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Join NABU on May 21 to celebrate and learn about Natura 2000 in Germany

Fri, 11/05/2012 - 14:59

NABU (BirdLife in Germany) is inviting people to celebrate 20 years of the Natura 2000 network on 21st of May, at its conference “20 years, 20 percent – how to proceed with Natura 2000?”

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First Ornithofestival in Bosnia-Herzegovina welcomes over a hundred bird lovers

Thu, 10/05/2012 - 13:04

On 20 and 21 April 2012, the cities of Kraljeva Sutjeska and Kakanj in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BH) hosted the country’s first “Ornithofestival”.

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Environment Committee sets the bar for an ambitious Fisheries reform

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 16:10

On 8th May, European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Safety has adopted a strong and progressive opinion on the Common Fisheries Policy reform. BirdLife Europe praises the members of the Committee for their strong stand on the CFP reform.

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Seed diversity in need of help – sign the letter

Tue, 24/04/2012 - 14:35

Take a stand for an environmentally and consumer friendly S&PM regulation (Seed and Plant Propagating Material): add your signature to the European civil society open letter. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Towards a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe

Tue, 24/04/2012 - 12:13

Forest Europe, the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe comprising of 46 countries and the EU, announced its decision of producing a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests (LBA-f) in Europe, in June 2011, to legally support the sustainable management of Europe’s forests.

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Important Bird Areas incorporated into Kazakh legislation

Wed, 18/04/2012 - 08:17

The recent revision of Kazakhstan's nature-protection legislation has resulted in the inclusion of the term "Important Bird Area” (IBA) in the law on Specially Protected Nature Areas in Kazakhstan.

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First National Inventory of IBAs for Macedonia: successful cooperation between BirdLife Partners

Tue, 17/04/2012 - 12:16

The first national inventory of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Macedonia has recently been produced through a partnership between the Macedonian Ecological Society (BirdLife in Macedonia) and DOPPS (BirdLife in Slovenia).

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MME tests measures to halt illegal hunting of birds

Fri, 13/04/2012 - 15:30

MME/BirdLife in Hungary, in cooperation with 8 other conservation organisations just launched a 5 years LIFE+ project that will aim to find effective and alternative solutions to crimes toward birds in Hungary, with a special focus on the conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle.

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Using technology to protect biodiversity

Fri, 13/04/2012 - 13:52

The BirdLife partners in France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK, are deploying unprecedented actions to protect the marine environment, through the project FAME (Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment, Interreg Programme 2010-2012). Amongst other, they have been tagging seabirds with mini-cameras, which recorded wonderful images.

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Scientists highlight carbon risk from Biomass energy

Fri, 13/04/2012 - 10:09

On 29 March 2012, BirdLife Europe, the European Environmental Bureau and FERN organized a breakfast event about correct carbon accounting. Several top scientists, amongst whom a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, told the audience that burning biomass for energy could release more carbon emissions than it saves.

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A green reform of the CAP is needed now!

Fri, 13/04/2012 - 09:39

BirdLife Europe, in collaboration with the EEB (European Environmental Bureau), launched a video giving a series of indisputable arguments to green the CAP.

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Wildlife friendly farmers take their fight to Brussels

Fri, 13/04/2012 - 08:45

On Monday 19 March, a group of farmers from across Europe travelled to Brussels to call for greater support for wildlife conservation in the European countryside through Rural Development measures.

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EU Commission seeks to allow the spread of a dangerous pest

Fri, 13/04/2012 - 08:28

On explicit request of the main farmers unions, the department taking care of health and consumers issues within the European Commission (DG SANCO), has proposed to dismantle a European bio- safety regime by removing the obligation on countries to contain the spread of a highly destructive maize pest, the Western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera.

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Spring Watch 2012 in Malta

Wed, 11/04/2012 - 13:00

Spring Watch 2012, an international camp organised by BirdLife Malta every spring aimed at monitoring illegal hunting of wild birds, will take place this year between 15th and 30th April. The event coincides, as always, with the peak spring migration and consequently the highest illegal hunting and trapping activity.

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Birds in Europe 3, 2, 1… launch!

Thu, 05/04/2012 - 14:01

100 ornithologists and stakeholders from 40 countries met in the southern Czech town of Mikulov to launch the exciting three-year project “Birds in Europe 3”. The overall goal is to collate the best available data on the distribution, trends and abundance of all European bird species, and produce the third assessment of their population status.

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Czech Society for Ornithology and Ceskomoravsky Gravel sign partnership agreement

Mon, 26/03/2012 - 13:52

On Friday 16 March, the Czech Society for Ornithology (CSO), BirdLife Partner in the Czech Republic, and Ceskomoravsky sterk, member of the HeidelbergCement Group, signed an agreement pinning down their long-term commitment to the conservation of nature.

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Save the Danube - 'The Amazon of Europe'- from destruction!

Fri, 16/03/2012 - 12:36

The "Kopački Rit", Croatia, Danube’s most valuable and best preserved floodplain system along the Croatian – Serbian border is threatened with destruction. Help us saving the unique nature of the Danube and sign the petition to the Minister now!

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Urgent message from Denmark: "CAP must support sustainable farming"

Wed, 07/03/2012 - 08:18

BirdLife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) have launched a video highlighting the many problems facing the European agricultural ecosystem.

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