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Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

L’UE, Leonardo DiCaprio e la Global Wildlife Conservation insieme per la biodiversità

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 dicembre 2020

Il mondo e la missione della Global Wildlife Conservation di conservare la diversità della vita sulla Terra.La Commissaria per i Partenariati internazionali, Jutta Urpilainen, ha dichiarato: “La biodiversità è minacciata in tutto il mondo; la pandemia in corso ha reso ancora più evidente il fatto che proteggere ecosistemi preziosi è fondamentale per la vita della fauna selvatica. Ne va della nostra stessa esistenza. Sono lieta che la Global Wildlife Conservation, Leonardo DiCaprio e l’Unione europea facciano squadra per intensificare gli sforzi di protezione della biodiversità e garantire una ripresa verde per le persone e per il pianeta dopo la crisi COVID-19”.Il totale dei finanziamenti stanziati dall’UE per la cooperazione internazionale nella protezione della biodiversità e degli ecosistemi ha raggiunto 1 miliardo di € per il periodo 2014-2020. L’UE è stato il primo e resta il più importante donatore del parco nazionale di Virunga, con sovvenzioni pari a 83 milioni di € dal 2014.

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Friend of the Sea Launches Conservation Project to Protect Penguins

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 febbraio 2020

Friend of the Sea, the world’s leading certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, has launched a bold conservation project aimed at protecting the world’s penguins from the effects of fishing and industrial activities. Penguins are being affected by overfishing and degradation of their habitats – to the point where some penguin species are facing extinction. The penguin initiative is one of several being undertaken by Friend of the Sea and its sister Friend of the Earth.
“Penguins are at risk due to fishery interaction and other man-made environmental impacts,”said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “There are ways of countering this problem, such as only eating seafood that comes from well-managed and sustainable fisheries that take measures to protect penguins and the broader marine environment.”Penguins are a “bycatch,” a species that gets caught in fishing nets unintentionally, but often fatally. At the same time, the fishing industry can disrupt the food chain the penguins rely upon to survive. And, plastic waste and industrial development, along with climate change, further damage the penguins’ habitats. Of the 18 major species of penguin in the world, 13 species are facing severe threats to their existence. The most affected habitats are in the southern hemisphere.The conservation project offers several paths to solving the penguin endangerment crisis. These include improved fisheries management, practices that reduce bycatch and measures to improve the penguins’ nesting and breeding habitat. KD Pharma, the international manufacturer of Omega-3 product solutions, has announced support for the project. “At KD Pharma, every step of our manufacturing processis guided by a deep respect for the ocean and its treasures.” People can show their support to Penguin Conservation by choosing sustainable products, share awareness or sign our online petition
Friend of the Sea and Friend of the Earth are each overseeing a portfolio of 20 conservation projects. Friend of the Sea projects include “Save the Albatross,” “Save the Corals,” “Fish Welfare,” “Save the Sharks” and more. Friend of the Earth is funding and managing programs such as “Save Parrots,” “Save the Primates,” “Save the Pangolins” and “Save the Bats.”
Friend of the Sea, a project of the World Sustainability Organization, awards sustainable practices in Fisheries, Aquaculture, Fishmeal and Omega 3 Fish Oil. The organization promotes pilot projects related to restaurants, sustainable shipping, whale and dolphin-watching, aquaria, ornamental fish, UV creams andothers. It is the only sustainable fisheries certification program recognized and supervised globally by a National Accreditation Body.

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Friend of the Sea and Friend of the Earth Expand Sponsorship of Conservation Projects

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 dicembre 2019

Friend of the Sea and Friend of the Earth, divisions of the World Sustainability Organization, have expanded their support for a wide range of conservation projects and campaigns around the world. Friend of the Sea, which is the leading global certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, is sponsoring efforts to save turtles, sturgeons, sharks, whales, albatross and more. Friend of the Earth, which has a comparable certification standard in agriculture, is working to save frogs, butterflies, snails, lemurs and rhinos, among many species it is seeking to protect.“Human activity has an impact on the total global environment,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “We are affecting the habitats and food chains of many different species, even ones we do not raise or consume for food. To mitigate the potentially disastrous impact of these activities, we are investing resources in proactively protecting a variety of endangered species.”
Friend of the Sea and Friend of the Earth are each overseeing a portfolio of 20 conservation projects. Friend of the Sea projects include “Save the Albatross,” “Save the Penguins,” “Save the Corals,” “FishWelfare,” “Save the Sharks” and more. Friend of the Earth is funding and managing programs such as “Save Parrots”, “Save the Primates,” “Save the Giraffes” and “Save the Bats.”The World Sustainability Organization pleas sustainable companies worldwide to support its conservation projects and campaigns, by means of donation or collaboration.“It is fundamental that the industry starts to proactively support conservation initiatives.” explains Paolo Bray “producing products in a sustainable way is only a first step towards a full involvement of companies to preserve our beautiful planet. Proactive conservation allows companies to give back to the planet”

