Biodiversity

Deterioration of Lake Victoria: the price of inaction
Opinion

Deterioration of Lake Victoria: the price of inaction

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the source of the White Nile. This crucial ecosystem for the region is being plagued with frequent fish kills, oxygen depletion of deep waters and poor water quality, which is characterized by blooms of harmful algae and aquatic weeds.

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Biodiversity data: development banks as part of the solution
Opinion

Biodiversity data: development banks as part of the solution

With wider sharing of the vast amounts of raw biodiversity data collected from the studies and projects they finance, development banks could facilitate the implementation of ecological transitions. Last part of this series focusing on the links between data sharing and biodiversity.
Julien Calas, Eric Chenin, Cédric Elleboode
Biodiversity: better data sharing for effective ecological transitions
Opinion

Biodiversity: better data sharing for effective ecological transitions

An increasing amount of biodiversity data has become available worldwide. Yet, we clearly lack data on groups of little-known organisms in the intertropical zone, which is richest in biodiversity.
Julien Calas, Eric Chenin, Andrew Rodrigues
Biodiversity: Advocating for rewilding
Interview

Biodiversity: Advocating for rewilding

According to natural scientists, Gilbert Cochet and Béatrice Kremer-Cochet, rewilding land helps restore biodiversity, and thus offers better protection for humankind.
Gilbert Cochet, Béatrice Kremer-Cochet
Ending overfishing, an inaccessible goal?
Analysis

Ending overfishing, an inaccessible goal?

The UN Sustainable Development Goals provided for subsidies contributing to overfishing to end by 2020. Where are we now, with negotiations on overfishing resuming at the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Flora Trouilloud
Zoonoses: placing animal health at the heart of development
Development news

Zoonoses: placing animal health at the heart of development

COVID-19, Ebola, Malaria… Even as human activities are destroying biodiversity and increasing global temperatures, zoonoses are posing an increasing threat to humans. How does animal health affect us? Is it the poor cousin of development?
ID4D editorial staff
Agriculture: protecting biodiversity for tomorrow’s food
Opinion

Agriculture: protecting biodiversity for tomorrow’s food

Agriculture has been one of the main causes of the decline in biodiversity. Yet it is essential to guarantee the productive potential of future farmlands. According to agricultural economist Jacques Loyat, the common agricultural policy (CAP) must be used as a means of restoring and protecting...
Jacques Loyat
Making our relationship with animals central to ecological transition
Interview

Making our relationship with animals central to ecological transition

For philosopher Corine Pelluchon, who recently published ‘Réparons le monde’ (Rivages), ecological transition must put “planetary limits, our relationship with animals, health and reducing inequalities” at the heart of government policy.
Corine Pelluchon
In the shadow of COVID-19, the poor and the environment
Press Review

In the shadow of COVID-19, the poor and the environment

Crises overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic are now resurfacing, although they are counteracted by notable progress. While Latin America faces environmental and social issues, in Africa, the use of the law and of technology to protect populations is a step forward.
Biomimicry: reconciling humanity with biodiversity
Opinion

Biomimicry: reconciling humanity with biodiversity

Humans use the biodiversity found in nature as a material, yet it is also a major source of information from which we can draw inspiration through biomimicry, providing models that can be replicated, especially in terms of transition and adaptation.
Patricia Ricard
Pandemics: the environmental origins of COVID-19
Opinion

Pandemics: the environmental origins of COVID-19

What are the environmental origins of pandemics such as COVID-19? Why are they going to become more and more frequent? In this first article of a series devoted to the links between COVID-19 and the environment, agronomists Julien Calas and Léa Lugassy, together with economist Étienne Espagne...
Étienne Espagne, Julien Calas, Léa Lugassy
Tackling illegal pangolin trade, a priority for Nigeria’s development and public health
Opinion

Tackling illegal pangolin trade, a priority for Nigeria’s development and public health

In just a few years, illegal pangolin trade originating in Nigeria has boomed. For Chervine Oftadeh, a strong, coordinated response to this issue could save this near-extinct species, protect global health and contribute to the country’s development.
Chervine Oftadeh
Locust swarms, coronavirus: Africa under threats
Press Review

