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Iraqi students being trained at Peramagroon (Image: Richard Porter)

Darwin project puts Iraq's wildlife on the map

Fri, 05/02/2016 - 20:19

A three-year project in Iraq has significantly contributed to knowledge of the country's flora and fauna – including five previously unknown plant species – as well as improving the prospects for future conservation efforts in the country.

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Forest cover at Tesso Nilo, Indonesia, decreased by 65% between 2000 and 2012 (Photo: A C Shapiro)

An area the size of Scotland lost from the world’s most important sites for nature

Fri, 05/02/2016 - 00:01

In a pioneering study, scientists from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and BirdLife International have analysed satellite imagery to measure forest loss remotely across the global network of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs).

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

CZIP team monitoring illegal hunting at Ulcinj Salina. Photo: CZIP

Rock Partridge hunting in Montenegro banned for three years

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 10:00

CZIP (BirdLife in Montenegro) has secured a three-year moratorium against the illegal hunting, killing and smuggling of Rock Partridge - a great turnaround, from a country where the last official hunting quota was more than the actual number of the birds present in the country...

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European Parliament Votes for Nature

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:30

The European Parliament’s stood up to defend key EU nature laws in a vote at its plenary session in Strasbourg.

Europe and Central Asia

Billion people living off wetlands

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 00:01

Today is a day to celebrate wetlands! February 2 is World Wetlands Day, with the focus on "Wetlands for our future: sustainable livelihoods". With more than a billion people making a living from wetlands, they provide vital benefits including food, flood protection, water purification and supply.

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

One of the Rufous-backed Buntings at Miyun Reservoir, Jan 2016. (Image: Terry Townshend/Birding Beijing)

Beijing buntings beguile birders

Wed, 20/01/2016 - 06:01

Asia’s rarest bunting, the Rufous-backed Bunting (also known as Jankowski's Bunting), has been found wintering close to China’s capital – the first record of this globally threatened species in Beijing municipality for seventy-five years.

Asia China Preventing Extinctions

“Generation-thinking leaders buy insurance by investing now, before the accident.”

Business meets biodiversity to conserve and value Africa’s ecosystems

Tue, 19/01/2016 - 12:02

With the launch of a video, we look back and celebrate the success of the Pan-African Business & Biodiversity Forum - a first-of-its-kind forum that pushed nature-thinking into discussions on the sustainable development of Africa to benefit nature, people and business.

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Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis). Image: Li Zai

Decade-long Citizen Science project counts China’s waterbirds

Thu, 14/01/2016 - 18:01

Since 2005, more than 150 volunteers have taken part in the China Coastal Waterbird Census, which, in November 2015, published its third report on the state of the country’s coastal waterbirds

Asia China Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Asia

Windfarms on protected areas in Kaliakra, Bulgaria - Photo © RSPB images

Bulgarian government condemned by Court for failing nature

Thu, 14/01/2016 - 12:00

The country's failure to properly protect a Natura 2000 site on the Kaliakra cape is coming in for criticism from judges at the European Court of Justice, the court of the EU.

Europe and Central Asia Bulgaria Preventing Extinctions - Europe and Central Asia