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Woodfuel is a multi-billion dollar business in Sub-Saharan Africa  © A. Schenk

A burning issue: woodfuel, public health, land degradation and conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mon, 25/01/2016 - 13:17

Wood is a key source of energy that has been used for millennia for cooking, boiling water, lighting and heating. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 90% of the population relies on woodfuel. In November 2015, Dr. Mary Njenga, a scientist in bioenergy from the World Agroforestry Centre, held a presentation on the subject at the BirdLife Africa Secretariat in Nairobi, outlining the issues related to the use of woodfuel and viable local solutions.

Africa

Indian Government commits to sign raptor conservation agreement

Thu, 21/01/2016 - 11:28

India has become the 54th country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), an important international agreement to protect migratory birds of prey.

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The women are back!

Wed, 20/01/2016 - 07:07

Continuation of the 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

One of the Rufous-backed Buntings at Miyun Reservoir, Jan 2016. (Image: Terry Townshend/Birding Beijing)

Beijing buntings beguile birders

Wed, 20/01/2016 - 06:01

Asia’s rarest bunting, the Rufous-backed Bunting (also known as Jankowski's Bunting), has been found wintering close to China’s capital – the first record of this globally threatened species in Beijing municipality for seventy-five years.

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“Generation-thinking leaders buy insurance by investing now, before the accident.”

Business meets biodiversity to conserve and value Africa’s ecosystems

Tue, 19/01/2016 - 12:02

With the launch of a video, we look back and celebrate the success of the Pan-African Business & Biodiversity Forum - a first-of-its-kind forum that pushed nature-thinking into discussions on the sustainable development of Africa to benefit nature, people and business.

Africa Ghana

Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis). Image: Li Zai

Decade-long Citizen Science project counts China’s waterbirds

Thu, 14/01/2016 - 18:01

Since 2005, more than 150 volunteers have taken part in the China Coastal Waterbird Census, which, in November 2015, published its third report on the state of the country’s coastal waterbirds

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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.

Europe and Central Asia Bulgaria Preventing Extinctions - Europe and Central Asia

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.

Europe and Central Asia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

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.

Europe and Central Asia Preventing Extinctions - Europe and Central Asia

Ghana has lost 90-99% of its Grey Parrot population in just two decades ©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.

Africa Ghana Preventing Extinctions

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?

Europe and Central Asia

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.

Worldwide

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.

Europe and Central Asia Italy Preventing Extinctions - Europe and Central Asia