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Kiwis called to action for national kereru survey

Wed, 20/02/2013 - 21:45

Forest and Bird's Kiwi Conservation Club is asking all New Zealanders, young and old, to take part in a nationwide Kereru survey that begins on Sunday...

Pacific

BirdLife participates at the first universal Session of the Governing Council/Global ministerial forum

Wed, 20/02/2013 - 10:13

BirdLife International is participating in the first universal Governing Council/Global Ministerial Forum (GC/GMEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) currently underway in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi from 18th to 22nd February 2013.

Africa

Endangered species back, but for how long…?

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 09:27

A colony of White-headed ducks, a globally threatened species and extremely rare in the Ukraine, was seen at the Lake Yarylhach together with other rare birds. Despite the obvious importance of the Yarylhach wetland in terms of biodiversity richness, the conservation status of this area is at high risk.

Europe and Central Asia

Court Ruling Threatens Red-Breasts

Thu, 14/02/2013 - 10:07

In January, the Bulgarian Court overturned a decision by the Bulgarian Minister of the Environment to revoke permission for a wind energy project threatening a high nature value area as well as the globally endangered bird species inhabiting it.

Europe and Central Asia

Delivering an effective and collaborative new migratory bird conservation initiative in the Mediterranean Basin

Tue, 12/02/2013 - 10:05

The Mediterranean Basin lies at the heart of the Africa-Eurasia Migration Flyway with hundreds of millions of migratory birds passing twice-year. A new project supported by the MAVA Foundation for Nature aims to secure their future.

Europe and Central Asia

Sealing the EU budget deal and slamming the door on environment

Tue, 12/02/2013 - 07:32

On Friday 8 February, after months of discussions and a final 24 hour sprint session during the EU Summit, the 27 EU Heads of State, finally agreed on the EU budget for the period 2014-2020. The result is a blow to the environment. Not only is it a historically small budget, 908 billion euro compared to 970 billion euro for the current period (2007 – 2013), but it also entails an extermination of all expectations for greening.

Europe and Central Asia

Spare a thought for water on World Wetlands Day!

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 06:00

Drop everything for a moment today, and remind yourself of the vital role wetland play in supporting life. For today is World Wetlands Day!

Worldwide

Swiss recovery programme shows increase in bird species

Wed, 30/01/2013 - 15:04

Over the past ten years the population of Little Owl in Switzerland has increased after a sharp decline. The Hoopoe more than doubled and the Corncrake came back at the level of breeding species after almost reaching the level of extinction in the 1990’s. These are some of the results of the Swiss Species Recovery Program for Birds.

Europe and Central Asia

Urgent International support sought for Azores Bullfinch

Wed, 30/01/2013 - 09:31

Priolo remains one of Europe's most threatened species and its precarious future still hangs in the balance. More work is needed to ensure population gains can be maintained and that the species' long-term future can be secured.

Europe and Central Asia

China Coastal Waterbird Census wins Ford Green Award

Fri, 25/01/2013 - 04:00

The China Coastal Waterbird Census has been awarded second prize in the Nature Conservation Pioneer Award category of the Ford Green Awards 2012

Asia

Wind farm in Lesotho could cause the local extinction of vultures

Thu, 24/01/2013 - 15:04

BirdLife South Africa and BirdLife International are very concerned that the proposed development of a wind farm at Letseng in Lesotho could have severe impacts on the already declining populations of Cape Vultures and Lammergeiers.

Worldwide

Audubon gala honors leading conservationists with top environmental awards

Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:52

Star-studded evening raises over $2.4 million for conservation efforts

Americas

SPEA calls for permanent protection for Algarve wetland IBA

Fri, 18/01/2013 - 14:56

Portugal’s Secretary of State for the Environment has halted the proposed destruction of the Pera Marsh IBA to make way for a golf course and holiday complex.

Europe and Central Asia

Shorebird trapping threatens new Spoon-billed Sandpiper wintering site in China

Fri, 18/01/2013 - 11:59

Evidence of large-scale trapping of shorebirds has been found at a new Spoon-billed Sandpiper wintering site and action is now needed to address the threat

Asia

New report presents alternatives to harmful biofuels to decarbonise EU transport

Thu, 17/01/2013 - 10:54

Europe can effectively replace oil with renewable energy in transport without resorting to harmful biofuels, according to the new report Sustainable Alternatives for Land-based Biofuels in the European Union, by Dutch research institute CE Delft.

Europe and Central Asia

Help end overfishing in Europe by painting a fish online and making your voice heard

Thu, 17/01/2013 - 08:29

BirdLife Europe encourages you to paint a fish online and send it to your MEPs with a message to halt overfishing in Europe. Help out by sending your personal fish drawing and by spreading the word!

Europe and Central Asia

A Guitar reveals the call of the Fiji Petrel

Thu, 17/01/2013 - 01:38

Strumming his guitar after a stressful day, and Eleazar O'Connor from NatureFiji-MareqetiViti makes a world first discovery...

Pacific

Turkish Court stops dam construction and defends world heritage

Tue, 15/01/2013 - 09:37

A Turkish court has ordered an immediate halt to the construction of the controversial Ilisu dam noting that it is not in line with Turkish environmental law.

Europe and Central Asia