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The wetland is a key breeding ground for the Lesser Flamingo (Near Threatened) © Andrey Gudkov / Shutterstock

Empowering local people to conserve Botswana’s...

Mon, 26/11/2018
Makgadikgadi wetland in Botswana is the most important breeding site for Flamingos in southern Africa. But human activity is damaging this vital ecosystem. A multi-tiered project implemented by BirdLife Botswana has helped to protect the integrity of this wetland.
Tourmaline Sunangel © Wang LiQiang

7 reasons why this month’s Biodiversity...

Thu, 15/11/2018
From 17th – 29th November, governments from across the world will meet at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt to review progress towards conserving biodiversity for people and planet and start to craft a new deal for nature and people – and BirdLife will be attending. The summit will tackle critical issues relevant to all of us. We list the highlights.
Mount Afadjato is the highest mountain in Ghana

How to make a conservation project last: a...

Mon, 05/11/2018
In 1998, the Ghana Wildlife Society set up a community forest reserve at Mount Afadjato to halt deforestation and promote sustainable livelihoods. They share their successes and lessons learned over the years in their bid to involve the community in a lasting solution.
Representative members of the 5 community forests in Taraba state during a stakeholders workshop for forest conservation

Nigerian communities defy odds to protect forest...

Wed, 17/10/2018
Illegal rosewood traders were targeting vulnerable groups, encouraging them to earn a living from logging. To combat this, Nigeria Conservation Foundation helped local people to set up five community forests where they can earn a sustainable income without destroying vital habitats.
The reserve is home to the White-necked Rockfowl (Vulnerable to extinction) © Francesco Veronesi

Kambui Hills Forest: the reserve run by a whole...

Fri, 24/08/2018
How do we foster a society where humans live in harmony with rainforests? By making sure everyone has a say in how their forest is managed and protected. In Sierra Leone, the Jensen Project is enabling local people to do just that.
Le crapaud vivipare du Mont Nimba en Afrique de l’ouest donne naissance à des jeunes formés ©  Sandberger-Loua L, Müller H, Rödel M-O

Lutte contre la pauvreté rurale: des communautés...

Wed, 18/07/2018
C’est un fait regrettable: les personnes vivant près des zones importantes pour la biodiversité sont souvent très pauvres et dépendent uniquement de l’exploitation des ressources naturelles pour leurs moyens d’existence. Actuellement, un projet vise à inverser cette tendance, permettant ainsi aux communautés d’améliorer leur sort en utilisant les ressources de façon durable.
© NATURAMA

Un partenariat en béton pour la conservation de...

Thu, 07/06/2018
C’est une première au Burkina Faso… Une histoire d’amour entre l’organisation nationale de conservation de la nature NATURAMA (BirdLife - Burkina Faso) et la cimenterie privée CIMBURKINA qui ont la volonté commune de conjuguer leurs efforts et de nouer un partenariat solide pour renforcer la conservation de la nature et améliorer les conditions de vie des communautés sur les sites d’exploitation de la cimenterie.
An alliance between a conservation organisation and a cement company is benefiting the community © NATURAMA

A concrete partnership for nature conservation in...

Thu, 07/06/2018
It’s a first for Burkina Faso... a love story between environmental organization NATURAMA (BirdLife - Burkina Faso) and the private cement factory CIMBURKINA. Their common aim is to strengthen nature conservation and improve community livelihoods at the cement plant's operating sites.
The "Panda Team" will be preserving the habitat of the Giant Panda - along with the birds it shares it with

These millennials are changing the future of...

Fri, 01/06/2018
Young minds can give us fresh answers. These young people’s conservation ideas were so impressive that they were awarded grants to carry out their work. Check out ten projects that are shaping the conservation world for the next generation.
Mount Nimba Nature reserve supports species like this pregnant toad, about to give birth to live young © Sandberger-Loua L, Müller H, Rödel M-O

Fighting rural poverty: community empowered to...

Tue, 29/05/2018
It’s an unfortunate fact: people living near Important Biodiversity Areas are often very poor and depend solely on the exploitation of natural resources for their livelihoods. Now, a project is working to buck this trend, empowering communities to improve their lot by using resources sustainably.
Zire Sbekha School in Mauritaina has no electricity, but the community is very active in conservation

Many voices, one song: children across Africa...

Fri, 11/05/2018
In honour of World Migratory Bird Day, school children from across the African-Eurasian flyway perform songs that pay homage to the birds that pass through their country. Every song is different, but their message is the same: we must all join together to protect our migratory birds.
The summit will address how best to conserve the world's migration superhighways © Shutterstock

Everything you need to know about our upcoming...

Mon, 26/03/2018
This April, some of the greatest minds of the conservation world will assemble at a global summit in Abu Dhabi, to thrash out the issues threatening our migratory birds. Below, we give a summary of the pressing topics we’ll be discussing.
Nigeria's first women-driven mangrove restoration project is already succeeding © Enobong Bassey

Women are championing mangrove conservation in...

Mon, 05/03/2018
A women-led civil society group in Nigeria is empowering women and the whole community to protect Nigeria’s extremely productive but disappearing mangrove forests, which provide abundant services to the marine environment and people.
© Enobong Bassey

Les femmes aux devants de la conservation des...

Mon, 05/03/2018
Un groupe de la société civile dirigé par des femmes au Nigéria, la Société pour les femmes et les groupes vulnérables, autonomise les femmes et les communautés pour la protection des forêts de mangroves au Nigéria qui sont extrêmement productives mais sont en passe de disparaitre.
School children in Hungary learn all about House Martins and bird migration after watching them nest with Spring Alive. Photo © Liz Dale, flickr

School's out(side) for Spring!

Thu, 30/06/2016
School children in Hungary learn all about House Martins and bird migration after watching them nest with Spring Alive