News BirdLife Europe

EU plan launched to halt seabird killing in fisheries after decade-long campaign

Fri, 16/11/2012 - 14:19

On Friday 16 November, after a 12 year long campaign by BirdLife Europe, the European Commission has finally launched an EU Plan of Action to reduce seabird bycatch, the incidental deaths of seabirds ensnared in fishing gears.

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BirdLife Europe calls on MEPs to design a sustainable Fisheries Policy reform

Tue, 13/11/2012 - 09:33

From 6 to 8 November, Birdlife Europe raised the awareness of Members of the European Parliament (MEP) on overfishing in Europe through an exhibition stand in the European Parliament. The exhibition was organised together with Greenpeace, Oceana, WWF and Ocean2012 and aimed at encouraging MEPs to vote for sustainable fisheries on 18 December.

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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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Friday 13th: Lucky or unlucky day for CAP reform?

Mon, 16/07/2012 - 19:17

On July 13, the European Commission organised an important conference on the future of Europe’s farming. Environmental and farming groups invited to present their recommendations asked the policy makers to make this July 13 a lucky day for the Common Agricultural Policy.

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Sea ducks in rough water…

Fri, 13/07/2012 - 12:20

The 2012 IUCN Red List for birds released by BirdLife International gave a strong warning message that the risk of extinction has increased substantially for nearly 100 species of Amazonian birds. What are the results for Europe?

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Green groups: no medals in sight for Barroso II

Wed, 04/07/2012 - 18:29

Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe’s leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission’s environmental performance since 2010 released on Tuesday 3 July. This report finds among others that the Commission has acted to protect the environment even less than the first Barroso Commission.

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If you visit Cyprus say no to Ambelopoulia

Wed, 04/07/2012 - 14:03

BirdLife Europe encourages those visiting Cyprus during its 6-month EU presidency to enjoy the many traditional culinary delights the Mediterranean island has to offer, but with one important exception: ambelopoulia (trapped birds).

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German Parliament calls for more EU environment spending 2014-2020

Tue, 03/07/2012 - 15:07

On Wednesday 27 June, the day before EU leaders come together in Brussels for a first top-level negotiation round on the future EU budget 2014-2020, the Environment Committee of the German Federal Parliament adopted a ground breaking decision calling for a significant strengthening of the EU's environmental programme LIFE.

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Final Warning for Bulgaria over Failure to Protect Internationally Important Sites

Fri, 22/06/2012 - 09:52

On Thursday 21 June, the European Commission issued a final legal warning against the Bulgarian Government over its failure to fully designate, protect, and prevent deterioration of the Kaliakra Special Protection Area and Site of Community Importance, required under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives.

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Finance ministers still fail to focus on quality of spending

Fri, 15/06/2012 - 10:54

The Council is under pressure to achieve partial agreements on the key EU policy reforms by the end of the Danish Presidency (June 30th). Furthermore, the meeting of the Heads of States on June 28 and 29 will be key to set the priorities for the EU Budget 2014-2020 in the context of tackling the economic crisis.

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2-year Anniversary of BirdLife's Seabird petition: a good time to ask the Commission to keep its promises

Mon, 11/06/2012 - 10:36

On 9 June 2010, BirdLife Europe delivered to Commissioner Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and EU Fisheries, pledges of 23,000 European citizens who were concerned about the needless death of seabirds in EU waters as bycatch.

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Europe’s financial and wildlife crises demand better value for money from CAP

Fri, 08/06/2012 - 08:38

BirdLife Partners from across Europe have launched a common declaration calling for a greater proportion of the Common Agricultural Policy’s budget to be spent on measures which deliver benefits to society and which will ensure the sustainability of European farming.

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BirdLife Europe’s main achievements in 2011 celebrated in its Annual Report

Fri, 18/05/2012 - 08:33

Through the Annual report 2011, you will hear about the European and Central Asian Partnership’s main achievements and successes in Conservation, Science, Policy and visibility in 2011.

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Want a fair and ecological agricultural policy for the EU? Add your signature!

Tue, 15/05/2012 - 19:43

With only a few weeks left to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and with the ongoing reform of the European Common Agricultural Policy, several youth networks from across the EU have launched a joint initiative to mobilize citizens in support of a fair and ecological agricultural reform.

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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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Environment Committee sets the bar for an ambitious Fisheries reform

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 16:10

On 8th May, European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Safety has adopted a strong and progressive opinion on the Common Fisheries Policy reform. BirdLife Europe praises the members of the Committee for their strong stand on the CFP reform.

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Seed diversity in need of help – sign the letter

Tue, 24/04/2012 - 14:35

Take a stand for an environmentally and consumer friendly S&PM regulation (Seed and Plant Propagating Material): add your signature to the European civil society open letter. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Towards a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe

Tue, 24/04/2012 - 12:13

Forest Europe, the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe comprising of 46 countries and the EU, announced its decision of producing a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests (LBA-f) in Europe, in June 2011, to legally support the sustainable management of Europe’s forests.

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