News biodiversity

The not-so-Green Way: Special conservation area threatened by major road development

Tue, 20/10/2015 - 13:45

There are fears a special conservation area in Turkey is being put at risk by a new road project.

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Co-operation key for reversing biodiversity declines

Fri, 09/10/2015 - 14:16

Protecting and restoring nature in the European Union is incredibly important, but how do we stop declines in biodiversity? With the European Commission’s publication of a mid-term report on the Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 last week came confirmation that the situation remains hugely concerning.

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Intensive agriculture, Denmark

EU admits failing its own targets for protecting nature

Fri, 02/10/2015 - 11:45

The mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 has today been published by the European Commission – and it shows only limited progress has been made on many of the key targets set at the start of this decade, with a complete failure to address unsustainable agriculture.

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The EU is developing an all-round strategy to protect African wildlife

Tue, 29/09/2015 - 12:50

'Larger than elephants' aims to tackle illegal killing and trade, habitat loss and extinctions of animals and birds, as well as another problem that has been flying under the radar.

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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.

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EU legislation to tackle invasive alien species long overdue

Tue, 04/06/2013 - 14:53

Invasive alien species are one of the five main drivers of biodiversity loss globally, and yet at EU level the current approach to this problem is a patchwork of inconsistent and uneven national legislation to tackle what is by its very nature an international problem. EU legislation to tackle this problem is now long overdue.

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Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund provides US$10 million for biodiversity conservation in Indo-Burma Region

Thu, 13/12/2012 - 11:09

After four years, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund’s investment in the Indo- Burma biodiversity hotspot has resulted in more than US$ 9.8 million in grants to 54 civil society organisations to conserve biodiversity in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.


Invest Now or Pay More for Biodiversity Losses Later, say World’s Leading Environmental Groups

Tue, 09/10/2012 - 23:10

As the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity kicks off, Conservation International, BirdLife and TNC challenge world leaders to raise development aid by 20 percent and domestic budgets for biodiversity by 10 percent


300 million farmland birds lost since 1980 - How many more must we lose before changing course on the CAP?

Tue, 17/07/2012 - 11:29

The latest scientific data brought together by BirdLife International and the European Bird Census Council show that common farmland birds continue to decline in the EU: 300 million farmland birds have been lost since 1980.

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Reflections on Rio – reaffirming and renewing rhetoric but has anything really changed?

Mon, 25/06/2012 - 22:25

As the 50,000 participants travel home after ten days of discussing The Future We Want, the outcome document from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), it’s time to reflect on the substance of what was agreed.


Securing the web of life

Tue, 19/06/2012 - 14:36

The source of our food, medicines and clean water, as well the livelihoods of millions of people may be at risk with the rapid decline of the world’s animal and plant species according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

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MEPs adopt the “Gerbrandy” Report on biodiversity

Tue, 15/05/2012 - 14:59

On April 20th the European Parliament made a stand in support of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development when it adopted the “Motion for a European Parliament resolution on our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020”, authored by Dutch Liberal MEP Mr Gerben Jan Gerbrandy.

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EU Environment Ministers fail to stand up for nature in face of farm lobby interests

Tue, 03/01/2012 - 09:53

The EU Environment Council conclusions on the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, show the interests of the farm lobby will weaken biodiversity protection.

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BirdLife Europe calls for a renewables revolution in harmony with nature

Tue, 15/11/2011 - 12:48

With the launch of its new report, Meeting Europe’s Renewable Energy Targets in Harmony with Nature, in Brussels on 22 November, BirdLife Europe wants to show how we can meet our 2020 renewable energy targets without impacting on wildlife.

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Environment Commissioners win a round for biodiversity on Cohesion policy, but harder CAP fight is still in balance

Thu, 06/10/2011 - 14:01

The European Commission has made a timid step forward towards honoring its commitment to integrate biodiversity in its legislative proposal on the Cohesion Policy, one of the two main components of the EU Budget.

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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.

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NABU commemorates extinct species

Fri, 15/10/2010 - 06:55

NABU (BirdLife in Germany), organised a demonstration to send a strong message to the German government and the European Environment Ministers, which were finalising their position for the CBD COP10 in Nagoya.

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BirdLife calls upon the EU to champion biodiversity in Nagoya and at home

Mon, 04/10/2010 - 08:08

BirdLife International handed in to the European Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Janez Potoƒçnik, its “message for Nagoya”.

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