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Will 2016 see the end of the EU’s bycatch blues?

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 15:06

Policy reform and new funding were marred by weak fisheries management plans, but we’re still optimistic. Here’s why.

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine

Meet pesticides, the silent bird killers that protect our crops

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 14:50

Tens of millions of birds have died due to accidental killing by rodenticides. And that’s not the only poison problem we have.

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

Survey confirms Chinese Crested Terns in Indonesia

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 08:45

A survey team led by Burung Indonesia (BirdLife in Indonesia) and BirdLife’s Asia Division has confirmed a wintering site of the globally threatened Chinese Crested Tern in eastern Indonesia.

Asia China China Programme

Iraqi students being trained at Peramagroon (Image: Richard Porter)

Darwin project puts Iraq's wildlife on the map

Fri, 05/02/2016 - 20:19

A three-year project in Iraq has significantly contributed to knowledge of the country's flora and fauna – including five previously unknown plant species – as well as improving the prospects for future conservation efforts in the country.

Middle East Iraq Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

Forest cover at Tesso Nilo, Indonesia, decreased by 65% between 2000 and 2012 (Photo: A C Shapiro)

An area the size of Scotland lost from the world’s most important sites for nature

Fri, 05/02/2016 - 00:01

In a pioneering study, scientists from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and BirdLife International have analysed satellite imagery to measure forest loss remotely across the global network of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs).

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

Failure to ban toxic ammunition putting bird lives at risk

Thu, 04/02/2016 - 14:15

The European Commission has announced it will continue allowing the use of lead in ammunition, despite the chemical being responsible for thousands of bird deaths.

Europe and Central Asia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

CZIP team monitoring illegal hunting at Ulcinj Salina. Photo: CZIP

Rock Partridge hunting in Montenegro banned for three years

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 10:00

CZIP (BirdLife in Montenegro) has secured a three-year moratorium against the illegal hunting, killing and smuggling of Rock Partridge - a great turnaround, from a country where the last official hunting quota was more than the actual number of the birds present in the country...

Europe and Central Asia Montenegro Migratory Birds

A section of Lutembe bay wetland ©BirdLife International

Securing sustainable futures for wetland communities in Lake Victoria Basin

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:55

Communities around Lake Victoria Basin rely on wetlands for their livelihoods. These wetlands provide important ecosystem services including food, raw materials, fresh water, medicine, waste-water treatment, carbon sequestration, erosion prevention and fertility.

Africa Local Engagement and Empowerment - Africa