Biodiversity : Features

There are 52 documents in this section.

  • The Pandamobile: a story of wildlife, children, and passion

    27 June 2003

    Introducing children to the natural world, and helping to instil love and care for it, is a vital task. One man who has been doing it by bus for 25 years is Michel Terrettaz. This is his Success Story.

  • Wildlife trade is on the rise

    23 June 2003

    Wildlife trade - both legal and illegal - is big business around the world. And it is growing. While estimates vary, the numbers show that trade in wildlife and wildlife products (excluding timber and fish harvesting) has grown from around $3 or $4 billion annually in the late 1980s to at least $10 billion in 2001, according to the wildlife trade watchdog group, TRAFFIC. Estimates place illegal trade at $5 to $8 billion annually.

  • New expressway threatens Polish park

    23 May 2003

    An EU-supported expressway threatens to maul Poland's largest national park, throwing up questions about the future shape of an enlarged Europe. Andreas Beckmann reports.

  • Herbal medicine can be good for tigers too

    6 May 2003

    Traditional Chinese medicine is the most widely practised traditional medicine system in the world. Its popularity is growing in the West too, where it is incorporated into many homeopathic and alternative remedies. But many are not aware that their medicine may be threatening the survival of animals like tigers and rhinos and plants like wild-grown ginseng. Emma Duncan and Jan Vertefeuille report.

  • Desert wetlands to be conserved

    6 February 2003

    For half of the year, the Rann of Kutch is a vast salt flat - bleak, hot, and dusty, spanning the western border of India and Palkisan. But for the other half it's a huge marsh teeming with flamingos and hundreds of other bird species. Commitments by both countries to designate sites within this transboundary area for conservation under the Ramsar Convention, will help protect these unique wetlands, and the wildlife and people that depend on them.

  • Democracy to rule in Nicaragua's parks

    13 June 2002

    The act of declaring a new national park or reserve is far easier than the costly and complicated work of actually protecting and managing the area. The result worldwide is a growing number of "paper parks," which show up on maps but are protected parks in name only. Now Nicaragua is trying a new approach.

  • Securing the fabric of life

    8 May 2001

    Norman Myers, author of The Sinking Ark, has spent a lifetime campaigning for the survival of our fellow species. Here he sums up the nature, scale and urgency of the 'great decision' now facing humankind.

  • Animal traffic: the road to oblivion

    28 April 2001

    The trade in endangered animals and plants has never been more insatiable and lucrative. Maya Pastakia reports on a ruthless trade which is threatening many rare plants and animals with extinction.

  • Signs of Hope: 1. Seal Sanctuary

    23 March 2001

    Further steps have been carried out to save the rarest seal in the world - the Mediterranean Monk Seal - from extinction after three years of conservation activity and public pressure.

  • 2. Deer on the brink

    23 March 2001

    A remarkable recovery conservation programme for the world's most endangered deer is being engineered in the Philippines, where the Spotted deer (Cervus alfredi) has been wiped out in at least 95 per cent of its former range in the West Visayas region of the Philippines - itself one of the world's highest priority areas of conservation concern. Covering the islands of Cebu, Negros, Guimaras, Panay and Masbate, it has as many recently extinct and endangered vertebrates as the rest of the Philippines put together.