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Biodiversity

Impact of Marine Debris on Biodiversity: Current Status and Potential Solutions

Large quantities of debris can now be found in the most remote places of the ocean, and persist almost indefinitely in the environment. This represents a significant cause for concern, although much of this growing threat to biodiversity and human health is easily preventable with solutions readily available.

Large quantities of debris can now be found in the most remote places of the ocean, and persist almost indefinitely in the environment. This represents a significant cause for concern, although much of this growing threat to biodiversity and human health is easily preventable with solutions readily available.

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October, 2012

DID YOU KNOW … that delicious juicy tropical fruit trees in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand are at risk?

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Four genera of fruits including citrus, mango, rambutan, and mangosteen valued for their wide range of nutritional and health benefits, are an important part of Asian cultures. The fruit trees, however, are at risk due to an alarming loss of biodiversity.

DID YOU KNOW that the Saiga Antelope is now extinct within China’s borders?

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The current worldwide population of these long-nosed, migratory grazers stands at 81,000—marking one of the most sudden and dramatic population crashes of a large mammal on record worldwide.

The Steppe Conservation and Management Project (SCMP) was formed as a response to these losses. The project is supporting the government of Kazakhstan to expand and manage its protected areas within the steppe zone. Due to coordinated project intervention, the main Kazakh population of this enigmatic, Critically Endangered species is now recovering steadily.

Guidance to the Financial Mechanism

Four-year framework of programme priorities; review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism and needs assessment for the sixth GEF replenishment cycle.

 

Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 11th Meeting in India, 8-19 October 2012.

 

 

Draft Decisions for the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

 Draft Decision for the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India during 8-19 October 2012.

 

Report of the Global Environment Facility

Report of the Global Environment Facility at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 11th Meeting in Hyderabad, India during 8-20 October 2012.

DID YOU KNOW that although DDT is a cheap and fast method in wiping out the mosquitos that spread malaria, it is a serious threat to human health and environmental biodiversity?

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In 2004, the GEF funded nearly US$ 7.5 million for a regional project implemented by the UNEP and WHO in Mexico and Central America, training more than 200 communities to control malaria without using DDT.

Alternatives methods include preventing mosquito from multiplying by draining stagnant water, repelling mosquitoes with plants, using bed nets and mesh screens on windows and doors, etc.

DID YOU KNOW that within Asia, 59% of water-bird populations are declining?

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Across vast portions of Asia, escalating human demand on limited water supplies, as well as land, are leading to the loss and degradation of wetlands upon which both humans and waterbirds depend. This relationship linking water, wetlands, wildlife, and people’s welfare has been a core theme of the Siberian Crane Wetland Project (SCWP).