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BirdLife Partners join forces against illegal bird killing in the Mediterranean

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 08:16

For migratory birds, illegal killing is an additional threat to their already dangerous and challenging journey. Violations of the EU Birds Directive are particularly widespread, adding to the substantial decrease in migratory bird populations over the past 40 years.

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

Flyways race is raising vital funds for migrant birds

Fri, 14/03/2014 - 12:33

Fourteen teams of adrenalin charged birders will step boldly into the Israeli night at midnight on 31 March, as they cross the start line of a unique, new, bird race.

Europe and Central Asia Georgia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Africa

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.

Europe and Central Asia

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.

Europe and Central Asia Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia

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.

Europe and Central Asia Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia

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