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Windfarms on protected areas in Kaliakra, Bulgaria - Photo © RSPB images

Bulgarian government condemned by Court for failing nature

Thu, 14/01/2016 - 12:00

The country's failure to properly protect a Natura 2000 site on the Kaliakra cape is coming in for criticism from judges at the European Court of Justice, the court of the EU.

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BirdLife will continue to work through the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission towards seabird protection to 25°S, something that has already been achieved in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans

Hard work not over yet for seabird protection in the Pacific

Wed, 13/01/2016 - 17:57

Breakthrough for saving seabirds from longline fishing mortality in the north Pacific, but there’s a catch

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Big on big things?

Wed, 13/01/2016 - 09:59

In 2015, we set criteria to test the EU’s commitment to sustainable development and addressing the environmental crisis. How did the Commission perform?

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

Shifting into higher gear against illegal bird killing

Mon, 11/01/2016 - 14:39

How BirdLife is using a 'race' (among other things) to stop the illicit slaughter of millions of birds in the Mediterranean.

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What's next for EU biodiversity?

Mon, 11/01/2016 - 11:17

Juncker’s long “to-do-list” to save Europe’s nature.

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

From conservation research to on-the-ground species protection

Mon, 11/01/2016 - 10:01

How our 'European Red List of Birds' has become a project (LIFE Euro SAP) to protect 16 threatened species.

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Ghana has lost 90-99% of its Grey Parrot population in just two decdes ©Reto Kuster

Ghana’s Grey Parrot population may soon cease to exist

Mon, 11/01/2016 - 08:08

In the last two decades Ghana has lost 90-99% of its Grey Parrot population. The population decline has been caused by four main factors: trade, overall forest reduction, silvicultural practices and farmland timber harvesting. The findings are published by a team of researchers from Ghana, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and BirdLife International.

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Designing Europe's energy system of the future

Fri, 08/01/2016 - 15:28

2015 has left us waiting for a vision on how Europe will cut emissions, improve energy efficiency and increase renewable energy in the next decade. Will 2016 deliver?

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Is EU’s agriculture policy ‘fit for purpose’?

Fri, 08/01/2016 - 14:37

It has some big promises to live up to in 2016 if it wants the CAP to stay relevant.

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A Griffon Vulture. Photo: Carles Carboneras

Saving the world’s vultures

Fri, 08/01/2016 - 11:45

Let's start with getting veterinary diclofenac banned in Europe.

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Orange-bellied Parrot, Australia’s rarest bird

Critically Endangered parrots killed by rats at breeding facility

Thu, 07/01/2016 - 15:01

Captive breeding efforts to save Australia’s rarest bird, the Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot, have suffered a setback.

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National Bird Day - time to take pride in your birds

Tue, 05/01/2016 - 17:18

Everyone has some sort of pride in his or her roots. So, to celebrate National Bird Day here is a list of national or state birds from around the world.

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Neil Fitzgerald and Chris Gaskin capturing New Zealand Storm Petrels at sea maybe the key to saving the Fiji and Beck's petrel - photo by Martin Berg

Will 2016 be the year the nesting sites of the enigmatic Fiji and Beck’s petrels are found?

Wed, 30/12/2015 - 23:34

Finding the nesting sites of the `lost then found' enigmatic Fiji and Beck's petrels is the aim of two linked projects getting underway in 2016. In order to ensure the protection and survival of these Critically Endangered birds we must know where they are nesting and raising young. Only then can we put in place protection of their habitat and ensure they are safe from predators like rats and cats. Recent experience in `finding' other petrel species gives hop that one of the big bird puzzles of the Pacific can be solved.

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Marquesas Archipelago - along with Rapu, the site of the next big Pacific species project

Marquesas Archipelago and Rapu in French Polynesia, the next big opportunity to stop extinctions

Wed, 30/12/2015 - 23:14

Building on the success of the Acteon & Gambier project, the next big operation being planned by BirdLife in the Pacific and its partners SOP Manu and Island Conservation is the restoration of up to 16 islands or islets in Marquesas Archipelago and at Rapu.

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There are less than 150 Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove remaining in the world. This project has more than doubled the safe habitat available for them. Photo: © Marie-Helene Burle

2015 saw some important successes in the Pacific battle for birds and nature

Wed, 30/12/2015 - 22:58

2015 was a big year for conservation in the Pacific. The year saw the completion of the Acteon & Gambier project in French Polynesia giving sanctuary to eight globally threatened and near threatened birds (5 of which are seabirds), two turtle and seventeen nationally threatened endemic plant species. New marine sanctuaries and reserve proposals in Palau, New Zealand and the Cook Islands supported by BirdLife partners. Across the Pacific partnership with BirdLife and with our other partners makes a real difference for nature.

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The `back-story’ to saving the Tahiti and Fatu Hiva Monarchs of French Polynesia

Mon, 28/12/2015 - 23:13

Living only on the islands that give them their names, the Tahiti and Fatu Hiva Monarchs are two of the world's most endangered birds. Our heroes fighting to give them a future are the staff and volunteers of BirdLife French Polynesian Partner, SOP Manu. But if these birds are to survive, it is not just about protecting them from the invasive predators that kill their young. It requires a whole community effort working to save these iconic birds and restore their habitat. Involving local people and providing them with the necessary skills, as well as looking to help them develop sustainable incomes is all part of the `backstory' to nature conservation in the Pacific. These are the real challenges for the Pacific heroes of nature conservation working at the coal face!

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