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How BirdLife is protecting Mediterranean migrating birds

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 10:54

The MAVA Foundation-funded project, now in its fifth year, has seen some major recent conservation successes.

Europe and Central Asia Croatia Capacity Development - Europe and Central Asia

Do not open nature laws, improve implementation: European Parliament

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 10:42

MEPs have come down decisively on the side of the Birds and Habitats Directives in the ongoing battle to protect the EU’s environmental legislation.

Europe and Central Asia

It’s time to redesign Europe’s renewable energy policy

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 10:34

By 2030, a third of the EU’s energy should come from renewable resources. But this may not automatically make it ‘greener’.

Europe and Central Asia Climate Change programme - Europe and Central Asia

From bird habitat to tourist haven: the Kaliakra case

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 16:54

One of Bulgaria’s most important IBAs has fallen prey to its government’s apathy and greed. Can it – and the species that depend on it – be saved?

Europe and Central Asia Bulgaria Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

Will 2016 see the end of the EU’s bycatch blues?

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 15:06

Policy reform and new funding were marred by weak fisheries management plans, but we’re still optimistic. Here’s why.

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine

Meet pesticides, the silent bird killers that protect our crops

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 14:50

Tens of millions of birds have died due to accidental killing by rodenticides. And that’s not the only poison problem we have.

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

Survey confirms Chinese Crested Terns in Indonesia

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 08:45

A survey team led by Burung Indonesia (BirdLife in Indonesia) and BirdLife’s Asia Division has confirmed a wintering site of the globally threatened Chinese Crested Tern in eastern Indonesia.

Asia China China Programme

Iraqi students being trained at Peramagroon (Image: Richard Porter)

Darwin project puts Iraq's wildlife on the map

Fri, 05/02/2016 - 20:19

A three-year project in Iraq has significantly contributed to knowledge of the country's flora and fauna – including five previously unknown plant species – as well as improving the prospects for future conservation efforts in the country.

Middle East Iraq Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

Forest cover at Tesso Nilo, Indonesia, decreased by 65% between 2000 and 2012 (Photo: A C Shapiro)

An area the size of Scotland lost from the world’s most important sites for nature

Fri, 05/02/2016 - 00:01

In a pioneering study, scientists from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and BirdLife International have analysed satellite imagery to measure forest loss remotely across the global network of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs).

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

Failure to ban toxic ammunition putting bird lives at risk

Thu, 04/02/2016 - 14:15

The European Commission has announced it will continue allowing the use of lead in ammunition, despite the chemical being responsible for thousands of bird deaths.

Europe and Central Asia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

CZIP team monitoring illegal hunting at Ulcinj Salina. Photo: CZIP

Rock Partridge hunting in Montenegro banned for three years

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 10:00

CZIP (BirdLife in Montenegro) has secured a three-year moratorium against the illegal hunting, killing and smuggling of Rock Partridge - a great turnaround, from a country where the last official hunting quota was more than the actual number of the birds present in the country...

Europe and Central Asia Montenegro Migratory Birds

A section of Lutembe bay wetland ©BirdLife International

Securing sustainable futures for wetland communities in Lake Victoria Basin

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:55

Communities around Lake Victoria Basin rely on wetlands for their livelihoods. These wetlands provide important ecosystem services including food, raw materials, fresh water, medicine, waste-water treatment, carbon sequestration, erosion prevention and fertility.

Africa Local Engagement and Empowerment - Africa

European Parliament Votes for Nature

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:30

The European Parliament’s stood up to defend key EU nature laws in a vote at its plenary session in Strasbourg.

Europe and Central Asia

Billion people living off wetlands

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 00:01

Today is a day to celebrate wetlands! February 2 is World Wetlands Day, with the focus on "Wetlands for our future: sustainable livelihoods". With more than a billion people making a living from wetlands, they provide vital benefits including food, flood protection, water purification and supply.

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

Scaly Thrush (Zoothera dauma) Photo: HIH Princess Takamado

Thrushes in Winter

Mon, 01/02/2016 - 05:55

'Through the Lens', Fujingaho Magazine, February 2016

Asia Japan

French Ministry of Education awards school children for their contribution to saving the Tahiti Monarch

Fri, 29/01/2016 - 21:00

French Government awards local Tahiti school for making the plight of the Tahiti known to the local community. A film made by the children and community presentations, as well as volunteering to help with habitat restoration, are all key parts in the campaign to save this iconic bird

Pacific French Polynesia Preventing Extinctions - Pacific

Ruth, one of the young women who have joined the group of local guides (Eco-Tourism group) clearing some of the nature trails in the Kikuyu Escarpment forest in Kenya © KENVO

Women in Conservation: de-mystifying the myth of ‘the weaker sex’

Thu, 28/01/2016 - 10:53

Second article in the new series about 'women in conservation', based on the five ‘Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies’ projects that have been implemented at five Eastern Afromontane KBAs in Kenya and Uganda.

Africa Kenya