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Palau Pledge

Learn why the children of Palau have written a pledge that every visitor to their home has to take. Palau is the first nation on earth to change its immigration laws for the cause of environmental protection. Upon entry, visitors need to sign a passport pledge to act in an ecologically responsible way on the island, for the sake of Palau’s children and future generations of Palauans.

Click on the link below to learn more about the pledge.

Training Opportunity - Forestry Training Centre, Fiji - Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Area Management Tailored Short-Term Training

The Forestry Training Centre, within the Ministry of Forests in Fiji, is offering a recently developed Tailored Short Term Training on Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Area Management which is opened to any group and types of organizations in the Pacific region. This training course is aimed at enhancing the skills of people already undertaking related work or that have strong interest in environmental management and biodiversity conservation. The course content, duration and location can be tailored to different needs. 

New research article - Utilitarian framings of biodiversity shape environmental impact assessment in development cooperation

Biodiversity is under threat from anthropogenic pressures, in particular in biodiversity-rich developing countries. Development cooperation actors, who traditionally focus on the improvement of socio-economic conditions in the South, are increasingly acknowledging the linkages between poverty and biodiversity, e.g. by referring to the ecosystem services framework. However, there are many different framings which stress the need for biodiversity integration and which influence how biodiversity and development are and/or should be linked. 

Large conservation gains possible for global biodiversity facets

Different facets of biodiversity other than species numbers are increasingly appreciated as critical for maintaining the function of ecosystems and their services to humans. While new international policy and assessment processes such as the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recognize the importance of an increasingly global, quantitative and comprehensive approach to biodiversity protection, most insights are still focused on a single facet of biodiversity—species.