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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.

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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.

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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.

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EU legislation to tackle invasive alien species long overdue

Tue, 04/06/2013 - 14:53

Invasive alien species are one of the five main drivers of biodiversity loss globally, and yet at EU level the current approach to this problem is a patchwork of inconsistent and uneven national legislation to tackle what is by its very nature an international problem. EU legislation to tackle this problem is now long overdue.

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Irish charities urge visitors not to disturb nesting seabirds

Tue, 04/06/2013 - 14:29

Two of Ireland's leading conservation charities, BirdWatch Ireland (BirdLife Partner in Ireland) and the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT), are urging people to ensure that birds, their nests and eggs are not disturbed when visiting coastal and island bird colonies, which are among the most important areas in Europe for breeding seabirds.

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Marine IBA inventory in Greece just published!

Fri, 31/05/2013 - 11:15

The Hellenic Ornithological Society (BirdLife Greece) has just published its national inventory of marine Important Bird Areas (IBAs) presented in the book Important Areas for Seabirds in Greece.

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Green Infrastructure - Enhancing Europe’s Natural Capital

Tue, 14/05/2013 - 15:25

On Monday 6th May the European Commission launched a new strategy to encourage the deployment of green infrastructure. The strategy also revealed a clear policy signal to ensure that the enhancement of natural processes that provide multiple benefits, such as green infrastructure, becomes a systematic part of spatial planning. This is a key element of the implementation of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy towards 2020.

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All aboard for sustainable fisheries!

Tue, 14/05/2013 - 14:17

On Monday 13th May, the day of the opening of the EU Fisheries Council in Brussels, BirdLife Europe together with other NGOs, politicians, fishermen and chefs joined forces to stop overfishing and preserve our oceans in the campaign All Aboard!

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Whooper Swans chose HeidelbergCement gravel pit to spend the winter

Mon, 29/04/2013 - 09:41

The Dixförda gravel pits south of Potsdam in Germany are a very important night roosting place for the Whooper Swans. Up to 1120 individuals have been recorded, which makes them one of the biggest inland concentrations in Europe.

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How can tourism play an important role in Portuguese seabird conservation?

Fri, 26/04/2013 - 13:07

Since January the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA; BirdLife in Portugal), together with Marlin Boat Tours are performing a monitoring scheme of birds at sea.

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Egyptian Vultures found dead by poison in Greece

Wed, 17/04/2013 - 16:38

Two Egyptian Vultures have been found dead in Greece as reported by the Hellenic Ornithological Society. The deaths were caused by poisoned baits illegally placed to hunt foxes or wolves.

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New study shows CAP reform risks greenwashing

Wed, 17/04/2013 - 16:03

During the final days of public negotiations on the EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), BirdWatch Ireland (BirdLife in Ireland) in collaboration with An Taisce (The national trust for Ireland), and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) organized a conference on “the role of the Irish Presidency in sealing the deal on a greener CAP”. At the event a new study was launched, demonstrating that greening of the CAP is on course to failure.

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Keeping the EU biofuels policy alive costs citizens €10bn a year

Wed, 17/04/2013 - 13:00

n April 17, was launched a study report revealing that the EU spends €10bn a year in support of the biofuels industry, a sum as big as the Cyprus bailout. Yet the industry is not achieving its objectives of climate change mitigation, rural development and energy security.

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BirdLife Malta acts on illegal hunting

Wed, 17/04/2013 - 08:25

Following electoral pledges designed to woo hunters’ votes the new Maltese government has further relaxed the hunting legislation in a country sadly famed for its rampant illegal killing of birds. This worsens the situation created by the issuing of yet another derogation that allows a spring hunting season, even longer this year, in violation with the EU Birds Directive.

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Ecological connectivity: what you do in your garden affects your neighborhood

Tue, 16/04/2013 - 13:43

A new LIFE + project run by LIPU aims to raise citizens and authorities awareness on the importance of biodiversity by protecting an important nature area in Italy and communicating around nature.

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Innovative solutions to bring clean air back into cities and their ports

Thu, 11/04/2013 - 19:57

Air pollution threatens climate, environment and human health. Each year approximately 500,000 people die prematurely from the direct consequences of poor air quality throughout the European Union. NABU (BirdLife in Germany), in collaboration with eight European green NGOs, has launched a tree year project aiming at developing concrete measures and solutions for a cleaner air in European ports and cities. The timing is perfect since clean air will be the focus of EU environmental policy discussions throughout 2013, the European Year of Air.

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