Spring Alive 2011 ready to fly, with some bright and brand new feathers

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 15:35

BirdLife and its Partners have announced the start of Spring Alive 2011: a European-wide project that invites families with young children to communicate their first personal observations of migratory birds arriving near their home.

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper podcast

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 15:17

In this podcast Charlie Moores from www.talking-naturally.co.uk talks with Jim Lawrence, Manager of BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions Programme, Chris Collins, a highly-experienced Leader with Heritage Expeditions, and Dr Zockler about Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation.


European Commission urges Romania to protect the Sulina wetlands

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 12:16

The European Commission has urged Romania to improve its protection of the Sulina area in the Danube Delta, as new tourism developments threaten to degrade it.

Europe and Central Asia

Celebrating World Wetlands Day while South Africa is flooding?

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 10:00

South Africa is flooding, and the extent of destruction in some areas is unprecedented. Lives have been lost, families uprooted and livelihoods destroyed. The money required to repair the devastation runs into millions of Rand. It would be fair to question why BirdLife South Africa is promoting the celebration of World Wetlands Day with the link between wetlands and water during these trying times.


BirdLife Malta appoints new Executive Director

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 08:49

BirdLife Malta has announced its appointment of Mr Paul Debono as the organisation’s new Executive Director.

Europe and Central Asia

Bosques para agua y humedales

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 06:55

Hoy es el Día Mundial de los Humedales y el 40 aniversario de la Convención Ramsar, adopatada en la ciudad de Ramsar, Irán, el 2 de febrero de 1971. Durante las últimas cuatro décadas Ramsar ha tenido un impacto positivo en la valoración, manejo y conservación de humedales alrededor del mundo. Como una de las Organizaciones Internacionales Socias, la Red de Socios de BirdLife está orgullosa de estar trabajando para apoyar a la Convención.


Forests for water and wetlands

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 06:54

Today is World Wetlands Day and the 40th anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar on 2 February 1971. Over the last four decades the Ramsar Convention has had a huge positive impact on how wetlands are valued, managed and conserved around the world. The BirdLife Partnership is proud to be working in support of the Convention, as one of its International Organisation Partners.


Mining and prospecting prohibition call by NGOs in South Africa

Tue, 01/02/2011 - 16:57

BirdLife South Africa supports the formal request by the Centre for Environmental Rights to the Minister of Mineral Resources for a prohibition on prospecting and mining in certain key areas of critical biodiversity and hydrological value and sensitivity.


Plans for Tanzania’s ‘Serengeti Highway’ shift towards a bypass

Tue, 01/02/2011 - 13:50

In 2010, Tanzania’s government announced extremely controversial plans for a 53-kilometer long commercial highway to run East-West through the Serengeti; Tanzania’s oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Europe and Central Asia

Proyecto Parque Eólico Chiloé y sus potenciales impactos Cuando el uso de las ERNC no se planifica apropiadamente.

Mon, 31/01/2011 - 15:55

El megaproyecto Parque Eólico Chiloé de la empresa Chileno Sueca EcoPower contempla la instalación de 56 aerogeneradores de 128 metros de altura aproximadamente y de 2 MW de potencia cada uno, en una superficie de 1.000 hectáreas en el interior de la IBA denominada Sistema Quetalmahue- Quilo y Mar Brava Ubicada en la comuna de Ancud.


Protection set to increase for migratory birds of prey in Europe, Asia and Africa

Mon, 31/01/2011 - 12:09

The EU Council of Ministers is on its way to signing an important MoU that would significantly increase protection for migratory raptors across European, Asian and African flyways, after a recommendation to do so by the European Commission.

Europe and Central Asia

BirdLife Malta prepares for another illegal spring hunt

Mon, 31/01/2011 - 12:02

BirdLife Malta has announced Spring Watch Malta 2011, a conservation camp which forms a crucial part of their fight against the illegal spring hunting that is rife in Malta.

Europe and Central Asia

Tackling the problem of feral livestock on Montserrat

Mon, 31/01/2011 - 11:18

Invasive species have had a devastating impact on island biodiversity around the world and are one of the main drivers of species extinction on islands.


Local Forest Logging Stopped - Mutulanganga IBA in Zambia

Mon, 31/01/2011 - 10:34

Commercial logging in Mutulanganga IBA in Zambia has been stopped through community pressure with the help of the Zambian Ornithological Society (BirdLife Partner).


Ruddy marvellous! turnstone flies 27,000 km – twice!!

Mon, 31/01/2011 - 07:37

Researchers from the Victorian Wader Study Group - a special interest group of Birds Australia [BirdLife Partner] - have just recaptured a Ruddy Turnstone which has completed a 27,000 km round trip migration for the second time.


186 NGOs protest against Turkish draft law that could destroy the Anatolia region

Thu, 27/01/2011 - 14:28

Representatives of 186 civil society associations gathered outside the Turkish Parliament on Monday in protests against Turkey’s contradictory and worrying ‘Nature and Biodiversity Conservation’ draft law.

Europe and Central Asia

Red-breasted Geese to be monitored using GPS for the first time

Thu, 27/01/2011 - 11:44

A project aiming to monitor the behaviour and movements of the endangered Red-breasted Goose has received a boost.

Europe and Central Asia

Ace navigator Erzhan emerges in Sudan for a fourth consecutive winter

Thu, 27/01/2011 - 10:52

After an absence of any firm location data since early October, Erzhan - our most experienced traveller - has just popped up on our radar again. For the fourth year running we can confirm he is now back in a wintering flock in Sudan.

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