News sustainable farming

Material from worn out t-shirts is recovered and turned into new products © Teemill

The clothing cycle: how our sustainable clothing...

Thu, 07/11/2019
Every year 100 billion new items of clothing are produced, while a truck full of clothing is burned or buried in a landfill every second. Teemill, who produce BirdLife’s official clothing range, are leading the charge against wasteful ‘fast fashion’ with their innovative circular fashion business model. Co-founder Mart Drake-Knight explains how.
Just 7% of the original Atlantic forest remains. Pictured: San Rafael © Mily Corleone

How a shade-grown traditional tea is protecting...

Fri, 01/11/2019
In San Rafael National Park, conservationists and local people are transforming a ‘paper park’ into community-owned forest surrounded by shade-grown yerba mate agroforestry. This new business venture is set to become self-sustaining, ensuring a bright future for forest and people alike.
Flores Island, Indonesia © Toni Wöhrl

Indonesia’s sustainable candlenut farms: lighting...

Wed, 30/10/2019
Mbeiling forest in Flores, Indonesia is home to a wealth of wildlife including the Komodo Dragon. Our ‘mbelievable’ investment in micro-finance, community ownership and agroforestry is ensuring this unique landscape keeps blooming in the future.
Giant Ibis © Jonathan Eames

One site. Five Critically Endangered birds. Here...

Mon, 05/08/2019
Forget Africa’s “Big Five” - where in the world can you spot five Critically Endangered birds in one place? This year, proceeds from the British Birdwatching Fair will go towards conserving Western Siem Pang, a forest sanctuary home to 70% of Cambodia’s vultures and two of the world’s rarest ibises.
Ancient varieties of livestock continue to graze in Anatolia’s indigenous olive pastures © Doğa

Turkey's natural olive groves: are ancient...

Fri, 10/08/2018
In Turkey, ancient indigenous methods of cultivating olives are providing age-old answers to the questions modern practices are beginning to force the world to ask. But can they survive the onslaught of intensive agriculture long enough to speak them?

A recipe for a more sustainable world

Mon, 06/08/2018
Farming doesn’t have to be in conflict with nature. Around the world, we’re working with projects that prove it’s possible to grow food in a way that benefits both wildlife and livelihoods. Here's a tasty selection for starters...
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.
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.
Janneh, Salia and Augustine from the Gola Cocoa Team carry a basket of fermented beans ready to be laid out to dry © R Anstead / Twin

Eat chocolate, save a rainforest - the Gola Cocoa...

Wed, 23/05/2018
Sounds too good to be true? A project is stopping deforestation and community exploitation in Sierra Leone through the power of cocoa.
Farmer Itey Phar harvests IBIS rice at Khey Svay village © BirdLife International Cambodia Programme

IBIS Rice: the bird-friendly rice scheme boosting...

Mon, 08/01/2018
On 27 December, BirdLife Cambodia hosted a Farmer’s Day at Khet Svay village in Siem Pang, to celebrate the area’s first harvest of IBIS Rice. This award-winning project is helping to conserve Cambodia’s national bird, the Giant Ibis, and its crucial wildlife sanctuary home.
Poppies © Ariel Brunner

Where have all the flowers gone?

Mon, 13/02/2017
Read the editorial of February's edition of the BirdLife Europe & Central Asia newsletter here!

The Vanishing: Europe’s farmland birds

Sun, 12/02/2017
The Head of Conservation for BirdLife Europe & Central Asia explains how intensive agriculture has made farmland birds one of the most threatened bird groups in Europe.

Indigenous landscapes: ancient production in...

Tue, 07/02/2017
In the olive groves of Izmir, farmers are using innovative cultivation techniques that fully respect the rhythms of local ecosystems.