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We must strengthen resilience through ‘ecological infrastructure’ - Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 22:00

BirdLife Policy Brief for CBD COP-10, Nagoya - message from BirdLife's Chairman Peter J. Schei.

Five critical issues that will ‘make or break’ Nagoya – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 21:00

In May 2010, the Global Biodiversity Outlook concluded that the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have failed to meet the 2010 Target to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of loss of biological diversity as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on earth.

Revised and updated Strategic Plan for the post-2010 period – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 20:00

BirdLife calls on all Parties to recognise the immediate need for hugely scaled up, effective and concerted efforts to overcome the obstacles that prevented the 2010 target from being met. Urgent action is essential to ensure nature’s resilience and underpin human well-being.

Financial Resources – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 19:00

Effective implementation of the CBD continues to be severely hampered by insufficient financial resources. This is a pervasive problem but at its most acute in developing countries.

Access & Benefit Sharing – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 18:00

Access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their use is one of the three fundamental objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Protected Areas – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 17:00

Protected areas are a cornerstone of biodiversity conservation. The CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas (POWPA) has helped to galvanise action. BirdLife has been a member of the ‘Friends of POWPA’- an informal group of NGOs and Governments which has supported the CBD Secretariat to build capacity, raise awareness and encourage regular reporting on POWPA.

Climate Change – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 16:00

This document outlines BirdLife’s main policy messages in relation to climate change for COP-10. BirdLife International urges parties to ensure decisions taken at the COP secure the following outcomes...

Marine and Coastal Biodiversity – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 15:00

The marine pelagic environment is the largest realm on Earth, constituting 99% of the biosphere volume. In addition to supplying more than 80% of the fish consumed by humans, pelagic ecosystems account for nearly half of the photosynthesis on Earth, directly or indirectly support almost all marine life and play a major role in the rate and extent of climate change.

Indicators – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 14:00

The world’s biodiversity is being lost faster than ever. As we destroy it, we lose its capacity to deliver ecosystem services such as crop pollination, freshwater provision and climate regulation upon which we all depend.

Biofuels and biodiversity – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 13:00

BirdLife International welcomes the CBD’s consideration of the impacts of biofuels on biodiversity1. The draft COP-10 decisions refer to minimising the negative impacts of biofuel production on biodiversity and maximising the benefits.

Biodiversity for Development – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 12:00

Biodiversity provides the critical ‘ecosystem services’ on which development depends, including air and water purification, soil conservation, disease control and reduced vulnerability to natural disasters such as floods, droughts, storms and landslides.

BirdLife’s approach to working locally – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 11:00

Whilst international conventions and national policy are important to address the problem of biodiversity loss, there also needs to be a local response, which empowers local people, recognises their rights and responsibilities and mobilises civil society at the local level.

Empowering people to identify, conserve and monitor areas of importance for biodiversity

Sat, 02/10/2010 - 08:27

COP-10 Side Event where the BirdLife International Partnership will present a global inventory of over 10,000 terrestrial Important Bird Areas (IBAs) as well as showcase working with local communities across the globe to identify, document, monitor and conserve IBAs.

Worldwide

A symbol for Quito - hummingbird of the high Andes

Fri, 01/10/2010 - 21:29

As part of education materials for schools in South America, a series of posters has been produced to celebrate World Bird Festival in October. The seven poster size fact sheets highlight conservation achievements as well as the plight of seven threatened or migratory species in the Americas.

Americas

Listening to Local Voices

Fri, 01/10/2010 - 16:00

‘Livelihoods and the environment at Important Bird Areas: Listening to local voices’, is the result of a number of ‘Participatory Poverty Assessments’ carried out by BirdLife Partners in fourteen nations across the Americas, Africa and Asia.

A review of Local Conservation Groups in Africa

Fri, 01/10/2010 - 13:07

The BirdLife Partners in Africa produced a report on their experience of working with Local Conservation Groups (called Site Support Groups – SSGs in Africa).

Arcadia update – Burung Indonesia

Fri, 01/10/2010 - 13:01

On 18th June 2010 the Indonesian Government approved a new license for forest restoration of an additional 50,000 hectares in the Harapan Rainforest in Sumatra, which has been granted to the BirdLife consortium comprising Burung Indonesia, RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and the BirdLife International Secretariat. ..

Asia

Meeting the 2020 biodiversity targets: action and monitoring based on birds - booklet

Fri, 01/10/2010 - 12:00

Examples provided for 12 of the CBD targets of how birds can help to focus actions to meet these targets, and how data from birds can help to monitor success. Report available in FRENCH, SPANISH and ENGLISH.