EU postpones cleanup of biofuels policy again

Wed, 05/01/2011 - 12:16

Hopes of a sustainable future for EU biofuels policy have been dealt a blow following the European Commission's decision to delay a critical decision on how to account for the impacts of 'indirect land use change' (ILUC).

Europe and Central Asia

The Egyptian Vulture - What’s going on in Africa?

Tue, 04/01/2011 - 08:02

Since 2003 BSPB is working for the conservation of the Egyptian Vulture in Bulgaria. The gained knowledge during these years firmly shows that the main reason for the species decline is the increased adult mortality due to various anthropogenic threats. Significant part of the loss of birds is happening outside Bulgaria during the migration and wintering. In the last 7 years probably more than 20 adult birds did not return from their wintering areas.

Europe and Central Asia

New edition of The Babbler now online

Fri, 31/12/2010 - 09:39

You can now access the 36th edition (October - December, 2010) of The Babbler, the quarterly newsletter of BirdLife International in Indochina online


China’s rarest bird discovered wintering in Indonesia

Thu, 30/12/2010 - 20:03

A wintering Chinese Crested Tern Sterna bernsteini has been seen and photographed in Pulau Lusaolate, north Seram, Indonesia, representing the first record of the species outside the breeding season for over 70 years.


Positive results for the conservation of albatross and petrels in the pelagic longline fleet in Uruguay

Wed, 29/12/2010 - 18:09

Last month I returned from sea after two back-to-back trips where I tested the efficiency of mitigation measures in reducing seabird mortality on longline hooks.

Americas Uruguay Marine

Study shows alarming drop in Kenyan vultures

Wed, 22/12/2010 - 10:12

Vultures in one of Africa’s most significant wildlife reserves are declining at an alarming rate according to a new study in Biological Conservation...


The Magnificent Seven (rat free Fijian islands)

Tue, 21/12/2010 - 08:39

Two years after the BirdLife International Fiji Programme implemented an operation to eradicate rats from the Ringgold Islands, all seven islands have been confirmed rodent-free. Early monitoring also shows that the birds, people and wider wildlife of these remote islands are already benefitting from the removal of these invasive pests...


A Chance for biodiversity in the Albertine Rift in the face of Climate Change

Mon, 20/12/2010 - 12:08

Biodiversity in Africa’s Albertine Rift, especially birds, is set to benefit from a number of measures and actions by BirdLife International that are aimed at preparing them for Climate Change...


BirdLife and the Convention on Biological Diversity sign agreement for biodiversity

Mon, 20/12/2010 - 11:19

The agreement is an expression of the desire of both BirdLife and the CBD Secretariat to enhance our cooperation following the recent adoption of the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan for the Convention at Nagoya in October.


Nueva esperanza para las aves migratorias de pastizales de América del Sur

Fri, 17/12/2010 - 10:07

Las fértiles praderas de América del Sur, que son el hogar para uno de los ecosistemas más valiosos del mundo, están desapareciendo rápidamente, y las aves migratorias de pastizales, las cuales juegan un importante papel al dispersar semillas y controlar el numero de insectos, también están disminuyendo rápidamente en Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Paraguay y Uruguay...


New hope for migratory grassland birds of South America

Fri, 17/12/2010 - 09:55

The rich grasslands in South America, home to one of the world's most valuable ecosystems is fast disappearing and migratory grassland birds, which play an important role by dispersing seeds and controlling insects, are also rapidly declining in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay...

Americas Bolivia Grasslands - Pastizales del Cono Sur

From ground-breaking book tour to documentary film

Fri, 17/12/2010 - 08:19

In 2009, Margaret Atwood, co-President with Graeme Gibson of BirdLife’s Rare Bird Club, redefined the book tour, taking her new novel: The Year of the Flood, on a defining journey, through the US, Canada, and Europe. The tour has now been captured with a new film entitled In the Wake of the Flood...


Supporters rally to save Europe’s rarest seabird

Thu, 16/12/2010 - 12:22

During the summer of 2010, forest fires ravaged parts of Madeira, a Portuguese island and home to Europe’s rarest seabird, Zino’s Petrel. However, BirdLife supporters around the world rallied to help.

Europe and Central Asia

Safe ground for redbreasts

Wed, 15/12/2010 - 14:14

The "Safe Ground for Redbreasts" project is one of the largest and most ambitious initiatives aimed at the conservation of a threatened wildfowl species to be conducted in Europe. It addresses all of the main threats facing the Red-breasted Geese in Coastal Dobrudzha, north-eastern Bulgaria, which supports 80-90% of the world population in winter...

Europe and Central Asia

The Mangrove Alliance: a natural solution to a tangled issue

Tue, 14/12/2010 - 07:08

A new alliance of BirdLife Partners and other organisations aims to conserve, restore and manage mangrove forests sustainably throughout the American tropics. The Neotropical Mangrove Conservation Alliance has already received a huge boost, with support from the MacArthur Foundation to coordinate activities put mangrove conservation actions in place at priority sites in the Caribbean islands.

Americas Neotropical Mangrove Conservation Alliance

Not perfect, but something for everyone: Cancún climate talks end with optimism renewed

Mon, 13/12/2010 - 14:47

After two weeks of intense discussion countries have reached a compromise at the climate talks in Cancún. What were the main advances from a BirdLife perspective?


Zambian Ornithological Society 2011 calendar out now...

Mon, 13/12/2010 - 14:46

The Zambian Ornithological Society (ZOS) is very privileged to have one of Zambia's leading photographers - Stephen Robinson - design a superb 2011 Calendar...


Saving seabirds in Ecuador

Mon, 13/12/2010 - 14:18

Early indications suggest that the artisanal demersal longline fishery, operating from small open out-board boats in South Ecuador, has a negative impact on seabirds, specifically the Critically Endangered Waved Albatross...