News Overview

Remarkable wildlife event celebrates 25 years in style

Thu, 06/02/2014 - 10:27

The world’s largest wildlife event, the Birdfair, has celebrated its quarter century by raising a record amount for BirdLife's conservation work.

Worldwide

New 2030 climate and energy goals fail in thwarting climate change

Wed, 05/02/2014 - 14:26

In January, the European Commission presented its proposal for the future of the EU climate and energy policies. This White Paper put forward a target cut in greenhouse gas emissions of only 40%, and an EU target for renewable energy of less than 30% - both far too low to prevent climate change.

Europe and Central Asia

Biodiversity and habitat restoration show promising results in Lengfurt, Germany

Wed, 05/02/2014 - 10:22

The LBV (Bavarian partner of NABU), working in partnership with HeidelbergCement, has spent the past year monitoring and mapping birds and other...

Europe and Central Asia Scientific expertise for the benefit of society

ILUC decision postponed, biofuels battle continues

Wed, 05/02/2014 - 08:37

On 12 December 2013, Energy ministers were meeting in Brussels to make a decision on biofuels and Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC). The proposed agreement, prepared by the Lithuanian presidency, had been watered down a lot under pressure of a group of more conservative countries.

Europe and Central Asia

Action taken for flyways - international counts and conferences working for conservation

Tue, 04/02/2014 - 11:00

Early in January and February events have been taking place to protect the Wadden Sea and migration routes along the East Atlantic.

Europe and Central Asia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

Celebrating World Wetlands Day

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 07:40

February 2 nd marks World Wetlands Day, the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of...

Worldwide

Cambodian jewel protected

Sat, 01/02/2014 - 07:31

The Royal Government of Cambodia has declared the creation of the Siem Pang Protected Forest.

Asia Cambodia Forests of Hope

Invasive Alien Species: legislation turning into an empty shell

Fri, 31/01/2014 - 11:48

The members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee want to allow derogations to the EU regulation aiming at addressing invasive alien species, plants and animals that are introduced into Europe and cause significant environmental, economic and health damages.

Europe and Central Asia Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia

Highlights from the world’s biggest conservation partnership

Fri, 31/01/2014 - 09:30

Last year was an important year for the BirdLife Partnership. Here we celebrate just a few highlights from our global partnership, and ask you to choose your favourite conservation success of 2013...

Worldwide Preventing Extinctions

Sudan 'killer line' disconnected

Thu, 30/01/2014 - 13:57

The notorious 'killer' power line from Port Sudan to the Red Sea coast has been switched off.

Africa Sudan Migratory Birds and Flyways - Africa

Controversial wind farm in Lesotho gets the go-ahead

Wed, 29/01/2014 - 12:13

The controversial wind farm proposed for Lesotho’s Maluti-Drakensberg has received the go-ahead from the Lesotho Government.

Africa Lesotho Preventing Extinctions - Africa

Indian Partner to establish Vulture Safe Zone in Madhya Pradesh

Mon, 27/01/2014 - 10:32

BNHS (BirdLife in India), in association with Rio Tinto and BirdLife International, is establishing a 30,000 square km Vulture Safe Zone in Madhya Pradesh.

Asia India Preventing Extinctions - Asia

Restoration of a lost seabird community in Mauritius is gaining momentum

Mon, 27/01/2014 - 07:39

The Mauritian offshore islands , especially Round Island and Serpent Island, play an important role in supporting some of the largest breeding...

Africa Mauritius Marine

The need for strong EU legislation on Invasive Alien Species

Fri, 24/01/2014 - 12:51

Representatives of the European Union, environmental NGO’s, scientists and other stakeholders discussed the European Commission’s proposal for an EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species at a high-level event organized by MEP Pavel Poc, BirdLife Europe, IUCN Brussels and the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, on 20 January.

Europe and Central Asia Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia

Strange looking bird makes welcome reappearance

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 09:55

One of the world’s least known (and frankly, strangest looking) birds has been photographed on the Samoan island of Savai’i by researchers.

Pacific Samoa Capacity Development

EU torch is passed on to the Greeks

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 09:44

As Greece takes over the Presidency of the EU, we are amidst critical debates for the future of Europe's environment and climate policy. BirdLife Europe and its Greek Partner, the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS; BirdLife in Greece) are working together to make sure the EU government is provided with the support and knowledge necessary to ensure a successful term.

Europe and Central Asia

Wood pellet industry cheats on sustainability, evidence shows

Thu, 16/01/2014 - 09:04

Bioenergy use – energy produced from plants – is soaring in Europe due to the launch of the EU target requiring 20% of the energy used in Europe to come from renewable sources. Forests and other wooded areas are notably being sought after and exploited as they are currently one of the cheapest bioenergy sources.

Europe and Central Asia

New National Park to be created in Chile

Wed, 15/01/2014 - 14:49

Chile will gain a spectacular new national park through a landmark public-private collaboration

Americas Chile Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Americas