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European Parliament Votes for Nature

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:30

The European Parliament’s stood up to defend key EU nature laws in a vote at its plenary session in Strasbourg.

Europe and Central Asia

Billion people living off wetlands

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 00:01

Today is a day to celebrate wetlands! February 2 is World Wetlands Day, with the focus on "Wetlands for our future: sustainable livelihoods". With more than a billion people making a living from wetlands, they provide vital benefits including food, flood protection, water purification and supply.

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

French Ministry of Education awards school children for their contribution to saving the Tahiti Monarch

Fri, 29/01/2016 - 21:00

French Government awards local Tahiti school for making the plight of the Tahiti known to the local community. A film made by the children and community presentations, as well as volunteering to help with habitat restoration, are all key parts in the campaign to save this iconic bird

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Ruth, one of the young women who have joined the group of local guides (Eco-Tourism group) clearing some of the nature trails in the Kikuyu Escarpment forest in Kenya © KENVO

Women in Conservation: de-mystifying the myth of ‘the weaker sex’

Thu, 28/01/2016 - 10:53

Second article in the new series about 'women in conservation', based on the five ‘Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies’ projects that have been implemented at five Eastern Afromontane KBAs in Kenya and Uganda.

Africa Kenya

New Zealand Fairy Tern – critically endangered tiny tern faces new threat

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 02:22

One of the world's rarest birds, and New Zealand Sea Bird of the Year in 2014, the New Zealand Fairy Tern, faces yet another push onto the slide to extinction from a group wanting to destroy the mangroves in its main habitat, that are essential to its survival. Around half of the ten or so pairs remaining in the world breed at the beautiful Northland harbour of Mangawhai. Now they are threatened by a group of locals who want to remove the mangroves that a recent study by BirdLife partner, Forest & Bird, has shown are essential to the Fairy Tern survival.

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Woodfuel is a multi-billion dollar business in Sub-Saharan Africa  © A. Schenk

A burning issue: woodfuel, public health, land degradation and conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mon, 25/01/2016 - 13:17

Wood is a key source of energy that has been used for millennia for cooking, boiling water, lighting and heating. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 90% of the population relies on woodfuel. In November 2015, Dr. Mary Njenga, a scientist in bioenergy from the World Agroforestry Centre, held a presentation on the subject at the BirdLife Africa Secretariat in Nairobi, outlining the issues related to the use of woodfuel and viable local solutions.

Africa

Indian Government commits to sign raptor conservation agreement

Thu, 21/01/2016 - 11:28

India has become the 54th country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), an important international agreement to protect migratory birds of prey.

Asia India Migratory Birds

The women are back!

Wed, 20/01/2016 - 07:07

Continuation of the series about 'women in conservation', based on the five ‘Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies’ projects that have been implemented at five Eastern Afromontane KBAs in Kenya and Uganda.

Africa

One of the Rufous-backed Buntings at Miyun Reservoir, Jan 2016. (Image: Terry Townshend/Birding Beijing)

Beijing buntings beguile birders

Wed, 20/01/2016 - 06:01

Asia’s rarest bunting, the Rufous-backed Bunting (also known as Jankowski's Bunting), has been found wintering close to China’s capital – the first record of this globally threatened species in Beijing municipality for seventy-five years.

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