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Blog Posts tagged with “policy”

  • Protect the Mountain Gorilla…Save Uganda’s Kafuga Forest!

    By Robert Tumwesigye In the spirit of engaging with those who are passionate about the environment and the world around them, please see below a guest blog by Robert Tumwesigye from Pro-Biodiversity Conservationists in Uganda (PROBICOU).  One of the last refuges of the Mountain Gorilla, Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, is under threat from plans to clear fell ancient…

  • Climate and Biodiversity: How can we take meaningful action?

    With the world’s leaders meeting in Paris at the beginning of December to set targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the timing seemed right to host an evening, led by two expert speakers, to discuss the realities of climate change. Does the global process work? What is happening below government level? How are landscapes and wildlife changing in response to…

  • A wave of change

    On Friday (19th June, 2015), the world moved closer to creating a conservation treaty for the High Seas – the vast body of water beyond national jurisdiction that covers over half of the Earth’s surface. A long process has been underway at the United Nations (UN) since 2006 to determine the need for such a treaty and to decide whether…

  • Virunga’s future remains tenuous

    We have blogged previously about worrying plans for oil exploration within Virunga, Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse National Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the beginning of March, the Prime Minister of the DRC announced that his government wants to find a way to explore for oil in Virunga and will engage in negotiations with UNESCO…

  • White-bellied Heron Working Group established

    After discovering the plight of the world’s second largest heron and one of the most threatened birds globally, I felt a need to do something to help kick-start collaboration between the range states and to increase action and interest in the species. I identified some of the most dedicated White-bellied heron conservationists and researchers but as I got to understand…

  • World Parks Congress

    The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress was held 12-19 November 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Almost 6,000 people participated, including conservationists, indigenous and community organisations, academics, policy makers and business leaders. Synchronicity Earth’s Founder – Adam Sweidan – attended along with freshwater and species CRA, Gemma Goodman. Opening Ceremony at World Parks Congress Photo: Wayne…

  • Virunga discussed in parliament

    Allegations of human rights abuses and corruption, associated with SOCO International’s oil exploration in and around Virunga National Park, were discussed in the UK parliament this week. In the House of Commons on 17th December 2014, Pauline Latham MP OBE raised the Question: “Will the Secretary of State tell us what her Department has done to address the serious and…

  • Press release: Communities protest that UK’s Equatorial Palm Oil is poised to seize land in Liberia

    Synchronicity Earth supports Sustainable Development Institute for its work in Liberia to tackle large scale commercial palm oil development, which threatens forests and the biodiversity and communities that depend on them. The joint press release below – signed by Synchronicity Earth and a number of national and international partners – lends support to one particular community in Liberia, the Jogbahn…

  • Conservation Secrets

    When it is necessary to withhold information for the good of a species? listen to the radio broadcast on the subject here. Monty Don talks about the conservationists dilemma, particularly in relation to rare orchids and rhinos, in this BBC radio programme. Simon Stuart, Chair of the Species Survival Commission for IUCN and Synchronicity Earth Advisor, talks about rhinos. He…

  • The Gathering Storm

    Our oceans partner, Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has released a new report 'THE GATHERING STORM: Climate Change, Security and Conflict.'  This report finds that while climate change may not be the sole cause of conflict in the future, it will increasingly become one of the most important and decisive factors. In 2012 alone 31.7 million people were forced from their…

  • The actual costs of hydropower megaproject development

    By Catherine Bryan In the spirit of engaging with others please see below a blog by Catherine Bryan. My name is Catherine, I have many years experience in the financial sector and I have always cared about and been engaged with the environment and conservation. Over the past few months, I have been working with Synchronicity Earth on a voluntary…

  • World Water Development Report

    The new World Water Development Report has recently been published. It focuses on the complex relationships and trade-offs between water and energy. It highlights the difficulties of providing the world's poor with access to clean drinking water and energy. The report discusses the impact of different forms of energy on water resources and the way in which energy commands a…

  • Who leads? Business or politicians?

