Tag Archives: biodiversity

Adopt a seed!

Adopt a seed!

The source of our planet’s food is under threat. Ten agro-chemical firms own 73% of the commercial seed market, and as many as 93% of seed varieties have gone extinct. In the US alone 85% of apple varieties have disappeared. Monsanto and co…. Read more

Economics – focusing on “the natural object of it”

Economics – focusing on “the natural object of it”

«If as a society we decide to place value on ecosystems and charge the users accordingly, we have to be ready to charge the manufacturing company for its impacts AND the fishermen, tourists, etc. for their impacts… and I fear that it will come… Read more

Out of Service…Maybe FOR EVER

Out of Service…Maybe FOR EVER

According to piece of news released this month in Washington, a survey of oyster habitats around the world found that the succulent mollusks are disappearing fast and 85 percent of their natural reefs have been lost due to disease and… Read more

Visões Positivas para a Biodiversidade

Visões Positivas para a Biodiversidade

Mais de 200 pessoas de todo o mundo reunidas para criar uma visão positiva para o futuro e definir as mudanças necessárias e urgentes Bruxelas – De 16 a 17 de Novembro, mais de 200 participantes de 43 países estiveram reunidos no encontro… Read more

A pleasant approach on biodiversity awareness

A pleasant approach on biodiversity awareness

There are many pleasant ways to get people approach nature and biodiversity; fieldsketching is one of them. Fieldsketching activities can be promoted as environmental education by NGOs, or local councils. In Portugal that is not a common… Read more

Stories of a crusader

Stories of a crusader

Biodiversity and Local History So many species inhabited our lands, rivers and seas in the past. Biodiversity can be “mainstreamed” into local history awareness actions and vice-versa, as indeed natural and historical heritage are both building… Read more

Tour of the Ecological Consumer

Tour of the Ecological Consumer

A circuit on (our) consumption and biodiversity This activity was promoted by the Municipality of Moita, Portugal, last April, with the support of Fenacoop (National Federation of Consumer Cooperatives), a member of Eurocoop, and the cooperative… Read more

Biodiversity loss – A matter of SECURITY?

Biodiversity loss – A matter of SECURITY?

Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Security initiatives It was at Gabala, Azerbaijan, that this idea crossed my mind; though probably it has already crossed the minds of many other people. It just came out during an NGO discussion. We divided in 3… Read more

The Fantastic Caspian Sea

The Fantastic Caspian Sea

An oil source packed with endemisms As a Portuguese, I never had much interest on inland seas, such as the Black Sea, the Aral Sea, or Caspian Sea. But now, visiting Azerbaijan, a republic of the Caucasus region and having walked by the maritime… Read more

REN, Cidades e Calamidades

REN, Cidades e Calamidades

Cerca de 1 mês e meio depois do desastre que se abateu sobre a Ilha da Madeira, é tempo de pensar em termos de médio e longo prazo. E não só sobre a Madeira, mas sobre todo o território nacional. O problema da impermeabilização de solos… Read more

Trondheim: A realistic or idealistic biodiversity “target”?

Trondheim: A realistic or idealistic biodiversity “target”?

Recent echoes on the on-going discussions about setting a new target for Biodiversity in 2020, make us think the question seems to be if the target must be either realistic or something more close to the ideal we want to achieve. Indeed a… Read more

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