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Commercial development threatens Ulcinj Salinas in Montenegro

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 15:31

For the past two years CZIP (Birdlife in Montenegro) has been fighting a battle against the conversion of Ulcinj Salinas into a tourist-development complex. The Ulcinj Salinas are an irreplaceable habitat for birds on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea, and one of the most important habitats on the Adriatic flyway. They are home to over 250 species of birds and recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and as an Emerald Site of the Bern Convention.

Europe and Central Asia Montenegro Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

Grid operators and NGOs demand EU ambition on renewables

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 15:35

National governments agree that greenhouse gas emissions must go down, but disagree on the policy details.

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EU finally addressing threat of Invasive alien species

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 09:42

The EU law to address Invasive Alien Species is high on the policy agenda in Brussels. After many ups and downs, the three EU institutions seem to have found a compromise on common rules which could halt the environmental, economic and health damages caused by animals and plants introduced to Europe.

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Spring Alive 2014 has arrived!

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 15:14

BirdLife and its Partners in 50 countries are proud to announce the launch of Spring Alive 2014. Now nine years old, Spring Alive brings together children, their teachers and families in Europe, Central Asia and Africa to observe and record the arrivals of five species of migrant birds.

Europe and Central Asia Local Empowerment

From aquarium pet to agricultural pest: the Apple snail in the Ebro delta

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 10:21

The Ebro delta in North East Spain is one of the finest wetlands in the western Mediterranean and plays a vital role in the local community while also serving as a stopover site for many migrant birds. Unfortunately, it has become home to many invasive alien species that continue to infect the area and damage endemic wildlife at an incredible rate of one per year.

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Vulture killing drug now available on EU market

Wed, 05/03/2014 - 10:09

Diclofenac is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug that has wiped out vulture populations in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Now, a repeat of this ecological disaster is threatening Europe.

Europe and Central Asia Preventing Extinctions

A member of the Malta Spring Watch looks out for signs of illegal killing (David Tipling)

Spring Watch Malta looking to ensure a safe passage for migrants

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:08

Although it is still early in the year, in the southern Mediterranean early signs of spring are already popping up.

Europe and Central Asia Malta Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

The RSPB has been doing research for half a century (Andy Hay; rspb-images.com)

The science of saving nature

Wed, 26/02/2014 - 14:30

BirdLife’s UK Partner, the RSPB, is launching a new initiative, the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science dedicated to discovering solutions to 21st century conservation problems, reinforcing the BirdLife Partnership as a world leader in conservation.

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Environmentally harmful subsidies hiding behind environmental goals?

Fri, 14/02/2014 - 15:47

In January during the World Economic Forum in Davos we once again heard world leaders urging each other to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels

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