HOORC researcher Dr Cornelis VanderPost has alerted us to publication by the Convention on Biological Diversity of Global Biodiversity Outlook 2 by at the Eighth Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Curitiba, Brazil from 20 - 31 March 2006. The report assesses the current status and trends of biodiversity and the key drivers of biodiversity loss, making a powerful case for the importance of biodiversity to human well-being. The report contains a succinct overview of the status of the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, progress towards the 2010 Biodiversity Target and its contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Full text of the report is available online.
HOORC is about to launch two new biodiversity projects, the Global Environment Fund sponsored Okavango Wetland Biodiversity Conservation Project and Monitoring and Simulating Threats to Aquatic Biodiversity in the Okavango Delta, a Darwin Initiative project in partnership with University College London.