Top Ten News – BirdLife’s June 2010 Round Up

By Nick Askew, Mon, 05/07/2010 - 14:57
Like the FIFA Football World Cup, BirdLife’s news shows the ups and downs of international conservation efforts. In June we kept up the focus on some vital BirdLife work from around the globe:
  • For vultures, we outlined how they are being threatened during the football world cup by people mistakenly believe smoking dried-vulture brains will help them predict a winner (It doesn't take brains to pick a world cup winner). We also published the latest news from the Vulture breeding centres in India which reveals that all three species of Critically Endangered vultures have been successfully reared for the first time (World first for vultures facing extinction).
  • For seabirds we presented a 23,000-strong petition to The European Commissioner for Maritime affairs and fisheries to highlight the two million seabirds in the past ten years in EU waters (Two million EU seabirds killed in a decade). We also reminded delegates at a Regional Fisheries Management Organisations meeting of the simple measures allowing vessels to continue catching fish while reducing the bycatch of threatened species (It's time for a turn on tuna).
  • For Preventing Extinctions, we presented the results of a new paper showing that Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper has undergone a rapid recent population decline and faces imminent extinction unless conservation measures are taken (Fate of weird wader on knife edge).
  • For Flyways, we launched a major new online tool which reveals major gaps in the protection of many critical sites used by migratory waterbirds across Africa the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia (New web-tool shows critical migratory waterbird sites need urgent protection).
  • For Forests of Hope, we announced some massive progress. Notably, The Government of Indonesia doubled the size of the country's first forest for 'ecosystem restoration' (Restoration model set to transform Indonesia's forest sector), and The Brazilian President has signed the creation of the Boa Nova National Park and the Boa Nova Wildlife Refuge, creating 27,000 hectares of new Protected Area (Important Bird Areas are protected in Brazil).
All these stories made it into BirdLife’s Top Ten stories for June 2010.
  1. Two million EU seabirds killed in a decade Fishing gear in EU waters is estimated to have killed two million seabirds in the past ten years. On World Oceans Day, BirdLife and the RSPB presented a 23,000-strong petition to The European Commissioner for Maritime affairs and fisheries. News : News Stories : 08-06-2010
  2. It doesn't take brains to pick a world cup winner Cape Vulture - one of Africa's largest birds of prey - is believed to be under threat from the followers of muti magic, in South Africa, who mistakenly believe smoking dried-vulture brains will... News : News Stories : 07-06-2010
  3. World first for vultures facing extinction The latest news from the Vulture breeding centres in India reveals that all three species of Critically Endangered vultures have been successfully reared for the first time. News : News Stories : 29-06-2010
  4. Important Bird Areas are protected in Brazil The Brazilian President has signed the creation of the Boa Nova National Park and the Boa Nova Wildlife Refuge, creating 27,000 hectares of new protected area and safeguarding this biodiverse... News : News Stories : 11-06-2010
  5. Fate of weird wader on knife edge A new paper shows that Spoon-billed Sandpiper has undergone a rapid recent population decline and faces imminent extinction unless conservation measures are taken. News : News Stories : 29-06-2010
  6. Bioenergy: a carbon accounting time bomb Two new independent scientific studies cast further doubt on the EU's policy of promoting biomass as fuel for heat and power generation, and biofuels for transport. News : News Stories : 30-06-2010
  7. BBC fund helps to keep albatrosses off the hook BirdLife seabird conservationists in Brazil have made a breakthrough with the protection of several species of imperiled albatross. Their efforts have shown that with simple measures around nine... News : News Stories : 17-06-2010
  8. New web-tool shows critical migratory waterbird sites need urgent protection A new website launched today reveals major gaps in the protection of many critical sites used by migratory waterbirds across Africa the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia. A staggering... News : News Stories : 14-06-2010
  9. It's time for a turn on tuna Fishing for tuna - a staple of sandwiches, jacket spuds and baguettes the world over is creating a needless conservation crisis, as many species of seabird facing extinction are dying at the... News : News Stories : 28-06-2010
  10. Restoration model set to transform Indonesia's forest sector Indonesia's forests, which have been severely diminished by logging and burning in recent decades, have received a boost as the Government of Indonesia doubled the size of the country's first... News : News Stories : 18-06-2010
But which one’s your winner? Image credit: marcp_dmoz / flickr

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