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Civil Society influence on RIO+20 minimal as Governments fail to listen

Thu, 21/06/2012
There was much applause for the representative of NGO during his speech at the RIO+20 opening plenary - "don't waste your power! Instead of attending to the narrow interests of individual governments, leaders should be inspired to change the world"

NGO statement given to Governments at RIO+20 plenary

Thu, 21/06/2012
Read Wael Hmaidan's statement on behalf of civil society and NGOs attending RIO+20
BirdLife in Objects, #5: The Ancient Scroll

BirdLife’s History in Objects: #5 "The Power of a Local Tradition: Hima”

Wed, 20/06/2012
More than 1,500 years ago in the harsh environment of the Arabian Peninsula, conservation was a way of life, necessary for survival. Now, to protect biodiversity and empower local people in the Middle East, the ancient Islamic tradition of hima is being revived...
BirdLife in Objects, #5: The Ancient Scroll

BirdLife’s History in Objects: #6 “The Hieroglyph”

Wed, 20/06/2012
The Northern Bald Ibis has had an eventful and turbulent relationship with man. Idolised yet mummified, celebrated and venerated yet beaten and eaten, collected then protected, hunted, poisoned, followed by pilgrims and tracked by scientists- this mythical bird is just over 200 mature wild individuals away from being lost forever. But hope is not even close from being lost...
BirdLife in Objects, #7: The Gavel

BirdLife’s History in Objects: #7 “The Gavel”

Wed, 20/06/2012
Bringing the hammer down on governments to save nature. Our well-being and the resources we need to survive and develop all depend on diverse and healthy ecosystems. Yet this is not always considered by governments needing to maintain economic growth. When important ecosystems are under serious threat, the BirdLife Partnership is watching and ready to take action against the culprits. Even against governments...
BirdLife in Objects, #4: The Treasure Map

BirdLife’s History in Objects: #4 “Caribbean Treasures”

Wed, 20/06/2012
The Caribbean is an exceptionally important treasure trove of global biodiversity. It's also an important home to 37.5million people. So how are Important Bird Areas used to help local people protect their local biodiversity?
“We are one people, separated only by political boundaries.” Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf 2011

BirdLife’s History in Objects, #9: The Leaf

Wed, 20/06/2012
In the Greater Gola Forest of West Africa, the sounds of gunshots were commonplace in the 1990s. This is the story of how, two decades later, two countries with common wildlife, common tribal makeups and common challenges became united by a Transboundary Peace Park.

BirdLife’s History in Objects, #8: The Compass

Wed, 20/06/2012
If a bird calls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it really exist? Cebu Flowerpecker, although Critically Endangered, is a lucky bird. It is also a successful reminder to never give up hope for a species. There is a lot of wonderful forest left to explore if we go off the beaten track. Read on to discover why this species almost succumbed to the same error as Shakespeare’s Romeo...
BirdLife in Objects, #2: The Coconut

BirdLife's History in Objects: #2 "Your own private tropical island?"

Wed, 20/06/2012
Ever fantasised about owning your own private tropical island? Back in the 1960s this ideal was not only confined to celebrity billionaires. Cousin Island in Seychelles was actually purchased by BirdLife International to save a bird from extinction, and a brand new indigenous conservation organisation was established in the process.