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Destruction of nature as dangerous as climate change, scientists warn

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Human destruction of nature is rapidly eroding the world’s capacity to provide food, water and security to billions of people, according to the most comprehensive biodiversity study in more than a decade. Such is the rate of decline that the risks posed by  biodiversity loss  should be considered on the same scale as those of climate change, noted the authors of the UN-backed report, which was released in Medellin, Colombia on Friday. Among the standout findings are that exploitable fisheries in the world’s most populous region – the Asia-Pacific – are on course to decline to zero by 2048; that freshwater availability in the Americas has halved since the 1950s and that 42% of land species in Europe have declined in the past decade. Underscoring the grim trends, this report was released in the week that the  decimation of French bird populations  was revealed, as well as the  death of the last male northern white rhinoceros , leaving the species only two females from extinction.

The Balkan lynx is now officially listed in the Appendix II of the Bern Convention!

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Its listing was unanimously agreed by the signatory parties during the 37th Standing Committee meeting of the Convention held in Strasbourg, France, on 5-8 December 2017.  After the meeting, a period of three months was required for the listing to be official, if no objections were presented by any of the parties, and, now, three months later, the Balkan lynx has achieved this status officially.  The listing in the Appendix II of the Bern Convention foresees a stricter and stronger protection of Balkan lynx in its range countries and fosters transboundary cooperation for its conservation. Photo by  Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania

NP Sjevreni Velebit - Predavanja o prirodnim i kulturnim vrijednostima Velebita

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Ovaj tjedan zahvaljujući zajedničkoj suradnji Parka prirode Velebit, ekološke udruge Lupus i Nacionalnog parka Sjeverni Velebit krenuo je u provedbu projekt „Predavanja o prirodnim i kulturnim vrijednostima Velebita za osnovne i srednje škole Ličko-senjske županije“. Cilj ovog našeg zajedničkog projekta je educirat i školsku djecu o prirodnim posebnostima Velebita kao najvećeg zaštićenog područja u Hrvatskoj, UNESCO-o vog rezervata biosfere i NATURA 2000 područja. Predavanje je osmišljeno kao projekcija vrhunskih fotografija Krunoslava Raca od kojih svaka priča posebnu i osobnu priču s ciljem da se djeci na zanimljiv način približi Velebit, njegove prirodne ljepote i kulturna baština. Do danas, predavanje je održano u osnovnim i srednjim školama u Senju i Otočcu, a nakon završetka školskih praznika održati će se preko 20 predavanja u ostalim osnovnim i srednjim školama Ličko-senjske županije. Predavač Krunoslav Rac je fotograf i pisac koji je već 15 godina svoje profesion

Workshop - "Communication in large carnivore conservation and management"

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“Communication in large carnivore conservation and management” is a title of a networking and experience exchange workshop, which will be hosted by the University of Ljubljana within the frames of  LIFE Lynx  and LIFE DINALP BEAR projects from 16 th  to 18 th  April 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Both LIFE Lynx and LIFE DINALP BEAR projects are focused nature conservation projects with a strong stakeholder dialogue and collaboration component. In the frames of the two projects we develop campaigns to gain public interest, understanding and support for the long-term conservation of brown bears and Eurasian lynx in Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Slovakia and Romania. Learning from experiences of others and sharing our experiences is crucial for maximizing the effectiveness or our activities as well as for ensuring the transferability and enabling the replicability of best practices. Specific aims of the workshop are: Share experiences in communicating on large carnivores re

PROTECTION OF WATER ECOSISTEMS' BIODIVERSITY

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A one-day seminar of the National Educational Institute of Slovenia that was co-organized with Škocjan Caves Park Slovenia and DOPPS-Birdlife Slovenia took place  in the Škocjanski zatok Nature Reserve. The participants were the mentors of The Škocjan Caves Network of Schools as well as other professors of biology and natural sciences from around Slovenia.  In the first part we listened to the presentation of caves as und erground wetlands delivered by Doc. Dr. Maja Zagmajster, learned about the last discoveries and work on the olm biology from Prof. Dr. Rok Kostanjšek and got informed on the interstitial water as an overlooked underground habitat by Doc. Dr. Simona Prevorčnik. After an earned brake, researchers from the Marine Biology Station succeeded the professors from the Biotechnical Faculty of the Ljubljana University.  Prof. Dr. Lovrenc Lipej convinced us about the exceptional biodiversity of the Slovene sea, while Prof. Dr. Valentina Turk presented us the demanding

