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Homework to do for Europe after CBD COP12

Tue, 04/11/2014 - 11:48

After two weeks of intense negotiations at the 12th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP...

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Is Europe closer to saving its vultures and eagles?

Tue, 04/11/2014 - 09:55

Despite killing nearly all vultures in Asia, veterinary diclofenac was made legal in Europe in 2013. After intense campaigning by Birdlife, EU...

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The aliens among us

Tue, 04/11/2014 - 08:32

The new EU Regulation against Invasive Alien Species enters into force. Now the fight moves onto the list of forbidden species. The...

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Up for decision: land for food or fuel?

Mon, 03/11/2014 - 15:22

Will land based biofuels be limited? Will the second generation repeat the fiasco? Will they keep damaging nature and be as bad...

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Why the EU will fail to deliver on ecosystem restoration

Thu, 30/10/2014 - 14:45

In response to the rapid and dramatic disappearence of plants and animals, in 2010 the European Commission put forward the ‘Biodiversity Strategy...

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Nature in the crosshair

Thu, 30/10/2014 - 14:19

The Birds and Habitats Directives are the bedrock of nature conservation in the EU, and yet now they’re under attack in the...

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Ulcinj Salina in Montenegro – from potential disaster to sustainable tourism

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 15:09

When watching this video it is hard to believe that Ulcinj Salina was set to be drained and converted into a complex of hotels and golf courses.

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New measures to tackle bird trafficking in Greece stop an illegal trader

Mon, 27/10/2014 - 13:45

At the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe, Greece has seen a lot of illegal wildlife trade, normally for falconry but also for private collections. Despite the efforts of environmental NGOs, this trade is growing and conservationists are constantly seeking new ways to tackle the issue and involve the authorities.

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Watch the honeymoon of Cory’s Shearwaters from The Azores as it happens

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 14:49

All of us have at some time wondered how a baby feels to be slowly discovering the world. But do we ever wonder how it is for animals? Do we ever ask ourselves how little chicks find the courage to fly away from their nests? Thanks to the project Lua de mel no Corvo (Honeymoon in Corvo) by BirdLife Portuguese Partner Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves (SPEA), we now have the chance to find out!

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Using SEA for the conservation of Marine Protected Areas, Albania

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 12:37

Story by Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund Mediterranean Hotspot Regional Implementation Team This is the latest update from a project in Albania where...

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Autumn of discoveries: SOR welcomes new findings in the Romanian flora and fauna

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 11:34

For the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR, BirdLife Partner) the autumn of 2014 will be remembered as one of the most rewarding periods since the society began its work in conservation. Two important discoveries have been made in the area of Romanian flora and fauna; our colleagues in SOR are proud to share them with the BirdLife Partnership.

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Eurobirdwatch 2014 sees 2.5 million migrants in the air

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 08:18

On the weekend 4–5 October, over 23,000 people took part in the most exciting nature event of the autumn: the annual Eurobirdwatch. From Portugal to Kazakhstan, from Malta to Norway, BirdLife Partners invited people of all ages to discover and observe the fascinating migration of birds.

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New report reveals scale of declines of UK migratory birds wintering in Africa

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 15:53

The migration of millions of birds across the face of the planet is one of nature’s greatest annual events. Every spring some...

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Connecting Energy, Protecting Nature

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 14:17

"Won't protecting nature just slow down getting the investments we need? Are our renewables targets realistic if we have to follow your...

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Violence in Malta: BirdLife volunteers attacked by extremists protesting against hunting ban

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 09:06

The ban was imposed by the government in an apparent move to back the designation of Vella as Commissioner for the Environment...

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European Medicines Agency must rule on killer drug by November 30. Is Europe closer to saving its vultures and eagles?

Thu, 25/09/2014 - 14:59

After months of wrestling, the European Commission has given mandate to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to assess the risks to vulture...

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Portugal’s Sagres Birdwatching Festival returns to celebrate migration of soaring birds

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 08:33

The Sagres Birdwatching Festival returns, to the delight of bird lovers and ornithologists, who gather every year to observe the beautiful spectacle of different species flying over the village of Sagres on migration to warmer climates.

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France: LPO takes direct action to liberate poached Ortolans

Fri, 19/09/2014 - 14:30

Every year in France, thousands of Ortolan Buntings are poached, mutilated and killed in breach of EU and national laws. On Thursday 4 September, the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO, BirdLife in France) members went on the offensive, to liberate captured birds and make formal accusations against poachers to the French authorities.

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