News

Conservation breakthrough in Botswana

Tue, 21/09/2010 - 15:49

The barren, inhospitable salt flats of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans might hardly seem like a conservation hotspot, but its designation as an Important Bird Area gives one an inkling that there is more to the area than meets the eye. Indeed, it is one of only four breeding sites for the Lesser Flamingo in Africa – as well as providing a haven for 30 other globally and nationally important birds.

Africa

Call for Applications: 2011 Conservation Leadership Programme Awards

Tue, 21/09/2010 - 11:45

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) has been helping young conservationists to achieve their goals and move into positions of influence within the conservation sector for more than 25 years.

Worldwide

Green State of Nature Address

Mon, 20/09/2010 - 11:03

Last Thursday, the Green Con-vergence for Safe Food and Healthy Environment, a loose coalition of networks and NGOs, held its third Green State of Nature Address (SONA). We were very appreciative that DENR Secretary Ramon Paje stayed the entire day to hear out our long complaints, urgent pleas and sturdy arguments particularly on forestry issues and mining.

Asia

BirdLife Malta Raptor Camp - September 2010 Video

Fri, 17/09/2010 - 08:29

Raphael Vassallo joins BirdLife Malta (BirdLife Partner) and the Campaign Against Bird Slaughter (CBAS) on their Raptor Watch camp in the Maltese countryside, monitoring for illegal hunting and trapping.

Europe and Central Asia

BirdLife's Local Empowerment Programme

Thu, 16/09/2010 - 15:21

BirdLife’s Local Empowerment Programme focuses on the individuals and organisations that work with BirdLife Partners to deliver conservation, for biodiversity and for people, at the local level.

Worldwide

Research shows 550 sun bears in Harapan Rainforest

Thu, 16/09/2010 - 07:57

We have just completed our first Malayan Sun Bear research project, funded by the International Bear Association. The sun bear is the smallest bear in the world and one of the globally threatened mammals found in Harapan Rainforest.

Asia

New edition of The Babbler

Thu, 16/09/2010 - 07:54

BirdLife International in Indochina has just released its quarterly newsletter, Babbler 35, for July - September 2010, which includes a feature on BirdLife CEPF Regional Implementation Team progress in Indochina. This feature gives an update on an additional one large and one small grant, brief progress of fifteen funded projects and especially the CEPF mid-term assessment workshops held in July in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Asia

How BirdLife is conserving tropical forests - with Roger Safford

Thu, 16/09/2010 - 07:39

Tropical forests are disappearing at a rate of one football pitch per second - more than 10 million hectares per year. These losses are driven by global demand for timber, paper and land for food crops and bio-fuels. BirdLife's work has shown that 913 species worldwide are threatened by forest destruction and degradation; that's almost one in ten of the world's birds.

Worldwide

Record numbers of White-shouldered Ibis counted

Tue, 14/09/2010 - 15:05

A record-breaking 429 White-shouldered Ibis been recorded in Cambodia, making the known global population much larger than previously thought. With so many birds remaining in the wild the chances of conservation success are greatly improved – welcome news for this Critically Endangered bird species.

Nature Iraq Photo Exhibition - now online

Tue, 14/09/2010 - 13:51

For those who missed the recent photo exhibition about Nature Iraq's (BirdLife in Iraq) work, you can now view it on their website.

Middle East Iraq

Haiti's fragile ecosystems facing disaster

Mon, 13/09/2010 - 11:02

While the eyes of the world have followed the effect of Haiti's devastating earthquake on Port-au-Prince, an ecological disaster has been quietly...

Americas

Harapan Rainforest through the lens

Mon, 13/09/2010 - 10:39

A film crew recently visited Harapan Rainforest to make a film. I was lucky to join them to learn about making the exciting conservation films we see on television or the internet.

Asia

Conservation Leadership Programme - update by Robyn Dalzen

Mon, 13/09/2010 - 10:38

"The summer is winding down here in the northern hemisphere, and what a busy summer it has been", tells Robyn Dalzen - CLP Executive Manager.

Race against the clock to save Zino’s Petrel

Fri, 10/09/2010 - 07:58

Staff from SPEA (BirdLife in Portugal) and the Parque Natural da Madeira – PNM keep working to restore the areas destroyed by the forest fires.

Europe and Central Asia

Spatial Ecology At Sea: Opportunities and Challenges for Seabird Marine Protected Areas

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 11:10

World Seabird Conference workshop abstract by: Ben Lascelles – BirdLife International; Gary Langham – Audubon California; Rob Ronconi – Dalhousie; Jim Reid – Joint Nature Conservancy Council.

From hotspots to Protected Areas ‚Äê moving forward on marine habitat conservation for seabirds

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 11:08

World Seabird Conference workshop abstract by: Ben Lascelles – BirdLife International; Gary Langham – Audubon California; Rob Ronconi – Dalhousie; Jim Reid – Joint Nature Conservancy Council.

The conservation and scientific benefits of global databases of seabird tracking

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 11:07

World Seabird Conference workshop abstract by Cleo Small and Phil Taylor from BirdLife’s Global Seabird Programme, and Scott Shaffer, Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University.

Largest seabird event ever aims high

Wed, 08/09/2010 - 15:09

The world's foremost experts on albatrosses, penguins, and other marine birds are meeting in Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada, this week for the largest seabird event ever held. With seabirds becoming increasingly threatened and at a faster rate globally than all other species-groups of birds, delegates will be discussing the urgent need for conservation action, and are setting their sights high.