News Europe and Central Asia

Co-founder of SEO/BirdLife and saviour of Doñana dies aged 89

Wed, 02/10/2013 - 12:44

Mauricio González-Gordon Díez, a key figure in nature conservation in Spain and Europe, has died aged 89. (SEO/BirdLife)

Europe and Central Asia Spain Capacity Development - Europe and Central Asia

New EU Forest Strategy: good intentions but few teeth

Tue, 01/10/2013 - 14:38

In September, the European Commission finally published its long-awaited Forest Strategy. The text, which will replace the existing from 2008, presents some good elements aiming to enhance the sustainability of EU forests management but at the same time it lacks proposals for concrete action.

Europe and Central Asia Forests of Hope - Europe and Central Asia

European Parliament muddles vote on food versus fuel

Tue, 01/10/2013 - 09:08

On 11 September the European Parliament voted on a legislative proposal on biofuels, the liquid fuels produced from biomass that are used in transports. Biofuels are part of the solution to limit CO2 emissions in transports, but they also represent a risk.

Europe and Central Asia Climate Change - Europe and Central Asia

NABU tracks migrating eagles to find trouble spots

Mon, 30/09/2013 - 10:16

Twelve Lesser Spotted Eagles from Germany are carrying extra luggage on their autumn migration to Africa: lightweight GPS transmitters fitted by NABU, the BirdLife Partner in Germany.

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

2013 Sagres Birdwatching Festival celebrates bird migration

Thu, 19/09/2013 - 12:30

The Sagres Peninsula, which is the only place in Portugal where the autumn migration of soaring birds can be observed, will host the fourth edition of the Birdwatching Festival from 4th to 6th October 2013.

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Record season for Morocco’s Northern Bald Ibises

Mon, 16/09/2013 - 12:45

Morocco's Northern Bald Ibis population has a bumper breeding season

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The Priolo brand – tourism contributes to bird conservation

Wed, 04/09/2013 - 09:01

19 companies have so far joined the Lands of Priolo brand in Portugal, which is a seal of quality for tourism entrepreneurs and companies operating in the Special Protected Area of Pico da Vara, where the only population of the Azores Bullfinch – one of Europe’s rarest birds - lives.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal Capacity Development - Europe and Central Asia

First snow leopard caught on NABU camera in Kyrgyzstan

Tue, 03/09/2013 - 16:22

A stately snow leopard has been caught on one of the 18 cameras recently set up by NABU (BirdLife in Germany) in the Tian Shan mountains, in Kyrgyzstan, one of the species’ last refuges. Nobody knows exactly how many of these endangered cats still live in the wilderness, but experts estimate that there are about 4,080 to 6,590 snow leopards that roam across an enormous area of 2 million square kilometres in Central Asia.

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Art and creativity to support nature conservation in Bulgaria

Tue, 03/09/2013 - 16:10

The Egyptian Vulture is the leading character of the new graffiti drawn on a wall of a school in Haskovo, Bulgaria. The idea of making this mural painting came from the BSPB (BirdLife Bulgaria), aiming to use contemporary art and creativity to better catch public attention over the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron”.

Europe and Central Asia Bulgaria Local Empowerment - 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.

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

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).

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