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Fisheries: Commission welcomes adoption of new technical conservation measures

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 aprile 2019

The new rules, in line with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Commission’s Better Regulation agenda, streamline the technical measures guiding how, where and when fishermen may fish, as well as determining the type of gear, catch composition and ways to deal with accidental catches.The Regulation simplifies the existing technical conservation measures that over the years have become highly complex. It includes provisions for the protection of the marine ecosystem and marine habitats. The new rules confirm the EU’s strong commitment to sustainable fisheries by introducing additional measures to avoid by-catches of non-commercial and sensitive species.This new Regulation will enter into force 20 days after its publication, which will take place after the necessary steps in the Council and the signature by the Council and the European Parliament.

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RES Announces Regulatory Approval of Pennsylvania’s First Bat Conservation Bank

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 dicembre 2018

RES, the nation’s largest environmental solutions provider, has received approval from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) for Pennsylvania’s first bat conservation bank. It is also the state’s first species conservation bank, and represents several years of close coordination with the USFWS to define and create greater certainty and predictability for projects requiring bat habitat mitigation.To create the Pennsylvania Statewide Bat Conservation Bank, RES coordinated with the USFWS Pennsylvania field office over the course of three years to select a site, develop a crediting methodology, and finalize the first endangered species conservation banking instrument in the State.The bank is located within the known range of the Indiana bat and includes more than 438 contiguous acres of high quality habitat used by two Indiana bat maternity colonies. Although Indiana bats have experienced significant population declines due to a malady known as white-nose syndrome, the Indiana bat maternity colonies in Washington and Greene Counties persist.“Conservation banking creates a collaborative incentive-based approach where habitat for listed species is treated as an asset rather than a liability,” said Elliott Bouillion, President and CEO of RES. “By permanently protecting high-quality forested habitat in a critical Indiana bat habitat zone, the bank provides an advanced compensatory mitigation mechanism to support economic development while complying with the Endangered Species Act and the relevant federal mitigation initiatives.”“The conservation bank provides high-quality, self-sustaining bat habitat to offset statewide impacts to the federally listed Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and its habitat in a biologically significant area,” said Dr. Alex Silvis, Ecologist and Qualified Bat Biologist for RES.The maternity area includes three partially conjoined maternity colonies consisting of primary and alternate roost trees and the surrounding 2.5-3-mile foraging habitat (USFWS 2016). Acoustic surveys on the site indicate the likely presence of 8 bat species in addition to Indiana bats, including Northern long-eared (Myotis septentrionalis) and Tri-colored bats (Perimyotis subflavus).In addition to providing extremely high-quality bat habitat, the bank site abuts two known Biodiversity areas identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and hosts the only known Mixed-Mesophysic Forest Target Plant Community (an extremely rich terrestrial community type on deep soils in protected concave coves or lower slopes) in Greene County, PA.

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Northwest Atlantic: important agreements on conservation and enforcements measures

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

All Contracting Parties agreed on a number of conservation and enforcement measures: Key conservation measures for Greenland sharks. The EU and the US worked together to prohibit targeted fishing of this iconic species. NAFO will now work on identifying the fishing areas where higher bycatch and discards take place, in preparation for new measures to be proposed by 2021.Extended scientific monitoring. Regular scientific monitoring must consider the impact on fish stocks and vulnerable marine ecosystems, not only of fisheries, but also of other industries such as oil exploration, shipping and recreational activities.
Adoption of an Exceptional Circumstances Protocol for the harvest control rule for Greenland HalibutRevision of the NAFO Observer Program. Promoted by the EU and Canada, the Program was reviewed and adapted in order to enhance the quality of NAFO’s data collection.
The meeting in Tallinn also set TACs on twelve different stocks, and agreed further measures to increase compliance of the EU fleet with NAFO rules both at sea and in port.

