Category Archives: Biodiversity

Catfish – finding ways to eradicate an invasive species in Lake Geneva

The Geneva Tribune reports that catfish have colonized the Rhone river and Lake Geneva. It is unclear how much of a pest they really are and if they attack other fish. The local authorities have asked fishermen to kill them … Continue reading

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Nature conservation (not biodiversity) for the 21st century

I attended an open dialogue in Geneva today on Nature Conservation for the 21st Century hosted by the Swiss and Geneva governments and organized by the Geneva Environmental Network. The Panel raised a couple of interesting ideas during the Q … Continue reading

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Passing of Klaus Durbeck

I am sad to hear that Klaus Durbeck died this week. Klaus was a expert on the trade in medicinal plants. He worked in many emerging and developing economies around the world promoting the sustainable use of plants. I attended … Continue reading

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Talking wildlife in Tel Aviv

This week I am attending the Animals Committee (AC) of CITES hosted by the Government of Israel and taking place in Tel Aviv. The AC is set up to: to fill gaps in biological and other specialized knowledge regarding species … Continue reading

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On killing Cecil the Lion – the conservation case for hunting

The killing of Cecil the Lion is without doubt another PR disaster for the hunting industry, was illegal and distasteful for many people. However reporting has focused on people’s moral outrage and anger towards the hunter with little in the … Continue reading

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