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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, Fran Alverja

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"?
Intensive agriculture, Denmark

EU admits failing its own targets for protecting...

Fri, 02/10/2015
The mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 has today been published by the European Commission – and it shows only limited progress has been made on many of the key targets set at the start of this decade, with a complete failure to address unsustainable agriculture.

Migrant birds losing breeding grounds to poor...

Wed, 02/09/2015
Up to 65% of migratory birds depend on farmlands for breeding or for resting and feeding. But unhelpful policies and poor implementation are making their lives difficult.
Pesticide Spraying

Guidelines for bird-sensitive agriculture released

Mon, 27/07/2015
In an effort to address threats caused by unsustainable agriculture practices and to help the agriculture sector with bird conservation, the BirdLife-led MSB project has developed a set of guidelines for bird-sensitive agriculture development.

“Simplification”? Not the solution for European...

Fri, 10/04/2015

Simplification is one of President Juncker’s dubious buzzwords.

Fuel-efficient stoves, farmer's group...

Tue, 22/04/2014
One of the first CEPF-funded small grants in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot is delivering results already - read all about the Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project in Mozambique! (part 3 of 3)

Crop covers, the A-Frame and the 'Gampani...

Tue, 22/04/2014
One of the first CEPF-funded small grants in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot is delivering results already - read all about the Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project in Mozambique! (part 2 of 3)