Posts in conservation
Land conservation matters for the Chesapeake Bay

Op-Ed Washington Post

September 4, 2019
The Chesapeake, and the Earth itself, faces challenges unlike any we have seen before. Loss of natural areas, accelerated climate change, excessive pollution and dramatic reductions of wildlife and plant species threaten the foundation of what makes the Chesapeake special. While its easy to despair, I see an opportunity to usher in a new era of data-driven, results-oriented conservation focused on protecting the ecosystems and landscapes that are critical for maintaining our diverse cultures, local economies and health.

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Campaign for Nature and 30X30 Ocean Alliance Submit Intervention to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Campaign for Nature

August 29, 2019
This week in Nairobi, Kenya, the Convention on Biological Diversity, kicked off a year-long process to develop a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that will be adopted at the Conference of Parties meeting in China in October 2020. At this meeting, the 30X30 Ocean Alliance, that includes the Campaign for Nature, Conservation International, National Geographic Society, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oceans5, and the Wildlife Conservation Society, submitted an intervention expressing the alliance’s goal of protecting or conserving at least 30 percent of the ocean through highly and fully protected marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures that demonstrate comparable benefits for biodiversity.

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Ascension Island Soon to Be the Atlantic Ocean’s Largest Marine Protected Area

National Geographic

August 26, 2019
On August 24 the council of Ascension Island, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic, announced its support for the designation of a giant marine reserve around Ascension Island. At 440,000 square kilometers, the new reserve will be by far the largest in the Atlantic Ocean (roughly the size of the state of California). Once established, the marine protected area (MPA) will bring the highest level of protection to this region’s exceptional biodiversity by prohibiting commercial fishing and extractive industries.

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The Lawless High Seas May Soon Gain Protections Under a Groundbreaking Ocean Treaty

Gizmodo

August 20, 2019
Academics and activists have come together to propose a Global Ocean Treaty under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The treaty is calling for world leaders to raise that to 30 percent by 2030, a number many scientists and groups have agreed on is necessary to keep biodiversity and fish populations healthy. The high seas—which make up 63 percent of the world’s oceans area but aren’t owned or managed by any single country—are particularly in need of protection.

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Global Assessment Of The State Of Nature Shows Urgent Action Needed To Protect Both People And Planet

Campaign for Nature

May 6, 2019
A new global assessment from the UN-mandated Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was issued today by 150 of the world's leading scientists, painting a grim picture of the state of the planet's lands, ocean, and wildlife. It finds that the loss of nature and the resulting wildlife extinction crisis is worse than previously understood and underscores the urgent need for world leaders to commit to an ambitious global deal to protect nature and, therefore, life on Earth.

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Race to Protect 30 Percent of the Planet by 2030

Environmental News Service

February 6, 2019
The New Deal for Nature and People, to be signed at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Beijing in 2020 as a UN-wide framework for nature, represents “our last hope to ensure the long-term sustainability of Earth’s ecosystems on which human life depends,” the 13 groups said in their joint statement.

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Space for Nature

Science

September 14, 2018
Given the evidence to date and the implications of an underestimate, we encourage governments to set minimum targets of 30% of the oceans and land protected by 2030, with a focus on areas of high biodiversity and/or productivity, and to aim to secure 50% by 2050. This will be extremely challenging, but it is possible, and anything less will likely result in a major extinction crisis and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of future generations.

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