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Pilot scheme launched to tackle invasive species

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A pilot project aimed at removing floating pennywort from a section of the River Colne Valley, could go some way to helping water companies reduce the significant costs associated with tackling invasive non-native species, according to the Environment Agency (EA).

Part of a joint venture between the agency and charity Groundwork South, the plan has been designed to unite local groups and organisations to “restore and enhance” the mid to lower reaches of the River Colne Valley, which crosses parts of greater London and Buckinghamshire.

Beavers move into Essex after 400 years

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Two Eurasian beavers have been released in Finchingfield, Essex, as part of an Environment Agency (EA) flood management programme

The pair will be contained in a four hectare woodland enclosure, part of the grade II listed Spains Hall Estate, 16km north-west of Braintree. Beavers have been absent from England for 400 years since they were hunted to extinction, although they have been reintroduced in other parts of the country, including Devon.

A new, easy way to share nature-based solutions knowledge.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Oppla and Connecting Nature have developed a free software tool that will make it easier for organisations and projects to share case studies and other nature-based solutions (NBS) information.

The new API (Application Programming Interface) is freely available from Oppla and can be easily customised to display or share specific groups of case studies. Tom Butlin, the Oppla programmer leading the development, describes the API: “you can think of it as a series of pipes that allow data to flow between websites”.

Biodiversity and ecosystem services: Protecting the planet's ecological resources

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Europe is blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna, many of which are unique. This natural wealth provides us with clean air and water, productive soils as well as energy and natural resources for economic and social development. Such healthy ecosystems help mitigate the impacts of climate change, while supporting a green economy, creating job opportunities and enhancing biodiversity.

Job Opportunity: River Mease Project Manager

Monday, May 13, 2019

River Mease Project Manager at Trent Rivers Trust

This is an exciting opportunity for a competent and enthusiastic individual to take the lead on the delivery of a major capital investment programme for the River Mease. Applicants will need to have experience in developing and delivering environmental projects coupled with strong financial and reporting acumen.

They must have excellent negotiation and communication skills and an impressive track record of working with water and rivers.

Starting salary £27,245 FTE

Only a third of world’s great rivers remain free flowing, analysis finds

Friday, May 10, 2019

Only a third of the world’s great rivers remain free flowing, due to the impact of dams that are drastically reducing the benefits healthy rivers provide people and nature, according to a global analysis.

Billions of people rely on rivers for water, food and irrigation, but from the Danube to the Yangtze most large rivers are fragmented and degraded. Untouched rivers are largely confined to remote places such as the Arctic and Amazonia.

Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

Friday, May 10, 2019

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (29 April – 4 May) in Paris.

Video: What does a biodiversity emergency mean for humans?

Friday, May 10, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of different species of animals and plants are facing extinction because of human activity, according to the United Nations.

The full report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be released later today and is expected to say this biodiversity crisis is on a par with - and maybe exceeds - climate change.

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