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EU Commission seeks to allow the spread of a dangerous pest

Fri, 13/04/2012 - 08:28

On explicit request of the main farmers unions, the department taking care of health and consumers issues within the European Commission (DG SANCO), has proposed to dismantle a European bio- safety regime by removing the obligation on countries to contain the spread of a highly destructive maize pest, the Western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera.

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

Africa CAP of Nations match ends in a 2 all draw

Thu, 12/04/2012 - 14:51

The meeting of the Council for the Africa Partnership (CAP - not to be confused with the European 'Common Agricultural Policy') which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, started ceremoniously, and ended with a bang - or rather, four bangs.


Southern Cone Grasslands Alliance activities support shorebird conservation in Uruguay

Wed, 11/04/2012 - 21:59

Annually, the Buff-breasted Sandpiper and American Golden Plover undertake some of the longest journeys of any migratory birds in the world, from their breeding grounds in the tundra of North America to wintering sites in the grasslands of Southern South America. Aves Uruguay (BirdLife in Uruguay) and partners have secured approximately 3000 hectares for both species of shorebirds through good management practices of the natural grasslands.

Americas Uruguay Grasslands - Pastizales del Cono Sur

Spring Watch 2012 in Malta

Wed, 11/04/2012 - 13:00

Spring Watch 2012, an international camp organised by BirdLife Malta every spring aimed at monitoring illegal hunting of wild birds, will take place this year between 15th and 30th April. The event coincides, as always, with the peak spring migration and consequently the highest illegal hunting and trapping activity.

Europe and Central Asia Malta

Government protects critical habitat for the Grenada Dove

Tue, 10/04/2012 - 17:29

In August 2011, the Government of Grenada’s Cabinet approved the protection of the last piece of government-owned Grenada Dove habitat through the addition of approximately 100 acres (c.40 ha) of the Beausejour Estate to the adjacent Perseverance Protected Area and Dove Sanctuary.


Birds in Europe 3, 2, 1… launch!

Thu, 05/04/2012 - 14:01

100 ornithologists and stakeholders from 40 countries met in the southern Czech town of Mikulov to launch the exciting three-year project “Birds in Europe 3”. The overall goal is to collate the best available data on the distribution, trends and abundance of all European bird species, and produce the third assessment of their population status.

Europe and Central Asia Czech Republic

World Wetlands Day 2012 celebrations in Kenya

Tue, 03/04/2012 - 07:05

The World Wetlands Day is marked yearly on 2 February to commemorate the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands, which was done on 2 February 1971 in the Caspian Sea.


Grey-crowned Crocias crops-up in new location

Mon, 02/04/2012 - 14:41

One of the rarest birds in Vietnam, has just been discovered at a new location in Kon Tum Province significantly extending its known global range and offering hope that the species may not be as threatened with extinction as scientists fear.


Foiling climate change

Sun, 01/04/2012 - 02:00

After seeding the sea with iron filings to create a carbon sink, and giant mirrors which reflect the sun’s heat back into space, comes a new geo-engineering solution which aims to maintain penguin breeding colonies in the Antarctic at their optimum temperature.

Worldwide Climate Change

The new BirdLife Australia website is live!

Fri, 30/03/2012 - 05:07

www.birdlife.org.au is the place to go for everything about Australia’s birds and their conservation.


Seabird species face extinction in remote UK islands

Fri, 30/03/2012 - 05:01

They are more exotic than the gulls, gannets and terns of Britain's home coastlines, but many of the fascinating and charismatic species of birds on the remote shores of UK overseas territories are now close to extinction. In a report to the government, the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) warns 33 species of birds, including penguins, parrots and albatrosses, are now critically endangered across the remnants of the empire. And that means we have a duty to fulfil...


Fijian local conservation group receives global award

Wed, 28/03/2012 - 00:41

A local group working to conserve the Natewa Tunuloa Important Bird Area in Fiji has won the prestigious Equator Prize for 2012. “The Sisi Initiative stood out among more than 800 entries as a remarkable demonstration of local development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities”, said Eileen de Ravin – manager of the Equator Initiative...