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Conservation of marine biological resources

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 gennaio 2018

corte di giustizia europeaBruxelles. The Commission has decided to issue a reasoned opinion to Portugal on account of non-respect of the exclusive internal and external EU’s competence for the conservation of marine biological resources.
The EU has an exclusive competence in the area of the conservation of marine biological resources under the common fisheries policy (Article 3 of Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, TFEU). The powers assigned to the EU on the internal level also give the EU exclusive competence to enter into international undertakings with other States and/or international organisations for the purposes of conserving marine biological resources. The demarches undertaken by Portugal towards the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) are in breach of the exclusive competence of the EU. They have been undertaken in the context of an already on-going process at NEAFC, initiated with the full support of the EU, which aims to prevent significant impacts of bottom fishing activities on vulnerable marine ecosystems. The Commission is of the opinion that such an approach breaches EU law. If Portugal does not reply satisfactorily within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the Court of Justice of the EU.

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Olympic Archive Conservation to be Honoured by IBC

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 giugno 2015

ibcLondon, The International Olympic Committee will receive an award at IBC2015 for its work on conserving and managing its audiovisual archives through its. Patrimonial Assets Management programme (PAM). The award recognises the IOC’s positive approach both to conservation and to making the archives available to broadcasters, researchers and other professionals. Dating back to the first Olympic Games in modern times, in 1896, the audiovisual archives of the Olympic Movement include 2000 hours of film, 33,000 hours of video, 8500 hours of audio and more than 500,000 photographs, as well as 2000 archive documents and 22,000 pictures of Olympic Museum artefacts. “The IOC’s Patrimonial Assets Management programme has helped safeguard the IOC’s rich legacy by preserving the organisation’s historical archives and bringing them into the 21st century,” said Christophe de Kepper, the IOC Director General. “It was down to us to perpetuate the cultural heritage of more than a century of Olympic history that our forebears had handed down to us. The IOC patrimony can now withstand the test of time.” Michael Lumley, chair of the IBC Awards panel, added “This project is very important for two reasons. First, it ensures that more than a century of Olympic history is preserved for the future. But perhaps even more important it draws the industry’s focus on a subject which it is all too easy to ignore. “Our archives risk becoming inaccessible, not just because of deterioration of assets but also because the hardware to play them is obsolete and virtually impossible to replicate”, Lumley stated. “Broadcasters, production companies and anyone with an audiovisual archive can look to the IOC’s Patrimonial Assets Management project to see a model of conservation and access. IBC is pleased to be able to draw attention to this issue through this award, as well as recognising the excellent work the IOC is undertaking.”
IBC is the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. The event attracts more than 55,000 attendees from 170+ countries worldwide and showcases upwards of 1,700 key international technology suppliers alongside a peer-reviewed conference that debates the hottest industry topics. For up-to-date information about the conference, exhibition and awards, visit http://www.ibc.org (photo: ibc)

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NGO coalition successfully stops “Dolphins with the Stars”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 Maggio 2015

DolphinsThe Born Free Foundation, together with marine mammal scientists and other animal protection NGOs, have successfully ended the filming of a new reality TV show, “Dolphins with the Stars” in Portugal.The show, which tasks celebrities to train individual captive dolphins to perform choreographed routines and tricks before live audiences, has disappointed the Born Free Foundation, and other NGOs, that work tirelessly to end the exploitation of animals. Already broadcast in Lithuania and currently being filmed for broadcast in Portugal, the TV programme concept of “Dolphins with the Stars” (http://tiny.cc/dqdixx) has reportedly been sold across Europe. Daniel Turner, spokesperson for Born Free said, “We are delighted to hear that the Portuguese Government has contacted the TV channel SIC and advised against the filming and broadcast of ‘Dolphins with the Stars’. On behalf of the Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition, Born Free wrote to Government officials, informing them about the TV show, raising concerns about the exploitation of the dolphins involved and highlighting obvious breaches in Portuguese law though the involvement of the licensed zoo, ZooMarine Algarve.” Turner adds, “We were informed this afternoon (18/05/2015) that the filming of TV programme has been suspended.”Filming had been taking place at the licensed zoo, ZooMarine Algarve in Portugal for “Dolphins with the Stars”, which was scheduled for broadcast on 20th June. Letters sent to the Government of Portugal explained that the exploitative practices of the TV show contradicted the zoo’s legal requirements that dictate a commitment to species conservation, meaningful public education and species-specific animal welfare standards. It was clear that the use of ZooMarine’s bottlenose dolphins would be in breach of those requirements. Portugal’s Institute of Nature Conservation and Biodiversity appear to have agreed with our assessment.Recognising that the programme, “Dolphins with the Stars” could still be broadcast in Portugal in the future, and quite possibly in other European nations, the Born Free Foundation will continue to monitor the situation and act in the interests of the captive wild animals.(photo: Dolphins)

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Funding for Indonesian Forest Conservation

