This regional assessment documents experiences on ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) and its linkages with biodiversity in Asia. It highlights opportunities to catalyse actions for Eco-DRR that embraces the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems.

The second edition of the ‘State of Biodiversity in Africa’ provides a mid-term review of progress on implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets on the continent.

In some parts of the world, proprietorship, price incentives, and devolved responsibility for management, accompanied by effective regulation, have increased wildlife and protected habitats, particularly for iconic and valuable species. Elsewhere, market incentives are constrained by policies and laws, and in some places virtually prohibited. In Australia and New Zealand, micro economic reform has enhanced innovation and improved outcomes in many areas of the economy, but economic liberalism and competition are rarely applied to the management of wildlife.

Human management of ecological systems, including issues like fisheries, invasive species, and restoration, as well as others, often must be undertaken with limited information. This means that developing general principles and heuristic approaches is important. Here, I focus on one aspect, the importance of an explicit consideration of time, which arises because of the inherent limitations in the response of ecological systems. I focus mainly on simple systems and models, beginning with systems without density dependence, which are therefore linear.

Protected areas in general, African ones in particular, are currently underfunded, while they are threatened by encroachment and pollution and under continuous pressure.

This analysis of the draft wildlife action plan says that it takes note of the injustices historically carried out upon the local communities and addresses such injustice to be able to create local support for conservation. It also examines the extent to which the draft has explored complementarities between national laws and international obligations.

This report asks whether the conditions connected with the approval of Adani’s Carmichael mine would actually achieve their objective, or are they allowing destruction of our environment? Is the condition-setting process in fact granting Adani a licence to kill?

The Protected Planet Report 2016 has been launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Anand Arya & Others Vs. Union of India & Others dated 02/09/2016 regarding state of wetlands in India. According to the Applicant there are nearly 7,53,647 hectares of wet land as per National Wetland Atlas and out of it 5,54,960 hectares of land are under less than 2.5 hectares, while the remaining 1,98,687 hectares of land are more than 2.5 hectares. According to him these wetlands are located in the protected areas as well as outside the protected area.

Protected areas are a key strategy in conserving biodiversity, and there is a pressing need to evaluate their social impacts. Though the social impacts of development interventions are widely assessed, the conservation literature is limited and methodological guidance is lacking. Using a systematic literature search, which found 95 relevant studies, we assessed the methods used to evaluate the social impacts of protected areas.

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