Need for green farming schemes in England

Natural England has published a report titled “Agri-environment schemes in England 2009: A review of results and effectiveness”, the report draws on research from the entire 22-year history of the schemes and analyses the impact they have made on England’s farmed environment.

Poul Christensen, Acting Chairman of Natural England, said: “This report provides conclusive proof that agri-environment schemes have again and again demonstrated their value as a fundamental part of the farmed landscape. They have successfully combined the twin goals of caring for the environment and maintaining food production. As well as sustaining our wildlife and heritage, they help combat climate change, educate our children, and deliver local investment and jobs.

To view the full report and summary please visit

SOURCE: Natural England

4 Asean capitals join forces to turn ‘green’

Bangkok Post reports

Jakarta, Manila, Vientiane and Bangkok have agreed to move towards becoming green cities and join forces to fight climate change.

Representatives from the four cities have also adopted the draft founding declaration of the “Cool Asean, Green Capitals Initiative” aimed at improving the urban landscape of Southeast Asia’s major cities to cope with the impact of climate change.

Bangkok Post – 4 Asean capitals join forces to turn ‘green’

Elements of Urban Agriculture – Jason King

Jason King, is a Senior Associate at Greenworks and an enthusiastic landscape architect who shares his passionate views at his sites Landscape+Urbanism and veg.itecture. He is also a member of the Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (see our interview). He has has just posted Elements of Urban Agriculture on his blog Landscape+Urbanism.  His post is a great summary of a ideas of a lecture he attended given by Marc Boucher-Colbert.

Jason goes through all the ideas of Urban Agriculture and gives a synopsis of each one.

Scotland’s flowers under threat

BBC NEWS reports

One in four species of wild flower in Scotland is under threat according to the campaign group Plantlife Scotland.
Among those flowers most at risk are the corn marigold, heath cudweed, and the lesser butterfly orchid.
The group said the most significant declines are taking place in uplands and farmlands.

Read more at the [SOURCE: BBC NEWS – Under threat: Scotland’s flowers]

Dieback threat to WA plant species

PerthNow reports

DIEBACK is threatening 40 per cent of South-West native plants species and has pushed some toward extinction, scientists warn.

Department of Environment and Conservation says a destructive pathogen which causes Phytophora dieback, known as the biological bulldozer, is spread through soil, water and plant tissue.

read the full article at the [SOURCE: PerthNow –  Dieback threat to WA plant species].

Singapore conserving biodiversity well: Expert

asiaone reports

SINGAPORE is taking a unique approach to conserving its biodiversity and is doing well, an expert said yesterday.

Unlike many other countries, it makes its natural biodiversity accessible to the public through nature parks such as Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and parks in urban areas, said Harvard physician Aaron Bernstein at the start of the inaugural Asean Conference on Biodiversity yesterday………

Read more @ the [SOURCE: asiaone – Singapore conserving biodiversity well: Expert]

Project to create wetland habitat – BBC

BBC NEWS reports

Conservationists at the Skinflats RSPB sanctuary, near Falkirk, are preparing to allow sea water to flood the site.

They hope to create saline pools and salt marshes, boosting the the number of birds and otters on the reserve.

The £150,000 project is also designed to alleviate pressure along the coast, which has suffered from flooding.

read more at the SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Project to create wetland habitat.

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