We’re not protecting enough of the right areas to save biodiversity: Study

10 October 2020

In 2010, the member nations of the U.N.’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 195 countries plus the EU, agreed that at least 17% of global land and 10% of the ocean needed to be protected by 2020. A new global review finds that many countries have fallen short of these ... Read more

Science must back initiatives to restore Africa’s forests, say experts

07 October 2020

Leveraging strong scientific and technical knowledge is essential to regreening the planet, said delegates during a conference on tree planting hosted by CIFOR-ICRAF and Resilient Landscapes. This is of particular importance in Africa, where countries have committed to restoring 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes by 2030 in the frame of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100). Experts made it clear that good intentions alone will not result in enhanced livelihoods, more ... Read more

Reasons for Africa’s low COVID-19 rates revealed

05 October 2020

[DAR ES SALAAM] Africa’s unusually low COVID-19 cases and deaths could be down to a young and sparse population, and the hot and humid climate interrelating to heighten their individual effects, research from the World Health Organization has revealed. In May, the WHO predicted that up to 190,000 people could die and up to 44 million would be infected by the novel coronavirus in the first year of the pandemic, ... Read more

Less than half of world’s humid tropical forests have high ecological integrity: Study

22 September 2020

Only a tiny fraction of the world’s most pristine tropical forests are protected from destruction, according to a recent study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. Humid broadleaf tropical and sub-tropical forests cover just 14% of the Earth’s land surface, but support at least half of the world’s species and provide important ecosystem services like carbon sequestration and water cycling. This makes these ecosystems crucial to meeting global climate and conservation targets such as the ... Read more