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The widowbird uses a very particular courting technique. To seduce females, the males... bounce. Yes, as in jumping in the air. A must see!
Via BBC Earth #PlanetEarth2
See the endangered brown kiwi in action in this lovely segment. Did you know they are the only birds with nostrils? Then find out more here!
Via Nat Geo Wild
#COP13 begins officially today! Lots to do to mainstream biodiversity and safeguard ecosystems worldwide. Feeling overwhelmed? Don't panic, we've got the perfect relaxing video for you: footage of sloths! Images to keep us all happy and motivated to protect animal and plant species everywhere. Enjoy!

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A robotic sub captured extraordinary images in the deep sea off the coast of Lebanon. These discoveries might inspire authorities to declare the marine zone a protected area.
Via New Scientist
Interview with Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias.
Video Credit: Global Goals for Sustainable Development

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Yesterday, the ceremony for the prestigious Champions of the Earth awards was held during the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancun, Mexico. Congratulations to the 2016 Laureates:
- Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, for outstanding leadership in fighting climate change and in national environmental action.
- Leyla Acaroglu, founder of Disrupt Design, New York, Eco Innovators, Melbourne, and...
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Congratulations to Dr. Alfonso Aguirre-Muñoz, Dr. Yury Darman and Dr. Vandana Shiva, the three winners of the prestigious Midori Prize!
Dr. Alfonso Aguirre-Muñoz distinguished himself in his work in protecting insular ecosystems in Mexico, Dr. Yury Darman pioneered conservation in the Amur River ecoregion and Dr. Vandana Shiva has worked for decades to promote organic agriculture in India.
At the United Nations Biodiversity Conference 2016, this awesome video from Conservation International was showed.
Harrison Ford voices the tremendous, deep and billion-year-old Ocean, explaining why we should not take it for granted.
A bug that feels the beat!
It remains hard to say exactly why, but this amazonian caterpillar has tentacles that respond to... sound!
Via National Geographic
The UN Biodiversity Conference kicks off today with the High-Level Segment!
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Who said the surface of the Earth doesn't hold any more secrets? Scientists in China's Shaaxi province have announced this week the stunning discovery of 49 massive sinkholes!
These formations remained undiscovered thanks to their remote location. In addition of providing clues for Earth's ancient climate, they also are prime refuges for primitive forests and rare fauna such as the Chinese...
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World's Largest Cluster of Sinkholes Discovered

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Success story #17! The Great Mangrove Belt of Java!
For decades, the great mangrove forest of Northern Java was slowly being destroyed for firewood or to make place for fish ponds.
Since 2008, some 3 million mangrove trees have been planted by the Mangrove Sari community group, who live in the northern part of Brebes Coast.
This initiative has greatly helped in slowing down the tidal floods...
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Meet our new Executive Secretary, Cristiana Paşca Palmer!

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following consultation with the Convention on Biological Diversity, announced yesterday the appointment of Cristiana Paşca Palmer of Romania as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Currently Romania’s Minister for Environment, Waters and Forests...
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This Mushroom Timelapse will totally mesmerize you.

'Hanging on the streets of the forest floor with this incredible fungi timelapse from Planet Earth II. Shot by Steve Axford.
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"Must. Lick. Guava."
-Hawaiian Geckos, 2016.
Success story #16! Forest management and ecotourism in Georgia!
Located in the Caucasus region, Georgia is home to spectacular vistas, from white capped mountains to sub-tropical forests.
To safeguard this heritage, a "National Forest Concept for Georgia" was created in 2013. The initiative’s main goals are to protect biodiversity, improve its management, and develop its economic...
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If you are feeling a bit down, we strongly recommend this #PlanetEarth2 video. It captures a day in the life of an Aardvark, a super likeable African mammal.
Via BBC Earth
Regardless of whether you are a great romantic or more skeptical about the existence of eternal love, this is a fascinating (and adorable!) gallery about those rare species that mate for life.
Via Mother Nature Network

11 animals that mate for life

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Success story #15! Protecting agriculture in the Far North!
Deep inside a mountainous island of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway sits the Global Seed Vault. The seed storage facility is the largest in the world, with a capacity to store 4.5 million varieties of crops, and is built to withstand natural disasters and the passing of time. Currently, the Vault holds more than 860,000 seed...
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Inside the Svalbard Seed Vault

A rare look inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault which is closed ~350 days a year Check out Audible: http://bit.ly/AudibleVe More info on the seed vault: ht...

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