News Overview

Manuals for empowering Africa’s citizens to conserve migratory birds

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 10:02

The BirdLife Africa Secretariat in conjunction with BirdLife Poland recently adapted and launched an African teacher’s manuals for Grades 1-3 and 4-6. The teacher’s manuals cover topics such as bird identification, bird behavior, the concept of migration and the challenges birds face along the routes. The manuals also provide interactive and interesting games for the children. These resources are meant to deepen the engagement of children with birds, inspire their young minds and cultivate interests about the natural world around them. These manuals can also be used by local community groups as well as wildlife/nature clubs.

Africa

Rural Development Plans are being prepared under the Common Agriculture Policy to protect farmland wildlife

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 15:38

On the 15th of September 2014, a wide range of stakeholders met in Brussels to discuss Rural Development Plans for the period 2014-2020 and options for pushing forward environmental objectives. The Conference was organised by Fundatia ADEPT, BirdLife Europe, CEEweb and the European Environmental Bureau.

Europe and Central Asia

Israel’s BirdLife Partner and Hanson cooperate to tackle invasive weeds

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 14:02

Invasive alien species are animals or plants that are introduced, deliberately or accidentally, into new environments. In Israel, some invasive plants are giving Hanson Israel (a subsidiary of the HeidelbergCement Group) a bad time. These problems were pointed out to Hanson by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI, BirdLife Partner). Building on the initial success of their cooperation, these two organisations are now launching a new joint project to promote “IAS free quarries” in Israel.

Europe and Central Asia Israel

Join us for a fascinating birdwatching weekend on 4 - 5 October

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 13:08

EuroBirdwatch - BirdLife’s biggest birdwatching event in Europe and Central Asia - will take place this year on the weekend of 4 - 5 October. Join us to explore the beauty of birds and experience the magic of bird migration!

Europe and Central Asia Birds in Europe

An urgent change in the law is needed to protect Common Quails and Turtle Doves in Serbia

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 10:32

As many other bird species in Europe, the Common Quail and the Turtle Dove are being victims of a common practice that brings only concerns to the bird lovers: an uncontrolled hunting for which the laws seem not to be sensitive enough.The Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BPSSS - BirdLife Affiliate in Serbia) has given voice to these common concerns asking the authorities for these two species to enlarge the list of protected birds in the country and abandon their status of game birds.

Europe and Central Asia Serbia

Commissioner Potocnik: “Investing in Natura 2000 is investing in our own future”

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 10:14

Janez Potocnick, European Commissioner for Environment until last August, expresses his support to the Natura 2000 network. Mr. Potocnick qualifies it as “one of the biggest achievements in the EU Environmental Policy” in a video produced within the frame of the LIFE project Activa Red Natura 2000 – Connecting people with Biodiversity by SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife in Spain) and the Spanish news agency EFE.

Europe and Central Asia Spain

BSPB cooperates with power companies to secure bird-killing power lines in Bulgaria

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 09:59

Electrocution by badly designed electricity poles is one of the most serious threats to birds in the world.

Europe and Central Asia Bulgaria

Unravelling mysteries for conservation of birds in São Tomé e Príncipe

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 10:13

Thanks to the efforts of the Association of Biologists Sãotomense (ABS) in partnership with BirdLife International, a team of researchers led by Hugulay Maia has been able to describe some important aspects of the reproductivce behaviour of the Dwarft Ibis in São Tomé.

Africa Sao Tome and Principe

New accessible toolkit helps non-experts to value important natural sites

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 11:48

An interactive toolkit is launched today that is helping non-experts to assess the ecosystem service value of sites – Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA)

Worldwide Capacity Development - Americas

EU biomass policy: from denial to action

Wed, 03/09/2014 - 15:15

As the streets and corridors of Brussels were slowing down and luggage for holidays was being filled up over the last days...

Europe and Central Asia

Birds in Europe & children in Africa prepare for migration season with Spring Alive

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 11:29

In Europe, millions of migratory birds are stirring. They are busy feeding to build up their fat reserves (gaining up to 50%...

Africa Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

World Migratory Bird Day 2014: Lake Natron, Tanzania - a Global Tourism Spot

Mon, 25/08/2014 - 10:06

The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014 in the United Republic of Tanzania will be celebrated on 28 th August at Ngare...

Africa Tanzania

Welcome to Taita Hills, Kenya – a guide is now available!

Wed, 20/08/2014 - 11:15

A guide to Taita Hills’ unique natural history has just been released. This book, authored by Lawrence Wagura, a naturalist and fieldworker...

Africa Kenya

Fast, affordable stoves destined to save Malawian forests from pressure

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:10

As we approach one of the villages in rural Malawi, a few kilometres from the Nchitsi Forest Reserve boundary, we are met by a group of villagers in song and dance. They quickly lead us to the kitchen and one of them and proudly show us a changu mbaula - Chichewa for ‘fast stove’, also known as ‘rocket’ stove for its quick cooking abilities.

Africa Malawi

Community Based Forest Management in Bechi Peasant Association exceeds expectations

Fri, 15/08/2014 - 10:25

The Bechi Kebele is home to 10,171 people, most of which are dependent on the slowly dwindling Sheka forest. God for People Relief and Development Organisation (GPRDO) has been working in this region since 2005 to promote community based forest management systems. In 2013 GPRDO was able to expand their work in this region after receiving a grant from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) to implement GPRDO’s project.

Africa Ethiopia