During the Convention for Biological Diversity being held in Jakarta from November 30 to December 2, representatives from about 200 companies worldwide in mining, fisheries, construction, forestry, tourism and cosmetics business released a draft charter called the Jakarta Charter which will requires companies to integrate biodiversity into their business strategies to reduce poverty and increase sustainable development.
Jakarta Post cited Ahmed Djoghlaf, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as saying
“The Jakarta Charter will be open for signatures to all companies in the world that adhere to its principle,”…..
He said the Jakarta Charter on Business and Biodiversity would be submitted for adoption at the convention’s meeting in Japan in Oct 2010.
Executive director of the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, Rodrigo Fuentes, told reporters that biodiversity loss was a forgotten crisis in the region that received little attention in the media.
read more at the SOURCE: Jakarta Post
Also read more at the Convention for Biological Diversity
Recently University of Guelph landscape architecture students presented design concepts for rehabilitation of Puslinch quarries. Concepts included wind-turbines to power local industry, resorts, cottages, golf courses, recreational facilities, lakes, wetlands, and trails. The concepts showed numerous uses and activities to enable the park to be used year-round.
GuelphMercury.com cited Puslinch Councillor Don McKay
…….saying he favours those that offer the most community use. Dual use ideas that combine environmental conservation with practical uses like resorts were also intriguing……
Read the full article at the [SOURCE: GuelphMercury.com
Calgary Herald reports
Environmentalists are disappointed that another plan for Alberta‘s water resources pushes back to at least 2012 a strategy for protecting wetlands.
“After a decade of debate and the loss of thousands of hectares of wetlands in Alberta, we can no longer afford to delay taking action to protect our wetland resources,” said Danielle Droitsch, executive director of the conservation group Water Matters.
SOURCE: Calgary Herald – Green group criticizes delay of wetlands protection plan
Sometimes, high-voltage power wires according to the article written by Beth Daley for The Boston Globe
In a 250-foot-wide power line corridor off Route 163 in Southeastern Connecticut. Transmission corridors have long been considered symbols of environmental degradation, with their enormous steel skeletons and high-voltage lines slicing through forests, wetlands, and salt marshes; they divide the landscapes that thousands of species need to survive. Yet now they are gaining a new reputation: As critical homes for faltering species of birds, bees, butterflies, plants, and a host of other species.
Read the full article at the SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Green Lines
Sydney Morning Herald reports
MORE than 50 leading scientists from around Australia have written to the Premier, Nathan Rees, asking him to protect the iconic Riverina red gum forests by creating huge national parks in south-western NSW and increasing the flow of water to them from the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers
The letter, signed by 57 scientists, warns that the red gum forests and their wetlands are in poor health. It says the Government needs to ”act swiftly to hasten the much-needed repair and protection of these precious river red gum wetland forests by protecting them in new parks and reserves”.
Read the full article at the SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald – Top scientists join calls to save threatened red gum forests
Annapolis intends to test a floating island in a local lagoon that, if successful, could help clean the water in the Chesapeake Bay, according to Mayor Ellen O. Moyer……
Floating islands are created from recycled plastics and planted with wetland plants that soak up nutrients from the water, said Steve Carr, the city’s environmental adviser. He said the project in Annapolis will act as a test to see whether the technology can be implemented in larger areas of the bay.
For more information about Annapolis’ floating wetland go to the [SOURCE: baltimoresun.com – Annapolis’ floating ‘wetland’ could help restore the bay]
The latest edition of the Monthly Review (November 2009, Volume 61, Number 6) includes a paper from Jules Pretty is professor of environment and society at the University of Essex, UK. titled Can Ecological Agriculture Feed Nine Billion People?
Below is an extract from the paper
Something is wrong with our agricultural and food systems.Despite great progress in increasing productivity in the last century, hundreds of millions of people remain hungry and malnourished. Further hundreds of millions eat too much, or consume the wrong sorts of food, and it is making them ill. The health of the environment suffers too, as degradation of soil and water seems to accompany many of the agricultural systems we have developed in recent years. Can nothing be done, or is it time for the expansion of an agriculture founded more on ecological principles and in harmony with people, their societies, and cultures?
Read the full paper at the [SOURCE: MonthlyReview – Can Ecological Agriculture Feed Nine Billion People?]