News archive - August 2021

Friday, August 6, 2021

SERS' Derek Armitage: Protecting biodiversity requires novel strategies and new policy tools

Folks fishing off a beach

The School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability researchers Derek Armitage says, in light of the meeting of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) and negotiations around post-2020 global conservation targets, there is renewed attention on the need to assess and apply novel conservation policy tools. One of these tools is referred to as ‘Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs)’. 25 experts representing 26 institutions and 14 countries recently published a paper in Nature that assesses for the first time the core opportunities and challenges of OECMS to address the biodiversity crisis.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Indigenous fire stewardship promotes global biodiversity

a fire ripping through a forest

The disruption of Indigenous-controlled fire use at the onset of colonization has resulted in high-severity fire activity, according to a new study by a research team at the University of Waterloo. 

The researchers examined how Indigenous fire stewardship—specifically cultural burning—reduces the risks of interface fires, which have the potential to involve buildings and vegetation simultaneously, and fire impacts to ecological and human communities. Indigenous fire stewardship is a global practice used for resource management, community protection, and cultural purposes. Importantly, it has increased biodiversity and ecosystem heterogeneity across all of Earth’s major terrestrial biomes. 

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