Locust swarms, coronavirus: Africa under threats

As crop-decimating locusts pose a major threat to food security in the Horn of Africa, nearly fifty suspected cases of coronavirus have been numbered in the African continent. This week’s Development press review compiles striking news from around the globe.
ID4D editorial staff
“Nature-based solutions”: biodiversity saving the climate
Development news

“Nature-based solutions”: biodiversity saving the climate

In 2020, both climate and biodiversity will be addressed by a Conference of the Parties (COP). These two subjects are often addressed in silos, but are in fact inseparable: biodiversity has a leading role to play in mitigating climate change.
ID4D editorial staff
In 2020, let’s keep our resolutions for the Planet!
Press Review

In 2020, let’s keep our resolutions for the Planet!

2020 kicked off with Australia’s unprecedented fires – a tragedy for its unique biodiversity and a very serious climate warning. Our first Development press review of the year highlights striking news from the past few weeks.    
ID4D editorial staff
Protecting ecosystems is taking action against climate change
Opinion

Protecting ecosystems is taking action against climate change

Managing ecosystems in marine, agricultural, and forest environments is key to addressing the climate challenge,” says Laura Buis. It can either amplify or mitigate the impact of global warming.
Laura Buis
10 years to invest in sustainable development
Publication

10 years to invest in sustainable development

As the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals represent a serious emergency, ID4D presents to you this cross-cutting scientific booklet that gathers the voices of 11 experts in development on various topics, from water to governance through biodiversity, inequalities or entrepreneurship.
Friederike Röder, Jean-Paul Moatti, Stéphane Besançon, Rémy Rioux, Gilles Kleitz, Cécile Duflot, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Cynthia Fleury-Perkins , Ulrich Diasso
“Biodiversity is Our Life Insurance”
Interview

“Biodiversity is Our Life Insurance”

Biodiversity continues to decline, and conservation efforts are not equal to the challenges. According to Gilles Kleitz, biodiversity conservation has a part to play in the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Gilles Kleitz
Overfishing: transparency can change the system
Interview

Overfishing: transparency can change the system

More than 3 billion people depend on fishing and marine and coastal biodiversity. For Frédéric Le Manach, safeguarding the ocean requires greater transparency in management and sharing.
Frédéric Le Manach
The Seed War: food biodiversity against corporations
Development news

The Seed War: food biodiversity against corporations

Three-quarters of the world’s food is generated from 12 plants and 5 animal species. Agrobiodiversity gets less attention than animal biodiversity, but it’s nonetheless threatened by major corporations that have built economic monopolies in the seed market.
ID4D editorial staff
Animal Biodiversity: saving the remaining species
Development news

Animal Biodiversity: saving the remaining species

The losses in biodiversity have never been as fast nor as dramatic. Nonetheless, scientists and organizations fight on. Save endangered species, restore animal communities, return their habitats to them: it’s still possible.
ID4D editorial staff
“One Health”: Rethinking health at the human-animal-ecosystem interface
Interview

“One Health”: Rethinking health at the human-animal-ecosystem interface

The “One Health” approach invites us to think differently of health. Explanations below on this view of the interdependence between human beings, animals and ecosystems.
Nadège Legroux
Deforestation, a plague to halt
Development news

Deforestation, a plague to halt

45% of the world’s forest surface disappeared during the 20th century. The 4 billion hectares of the planet’s forests are threatened by deforestation, particularly in tropical regions. Yet they are essential for planetary balance. Protecting them is a priority.
ID4D editorial staff
Oceans under threat, humanity in danger
Development news

Oceans under threat, humanity in danger

Oceans cover 71% of the earth’s surface and provide an estimated 2.5 trillion dollars of revenue per year, according to WWF. Impacted by global warming and human activities, they are under greater and greater threat. Yet solutions exist.
ID4D editorial staff
Innovative financing for protected areas in Africa: where does the innovation lie?
Opinion

Innovative financing for protected areas in Africa: where does the innovation lie?

Biodiversity is increasingly under threat on the African continent. In the face of this danger, IDDRI researchers Renaud Lapeyre and Yann Laurans promote a contractual approach to the financing and management of protected areas in Africa.
Yann Laurans, Renaud Lapeyre

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