Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades this will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or five billion people.
For three years, Mark Cocker, the author and conservationist, has been working with BirdLife on a massive and remarkable initiative that documents how birds fill our lives. Called Birds and People , the project is building an international chorus on just why birds are so important to people.
“The world has lost a champion for the environment,” Audubon President, David Yarnold said at Audubon headquarters in New York. “Russ Peterson distinguished himself as president of the National Audubon Society from 1979-1985. Throughout the country Audubon staffers join me in recalling his visionary contributions, and the extraordinary example he set.”
Hoy es el Día Mundial de los Humedales y el 40 aniversario de la Convención Ramsar, adopatada en la ciudad de Ramsar, Irán, el 2 de febrero de 1971. Durante las últimas cuatro décadas Ramsar ha tenido un impacto positivo en la valoración, manejo y conservación de humedales alrededor del mundo. Como una de las Organizaciones Internacionales Socias, la Red de Socios de BirdLife está orgullosa de estar trabajando para apoyar a la Convención.
Today is World Wetlands Day and the 40th anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar on 2 February 1971. Over the last four decades the Ramsar Convention has had a huge positive impact on how wetlands are valued, managed and conserved around the world. The BirdLife Partnership is proud to be working in support of the Convention, as one of its International Organisation Partners.
It's now official - 2011 is the UN International year of the forests. "BirdLife welcomes the spotlight this year falling on the lungs of our planet and home to the majority of the World's biodiversity", said Dr Marco Lambertini, BirdLife International's Chief Executive.
8 Publications, 6 Available to Buy There are approximately 11,000 Important Bird Areas (IBA's) worldwide. IBA's are key sites for conservation – small enough to be conserved in their entirety and often already part of a protected-area network. SEE BOOKS BELOW
3 Publications, All Available to Buy Each of these publications is visually stunning and highly informative. These books include: ‘Bird Watch: A Survey of Planet Earth’s Ecosystems’, ‘Birds and People: Bonds in a Timeless Journey’ and ‘The Atlas of Birds: Mapping Avian Diversity, Behaviour and Habitats Worldwide’. SEE BOOKS BELOW
3 Publications, 2 Available to Buy These publications provide details on the most threatened birds around the world. They contain species-by-species accounts of threats, existing conservation measures and thoughts for the future. SEE BOOKS BELOW
FREE Download. Critically Endangered Birds is a product of the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme. It presents the science underpinning the programme and the actions needed by other organisations, agencies and governments to complement it.