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Securing the web of life

Tue, 19/06/2012 - 14:36

The source of our food, medicines and clean water, as well the livelihoods of millions of people may be at risk with the rapid decline of the world’s animal and plant species according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Worldwide Invasive Alien Species

It's all about economics at Rio

Mon, 18/06/2012 - 11:19

What's at stake is who will pay the bill, and who will sustain a country to adopt changes in favour of sustainable development.


Whose interests are being addressed at RIO+20?

Sat, 16/06/2012 - 18:19

At the end of each day the United Nations have created an open space for discussion among civil society and givernments on the RIO+20 agenda. Apparently 70% of the Rio+20 outcome document is from civil society input, but how much of it will be left after negotiations?


LIPU’s 29th International Camp alerts on poaching!

Fri, 15/06/2012 - 15:13

LIPU’s (BirdLife in Italy) annual International ‘anti-poaching’ camp took place from April 28 to May 13. The participants’ main mission was to observe migratory birds and report on illegal hunting. The spring migration of raptors in Calabria (Italian region) this year has been characterised by a significant resumption of poaching in the south of the region.

Europe and Central Asia Italy

Algarve: The bird’s festival is back in October

Fri, 15/06/2012 - 15:05

The 3rd Birdwatching Festival in Sagres, Portugal will take place this year from October 5 to 7. In October, Sagres becomes Europe’s major migratory corridor for storks, eagles, vultures, hawks and falcons on their way back to Africa. All types of people will enjoy the large range of activities proposed.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal

Finance ministers still fail to focus on quality of spending

Fri, 15/06/2012 - 10:54

The Council is under pressure to achieve partial agreements on the key EU policy reforms by the end of the Danish Presidency (June 30th). Furthermore, the meeting of the Heads of States on June 28 and 29 will be key to set the priorities for the EU Budget 2014-2020 in the context of tackling the economic crisis.

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

A wedding and a Swedish philanthropist protect Paraguayan forest

Fri, 15/06/2012 - 10:11

What do a wedding, a Swedish philanthropist, the conservation of the Atlantic Rainforest and a Paraguayan indigenous community have in common? The answer lies in the creation of a pioneering nature reserve in Paraguay.

Americas Paraguay Local Engagement and Empowerment Programme - Americas

European BirdLife Partners take action against European bird crime

Thu, 14/06/2012 - 16:18

Across Europe, birds suffer from a wide range of persecution: illegal poisoning shooting, trapping, and the theft of chicks for the bird trade are common practices. Recently, five European countries were confronted with cases of illegal killing. The common, even if illegal, practice of using poison baits to eradicate carnivores and rodents causes huge damage to wildlife as well as to livestock and crops. In some cases it can explain the decline of specific bird populations in Europe. Moreover, the poisons used are usually unnecessarily strong and often illegal.

Europe and Central Asia

Working towards a green economy in Tanzania

Thu, 14/06/2012 - 15:07

The Uluguru Mountains support a rich cloud forest that is home to plants and animals which are found nowhere else in the world, including the Critically Endangered Uluguru Bush-shrike.


From BirdLife Zimbabwe's diary...

Thu, 14/06/2012 - 14:55

BirdLife Zimbabwe runs a very active Environmental Education Department, which includes Wildlife Clubs and the Bird Awareness Programme for schools. The Department has been very busy these last few weeks.


Rio+20 is an opportunity to fast-track the transition to the Green Economy

Thu, 14/06/2012 - 11:01

A new report “Building an Inclusive Green Economy” says a transition to a green economy could lift millions of people out of poverty and inequality as well as help the environment.