To what extent are the world’s rivers protected?
In 2010, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, set a 17% target for the protection of ‘inland waters,’ including rivers. But there was a problem: there was no good way to measure progress toward that target.
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Is biodiverse agriculture an anachronism? Or is it a vital part of a food-secure future?
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is hosting, from 2-18 October 2013 in Montreal, three major United Nations meetings on biodiversity.
In conjunction with these meetings, experts from Montreal and around the world will give a series of talks on the role business, science and traditional knowledge play in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.
Until today, a map from 1876 has been the backbone for our understanding of global biodiversity. Thanks to advances in modern technology and data on more than 20,000 species, scientists have now produced a next-generation map depicting the organization of life on Earth. Published online in Science Express, the new map provides fundamental information regarding the diversity of life on our planet and is of major significance for future biodiversity research.