    Commentators routinely describe how corporate interests trump public concerns when laws are being made. They demonstrate why, for example, it is difficult to pass policy that could improve public health, even when the need to do so is self-evident (see under: the tobacco and food lobby). But what happens when the public is able to influence business? The case for…

  • UK petition to stop French deep-sea trawlers destroying UK marine habitats

    This week, we've launched our first ever official e-Petition to ask the UK parliament to take a strong position against French deep-sea trawlers ravaging UK deep-sea ecosystems. My last blog on the subject   highlighted the obstacles to establishing EU policy banning destructive fishing practices that are ravaging our precious marine habitats. The European Parliament is set to discuss the…

  • Ocean Governance and Nature and the New Economy; Global Economic Symposium, Part II

    In my previous blog on the Global Economic Symposium in Kiel, I described my happy surprise at hearing ideas about compassion, altruism and cooperation take centre stage in discussions between bank CEOs, academics and corporate leaders. The Governing the World’s Oceans panel began with a similarly incongruous (yet important) question: “Do you think the world considers the ocean when talking…

  • Joint statement of NGOs on the arrest of Virunga Park Ranger, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka

    We are pleased to report that  Rodrigue Mugaruka was released on 7th October 2013, after 17 days’ imprisonment. He was not charged.  For more information click here.   Press Release - 2nd October 2013 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - On Thursday, 19th September, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka a warden in Virunga National Park and recipient of the Abraham Conservation Award…

  • Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

    Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded ocean projects. Synchronicity Earth is funding the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition to advocate for strong European and international legislation to protect the deep sea. Click here to find out more about the project. More to follow…

  • The UN, the High Seas, and an agreement to (perhaps) develop policy

    Last Friday, the world's governments resolved to look into the possibility of developing a legal agreement to protect the high seas - the 75% of the ocean that lie beyond national jurisdiction. So far so good - except that the meeting giving rise to this resolution was held behind closed doors, excluding civil society bodies and pointing to a worrying…

  • Patrons of Nature

    On 25 June 2013, Adam and I attended the second meeting of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Patrons of Nature, graciously hosted by HSH Prince Albert II in the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. As individuals coming together as Patrons of Nature our primary objective is to help take the aims and mission of the IUCN a…

  • And the thought on everyone’s mind is… FOOD!

    Today is World Environment Day and the theme for this year is  ‘THINK before you EAT and help SAVE our environment’ – THINK.EAT.SAVE. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste campaign. It encourages people to think about the environmental impact of their food choices, as well as providing information to help people make informed decisions about where their food comes from. According…

  • The overwhelming economic case for protecting our seas

    By Alasdair Harris In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Alasdair Harris. Alasdair is the Research Director of Blue Ventures, one of our partners within our oceans portfolio.  Easter weekend saw the end of the UK government’s 3-month public consultation on the designation of new marine conservation areas around the coasts of England and…

  • Looking back at projects

    As our support for the Senior Policy Advisor post at The London Zoological Society (ZSL) comes to an end, we look back at how supporting this position has helped conservation. Katherine Secoy successfully secured her position at ZSL as the Senior Policy Advisor in Jan 2012 and has since made significant progress on ZSL’s policy impacts and their fundraising targets.…

  • A win for ClientEarth and the oceans!

    Synchronicity Earth partner ClientEarth has used its legal knowhow to help block a move by Greenland to increase its whaling quota (including catches of endangered fin whales). In fact, the EU and other anti-whaling nations at the IWC were so persuaded by ClientEarth’s arguments that they refused any quota whatsoever. Congratulations also to Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society who partnered…

  • Common Fisheries Policy

    Last week the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) took one step closer towards reform after a marathon meeting of fisheries ministers in Luxembourg. 18 hours of negotiations at the EU Council led to a discard ban—of sorts—and moves towards a maximum sustainable yield policy. A ban on discards—the practice of throwing overboard unwanted fish—has been a key campaign ‘ask’ for…

  • Low expectations for Rio

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed ‘cautious optimism’ about the imminent Rio+20 summit, which begins on June 20. He might be the only one. The closer we get to the conference—marking the 20th anniversary of the original Rio Earth Summit in 1992—the more barriers are being thrown in the way of any useful outcomes. For a start, any agreement…