Decoded Sea Urchin Genome Shows Surprising Relationship to Humans

"Unraveling the sea urchin genome has yielded striking similarities and surprising differences between sea urchins and humans," said Judith Venuti, program director in NSF's Integrative Organismal Biology Division.

Horizon International and Butterfly Conservation in Assam, India, Successfully Launch Initiative

The primary objective of the programme has been to initiate people into the fantastic world of butterflies and to encourage them to get involved in butterfly study and conservation. 

Accelerating Loss of Ocean Species Threatens Human Well-being

In a study published in the November 3 issue of the journal, Science, an international group of ecologists and economists show that the loss of biodiversity is profoundly reducing the ocean’s ability to produce seafood, resist diseases, filter pollutants, and rebound from stresses such as over fishing and climate change

Sudan’s Sudd Wetlands Designated as Internationally Important

Conservation efforts aiming at preserving one of Africa’s most important wetlands received a major boost as the Sudd region in southern Sudan was included in the Ramsar Convention List of Wetlands of International Importance.

Congo Gorilla Reserve Helps People

Conde Nast Traveler awarded Pierre Kakule Vwirasihikya, a 46-year old native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 2005 Environmental Award.

Environment-Friendly Trawling by Shrimp Fishermen Leading to Significant Cuts in By-Catch in Some Seas

A pioneering project is reducing the environmental damage from shrimp trawling. The project, funded by the multi-billion dollar Global Environment Facility (GEF), has dramatically cut the unwanted catch of young fish, turtles and other "by-catch" by as much as 30 to 70 percent in some countries.

Mngazana – Mangroves equal money (and honey)

Local solution to protect the Mngazana Estuary, regarded as the most important estuary in the Eastern Cape of South Africa with its 140 hectare stand of mangroves, is proving effective with four enterprises dependent on the mangroves which provide an incentive not to harvest.

Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan to collaborate on protecting marine environment of Caspian Sea: New Treaty on Conservation and Sustainable Development

The Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea – the first legally binding agreement on any subject to be adopted by the five Caspian neighbors – will enter into force on 12 August 2006.

Africa’s Wealth of Nature-Based Resources Key to Economic Prospects

Poverty in Africa can be made history if the region’s wealth of natural resources is effectively, fairly and sustainably harnessed, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says.

Conservation of Butterflies in Assam, India: Setting example for worldwide efforts.

The state of Assam in northeastern India, harboring some of the world’s riches biodiversity, is home to more than 500 species of butterflies.  Large-scale habitat deforestation and fragmentation has led to the decline of several butterfly populations in the state, and many species believed to be common during the early part of the 20th Century have now declined rapidly through much of their range.

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