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Vinaceous Amazon © Vagmak/Flickr

Fancy a mate? Only if shade grown

Fri, 23/09/2016
Organic yerba mate receives a healthy infusion from Darwin Initiative grants scheme.
Sweep-netting to identify shea pollinators. Photo © J Stout

Shea butter nourishes more than dry skin

Thu, 30/06/2016
The benefits of shea butter are plenty, but the future of this valuable oil may not be as smooth. The shea tree’s surrounding habitat is steadily being stripped of diversely flowering trees and shrubs, impacting pollinators and diminishing yields. This loss of habitat also lowers numbers of insect-hungry migratory birds. A new BirdLife project, funded by the Darwin Initiative, aims to help crack this tough nut. Education, replanting, research, and collaboration with Industry form part of a pilot project aiming to soften the rough areas of Burkina Faso’s shea butter production.
Iraqi students being trained at Peramagroon (Image: Richard Porter)

Darwin project puts Iraq's wildlife on the...

Fri, 05/02/2016
A three-year project in Iraq has significantly contributed to knowledge of the country's flora and fauna – including five previously unknown plant species – as well as improving the prospects for future conservation efforts in the country.
There are many benefits to the community of sustainably-managed forests. Photo: David Thomas / BirdLife

Insights into how nature and people benefit from...

Mon, 24/08/2015

Nepal is blessed with a rich diversity of wildlife – a consequence of the varied landsc

BirdLife embarks on a project to ensure community forests in Nepal are best managed for the community, and for the forest. Photo: David Thomas / BirdLife

Community forestry to benefit nature and people

Thu, 09/04/2015
BirdLife embarks on a project to ensure community forests in Nepal are best managed for the community, and for the forest

Celebrate World Penguin Day -and the world...

Thu, 25/04/2013
BirdLife International and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research have joined the British Antarctic Survey to compile a “tracking database” on six penguin species. The project is funded by the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative.

Using ecosystem services for better decision-...

Thu, 11/10/2012
A new report entitled 'Conserving biodiversity and delivering ecosystem services at Important Bird Areas in Nepal' has been launched at the CBD COP in Hyderabad, India.

Using nature to help people adapt to climate...

Tue, 14/08/2012
With support from the UK government’s Darwin Initiative, BirdLife International is working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources, is raising awareness and building capacity on the role of ecosystems in adaptation amongst government and civil society in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

Mountain Chicken’s portrait

Wed, 04/07/2012
The Mountain Chicken Project, funded by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative and executed by the Department of Environment of Montserrat and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, is pleased to announce the publication of a poster and a brochure aimed at raising awareness of the Critically Endangered Mountain Chicken Leptodactylus fallax on Montserrat.

Saving Rara for the future

Mon, 28/05/2012
Bird Conservation Nepal, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, and staff from BirdLife recently conducted field surveys at Rara National Park in the west of Nepal to assess and value the benefits that the Park and surrounding Buffer Zone provide to people.

Building capacity to save Haiti’s biodiversity

Tue, 17/04/2012
BirdLife has been stepping up its efforts to build the capacity of Société Audubon Haiti, the latest chapter of which sees their field biologist Enold Louis-Jean travelling to Jersey to participate in a 12-week course designed to equip conservationists with the skills needed to manage species recovery.

Fijian local conservation group receives global...

Wed, 28/03/2012
A local group working to conserve the Natewa Tunuloa Important Bird Area in Fiji has won the prestigious Equator Prize for 2012. “The Sisi Initiative stood out among more than 800 entries as a remarkable demonstration of local development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities”, said Eileen de Ravin – manager of the Equator Initiative...

More petrels discovered in Haiti

Tue, 07/02/2012
The nocturnal calls of Black-capped Petrels Pterodroma hasitata have guided Haitian researchers to discover more nesting locations for this Endangered seabird.

Sustainable tourism for Nepal's wetlands

Thu, 02/02/2012
The focus of this year's World Wetlands Day is sustainable tourism. Find out about Bird Conservation Nepal's work at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

Sierra Leone protects climate by saving its...

Fri, 02/12/2011
Sierra Leone has embraced the vital role tropical forests play in preventing climate change by conserving its most important forest.

Invasive species Cast Away in Fiji

Wed, 30/11/2011
Goats and rats have been removed from two Fijian islands to protect their unique wildlife. “This is a massive achievement which will provide benefits for the iguanas, birds, plants and people of these islands”, said Sialesi Rasalato from BirdLife International.

Fijian Site Support Group starts own...

Thu, 03/11/2011
The Natewa Tunuloa Site Support Group on Fiji’s second largest island of Vanua Levu - has started its first independent project

Partnership for Seychelles iconic bird

Thu, 20/10/2011
Nature Seychelles and the Seychelles National Park Authority have joined forces to work on a new project to help protect one of Seychelles iconic bird species