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On Saturday I met a small group of committed Wilderness Committee members who had a table and signs outside the Broadway and Commercial SkyTrain station. They were handing out invitations to the March & Rally starting at Vancouver City Hall at 12:00 noon on November 19th, part of their continuing campaign

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CTV News’ investigative journalism gem W5 recently re-aired their excellent show Gambling on Extinction. Working with broadcasters from 15 countries, the producers present an overview of the current sad situation of poaching and international sales of ivory and rhino horns. Every 15 minutes, a wild elephant gets killed by poachers. In

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Rural populations in developing countries are rapidly increasing, threatening many of the planet’s highest biodiversity regions, reports a new study by WWF called Mapping Population onto Priority Conservation Areas. The Priority Conservation Areas in the study are 10 of the 19 places that WWF has determined are priority places for conservation.

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A new survey has found that a majority of voters in the Rocky Mountain region regard clean water, air and land that sustains wildlife as very important, despite a poor economy, reports the Denver Post.  Two thirds of surveyed voters in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming stated that

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An AFISAP forest conservation initiative in Guatemala and a MDI-Nepal sustainable development project in Nepal have both won this year’s $200,000 Sasakawa Prize, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced. Both projects fit in with UNEP’s theme “Forests for People, Forests for Green Growth” in support of the 2010-11 International Year

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The U.S. Forest Service is taking steps to mend fences with industry and conservation groups while addressing climate change. Many forestry projects are stalled or stopped completely each year due to court battles and clashes between logging and protection groups. These roadblocks need to stop for the well-being of both

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Sharks are among the oldest species of fish in our oceans, with an evolutionary history that started before the dinosaurs roamed our planet. Worldwide, tourism related to whale sharks, the largest shark, is estimated to total over $47.5 million per year, reports the Miami Herald. Sadly, however, sharks are killed

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Florida fishing derbies have a new target – to catch the invasive lionfish which threaten the Keys’ ecosystem, reports the New York Times.  The lionfish is from the Indo-Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea, and was introduced sometime in the 1990’s. Already, the lionfish have spread up the East Coast to

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We hope you had a healthy and enjoyable holiday season. Before we move on, let’s take a quick look back at 2010, labeled the International Year of Biodiversity. The year had both good and bad conservation stories, according to a photo feature in the Guardian. In the good news category is

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Scientists are in the midst of creating a strategy that will help us to better understand and map threatened ecosystems. An international working group of biologists and conservation experts from the IUCN has been developing a ‘red list’ system to spot vanishing ecosystems caused by everything from climate change to

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A recent study published in the Trocaire Development Review focuses on three semi-arid districts in Zimbabwe in order to demonstrate the positive effects of conservation agriculture on farmers in developing countries. Conservation agriculture has been practiced for decades in nations from Canada to India and is now being adapted to meet

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My weekend has featured Leonardo DiCaprio. Having enjoyed his movie Catch Me If You Can with a friend on Saturday evening, I was happy to learn on Sunday that he recently donated $1 million to tiger conservation. The money is being donated to tigers through the World Wildlife Fund and will

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Audubon and Toyota are sponsoring an initiative that will encourage positive environmental change, according to Together Green. Forty promising conservation leaders will receive Together Green fellowships that will provide the necessary tools and resources for the implementation of successful green conservation initiatives. These initiatives include projects such as reviving public gardens

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While businesses are important actors in the protection of biodiversity, they were not included in the COP 10 Convention on Biological Diversity, reports the Guardian. Under the current framework, there is no defined role for businesses in discussing and creating international policies. But as the main drivers of natural resource

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Among the positive outcomes of the recent Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan, was that over 15 protected areas of our world are to receive US $6.8 million for conservation. These biodiversity areas include one with monk seals off Mauritania, and one in Sumatra where orangutans, tigers and elephants live,

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