News Europe and Central Asia

Wetlands for wintering waterbirds threatened in Azerbaijan

Tue, 03/09/2013 - 15:46

Two of the most important wetlands in Azerbaijan, Lake Hajigabul and Red Lake, identified by BirdLife as Important Bird Areas (IBAs), are in danger due to bad water management, as reported by the Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (AOS – BirdLife in Azerbaijan).

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

BirdWatch Ireland condemns call for an “open season” on Hen Harriers

Tue, 03/09/2013 - 15:30

BirdWatch Ireland (BirdLife in Ireland) has recently condemned comments made by Limerick County Council Chairman John Sheahan urging the removal of protection for Hen Harriers, as reported in the Limerick Leader on 20th July 2013. Chm. Sheahan called for an "open season" on the Hen Harrier, one of Ireland's most threatened birds of prey, unless changes are made to the designation of Special Protection Areas (SPA's) for this species in the country.

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Threatened duck species pays the price for water skiing competition

Fri, 30/08/2013 - 14:58

Over the past eight months the main breeding site of the Ferrugineus Duck in the extensive reed beds of the Pamvotis Lake in northern Greece has been illegally excavated without any environmental approval, in order to construct a waterskiing track to be used for European competitions in September.

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Bats in the Balkans – there is biodiversity underground too!

Wed, 07/08/2013 - 10:38

Two projects aimed at conserving bats and underground biodiversity in the Neretva River Catchment Area have been kick-started with a workshop in Citluk, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Key recommendations to the Lithuanian EU Presidency

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 14:34

As Lithuania has taken over the Presidency of the European Council for the period July to December 2013, BirdLife Europe together with LOD (BirdLife in Lithuania) has produced a policy brief highlighting the key recommendations to the new EU Presidency.

Europe and Central Asia Lithuania

New global alliance to stop controversial dam projects

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 13:22

The embankment dam projects Ilisu in Turkey and Belo Monte in Brazil have devastating consequences for nature and people, and they are also the spearhead of an unprecedented worldwide dam construction boom. Now, an international alliance called ‘Damocracy’ has been formed in order to preserve the last intact rivers in these countries.

Europe and Central Asia Brazil

New Spring Alive record: more than 270,000 bird observations in Europe

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 12:43

From February to June, participants in Spring Alive, a long-term BirdLife educational programme, observed and registered the arrivals of five migratory bird species in Europe and made more than 270,000 observations of migratory birds, the highest number ever!

Europe and Central Asia Local Empowerment - Europe and Central Asia

School children petition Maltese Environment Minister to protect the environment around the clock

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 12:22

During the month of May children from nine primary schools in Malta expressed their environmental concerns to the Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, in the annual “Dear Minister” event, for schools participating in BirdLife Malta and Bank of Valletta’s Dinja Waħda environmental education programme.

Europe and Central Asia Malta Capacity Development - Europe and Central Asia

SEO/BirdLife in Spain presents the first ‘Atlas of Birds in Winter’

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 07:52

Three years of fieldwork, including more than 70,000 kilometres of walked surveying and 30,000 hours of sampling highlight the effort behind the preparation of the Atlas of Birds in Winter in Spain (2007-2010).

Europe and Central Asia Spain Scientific expertise for the benefit of society

European Stork Village 2013 award goes to Macedonia

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 07:19

In May the Mayor of Cheshinovo-Obleshevo, in Macedonia, accepted on behalf of the municipality the title of European Stork Village 2013 from the conservation non-profit foundation EuroNatur. Cheshinovo-Obleshevo has one of the largest populations of White Storks, with over 70 nests built on roofs and electrical pylons. The friendly attitude of the locals to the storks was also one of the main reasons why this municipality received the award.

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BirdLife Bulgaria turns 25: a story of successful nature conservation

Wed, 10/07/2013 - 21:46

BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria, as the first civil society organization in recent Bulgarian history to take the lead in nature conservation, celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Founded back in 1988 during the communist regime the BSPB was the second organisation from the former communist bloc to join the BirdLife Partnership in 1992.

Europe and Central Asia Bulgaria

BIOM (BirdLife Croatia) celebrates EU Membership!

Wed, 10/07/2013 - 20:38

On the 1st of July Croatia became EU’s 28th Member State. We take this opportunity to congratulate BIOM (BirdLife Croatia) and also welcome the organisation into the BirdLife family as one of its newest Partners!

Europe and Central Asia Croatia

Costs of Invasive Alien Species mount as Commission further delays EU action

Wed, 10/07/2013 - 18:33

Since the European Commission in 2012 made a commitment to publish a dedicated EU legislative instrument to address the problem of Invasive Alien Species, financial and environmental costs have been mounting, but so far no legislative proposals have been published regarding this issue.

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Energy businesses and NGOs cooperate to expand renewable energies

Wed, 10/07/2013 - 15:11

In a new project grid operators and green NGOs from across Europe, including BirdLife Europe, collaborate on the development of electricity grids with respect for nature. Through the BESTGRID project partners of the Renewable Grid Initiative (RGI) will test best practices and disseminate the lessons learnt across the European continent. They will also work at increasing public acceptance towards a renewable grids expansion.

Europe and Central Asia Climate Change - Europe and Central Asia

Taking action for 60% of the world’s Critically Endangered bird species

Thu, 27/06/2013 - 09:18

A report released on June 22 at BirdLife World Congress reveals that BirdLife International has taken action for 60% of the world’s 197 Critically Endangered bird species with threats reduced or stabilised as a direct result. The report focuses on the current state of the world’s most threatened birds, the factors causing their decline and what BirdLife is doing to address this issue. Through one dedicated work Programme, the Preventing Extinctions Programme, BirdLife tries to find innovative conservation solutions and delivers targeted action which has proved to be working.

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Innovative projects for conservation funding

Thu, 27/06/2013 - 09:12

Delivering creative proposals for funding projects aiming at building relationships and aligning interests were some of the main conclusions of the workshop “Impact at the Core: The perfect core-project funding mix for successful nature conservation”, held on June 20 at the BirdLife World Congress. Participants discussed on how to develop strategic and effective ways of obtaining funding and shared examples and best practices of working with donors.

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Fishing for success: reducing seabird bycatch in fisheries across jurisdictions and gear types

Fri, 21/06/2013 - 12:18

What do we know about seabird bycatch in each continent, region or nation? How can we stop these unnecessary deaths of seabirds? These were the two key questions that were discussed at the BirdLife World Congress, in Canada, in a dedicated workshop that listed Birdlife's priorities and objectives for the next years.

Europe and Central Asia Marine

European experts on illegal killing of birds draft action plan in Tunis

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 13:45

At the end of May bird conservation experts met in Tunis at the Week on Conservation of Birds to identify ways forward to tackle illegal killing of birds. During the event, BirdLife Europe Partners shared best practices on key issues, such as bird poisoning, law enforcement measures and awareness strategies.

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