News Overview

Local community groups dedicate International Mangrove Ecosystem Protection Day to saving important mangrove cockles

Wed, 28/07/2010 - 19:07

On July 26th, community-based organizations and NGOs in Ecuador, such as C-CONDEM (the National Coordinating Organization for the Protection of Mangrove Ecosystems) celebrated the 2010 International Mangrove Ecosystem Protection Day under the slogan Let’s recover shellfish! Outreach and awareness activities took place in all coastal provinces and in the capital, Quito.

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Launch of Wetland Globe International Wetland Awards

Wed, 28/07/2010 - 15:41

The World Wetland Network, an international initiative comprising over 200 wetland NGOs from across the globe, is today launching a new set of awards to recognise best practice in wetland management, and to highlight wetlands in crisis...

Pacific

Aruba Birdlife Conservation visits Governor

Wed, 28/07/2010 - 14:03

The recently established Aruba Birdlife Conservation Foundation have just visited the Governor of Aruba, Mr Fredis Refunjol. The Governor was informed of the role the foundation intends to play in conserving Aruba’s nature in general and more specifically the island's wild birds, and the Governor pledged his support for their work.

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Forest & Bird welcomes Government’s mining decision

Mon, 26/07/2010 - 17:03

Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) welcomes the Government’s decision to maintain the protection of New Zealand’s core conservation land as a victory for the environment and the people of New Zealand.

Pacific

The true costs of saving India’s wetlands

Mon, 26/07/2010 - 16:58

The struggle to save coastal wetlands is a global issue. The RSPB have been following examples in the UK as well in Kenya. Plans for a coal-fired power station in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh at Sompeta have been set aside by India’s National Environment Appellate Authority. The developer had already started the land clearance before it had permission to do so. In the protests that were sparked as result of the pre-emptive action and the failure to engage local communities, 4 people were killed...

Los manglares más australes de la costa Pacífica son incluidos en una red internacional de conservación

Mon, 26/07/2010 - 16:12

Los manglares más australes de la costa Pacífica del Perú, están localizados en San Pedro de Vice, región de Piura. Junto al estuario Virrila y los lagos de Ramón y Ñapique, forman un complejo de humedales de Piura, de gran importancia para aves playeras migratorias.

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The business of biodiversity conservation

Fri, 23/07/2010 - 14:37

“Consideration of sustainability must become mainstream in all sectors of society. I think we are now starting to see a growing trend towards business reputations, best practices and the economic bottom line being linked to how effectively they incorporate biodiversity into their agendas.”

Worldwide

Rubber plantations are erasing Thailand's lowland forest

Fri, 23/07/2010 - 14:09

“Rubber plantations are like a creeping cancer for biodiversity-a sterile green blanket that holds almost no food for either insectivorous or fruit-eating birds. Expansion of rubber plantations will further exacerbate the ongoing decline in wild bird populations”

Asia

Chuck-will's Widow in the Bahamas

Wed, 21/07/2010 - 13:31

A large and healthy population of Chuck-will's Widow Caprimulgus carolinensis has been discovered on Andros, Abaco and Grand Bahama. The species has long been considered a rare to uncommon winter visitor to the Bahamas, but surveys in 2007 and 2009 have totally changed our understanding of this nightjar, highlighting the need for similar surveys (for a number of endemic and globally threatened nocturnal birds) throughout the Caribbean.

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Critically Endangered Puerto Rican Nightjar on "Neotropical Birds"

Wed, 21/07/2010 - 11:11

An authoritative online life history for the Critically Endangered Puerto Rican Nightjar Caprimulgus noctitherus has been published on Neotropical Birds Online ...

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Endangered Bahama Swallow on "Neotropical Birds"

Wed, 21/07/2010 - 09:27

An authoritative online life history for the Endangered Bahama Swallow Tachycineta cyanoviridis has been published on Neotropical Birds Online . The species...

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Indian Government should have listened to BNHS on Andhra power plant

Tue, 20/07/2010 - 09:18

The four lives lost in police firing at Sompeta in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, India protesting against the thermal power plant by Nagarjuna Construction Company, would have been saved, had the government listened to the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS, BirdLife in India) report submitted in December 2009 concerning power plants in the wetlands of Srikakulam district.

Asia

Southernmost mangroves on Pacific coast join international conservation network

Thu, 15/07/2010 - 19:44

Located in the Piura region of Peru, the most austral mangroves of the pacific coast are found at San Pedro de Vice. Together with the Virrila estuary and the lakes of Ramon and Ñapique, they make up the Piura wetlands complex, of great importance to migratory shorebirds, with more than 20 species using the complex as stopover and wintering sites.

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Another success story of raptor rehabilitation in Thailand

Thu, 15/07/2010 - 12:52

On March 23, 2010, Center of Wildlife Rescue Coordination, Wildlife Conservation Office, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) brought a Brahminy Kite to Kasetsart University Raptor Rehabilitation Center (KURRU) for rehabilitation and release to the wild.

Asia

Reefs and Mangroves Essential for Economic Growth in Dominican Republic

Wed, 14/07/2010 - 18:26

The degradation of coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs and mangroves, could cost the tourism industry in the Dominican Republic nearly USD $100 million and threaten the livelihoods of Dominican fishermen who depend on these ecosystems for survival.

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New population of Grey-breasted Parakeet discovered in rocky outcrops in Quixadá, Ceará, in northeastern Brazil

Tue, 13/07/2010 - 16:01

A new population of the Critically Endangered Grey-breasted Parakeet (Pyrrhura griseipectus) has been found nesting in atypical habitat in the “table mountains” of Quixada, Ceará, northeastern Brazil.

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Zapata Rail on the edge

Tue, 13/07/2010 - 13:58

Zapata Rail is a very poorly-known waterbird now confined to the Zapata Swamp in western Cuba. The bird’s elusive nature has caused confusion within the ornithological community as to its status – confusion that may have unwittingly provided a smoke screen to a very real threat that may be driving the species to extinction.

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Illegal pets in the Philippines

Mon, 12/07/2010 - 15:09

A few days ago, I watched Richard Gutierrez tell his TV audience the perils of buying exotic and endangered animals as pets. He elaborated that these animals especially those that are forest-dependent cannot survive in an urban setting. Some may do but will exhibit stress-induced movements or behavior.

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