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 novembre 2010

Jakarta Greenpeace challenged the United States to dramatically increase the financial support it gives Indonesia to reduce deforestation and cut its substantial greenhouse gas emissions.  The challenge followed the announcement at a press conference in Jakarta with Presidents Obama and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) that the US will provide only limited funds to help protect Indonesia’s rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands.  The funding, part of the US-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, includes US$7 million for the establishment of a Climate Change Center and $10 million initial funding for projects to protect peatlands.  The agreement also includes $119 million for the SOLUSI (Science, Oceans, Land Use, Society and Innovation) partnership, which includes a variety of environmental initiatives, including a second Tropical Forest Conservation Act agreement, and the Forestry and Climate Support Project (IFACS).
At the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Cancun, Indonesia is expected to announce details of the deal it is negotiating with Norway, which offered US$1 billion in forest protection funds earlier this year.  Central to the deal is a two-year moratorium on new concessions to destroy forests and peatlands, expected to start 1 January 2011.
Millions of hectares of Indonesian rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands have been destroyed since President Obama lived in Indonesia as a child.  Driven largely by expansion of plantations for palm oil and pulp and paper, this has made Indonesia the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter, after the US and China.

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Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller. A retrospective

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 giugno 2009

ferdinandWien Augarten Contemporary Scherzergasse 1a Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (1793 – 1865) was one of the most important Austrian painters of the Biedermeier period. Whether it was the conquest of the landscape and thus the convincing rendering of closeness or distance, the accurate characterisation of the human face, the detailed and refined description of textures, or the depiction of rural everyday life: his works brilliant, explanatory, moralising, and socially critical influenced a whole generation of artists. Being an advocate of natural observation and plein air painting, as well as a critic of academic painting, Waldmüller was far ahead of his time.  The Belvedere accommodates the Waldmüller Archive and owns the most comprehensive collections of his works worldwide. In this retrospective, starting in spring 2009 and comprising some 120 works, masterpieces from the Belvedere’s holdings will be complemented by loans from national and international collections. Several paintings that were thought to be lost will be presented to the public for the first time.  The exhibition is being organised in cooperation with the Muse’e du Louvre, Paris. (Ferdinand)

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Statement by the president

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 marzo 2009

The White House  I have signed into law H.R. 146, the “Omnibus Public  Land Management Act of 2009.” This landmark bill will protect  millions of acres of Federal land as wilderness, protect more  than 1,000 miles of rivers through the National Wild and  Scenic River System, and designate thousands of miles of trails  for the National Trails System. It also will authorize the  26 million-acre National Landscape Conservation System within  the Department of the Interior.  Among other provisions, H.R. 146 designates three new  units in our National Park System, enlarges the boundaries of  several existing parks, and designates a number of National  Heritage Areas. It creates a new national monument — the  Prehistoric Trackways National Monument –- and four new national  conservation areas, and establishes the Wyoming Range Withdrawal  Area. It establishes a collaborative landscape-scale  restoration program with a goal of reducing the risk of wildfire and authorizes programs to study and research the effects of  climate change on natural resources and other research-related activities.  Treasured places from coast to coast will benefit from  H.R. 146, including Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in  Michigan; Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia; Oregon’s  Mount Hood; Idaho’s Owyhee Canyons; the Rocky Mountain National  Park in Colorado; Zion National Park in Utah; remarkable  landscapes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California; and  wilderness-quality National Forest lands in Virginia and public  lands in New Mexico.  This bipartisan bill has been many years in the making,  and is one of the most important pieces of natural resource  legislation in decades. This legislation also makes progress  for which millions of Americans have long waited on another  front. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act is the  first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving  the lives of Americans living with paralysis. It creates new  coordinated research activities through the National Institutes of Health that will connect the best minds and best practices from the best labs across the country, and focus their efforts through collaborative scientific research into a cure for  paralysis, saving effort, money, and, most importantly, time. It will promote enhanced rehabilitation services for paralyzed Americans, helping develop better equipment and technology that allows them to live full and independent lives free from unnecessary barriers. This legislation will work to improve the quality of life for all those who live with paralysis, no matter the cause. Section 8203 of the Act provides that the Secretary of the Interior shall appoint certain members of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission “based on recommendations from each member of the House of Representatives, the district of which encompasses the Corridor.” Because it would be an impermissible restriction on the appointment power to condition the Secretary’s appointments on the recommendations of members of the House, I will construe these provisions to require the Secretary to consider such congressional recommendations, but not to be bound by them in making appointments to the Commission.  (Barrack Obama)

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