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For people. For nature. Withdraw the CAP

Open letter: EU Commission President, withdraw...

Mon, 09/11/2020
Intensive agriculture is fuelling the biodiversity and climate crisis. And European farming has significant worldwide impacts. That's why we are sending an open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, to call on her to withdraw the destructive Common Agricultural Policy.

Climate and biodiversity: two birds of the same...

Wed, 19/02/2020
To protect biodiversity also means to keep carbon within nature – and not eject it into the atmosphere where it changes the climate. We’re in a climate and biodiversity emergency: the EU must act accordingly.

Will the EU Green Deal be Europe's "man...

Tue, 18/02/2020
For the EU Green deal to be the announced “moonshot moment” our leaders will need to connect with their inner young idealist and manage to turn off the more-of-the-same autopilot. Recent weeks suggest that won’t be easy...

We need money for nature: not lies about climate...

Tue, 18/02/2020
Did you know that the Commission has been lying about its climate spending? A new study has revealed that there is much less climate spending in the current proposal for a new Common Agricultural Policy – a whole third of the EU budget – than the EU Commission claims.
Flores Island, Indonesia © Toni Wöhrl

Indonesia’s sustainable candlenut farms: lighting...

Wed, 30/10/2019
Mbeliling forest in Flores, Indonesia is home to a wealth of wildlife including the Komodo Dragon. Our ‘mbelievable’ investment in micro-finance, community ownership and agroforestry is ensuring this unique landscape keeps blooming in the future.

Farmers deserve a just ecological transition, and...

Mon, 28/10/2019
To avert the climate and biodiversity crises, we must drastically reduce our carbon footprint. What does that mean for the people and regions whose economy has been made entirely dependent on intensive agriculture? They deserve a just transition, and the CAP should pay for it.
As human settlements spread into wild spaces, wild animals are struggling to adapt © Christopher Bandini / Shutterstock

Why we need to break down the barriers between us...

Thu, 30/08/2018
Birds colliding with windows are an upsetting symptom of human encroachment on nature. But the barriers we put up between ourselves and the natural world are part of a larger problem.
Ancient varieties of livestock continue to graze in Anatolia’s indigenous olive pastures © Doğa

Turkey's natural olive groves: are ancient...

Fri, 10/08/2018
In Turkey, ancient indigenous methods of cultivating olives are providing age-old answers to the questions modern practices are beginning to force the world to ask. But can they survive the onslaught of intensive agriculture long enough to speak them?

Reversing the skylark's decline in Sweden

Mon, 11/06/2018

Over the last 40 years, Europe’s skylarks have suffered a 50% decline due to th

The island's rugged landscape protects birds such as the Newton's Sunbird from human influence © Lars Petersson

Exploring "African Galapagos" uncovers...

Fri, 06/04/2018
Conservationists braved the mountainous landscape of São Tomé Island in the first ever comprehensive study of three elusive bird species, with fascinating results. But their findings also highlight the urgent need for better management of the Natural Park.

The Bird Bulletin - Vol. 4

Fri, 21/04/2017
Welcome to the latest edition of ‘The Bird Bulletin’ – our new weekly news brief with we’ll bring you bite-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia.

The Bird Bulletin - Vol. 2

Fri, 31/03/2017
Welcome to the second edition of ‘The Bird Bulletin’. Every Friday, we’ll bring you bite-sized updates from all across Europe & Central Asia.
Poppies © Ariel Brunner

Where have all the flowers gone?

Mon, 13/02/2017
Read the editorial of February's edition of the BirdLife Europe & Central Asia newsletter here!

€U Are What You Eat

Mon, 13/02/2017
The European Commission has launched a Public Consultation on the future of the CAP. This is the chance of a lifetime to fix our broken food & farming system.

Indigenous landscapes: ancient production in...

Tue, 07/02/2017
In the olive groves of Izmir, farmers are using innovative cultivation techniques that fully respect the rhythms of local ecosystems.

One Million People 4 Soil

Tue, 07/02/2017
Tiziano Cattaneo (People4Soil) and Gui Xi Young (BirdLife) explain why the EU has a duty to preserve one of Europe’s most important natural resources: soil.

Berlin - Painting the town green!

Fri, 20/01/2017
It is more important than ever to tell the European Commission that we are ‘fed up’ with our broken food and farming system, and that we are hungry for change.

Food Intentions

Thu, 12/01/2017
Thomas Quinn looks back upon some of the food and farming challenges we faced in 2016 and makes his wish for a Happy New (& Sustainable) Year for Nature in 2017.