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Sweep-netting to identify shea pollinators. Photo © J Stout

Shea butter nourishes more than dry skin

Thu, 30/06/2016
The benefits of shea butter are plenty, but the future of this valuable oil may not be as smooth. The shea tree’s surrounding habitat is steadily being stripped of diversely flowering trees and shrubs, impacting pollinators and diminishing yields. This loss of habitat also lowers numbers of insect-hungry migratory birds. A new BirdLife project, funded by the Darwin Initiative, aims to help crack this tough nut. Education, replanting, research, and collaboration with Industry form part of a pilot project aiming to soften the rough areas of Burkina Faso’s shea butter production.

Croatian national powerlines operator to...

Thu, 30/06/2016
From awareness raising to on-the-ground conservation, neither side is content to leave it at signatures, handshakes and lectures.

Malta’s first marine Special Protection Areas...

Wed, 29/06/2016
Eight new locations will help protect endangered and declining seabirds in the country.

NGOs call for a post-Brexit EU agenda that acts...

Tue, 28/06/2016

The ten largest environmental NGOs active at EU level, the Green 10, have sent a letter

Lake Skadar © Jamie Roio

التنوع الحيوي في البحر الأبيض المتوسط تحت دائرة...

Tue, 28/06/2016

  ضمن إطار مبادرة جديدة هامة من صندوق شراكة الأنظمة البيئية الهامة (CEPF) وخل

Birds flying ©freesoulproduction/Shutterstock

Nobody can make it out here alone

Mon, 27/06/2016
The BirdLife Europe and Central Asia team respond to 'Brexit' and its potentially devastating consequences on Europe's environment.
Captive Spix's Macaw © Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation

Spix’s Macaw reappears in Brazil

Fri, 24/06/2016
It was Grandpa’s dream: to see his favourite bird, Spix’s Macaw, fly again over the skies of Curaçá, small town of about 20,000, in the dry Caatinga area in Bahia, Brazil.

World's oldest tagged Terek Sandpiper...

Fri, 24/06/2016
The old bird was found in the Turau Meadow, the place where it was first ringed for tracking.
Lake Skadar © Jaime Rojo

Mediterranean biodiversity conservation under the...

Thu, 23/06/2016
An opportunity to input on the new investment strategy for CEPF in the Mediterranean basin

New initiative aims to make self-assessment...

Wed, 22/06/2016

A coalition of conservation charities, led by BirdLife International, have developed a

Environment Ministers speak up for Nature laws

Mon, 20/06/2016
EU environment ministers echo MEPs: Free the nature laws!
Participants during birdwatching contest in El Sunt Forest Reserve © SWS

Safe skies for migratory birds in Sudan

Thu, 16/06/2016
The Sudanese Wildlife Society (SWS) held a one day workshop to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) on 23rd May 2016, under the theme '... and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade'.
Lutembe Wetland affected site © RAMCEA

Conservation Strides: Lutembe bay forms Ramsar...

Mon, 13/06/2016
The Ramsar office for Eastern Africa (RAMCEA) through MacArthur funding has taken a step towards promoting the sustainable management of the wetland by constituting and training a Ramsar site committee for Lutembe wetlands, Uganda.
Turquoise-browed Motmot © Gerwin Filius

Celebrating the colourful Motmot in the Yucatan...

Fri, 10/06/2016
The bright plumage of the Turquoise-browed Motmot inspired the creation of the Motmot Festival in the Mexican state of Yucatan, one of the most important areas for birds in the country.
Toh o Momoto cejiazul © Gerwin Filius

Festival de las Aves Toh en Yucatán

Thu, 09/06/2016
La magia del plumaje azul turquesa del pájaro relojero Toh inspiró hace 15 años la creación del Festival de las Aves Toh en Yucatán, una de las regiones más importantes para las aves en México.
Shy Albatross © Albatross Task Force

High-seas heroes saving albatrosses from...

Wed, 08/06/2016
In 2004, 19 of the world’s 22 albatross species were threatened with extinction, due largely to commercial fishing practices. An international team of expert instructors has since spent a decade working with fishermen refining techniques to prevent these magnificent seabirds from needlessly dying behind fishing boats and has had great success!
Alton will now work in Taiwan to save seabirds from accidental death. © Ross Wanless

Training scientists to save seabirds

Mon, 06/06/2016
Meet Alton. He is tall, calm of character, and with a measured approach to work. He knows his fish and he knows his boats. And now he has become a seabird identification expert too – he works in Taiwan to teach fisheries observers to save seabirds from accidental death.

Being 'Nature Alert' in Amsterdam

Mon, 06/06/2016
Perhaps the most important conference in the fight to save EU nature laws could end up a damp squib. Here's why.