building independent economy, improving well-being of nation and conserving fragile natural resources for present and future generations. The problem of conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is critical due to overuse of this natural asset. Therefore adaptation of Sustainable Development Goals for the needs of country’s development is very important, especially taking into account that Kyrgyz people has a long history of sustainable coexistence with environment.

Établir le plan socio-écologique pour l’avenir

Lecture facultative de la semaine 3 de L’Introduction du MOOC Résilience pour le développement. Pour s’inscrire au cours: http://bit.ly/ResilienceMOOC-Register. ;


Cet article décrit une étude récente comparant 23 cas de simulations participatives, mettant en évidence les avantages de l’approche pouvant aider à développer la résilience et identifiant les principaux défis dans la validation de l’approche.


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Empowering local communities to change the future of migration: Celebrating World Food Day 2017

In the drylands of northern Ethiopia, climate change is a formidable foe to the communities who make their home across the rugged landscape. In one such community, known as Abrha Weatsbha, the intertwined effects of desertification, soil degradation and persistent drought brought residents to the brink of resettlement. No longer able to provide from the land, this rural community faced increasingly bleak prospects.

Twenty Years Of Ecosystem Services: How Far Have We Come And How Far Do We Still Need To Go?

It has been 20 years since two seminal publications about ecosystem services came out: an edited book by Gretchen Daily and an article in Nature by a group of ecologists and economists on the value of the world’s ecosystem services. Both of these have been very highly cited and kicked off an explosion of research, policy, and applications of the idea, including the establishment of this journal. This article traces the history leading up to these publications and the subsequent debates, research, institutions, policies, on-the-ground actions, and controversies they triggered.

Article: An Ecoregion-Based Approach to Protecting Half the Terrestrial Realm | April 2017

Authors assess progress toward the protection of 50% of the terrestrial biosphere to address the species-extinction crisis and conserve a global ecological heritage for future generations. Using a map of Earth's 846 terrestrial ecoregions, the authors show that 98 ecoregions (12%) exceed Half Protected; 313 ecoregions (37%) fall short of Half Protected but have sufficient unaltered habitat remaining to reach the target; and 207 ecoregions (24%) are in peril, where an average of only 4% of natural habitat remains.

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