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The UK has lost 44 million birds since 1966

Tue, 18/12/2012 - 15:16

The UK has lost more than 44 million breeding birds in less than half a century, including an average of 50 house sparrows every hour, according to the State of the UK's Birds 2012 report.

Europe and Central Asia

Nairobi Convention COP 7 adopts a decision to conserve birds

Mon, 17/12/2012 - 13:26

The Seventh Conference of Parties (COP 7) of the Nairobi Convention ended on 14 th December with a COP Decision to designate...

Africa

Up in smoke: charcoal production threatens almost a tenth of Somalia’s avifauna

Mon, 17/12/2012 - 05:00

When African Union Mission in Somalia forces took control of the port city of Kismayo in Southern Somalia in September, they found an estimated four million sacks of charcoal waiting to be exported. However, a ban on export dates back to 1969.

Africa

Protected areas and ecotourism at risk in North Aegean islands

Thu, 13/12/2012 - 09:26

A wind farm project soon to be approved by authorities in the North Aegean islands of Lesvos, Limnos and Chios in Greece is being questioned and can only be described as ‘self-destructive’ by the Hellenic Ornithological Society and the Society for the Protection of the Environment and Cultural Heritage.

Europe and Central Asia

Giant graffiti to help save threatened birds in Bulgaria

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:19

In the framework of its on-going Life project aiming at protecting raptors, BirdLife in Bulgaria (BSPB) decided to use creativity to better catch public attention, starting with a giant graffiti in the heart of Sofia.

Europe and Central Asia

Famous Christmas Bird Count is Bigger than Ever!

Tue, 11/12/2012 - 19:50

More than 60,000 volunteers throughout North America will count birds between December 14, 2012 and January 5, 2013 for the 113 th...

Americas

The Seventh Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention begins today

Mon, 10/12/2012 - 15:22

The COP7 is expected to consider and adopt recommendations of a regional report on Birds as indicators of ecosystem health developed by BirdLife Partnership in collaboration with the national governments and the Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention.

Worldwide

Climate change talks end with Doha Climate Gateway

Mon, 10/12/2012 - 14:42

After two weeks of intense and frustrating negotiations governments reached agreement on a compromise text which yet again falls far short of what is needed to keep the world on a pathway of limiting global average temperature rises to less than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Worldwide Climate Change

Committing to sustainable electricity grids in Europe

Thu, 06/12/2012 - 09:56

One way to improve how we source our electricity is to move to renewable energy. RGI, a partnership of green NGOs and grid operators promotes the expansion of renewable energy generation and the modernisation of transmission capacity in Europe. On Wednesday 5 December, RGI partners, including BirdLife Europe, launched a new major report and a declaration that they presented to Commissioners Oettinger and Potočnik.

Europe and Central Asia

Bitten by the Bittern bug down-under

Wed, 05/12/2012 - 23:42

Rice growers in Australia are being urged to keep their eyes and ears peeled for Endangered Australasian Bittern. The Rice Growers Association, BirdLife Australia (BirdLife Partner) and other organisations have teamed up to learn more about this secretive bird that is thought to have given rise to the bunyip legends...

Pacific

Landmark move to protect albatrosses in the Western and Central Pacific just announced

Wed, 05/12/2012 - 15:17

New measures agreed by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission will have benefits for seabirds

Pacific

Testimonials for BirdLife's 90th Anniversary

Sat, 01/12/2012 - 15:31

Peter Schei Chairman, BirdLife International "Like me, millions of people around the world have a special relationship with birds. They are embedded...

Worldwide

Merger completes in Fiji

Tue, 27/11/2012 - 03:59

BirdLife Pacific has officially transfered its Fiji program to NatureFiji-MareqetiViti - Fiji's leading local conservation organisation...

Pacific

On the road to a common ground for Ethiopia’s energy plans and conservation of migratory soaring birds

Mon, 19/11/2012 - 08:12

Stakeholders in an energy workshop discuss the common need to promote renewable energy while ensuring that considerations of the risks to migratory soaring birds are made during the planning and operational processes of wind, solar and transmission lines developments.

Africa

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.

Europe and Central Asia

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.

Europe and Central Asia

Local Empowerment for biodiversity conservation and improved livelihoods-a necessity for the Africa region

Mon, 12/11/2012 - 15:10

The official launch of the BirdLife International Local Empowerment Programme could not have come at a better time. Despite numerous efforts, many...

Africa

Forest & Bird calls for submissions on seabird by-catch

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 21:58

Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) urges people to have a say on a government plan to reduce the numbers of seabirds killed every year by the fishing industry. Recent estimates suggest that up to 40,000 seabirds die each year in New Zealand waters after getting caught in fishing nets or on fishing hooks...

Pacific