News 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.

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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...

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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. Unfortunately, the...

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

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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Meeting the challenge of change around the Mediterranean

Fri, 14/02/2014 - 09:32

A celebration of biodiversity hotspots, the “34 wonders of the world”, with an exhibition of posters lining the railings of Parisian streets,...

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New 2030 climate and energy goals fail in thwarting climate change

Wed, 05/02/2014 - 14:26

In January, the European Commission presented its proposal for the future of the EU climate and energy policies. This White Paper put forward a target cut in greenhouse gas emissions of only 40%, and an EU target for renewable energy of less than 30% - both far too low to prevent climate change.

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Biodiversity and habitat restoration show promising results in Lengfurt, Germany

Wed, 05/02/2014 - 10:22

The LBV (Bavarian partner of NABU), working in partnership with HeidelbergCement, has spent the past year monitoring and mapping birds and other...

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ILUC decision postponed, biofuels battle continues

Wed, 05/02/2014 - 08:37

On 12 December 2013, Energy ministers were meeting in Brussels to make a decision on biofuels and Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC). The proposed agreement, prepared by the Lithuanian presidency, had been watered down a lot under pressure of a group of more conservative countries.

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Action taken for flyways - international counts and conferences working for conservation

Tue, 04/02/2014 - 11:00

Early in January and February events have been taking place to protect the Wadden Sea and migration routes along the East Atlantic.

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

Invasive Alien Species: legislation turning into an empty shell

Fri, 31/01/2014 - 11:48

The members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee want to allow derogations to the EU regulation aiming at addressing invasive alien species, plants and animals that are introduced into Europe and cause significant environmental, economic and health damages.

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The need for strong EU legislation on Invasive Alien Species

Fri, 24/01/2014 - 12:51

Representatives of the European Union, environmental NGO’s, scientists and other stakeholders discussed the European Commission’s proposal for an EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species at a high-level event organized by MEP Pavel Poc, BirdLife Europe, IUCN Brussels and the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, on 20 January.

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EU torch is passed on to the Greeks

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 09:44

As Greece takes over the Presidency of the EU, we are amidst critical debates for the future of Europe's environment and climate policy. BirdLife Europe and its Greek Partner, the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS; BirdLife in Greece) are working together to make sure the EU government is provided with the support and knowledge necessary to ensure a successful term.

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Wood pellet industry cheats on sustainability, evidence shows

Thu, 16/01/2014 - 09:04

Bioenergy use – energy produced from plants – is soaring in Europe due to the launch of the EU target requiring 20% of the energy used in Europe to come from renewable sources. Forests and other wooded areas are notably being sought after and exploited as they are currently one of the cheapest bioenergy sources.

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Final EU budget leaves environment in the dust

Wed, 18/12/2013 - 16:33

Now that the European Parliament has cast its final vote approving the European Budget for 2014-2020, it’s time to take inventory of...

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Natuurpunt wins prestigious Best Life Nature Project award

Fri, 13/12/2013 - 11:06

The Dommeldal project coordinated by Natuurpunt (BirdLife Partner in Belgium) and Natuurmonumenten in the Netherlands has received one of 6 Best LIFE...

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End of CAP reform process: final agriculture policy deal fails on greening, simplicity and fairness

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 15:52

On the 20 th of November, the European Parliament rubber–stamped the agreement on the Common Agriculture Policy and the Council of Agriculture...

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture