State of the World’s Plants

Just Published: State of the World’s Plants Download report (pdf) The report – prepared by Kathy J. Willis and Steve Bachman with contribution from 80 experts from the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London – provides, a first-time ever baseline assessment of our current knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth, the global threats these plants currently face, and …

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate (2016)

The latest UNESCO report on World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate was published this week, with a startling omission: At the request of the Government of Australia, references to Australian sites were removed from the Report (recent information about the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is available on UNESCO’s website …

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Saturday, May 14, the refuge celebrates its 80th anniversary, having first opened May 20, 1936. The much newer visitors’ center hosts the celebration from 9am-1pm. There will be a bird hike, guided walks, cake and more. Free for everyone. Our questions – what is the status of the refuge and how land may or may not …

Preview: 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings. To date the Conference of the Parties has held 12 ordinary meetings, and one extraordinary meeting (the latter, to adopt the Biosafety Protocol, was held in two parts). …

11th Biodiversity COP (2012)

Poster October 8-19, 2012 Hyderabad, India hosted the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Here are key links and social web tips for those interested in the CBD’s tentpole event: » CBD Website » Documents » Webcast » Side Events » CoP India Website Outcomes The event …

Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award

Photo: Sarah Henderson, Portland The Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award was a collaborative effort between Planeta.com and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity/UNEP (CBD) The award is aimed at private tourism services, owned and operated by Indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles, and its main objectives are to motivate candidates to …