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The not-so-Green Way: Special conservation area threatened by major road development

Tue, 20/10/2015
There are fears a special conservation area in Turkey is being put at risk by a new road project.

Looking back: Is Europe on track to save global biodiversity by 2020?

Mon, 12/10/2015
Halfway to the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, we analyse if the EU is doing enough to protect the environment over the next five years.

What's next for the EU2020 strategy to protect biodiversity?

Mon, 12/10/2015
With only five years to go, here's what the EU and Member States need to do to prevent the further loss of species and ecosystems.

Why agriculture is the greatest threat to European biodiversity

Mon, 12/10/2015
More than half of European bird species use farmland habitats. So why are Member States calling agriculture the "single greatest threat to biodiversity"?

Saving Macaronesia's biodiversity, one species at a time

Mon, 12/10/2015
These islands represent 0.2% of EU territory but host over a quarter of the plant species listed in the Habitats Directive. Here's how SPEA (BirdLife in Portugal) is protecting them.

The dark side of 'Star Wars'

Mon, 12/10/2015
Skellig Michael, a remote, rocky island off the Irish coast, is home to thousands of seabirds. What happens when it catches the attention of arguably the most famous film franchise in history?

The EU is calling for entries for the 2016 Natura 2000 Awards

Fri, 09/10/2015
Anyone who works to protect nature through the network is eligible. Read more about the deadline, how you can apply, and how to vote for your favourite conservation organisation.

Co-operation key for reversing biodiversity declines

Fri, 09/10/2015
Protecting and restoring nature in the European Union is incredibly important, but how do we stop declines in biodiversity? With the European Commission’s publication of a mid-term report on the Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 last week came confirmation that the situation remains hugely concerning.

New protected areas announced for seabirds in Portugal

Thu, 08/10/2015
The designation of two new Special Protection Areas in Portugal has been approved by the country’s government, according to BirdLife’s Portuguese Partner SPEA.