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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.

Justice for Dutch farmland birds

Tue, 08/11/2016
Today, VBN (BirdLife in the Netherlands) filed a formal complaint to the European Commission against the Dutch government for persistent breaches of the Birds Directive.

Bioenergy: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Wed, 02/11/2016
Amid growing speculation that the EU will publish its much-anticipated Renewable Energy Package at the end of this month, Sini Eräjää dispels the myth that....

The Promised Land – sustainable agriculture...

Fri, 28/10/2016
Sam Lee-Gammage, Senior Policy Officer with the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), explains why the EU must ‘lead us to the promised land’ – a sustainable food & farming future

Lipstick on a pig? The 2nd Cork Declaration on...

Thu, 06/10/2016
In the wake of the 2nd Cork Declaration on Rural Development, Thomas Quinn weighs up the chronic imbalances of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)...
White-tailed Eagle © Valerie O'Sullivan

What do birds tell us about the health of our...

Wed, 07/09/2016
I’m currently in Halle, Germany, following the works of “BirdNumbers 2016”.

Kicking the bucket; Is the CAP still working for...

Tue, 06/09/2016
Now that the 2013 reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are slowly starting to take effect, and national governments iron out the wrinkles of the new IT systems which have delayed subsidy payments to farmers,

Green shoots of recovery for European farmland...

Tue, 06/09/2016
European nature conservation has much to crow about in terms of the protection of some of its most valuable sites and most valuable wildlife,

Sustainability prize for BirdLife Austria &...

Wed, 27/07/2016
BirdLife Austria and REWE International AG have received the TRIGOS award (an Austrian prize for corporate social responsibility) for the most sustainable national partnership.
Yellow Cardinal © Matías Romano

Bird friendly beef in Porto Alegre’s market

Wed, 25/05/2016
SAVE Brasil has managed to bring bird-friendly beef with the seal of the Grasslands Alliance into Brazilian markets. But why is grass-fed beef such good news for birds?

NGOs demand thorough review of the Common...

Tue, 22/03/2016
More than 100 NGOs have signed a joint letter to the President of the European Commission to demand a review of the European food and farming system.

Climate cheese: Menu changes to fight global...

Wed, 04/11/2015
Anywhere from 14-50% of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, but its decarbonisation is not on the EU agenda. Here's why and what needs to be done.

Why agriculture is the greatest threat to...

Mon, 12/10/2015
More than half of European bird species use farmland habitats. So why are Member States calling agriculture the "single greatest threat to biodiversity"?