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American experts alert EU politicians of bioenergy policy risks

Mon, 18/11/2013 - 16:08

In November BirdLife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) hosted Dogwood Alliance, an American NGO and Greenpeace Canada in Brussels. The...

Europe and Central Asia

European Parliament takes a leap to halt subsidizing overfishing

Mon, 18/11/2013 - 15:52

In October the European Parliament gave a massive boost to the future of Europe’s fisheries by voting against public funding being used...

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Spanish government opens for increased marine protection

Mon, 18/11/2013 - 15:48

In October the Spanish government opened a public consultation process for the designation of a network of marine Special Protection Areas (SPAs)...

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Bulgaria brought to Court over failure to protect key sites for biodiversity

Mon, 18/11/2013 - 15:37

In October the European Commission referred the Bulgarian government to the European Court of Justice due to failures to protect internationally important...

Europe and Central Asia

How connected to nature are you?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 16:17

Jumping into big messy piles of yellow-orange leaves. Climbing trees with spongy moss-covered bark. Discovering insects under logs. Splashing in puddles. Listening...

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Mediterranean IBA tourism app goes interactive

Thu, 31/10/2013 - 15:56

BirdLife’s EU-funded project to promote sustainable birdwatching tourism in the Natura 2000 protected area network is about to take a giant leap...

Europe and Central Asia Cyprus

20 Years of EuroBirdwatch breaks participation records!

Tue, 08/10/2013 - 16:13

On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October, more than 19,000 adults and children took part in birdwatching events organised in 30 Eurasian...

Europe and Central Asia

20 Years of EuroBirdwatch breaks participation records!

Tue, 08/10/2013 - 16:13

On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October, more than 19,000 adults and children took part in birdwatching events organised in 30 Eurasian...

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Stronger BirdLife Partnership takes action for Mediterranean migrants

Mon, 07/10/2013 - 10:24

A project to develop flyway conservation capacity in the Mediterranean is already delivering results, including a hunting ban at an important stopover site in the Balkans, and progress in two Mediterranean hunting and trapping blackspots.

Europe and Central Asia Capacity Development

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.

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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.

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

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

Europe and Central Asia Morocco Birds in Europe

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.

Europe and Central Asia Kyrgyzstan

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