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Four good reasons to defend the Nature Directives

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 10:03

By the time the 1970s hit Europe, one had to go to remote corners to be surrounded by nature and see spectacular wildlife such as eagles, pelicans and large mammals. Centuries of persecution and habitat loss had taken its toll. But over the last decades the landscape has changed dramatically and species that were low in number are coming back. Why? The Birds and Habitats Directives.

Europe and Central Asia

Red herrings, Trojan horses and booby traps: debunking 5 myths and lies on the “need to overhaul” nature protection laws

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 09:49

Beneath a thin veil of “better regulation”, what is really happening is a concerted attack on nature conservation. Any reopening of the Birds and Habitats Directives would damage conservation. Anyone saying the opposite is either tragically naïve, or in seriously bad faith.

Europe and Central Asia

Hungary’s nature is in peril

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 09:36

Hungary is about to approve a law that will transfer land management rights from nature conservation organizations to an agency which has economic rather than conservation interests.

Europe and Central Asia Hungary

A sustainable future for birds and energy

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 00:02

World Migratory Bird Day 2015 aims to highlight the importance of deploying energy technologies in a way that prevents, minimises and mitigates impacts on migratory birds and their habitats.

Worldwide Migratory Birds and Flyways

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Women in Conservation: Peace, love and mushrooms!

Thu, 07/05/2015 - 12:05

This fifth article in the series about 'women in conservation' describes how economic development of women at the Echuya Forest Reserve in Uganda, reduces pressures on the forest - and stress in their homes.

Africa Uganda

Romanian hunting law threatens wild birds and violates the Birds Directive

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:58

Romania is about to approve a law that will allow spring hunting and trespassing on private property.

Europe and Central Asia Romania Birds in Europe

Rovio's Angry Birds team up with BirdLife to fight bird extinction

Thu, 30/04/2015 - 10:00

The famous Angry Birds team up with BirdLife International in a unique campaign to protect real-life birds in the South Pacific.

Worldwide Invasive Alien Species

Survey success in Tanzania: 17 new territories found for Critically Endangered Long-billed Tailorbird

Tue, 28/04/2015 - 14:13

Over the last year, intensive effort has been under way to survey and monitor the Critically Endangered Long-billed Tailorbird, in the East Usambara Mountains in Tanzania, to provide information on the species distribution and habitat requirements.

Africa Mozambique Preventing Extinctions - Africa

Women in Conservation: A nine-month journey towards more gender equality in Kenya

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 12:16

This fourth article in the series about 'women in conservation' describes how a nine-month project shook the decision-making fora related to conservation of the Kikuyu Escarpment forest IBA in Kenya: nobody can 'forget' the women anymore!

Africa Kenya

Show that you care: support your favourite nature sites

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 10:27

Send in your “gesture for nature” to show that you care about Europe’s richest nature sites.

Europe and Central Asia

Bird paradise in Montenegro now safe from developers

Wed, 22/04/2015 - 10:42

In a country where people flock to the seaside in waves in summer, it’s not surprising that developers had big dollar signs in their eyes when looking at the picturesque salt flats of

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

BirdLife Partners await your support for the Natura 2000 Award

Wed, 22/04/2015 - 10:12

May 21st is Natura 2000 Day, celebrating Europe’s largest network of nature areas protected by EU law.

Europe and Central Asia

Make Spring come Alive in your garden or balcony this year!

Mon, 20/04/2015 - 16:01

Follow our advice and make simple changes to make your garden, balcony, or school bird-friendly with Spring Alive this year.

Worldwide Local Empowerment

The reality of climate change in peoples' lives

Thu, 16/04/2015 - 09:27

Major changes to the climate are happening in the villages of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, affecting the physical environment and even the social structure of the communities. Horizon Nature is an NGO working in South Kivu and is partnering with BirdLife International and other partners in the region to enhancing climate change resilience in the Lake Kivu Basin through applying the CRAG approach.

Africa Congo Climate Change - Africa

Conservation Leadership Programme awards 2015

Wed, 15/04/2015 - 13:34

In this, its 30th anniversary year, the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) has announced the winners of the 2015 team Conservation Awards.

Worldwide Capacity Development

Bye, Bye (bad) Biofuels

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 15:12

Europe has turned its back on first generation biofuels and placed the first footsteps in the sand for where it wants to go next. This week, the Environmental Committee signed off on the ILUC deal with the Council, and so

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

Malta misses a chance to end spring hunting of birds

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 14:25

On Saturday 11th April, Maltese citizens lost the opportunity to put an end to the controversial spring hunting of birds in their country during a national referendum.

Europe and Central Asia Malta Migratory Birds and Flyways

First steps towards an Asian land bird monitoring programme

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 10:50

Question: How do we know that many bird species are declining?

Asia China Migratory Birds and Flyways - Asia