Current campaigns to protect unique nature sites in Europe - and what you can do to help us
Bulgarian Black Sea coast
Natura 2000 sites on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast are under immense pressure from proliferating uncontrolled development including badly placed wind farms, golf courses, tourist complexes and infrastructure. BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria is campaigning to save the Kaliakra Natura 2000 site, a key site for birds on the ‘Via Pontica’ migration route, from extensive damage through hundreds of developments. Read more …
Romanian Danube Delta
The Danube Delta is recognised as one of Europe’s premier wetlands and the Danube Delta Natura 2000 site is home to over 320 bird species. These include threatened species such as Dalmatian Pelican and Red-breasted Goose. Since Romania joined the EU in 2007 the precious Delta is coming under increasing pressure from development – infrastructure projects, such as road upgrades, tourist complexes and wind farms. SOR/BirdLife Romania, supported by the RSPB/BirdLife UK is running a project to promote the site protection obligations of the EU Habitats Directives and the development of sustainable developments which provide benefits for people while respecting nature. Read more …
Trapping, spring hunting and illegal killing of birds in Malta
BirdLife Malta, supported by Birdlife International, is campaigning and advocating against unsustainable hunting practices in this small but for bird migration very important Mediterranean country. Since Malta joined the European Union, the Maltese Government continued to allow the spring hunting and trapping of Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur and Common Quail Coturnix coturnix and trapping of other species in direct conflict with the EU Birds Directive. BirdLife partly managed to stop this. However, illegal hunting and killing of protected bird species remains to be a widespread problem in Malta. These practices endanger future generations by killing birds before they reproduce and also jeopardise conservation efforts of other countries. Read more...
The European Transport Network (TEN-T)BirdLife is very concerned that over a thousand Natura 2000 sites are at serious risk from high-profile EU- funded infrastructure projects. Together with 29 other Brussels and national based NGOs, BirdLife analysed the Natura 2000 sites likely to be affected by 21 of the EU’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Priority Projects. Some of the most threatened birds in Europe, including Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis and Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus, as well as countless pristine and biodiverse habitats could be put at risk if the TEN-T Priority Projects go ahead unchanged. And the 21 Priority Projects are only the tip of the iceberg, implementation of the TEN-T Network as a whole could have much more severe impacts. However, the EU’s transport and nature policies do not need to be on a collision course. The vast majority of these impacts could be avoided. Read more...
Further informationFor more information about BirdLife’s site and species campaigns, please contact Rastislav Rybanic (Rastislav.Rybanic@birdlife.org)
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