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Nature in the rich man’s world

Thu, 01/03/2018
Ariel Brunner calls for more funding for EU nature conservation in his editorial for the latest issue of the BirdLife Europe & Central Asia newsletter.

The Silence of the Leaders

Thu, 01/03/2018
A ‘Silence of the Lambs’-inspired demonstration organised by BirdLife in Brussels last Friday saw 133 European NGOs demand more money for the EU to protect biodiversity.

Break open the piggy bank & invest in nature!

Tue, 27/02/2018
As Europe’s leaders debate the post-2020 EU budget, Kristina Barnes (NABU/BirdLife Germany) explains why they need to break open the piggy bank and start investing seriously in nature.

CAP 2020 - a poor vintage?

Tue, 27/02/2018
Can the European Commission’s proposed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reverse the environmental crisis on Europe’s farmland? It all depends on the ability of the EU to hold Member States accountable, argues Harriet Bradley.
The White Stork is among 2.6 million birds illegally killed over Lebanon each year © Carlos Delgado

Open letter: give our birds safe passage over Lebanon this spring

Tue, 27/02/2018
With the spring migration just a few weeks away, conservation groups the world over have come together in support of an open letter to the President of Lebanon. Croatian conservationists call for the President to honour his promise for stricter enforcement of hunting laws.

The Bird Bulletin: Europe & Central Asia

Fri, 23/02/2018
Today's news round-up from Europe & Central Asia features inspiring owls, an update on Bialowieza and a surprise appearance in Brussels by Hannibal Lecter...
Dr Vladimir Ivanovskihas pioneered tecniques for raptor protection in Belarus

Saluting the brave Nature’s Heroes of Belarus

Sat, 03/02/2018
The three Nature's Heroes chosen by APB—BirdLife Belarus can be considered heroes in a more conventional sense. One climbs to dizzying heights to study the nests of raptors, with only a few old canvas straps to keep him from falling. The second confronted and defeated a horde of foreign hunters intent on killing the breeding ducks and other wildlife for which he is responsible. The third challenged a poacher and was shot and permanently disabled; but though no longer able to work as a protected area manager, has established a new career as one of Belarus's most respected wildlife photographers, and inspires many people to become conservationists.
Odysseus and the Sirens, Otto Greiner

A small rock holds back a great wave

Fri, 02/02/2018
In the editorial for our Europe & Central Asia newsletter, Ariel Brunner contemplates the 'Homeric' journey ahead through the political waters of 2018

#OceanAlert: Between the Devil and the deep blue sea

Wed, 31/01/2018
BirdLife Europe is on high #OceanAlert: as a direct result of fishing, tens of thousands of threatened seabirds, turtles and marine mammals needlessly perish in European waters each year.