Environment

Researcher studies increased predation of sagebrush songbirds in natural gas fields

Arid land bird populations are in decline around the vicinity of oil and gas wells in Wyoming — but, not for the reasons you might initially think. While such development has encroached on and hindered nesting habitat for three types of sagebrush-obligate birds, predation of these birds has increased because rodent populations in the vicinity of oil and gas wells …

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Lebanon showcases at COP22 cross-sectoral collaboration towards Climate Change Action

The Lebanese Ministry of Environment co-organized with the AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and UNDP a side event entitled: “Triangular climate action: harmonized efforts of businesses, NGOs and the Government”. The event, which was held at the COP22, focused on inter-sectoral collaboration between government, the private sector and civil society in Lebanon, was also supported …

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UN Biodiversity Conference – Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being

On Friday, 2 December 2016, the High-Level Segment (HLS) of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) opened in Cancún, Mexico, preceding the  concurrent meetings  of CBD COP 13, the eighth  meeting  of  the  Conference  of  the  Parties  serving  as  the  meeting  of  the  Parties  to  the  Cartagena Protocol …

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Final Validation Workshop for the Ecosystem Profile update for the Mediterranean Basin

The CEPF investment in the Mediterranean Basin Hotspot began in 2010, where a process of creating an Ecosystem Profile of the region was undertaken. Since 2012 CEPF has been granting funds to civil society organizations in the Mediterranean Basin, following the investment strategy set out in the Ecosystem Profile. The BirdLife Partnership lead on the preparation of the Ecosystem Profile, …

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National Consultation Workshop for Ecosystem Profile update for the Mediterranean Basin

The Mediterranean Basin biodiversity hotspot, Lebanon being one of its major components, is the second largest hotspot in the world and the largest of the world’s five Mediterranean-climate regions. Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund’s (CEPF) niche is to work with all actors engaged in conservation and development activities in Mediterranean Basin countries to foster partnerships in priority corridors and sites. Such …

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Buy a stamp, save a migratory bird

This time of the year in many parts of North America, it’s easy to find geese flying south in V-shaped flocks from their summer homes to their winter grounds. Geese aren’t the only birds that migrate. Of the more than 650 species of North American breeding birds, more than half are migratory, often flying thousands of kilometers and crossing international …

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CEPF updating of the Ecosystem Profile for the Mediterranean Basin

  The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund-CEPF is currently undergoing an update of the “Ecosystem Profile” for the Mediterranean Basin that would be the basis for the grant allocation in the next 5 years. Correspondingly, The public consultation for the CEPF updating process of the Ecosystem Profile for the Mediterranean Basin has now been launched, and all stakeholders are invited to …

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Lebanon Climate Act Launches the Business Knowledge Platform to tackle Climate Change

Lebanon Climate Act initiative organized today a training session for private companies at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon, as part of a series of sessions aiming to deepen the knowledge about the mechanisms to tackle climate change, and to identify the ways in which the private sector companies can contribute …

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Got a Pest Problem? Call the Quack Squad

They’re short, they waddle, and they’re coming to eat the snails. Meet the quack squad, nature’s very own pest control. Every morning, duck farmer Denzel Metthys releases over 1,000 Indian Runner ducks on the Vergenoegd Winery in South Africa. Trained to march in a long line en route to the vineyard, these ducks mean business. Source: Great Big Story

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Moving into action: IUCN World Conservation Congress opens

As the IUCN World Conservation Congress opened today in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, thousands of government and NGO representatives prepared to debate and act on key issues including conserving the oceans, climate change and the role of private investment in nature conservation. Over the next 10 days, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s 1300 State and NGO Members will vote …

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