In response to the unprecedented environmental and social challenges our planet is facing, one website has drawn wisdom from the natural world in an attempt to assist the people and organisations dedicated to its protection and sustainable development. Healthy systems in nature are diverse, with productive interspecies relationships forming the glue that binds ecosystems together. Yet, while many of our global problems are interconnected, until now there has been no definitive mechanism that empowers conservation, aid and development organisations to tackle them collectively. To fill this need a website has been created that takes online social networking to a whole new level, harnessing its power for the conservation and sustainable development sector, NGOpolis.com
Dozens of commercially exploited timber species are to receive better international trade controls following negotiations at a United Nations meeting today. Delegates to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting voted to include tropical hardwood species from Latin America, Asia and Madagascar in Appendix II of the Convention.
The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and the Government of Canada today debuted a video about an innovative program in Colombia, South America, that reduces methane gas emissions from landfills as a way to mitigate the dangers of global climate change and showcases the collaborative work of developed and developing countries.
Budding innovators and entrepreneurs are being asked to contribute ideas that could help businesses improve their environmental performance, with the opportunity to win a slice of a £100,000 development prize fund. The GeoVation Challenge, run by mapping agency Ordnance Survey, is seeking ideas on how the use of geographic data can help British business improve environmental performance.