Countries are unwilling to embrace more conservation measures until they are sure that money will be available

Negotiators from over 190 countries sat late into the night on Thursday, trying to end the stalemate in funding talks as the Convention on Biological Diversity draws to a close. It is hoped that a combination of rising pressure from poor countries, and lowered expectations from India and the U.N. may help to wring some monetary support from richer countries to help protect the world’s vanishing plants, animals and natural habitats.

Madagascar, the island nation in the Indian Ocean is home to some of the exotic and rate flora and fauna. However, there is bad news for its palms.

About 120 marine hotspots identified by experts are awaiting to be approved by the Convention on Biological Diversity as they need immediate attention.

Hyderabad: A consensus between developed and developing nations on the issue of resource mobilisation to achieve the 10-year Aichi biodiversity target is likely to emerge during Thursday’s meeting

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday pledged $50 million to strengthen institutional mechanism for biodiversity conservation in the country.

Hosting a global biodiversity meet here, India today announced that it would spend $50 million over the next two years to strengthen institutional mechanisms for biodiversity conservation in the co

In a bid to kick-start the stalled process of raising global funds for biodiversity conservation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh committed $50 million (over Rs. 264 crore) for what he called the ‘Hyderabad Pledge’ as India takes over the two-year presidency of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

This sum would “strengthen the institutional mechanism for biodiversity conservation in India. We will use these funds to enhance the technical and human capabilities of our national and State mechanisms to attain CBD objectives,” Dr. Singh told delegates at the inauguration of the high-level segment of the U.N. summit on Tuesday. “We have also earmarked funds to promote similar capacity building in developing countries.”

State governments have acted positively to protect it, say agencies

The lion-tailed macaque, one of India’s endangered mascot species, is no longer on ‘The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates’ list, after the international body compiling it determined that the State governments had acted positively to protect it. The list of 25 primates is put out by a group of specialist agencies — the Primate Specialist Group of the IUCN/Species Survival Commission; the International Primatological Society; Conservation International (CI); and the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation.

First cities and biodiversity outlook report was released here at the Convention for Biological Diversity. The focus is on action and policy towards sustainability with accent on awareness.

Ecosystem restoration and relationship between biodiversity and climate change to be discussed

The difficult task of mobilising financial resources for achieving biodiversity targets expeditiously became the running theme at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), represented by over 170 countries, which began here on Monday. Union Environment and Forests Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, who assumed charge as president of COP-11 for the next two years, set the tone for the meeting and said resource mobilisation was the most important unfinished agenda that was inherited from COP-10.