Biodiversity : Newsfile

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  • Reprieve for Mekong as big dam is delayed

    19 April 2011

    Environmentalists breathed a temporary sigh of relief today after the intergovernmental panel of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) deferred the final decision on the construction of the Xayaburi dam in Laos to the ministerial level, following concerns raised by Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

  • India's tigers on the increase

    28 March 2011

    The Indian Government today released new tiger population numbers for the first time since 2007, indicating that numbers have increased in the country that has half of the world’s remaining wild tigers.

  • Oil drilling in Virunga park put on hold

    22 March 2011

    The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is to withdraw permission to drill for oil in Africa’s oldest national park, Virunga. A World Heritage site, Virunga is home to a rich variety of birds, plants and animal, including the world famous mountain gorillas.

  • Bee decline set to continue warns UN

    11 March 2011

    Scientists are warning that without profound changes to the way human-beings manage the planet, declines in bees and other pollinators needed to feed a growing global population are likely to continue. .

  • New analysis shows three-quarters of planet's coral reefs under threat

    23 February 2011

    A new comprehensive analysis finds that 75 percent of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by local and global pressures. For the first time, the analysis includes threats from climate change, including warming seas and rising ocean acidification.

  • Bushmeat hunting driving Tanzanian forests to crisis

    9 February 2011

    Several animal species in southern Tanzania are suffering alarming declines due to bushmeat hunting and habitat degradation, and urgent action is needed to prevent the collapse of local biodiversity, according to a new report.

  • World's ten most threatened forests listed at launch of a special year

    2 February 2011

    To mark the launch today of the the International Year of Forests, the US-based Conservation International has listed the ten most at-risk forested hotspots around the world - all  predominantly tropical.

  • Shark populations still dwindling

    27 January 2011

     A decade after members of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation ( FAO) approved an international plan to conserve sharks, a new analysis finds that little has changed. 

  • Asia's tigers could triple to over 10,000

    25 January 2011

    The tiger reserves of Asia could support more than 10,000 wild tigers, 'three times the current number', if they are managed as large-scale landscapes that allow for connectivity between core breeding sites, according to a new paper.

  • New commitments to save tigers

    25 November 2010

    World leaders and countries which have wild tigers have endorsed a major plan to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.