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.

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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

All you have to do…is listen to the birds

Mon, 08/06/2015 - 15:48

My name is Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International. I am an economist (a green one), originally from Ecuador and currently living in Cambridge.

Europe and Central Asia

"Juncker will soon abandon this course", says Stanley Johnson

Mon, 08/06/2015 - 15:45

“Messing with the Nature Directives is unnecessary and dangerous. Juncker will soon abandon this course”: Stanley Johnson interviewed.

Europe and Central Asia

Europe's most ambitious conservation project

Mon, 08/06/2015 - 15:37

Crops and barren fields, alien invaders, and illegal killing have had a terrible impact on populations of Europe’s native bird species. So great, that nearly 13% are threatened with extinction. But the LIFE Euro SAP project, will soon help...

Europe and Central Asia

What is the solution for financing biodiversity?

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 19:30

The current approach for funding nature has failed entirely and is one of the main reasons that the biodiversity crisis in Europe remains. A new way forward is urgently needed.

Europe and Central Asia

Wetlands for our Future

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 09:12

Wetlands are vital for human survival. They are among the world’s most productive environments worldwide.

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)

Traveling through time, with and without, the Nature Directives

Fri, 05/06/2015 - 18:52

Birds shot from August to May, wolves and goshawks considered vermin and exterminated without a second thought. Insects, frogs and turtles ignored. Just 5% of Europe’s landscape protected… welcome to Europe. Before the Nature Directives.

Europe and Central Asia

That graveyard for birds, the Mediterranean Sea

Fri, 05/06/2015 - 18:29

The Leaving is Living campaign awards enforcement agencies for fighting the illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean. NGOs working side by side with police, responsible hunters and volunteers are making a difference...

Europe and Central Asia

The European Red List of Birds is here

Wed, 03/06/2015 - 09:19

We have a few theories why the Dodo went extinct by 1700 on the island of Mauritius. Predation, habitat loss and invasive species were just too much for this friendly flightless creature.

Europe and Central Asia

EU’s Biodiversity Strategy – Halfway there?

Wed, 03/06/2015 - 08:28

The EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 is the European Commission’s 10 year master plan for taking action against key drivers of biodiversity loss. Halfway there, BirdLife has taken a very close look at where Europe stands today.

Europe and Central Asia Preventing Extinctions - Europe and Central Asia

New protected areas in Madagascar

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 09:47

Three of the most important sites in Madagascar for nature have been given permanent protection by the Government of Madagascar, thanks largely to the efforts of Asity Madagascar (BirdLife

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

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis). Photo: HIH Princess Takamado

Rearing Babies Piggyback

Mon, 01/06/2015 - 18:22

'Through the Lens', Fujingaho Magazine, June 2015

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