New 'green list' highlights the positives in nature conservation

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News about conservation often seems like an endless battle to merely slow the decline of nature. Each year, lists such as the International Union for the  Conservation  of Nature’s (IUCN) red list and the Unesco list of World Heritage In Danger grow, as more and more plants and animals inch closer to extinction and protected areas are degraded. But a new list being developed by the IUCN aims to highlight positive steps being taken around the world to protect nature. “It’s a bit like the flipside to the World Heritage In Danger list,” says University of Queensland’s Marc Hockings – the global lead on the green list for the IUCN. Hockings says he came up with the idea of a green list about 10 years ago, as a way of setting a standard for how protected areas should be managed. The IUCN green list of protected and conserved areas is meant to celebrate successfully protected areas, and help other protected areas lift their standards by showcasing successful examples. Since the o

Uspostavljeni temelji za adekvatno upravljanje i zaštitu populacije mrkog medvjeda u Crnoj Gori

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Podgorica -  Prva međunarodna konferencija o upravljanju populacijom mrkog medvjeda trebalo bi da rezultira uspostavljanjem temelja za dalje dugoročno vođenje politike adekvatnog upravljanja i zaštitom populacije mrkog medvjeda u Crnoj Gori“, poručeno je sa dvodnevnog skupa posvećenog upravljanju populacijom mrkog medvjeda,  koju su organizovali  Parkovi Dinarida – mreža zaštićenih područja Dinarida,  Ministarstvo održivog razvoja i turizma, Ministarstvo poljoprivrede i ruralnog razvoja, Centar za zaštitu i proučavanje ptica Crne Gore – CZIP, Njemačka fondacija za zaštitu prirode – EuroNatur i Svjetska organizacija za zaštitu prirode – WWF. „Jedan od ključnih zadataka i obaveza Crne Gore kao potpisnice Konvencije o zaštiti evropskih divljih vrsta i prirodnih staništa (Bernska konvencije) upravo izrada, odnosno donošenje, usvajanje i sprovođenje višegodišnjih planova upravljanja populacijom mrkog medvjeda, a na osnovu toga i donošenje godišnjih programa upravljanja ovom vrstom kao op

How forests help cities manage water

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Forests and trees play a crucial role in managing urban flooding and protecting drinking water supplies. To maximise these benefits, nature-based solutions, such as street trees and forests, are essential for resilient cities and effective partnerships should be developed between authorities from national to local level to protect rural forests. In the 2018 Spring Issue of REVOLVE Magazine, Kate Reilly from the IUCN European Regional Office explores the role of forests in filtering pollutants and slowing down and storing rain, and how these functions can be protected and restored to improve quality of life of urban citizens. Climate change is leading to an increased risk of flooding, with winter rainfall expected to be up to 35% heavier across much of Europe. Increasing urbanisation is exacerbating this problem – the impermeable surfaces in cities prevent rainfall from soaking into the ground, and the concentration of economic activities and people means flooding is an expensive pr

None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

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The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those businesses. For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab. In this way, businesses privatize profits and publicize costs. While the notion is incredibly useful, especially in folding ecological concerns into economics, I’ve always had my reservations about it. Environmentalists these days love speaking in the language of economics — it makes them sound Serious — but I worry that wrapping this notion in a bloodless technical term tends to have a narcotizing effect. It brings to mind incrementalism: boost a few taxes here, tighten a regulation there, and the industrial juggernaut can keep right on chugging. However, if we take the idea seriously, not just as an accounting phenomenon but as a deep description of current hu

“Sat za našu planetu”

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"Sat za našu planetu 2018" © WWF Najveća globalna akcija za zaštitu prirode “Sat za našu planetu” održaće se danas, kada će simbolično isključivanje svjetla na sat vremena, od  20:30 do 21:30 , ukazati na neophodnost očuvanju planete. Protekle decenije, WWF je kroz “Sat za našu planetu” doprinio vidljivosti teme klimatskih promjena i njihovih posljedica. Od ove godine, pod sloganom “Poveži se sa planetom”, akcija je usmjerena i na termin biodiverziteta odnosno biološke raznovrsnosti, kako bi se upozorilo na njegovo ubrzano smanjenje širom sveta. Biodiverzitet je najjednostavnije rečeno raznolikost živog svijeta na planeti i ima direktan uticaj na život svih nas, jer predstavlja temelj zdravlja planete. Zbog neodrživog korišćenja prirodnih resursa, bilježi se njegovo smanjenje što dovodi do nestanka vrsta i prirodnih staništa. Akciju “Sat za našu planetu”, u svetu poznatu kao Earth Hour, do sada je na globalnom nivou podržalo preko 7000 gradova iz