Global Eco Watch: Major ecological happenings of the week (February 17 – 23, 2020)

A Eurasian Beaver. Photo: Wikimedia Commons New study supports reintroducing beavers to Britain A new study has backed reintroducing the Eurasian Beaver, that was exterminated from Britain 400 years ago, back to the country. The study is the result of a five-year-old research by researchers at the University of Exeter to see whether beavers could Read More …

CMS CoP 13 closes: Proposal to restrict trade in protected species diluted

Proposal to Article III of CMS dealing with trade of Appendix I species has been struck down  The United Nation Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals’ (CMS) 13th Conference of Parties (CoP), which started on February 17, 2020 in Gandhinagar, drew to an end on February – with a proposal to Read More …

‘Wildlife usage must be based on sound science and adaptive management’

Susan Lieberman, Vice President, International Policy, Wildlife Conservation Society, spoke about the highlights of the ongoing CMS CoP Susan Lieberman, Vice President, International Policy, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), spoke about the highlights of the 13th Conference of Parties (CoP) to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) that is being held in Gandhinagar from February 15-22, Read More …

Trying to bring as many countries to CMS as I can: Executive Secretary

Amy Fraenkel speaks on the functioning of Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals   Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), spoke to Down to Earth on the functioning of the convention at the sidelines of the ongoing 13th Conference of Parties (CoP) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Edited excerpts: Read More …

‘Urbanisation biggest culprit for decline in India’s bird population’

Rajah Jayapal, senior principal scientist at the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology, Coimbatore talks about the State of India’s Birds 2020 Rajah Jayapal, senior principal scientist at the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology, Coimbatore, is a collaborator with the State of India’s Birds 2020 report that was released on February 17, 2020, at the 13th Conference Read More …

Nut-cracking chimpanzees, elephants reveal animals have intelligent cultures: Expert

Dr Ian Redmond has conducted research on mountain gorillas for more than 35 years through conservation work There is increased acceptance to the idea that animals are cultural beings, the umbrella term for which is ‘Animal Culture’. Scientific studies on animals depicting cultural traits go all the way back to the work of Jane Goodall Read More …

New strategy needed to curb ‘jaw-dropping’ wildlife trafficking in southeast Asia: Report

Organised criminal networks aided by wildlife cybercrime, inadequate laws and dismal conviction rates allow illegal trade to flourish   A new strategy is urgently needed to curb wildlife trafficking in southeast Asia, one of the world’s biggest biodiversity hotspots, according to Southeast Asia: At the heart of wildlife trade, a new report released on February 19, Read More …

Cheetah reintroduction project comes up at CMS CoP 13

The Supreme Court cleared way for reintroduction of species in India on January 28, 2020 Preparations underway for bringing cheetah in India — more than 70 years after they became extinct — came up at 13th Conference of Parties (CoP) to United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Read More …

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