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The Road to Resilience

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 06:56

In Burundi, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund supported capacity-building activities with communities near Kibira National Park, an Important Bird Area and Eastern Afromontane Key Biodiversity Area, to improve agricultural practices and preserve wood resources – and ultimately to reduce the pressure on the Park.

Africa Burundi Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

Troubled waters for our seabirds

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 16:03

Seabirds across Europe are in trouble and lines on maps will not bring them back alone. But effective management of protected areas can give them a fighting chance to claw, peck and soar their way back up the slippery slope…away from extinction.

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine - Europe and Central Asia

Harnessing the blue wealth of the Western Indian Ocean

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 14:24

“The ocean is my marine library”, were the wise words of a young Seychellois boy who read out a poem he’d written for the Opening Ceremony, the just concluded 8th Conference of the Parties (COP 8) of the Nairobi Convention with the theme “Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 30 Years”. Seychelles’ hosting the COP 8 meeting three decades after the Convention was adopted on its soil was an unprecedented coincidence.

Africa Seychelles

Operation Restoration - island update #4 - "We found the remote atoll!" Photo: Steve Cranwell, BirdLife International

Operation Restoration - island update #4 - Endangered birds found, and sharks

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 10:30

The Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove is one of the world’s rarest birds. Find out more about how the team are even braving sharks to save them, and how you can help.

Pacific French Polynesia Invasive Alien Species

Natura 2000, a haven for seabirds in simmering seas

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 10:08

Our seas are becoming warmer and acidified, extreme weather events are whipping them into a turbulent frenzy. European seabirds are in trouble, but Natura 2000 may offer a much needed haven to help them cope with this onslaught.

Europe and Central Asia

Iberian Lynx has been a conservation success (A. Rivas)

Conservation successes overshadowed by more species declines

Tue, 23/06/2015 - 11:06

Successful conservation action has boosted the populations of Iberian Lynx and Guadalupe Fur Seal, while African Golden Cat,  New Zealand Sea Lion and Lion are facing increasing threats to their survival, accordi

Worldwide Preventing Extinctions

Three blades or none?

Mon, 22/06/2015 - 14:46

Spinning through flying space, three blade wind turbines are good for the climate, but are known to kill birds. A Spanish company may have invented a solution that will hit the market soon...Vortex Bladeless

Europe and Central Asia Spain

Planning for our seas

Mon, 22/06/2015 - 10:39

Will H.A. Cole’s vision come true? As we move into a new era, the seas can be planned in a way where marine nature can be safeguarded while supporting economic prosperity.

Europe and Central Asia

Operation Restoration - Acteon & Gambier island update #3

Operation Restoration - island update #3 - static shocks and successes

Fri, 19/06/2015 - 11:08

The third update from a remote island in the Pacific in our huge Acteon & Gambier Island Restoration Operation.

Worldwide Invasive Alien Species

Drink ForestMist, Save Our Forests

Thu, 18/06/2015 - 10:21

KENVO (the Kijabe Environment Volunteers), BirdLife's Site Support Group / Local Conservation Group at the Kikuyu Escarpment Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) in Kenya, has started a water bottling enterprise as a new sustainable source of income to cover its conservation activities.

Africa Kenya Local Empowerment - Africa

Keep them circling: a hymn to vulture beauty

Wed, 17/06/2015 - 10:52

Big, bald and ugly, consumers of rotting flesh and bone, it’s not surprising that vultures have long been misunderstood creatures.

Europe and Central Asia Birds in Europe

The Saiga and other species from the steppes of Kazakhstan

Drawing attention to the plight of the Saiga through school mural painting

Mon, 15/06/2015 - 12:40

Rory McCann's account of working with BirdLife Partner the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) on a community art project showcasing the Saiga antelope and other animals of the steppe lands of Kazakhstan.

Europe and Central Asia Kazakhstan Local Empowerment

Operation Restoration - island update #2

Mon, 15/06/2015 - 10:39

The second update from the field in our huge Acteon & Gambier Island Restoration Operation.

Worldwide French Polynesia Invasive Alien Species

Conservation should not be seen as a burden

Sun, 14/06/2015 - 15:45

The Ramsar Convention has adopted a new Strategic Plan to guide national and international actions from 2016-2024.  

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)

Operation Restoration underway: restoring a Pacific paradise - island update #1

Fri, 12/06/2015 - 16:32

One of BirdLife’s most adventurous projects. The largest conservation project in French Polynesia ever. An incredibly remote location. A huge number of species to benefit. Six rare and endangered bird species to be saved. An enormous logistical challenge. Helicopter. Boats. GPS. Storms. Lightning. And wildlife. Restoring a tropical paradise in the Pacific… The Acteon & Gambier Island Restoration Operation has begun.

Pacific French Polynesia Invasive Alien Species

Extractives industries in Africa: Blessing or Curse?

Fri, 12/06/2015 - 14:44

Africa holds a huge proportion of the world’s natural resources and the impact that the extractive Industry is having on biodiversity, ecosystems and local communities is a great concern. Across Africa, case studies abound in which extraction of minerals, forest products, oil and gas has left devastated landscapes and disillusioned communities.

Africa Egypt Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

Protection for key nature sites in the Bahamas

Fri, 12/06/2015 - 10:35

Five new National Parks totally 8,500 hectares have been established on San Salvador island in the Bahamas

Americas Bahamas Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Americas

Superabundant bird decline mirrors Passenger Pigeon

Mon, 08/06/2015 - 21:05

One of Eurasia’s most abundant bird species has declined by 90% and retracted its range by 5000 km since 1980 a new study shows.

Asia China Migratory Birds and Flyways

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