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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.