Biodiversity / Indigenous Breeds

To be or not to be: The fate of a whole lot of species hangs in the balance today

The Lung Pu is an indigenous black pig of northern Viet Nam; this one is maintained on a biodiversity farm near the northern town of Meo Vac (photo credit: ILRI/Mann). From Agence France-Presse comes this cliffhanger of a news report today (20 October 2010), the final day of a 12-day United Nations summit on biodiversity. … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Biodiversity / Environment / Indigenous Breeds / Latin America

Biodiversity: Nagoya talks stall on who should pay for it

West Africa’s ancient (humpless) N’Dama and East Africa’s Improved Boran cattle are two of the continent’s important indigenous breeds (photo credit ILRI/Elsworth). The Economist reports in its current issue (21 October 2010)  that things are not going so well at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Biodiversity / Environment / Indigenous Breeds / Latin America

We have just ten years to stem biodiversity losses, UN Nagoya meeting hears

A native chicken of Mozambique (photo credit: ILRI/Mann). Richard Black, the environment reporter at the BBC, reports from Nagoya, Japan, yesterday (18 October 2010)  that delegates at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity will consider adopting new set of targets for 2020 that aim to tackle biodiversity loss. ‘The UN biodiversity convention meeting has … Continue reading