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22/05/2020

Urgent Action Is Needed to Safeguard the Biodiversity of World’s Forests amid Alarming Rates of Deforestation and Degradation

Human Wrongs Watch

22 May 2020, Rome/Nairobi (FAO and UNEP)*Urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world’s forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation, according to the latest edition of The State of the World’s Forests released today [22 May 2020].

Photo: ©Ricky Martin/CIFORFishing in a forest lake at Gede Pangrango in Indonesia.

Published on the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May), the report shows that the conservation of the world’s biodiversity is utterly dependent on the way in which we interact with and use the world’s forests.

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22/05/2020

UN Migrants and Refugees Agencies Urge European States to Disembark Rescued Migrants and Refugees on Board the Captain Morgan Vessels

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Geneva, 21 May 2020 (IOM)* – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), are calling on Malta and other European States to speed efforts to bring some 160 rescued migrants and refugees, who remain at sea on board two Captain Morgan vessels, on to dry land and to safety.

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22/05/2020

My Earth Journey

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Vandana Shiva | Jivad – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A message for International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2020

We are Earth.
We are Biodiversity.
We are Jiva.
We are Conscious.
We are Alive.
We are Free.

We are members of one interconnected Earth Family : of sovereign, autonomous, self organised, interdependent, intelligent beings.

We are Biodiversity : interconnected to other beings through food and water, through breath and air, through life, and intelligence.

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21/05/2020

Biodiversity Loss Is a Loss for Humanity

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Tiger in Kanha National Park, India. The unrestricted exploitation of wildlife has led to the disappearance of many animal species at an alarming rate, destroying Earth’s biological diversity and upsetting the ecological balance. UN Photo/John Isaac
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Biological diversity resources are the pillars upon which we build civilizations. Fish provide 20 per cent of animal protein to about 3 billion people.
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Over 80 per cent of the human diet is provided by plants. As many as 80 per cent of people living in rural areas in developing countries rely on traditional plant‐based medicines for basic healthcare.
21/05/2020

Biodiversity: Our Solutions Are in Nature

Human Wrongs Watch

21 May 2020 (UN Environment)* — Biodiversity, or biological diversity, is the multitude of living things that make up life on Earth. It encompasses the 8 million or so species on the planet—from plants and animals to fungi and bacteria—and the ecosystems that house them such as oceans, forests, mountain environments and coral reefs.

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Photo by Amaryllis_BNoel

But, nature is in crisis. We are losing species at a rate 1,000 times greater than at any other time in recorded human history and one million species face extinction.

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21/05/2020

Why Does Cultural Diversity Matter? – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Three women wearing masks made of traditional cloth designs pose for a photo as one of them displays artwork in her hand.
Many elements of intangible cultural heritage are being transformed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to support and reinforce public health measures. Traditional artists Venuca Evanan, Violeta Quispe Yupari and her mother Gaudencia Yupari in Peru, for example, have developed a prototype mask that contains traditional designs based on the heritage of the Ayacucho region. Illustration of hands (left): ©UNESCO Almaty. Photo (right): ©UNESCO/Venuca Evanan, Violeta Quispe and Gaudencia Yupari.
20/05/2020

Reading the Tea Leaves

The first ever International Tea Day, backed by the United Nations, takes place on 21 May. We take a look at the challenges facing the global tea industry, and how it can build back better after COVID-19 to support smallholder farmers and sustainability. 

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Photo by Max Zieren/UNEP, 2018

2020 (UN Environment)* — Tea, one of the oldest estate cash crops, can play a significant role in rural development, poverty reduction and food security.

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20/05/2020

Tea: a Love that Has Stood the Test of Time

Human Wrongs Watch

Celebrating the popular beverage important to farmers, development and culture

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A roadside seller serves up tea in India. ©shutterstock.com/Abir Bhattacharya

19 May 2020 (FAO)* —  In a world of cultural differences, is there one thing that can bind everyone together? Well, we all need to eat. Drink too, in fact. Interestingly enough, the drink most often chosen around the world after water, is tea. It is loved by millions from India to England, Afghanistan to Algeria – each culture with its own tradition.
20/05/2020

To Restore Forests, First Start With a Seed

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How did Rwanda manage to restore more than 800,000 hectares — almost half of its original pledge — in less than a decade?

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Emmanuel Nsabimana, a casual labourer at the National Tree Seed Centre, in Huye, in Rwanda’s Southern Province, has worked planting trees for over 40 years. He believes there has been considerable improvements in the seed quality from the centre since the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) became one of the contributors to its restoration. Credit: Emmanuel Hitimana/IPS

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20/05/2020

Post-Pandemic ‘Green Shift’ in Transport Could Create Up to 15 Million Jobs, Help Countries Move to Greener, Healthier Economies

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Transforming the transport sector to be more environmentally-friendly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, could create up to 15 million new jobs worldwide and help countries move to greener, healthier economies, according to a UN-backed report published on Tuesday [19 May 2020].

UN Photo/Evan Schneider | A bus driver in New York City wears a mask to protect himself against the Coronavirus.
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The study argues that recovery from the crisis cannot mean a return to “business as usual” for a sector that accounts for more than 60 million jobs globally.

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