Archive for June 6th, 2020

06/06/2020

Forests in Guatemala Find New Guardians: Refugees

Human Wrongs Watch

By Alicia Álvarez Gil in Guatemala City, Guatemala*

As rangers in some of Central America’s most biodiverse national parks, refugees and asylum-seekers get a fresh start while protecting threatened plant and animal species.  |  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

5ed975c96bAncient Mayan ruins emerge from the rainforest in Tikal National Park, Guatemala, July 2018. © UNHCR/PABLO PALOMO

06/06/2020

The Humanitarian Hub in Malakal, South Sudan Goes Green

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Juba, 6 June 2020 (IOM)* – The Humanitarian Hub in Malakal, in the Upper Nile State of South Sudan is reducing its carbon footprint following the successful installation and now fully operational hybrid solar power plant.

final_stages_of_the_solar_power_plant_installation_at_the_humanitarian_hub_in_malakal_south_sudan_omar_patan_reducedFinal stages of the solar power plant installation at the Humanitarian Hub in Malakal, South Sudan © IOM 2020 / Omar Patan

Managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the plant will generate 900MWH of power and meet 80 percent of electricity demands in the Malakal facility, a ‘humanitarian hub’ that is base for 300 humanitarian workers from 34 humanitarian organizations in the area.

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06/06/2020

Fighting Three Words Is Changing the Fisheries Sector

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Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing damages livelihoods, strains marine resources, harms food security and undermines overall efforts to make fisheries sustainable. © FAO/Cristiano Minichiello

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5 June 2020 (FAO)* — Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU). These three adjectives ultimately jeopardize the whole of the fisheries sector. IUU fishing can destroy the livelihoods of fishing communities, harm food security and nutrition, damage fair local and international trade and often give way to unsafe and indecent working conditions, sometimes even crime.

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06/06/2020

The Toll of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

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FAO technical officers and members of the Peruvian Production Ministry mesuring the size of the fishing nets as they carry out inspections aboard of fishing ships in the port of Callao-Pesquera Diamante S.A. © FAO/Ernesto Benavides

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According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities are responsible for the loss of 11–26 million tonnes of fish each year, which is estimated to have an economic value of US$10–23 billion.

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06/06/2020

May Confirmed as Warmest on Record, CO2 Levels Hit New High Despite COVID Economic Slowdown

(UN News)* — Last month was the warmest May on record and carbon dioxide levels also hit a new high despite the economic slowdown from COVID-19, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday [5 June 2020], in an urgent appeal for Member States to renew their efforts to tackle climate threats.

WMO/Tapio Niemi | Late September sunrise as seen from Paalijärvi observation tower in Alajärvi, Finland. May 2020, was the warmest on record, UN weather
agency WMO has confirmed.

“Governments are going to invest in recovery, and there’s an opportunity to tackle the climate as part of the recovery programme”, said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. He added that if this course of action was taken, “there was an opportunity to start bending the curve (on emissions) in the coming five years”.

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06/06/2020

First Person: Collecting the ‘Book of Life’ for Coral Reefs

6 June 2020 (UN News)*With the climate crisis threatening coral reefs around the world, a researcher in Hawaii is part of a team pioneering new techniques to preserve living coral sperm and larvae, and ultimately save the biodiversity and genetic diversity of coral reefs not just in Hawaii but across the world.
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ILO Photo/John Isaac | The UN estimates that estimates that about 25 to 50 per cent of the world’s coral reefs have been destroyed and another 60 per cent are under threat.
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Preserving ocean life is a key focus of the 17 internationally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.
UN News joined the International Labour Organization on a visit to Hawaii where many people are already living aspects of the goals or contributing to their realization in their everyday work.
06/06/2020

What Makes the Andes a “Jewel” of Biodiversity

Human Wrongs Watch

By Musonda Mumba Chief, Terrestrial Ecosystems, UNEP and Hugo Mantilla-Meluk Coordinator, Climate Service Health Surveillance Platform, University of Quindio, Colombia*

This year, much of the planet will mark World Environment Day, which falls on 5 June, under lockdown. But if we want to be reminded of the majesty of nature, we can look to Colombia, which is hosting the international celebration. A treasure trove of biodiversity, Colombia’s natural bounty is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the Andes, which run through the country. *

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06/06/2020

Barranquilla: Colombia’s First “Biodivercity”

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5 June 2020 (World Environment Day)* — Barranquilla, the largest city on the Colombian Caribbean coast, lies 15 miles upstream the mouth of the Magdalena river. This huge waterway is the setting of some of Nobel prize-winning author, Gabriel García Márquez’s, most famous works. (*)

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Since colonial times, Barranquilla has served as a gateway to Colombia’s interior. The city today accounts for 27 percent of Colombia’s coastal gross domestic product.

But the economic growth has come with a price. Urban expansion, shipping and wastewater dumping has impacted biodiversity in the river delta, degrading habitats for fish and caiman.

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