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New study reveals biofuels carbon con

Tue, 22/03/2011 - 13:53

African biofuels destined for Europe will result in up to six times the carbon emissions of fossil fuels, a new study has revealed.

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Artist aims to raise a million Rand for Kamfers Dam flamingos

Tue, 22/03/2011 - 08:00

An exhibition by Jeremy Houghton, inspired by flamingos, will be raising funds in support of the Kamfers Dam wetlands, the largest Lesser Flamingo breeding population in South Africa.

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The IBA Caretaker Network in Poland

Sat, 19/03/2011 - 08:55

The purpose of this report is to explore and analyse the IBA Caretaker Network in Poland with the goal of furthering our understanding of what makes, motivates and inspires Caretakers, what opportunities and challenges they face, and the value of having an IBA Caretaker Network.

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The Danish IBA Caretaker Network

Fri, 18/03/2011 - 14:37

The purpose of this report is to explore and analyse the IBA Caretaker Network in Denmark with the goal of furthering our understanding of what makes, motivates and inspires Caretakers, what opportunities and challenges they face, and the value of having an IBA Caretaker Network.

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The Greek IBA Caretaker Network

Fri, 18/03/2011 - 14:12

The purpose of this report is to explore and analyse the IBA Caretaker Network in Greece with the goal of furthering our understanding of what makes, motivates and inspires Caretakers, what opportunities and challenges they face, and the value of having an IBA Caretaker Network.

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Networks of care

Fri, 18/03/2011 - 13:19

More than half of Poland’s 140 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) are over 15,000 hectares. The biggest of all, Tuchola Forest, covers 360,000 hectares. Simply monitoring sites of this size is a formidable challenge.

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Volunteering the Danish Way

Fri, 18/03/2011 - 10:40

Bird conservation in Denmark has a long history and DOF, the Danish BirdLife Partner, is one of the oldest nature conservation societies in Europe. In 2002, inspired by similar examples from the BirdLife Partnership, DOF decided to establish groups of volunteers around each of their 128 IBAs.

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Caretaker network in Greece

Fri, 18/03/2011 - 09:13

The Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS, BirdLife in Greece) is one of the largest membership based conservation non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Greece. In order to monitor the many Important Bird Areas (IBAs) scattered around the country, HOS needs a network of volunteer ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground, to gather information and eventually act to protect sites.

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NABU supports demonstrations against the current Common Agricultural Policy

Mon, 28/02/2011 - 15:24

BirdLife’s German Partner NABU has begun to campaign against the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), pressing for biodiversity conservation to be properly prioritised.

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Red Alert from Finland - Number of Threatened Bird Species Increases

Mon, 28/02/2011 - 15:12

December 2010 proved to be a very sad month in Finland in terms of bird protection. The new Red List, indicating which species are threatened, showed that the number of threatened bird species in Finland had increased by almost 70%.

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New funding to monitor the state of Bulgaria’s farmland birds

Tue, 22/02/2011 - 13:30

The Bulgarian Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MFA) has commissioned the preparation of an index of the state of farmland birds from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB, BirdLife in Bulgaria).

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Record number of Spoonbills seeking shelter from storm greeted with gunfire in Malta

Mon, 21/02/2011 - 07:35

Starting last Friday, and continuing into the weekend, illegal hunters have been targeting rare protected Eurasian Spoonbill as a record three flocks totaling around 70 Spoonbills sought shelter in the southeast of Malta from gale force winds.

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BirdWatch Ireland appoints new Chief Executive

Fri, 04/02/2011 - 09:32

BirdWatch Ireland (BirdLife Partner in Ireland), Ireland's largest nature conservation NGO, has announced that Alan Lauder has taken over the helm as its new Chief Executive.

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Spring Alive 2011 ready to fly, with some bright and brand new feathers

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 15:35

BirdLife and its Partners have announced the start of Spring Alive 2011: a European-wide project that invites families with young children to communicate their first personal observations of migratory birds arriving near their home.

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European Commission urges Romania to protect the Sulina wetlands

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 12:16

The European Commission has urged Romania to improve its protection of the Sulina area in the Danube Delta, as new tourism developments threaten to degrade it.

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BirdLife Malta appoints new Executive Director

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 08:49

BirdLife Malta has announced its appointment of Mr Paul Debono as the organisation’s new Executive Director.

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Plans for Tanzania’s ‘Serengeti Highway’ shift towards a bypass

Tue, 01/02/2011 - 13:50

In 2010, Tanzania’s government announced extremely controversial plans for a 53-kilometer long commercial highway to run East-West through the Serengeti; Tanzania’s oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Protection set to increase for migratory birds of prey in Europe, Asia and Africa

Mon, 31/01/2011 - 12:09

The EU Council of Ministers is on its way to signing an important MoU that would significantly increase protection for migratory raptors across European, Asian and African flyways, after a recommendation to do so by the European Commission.

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