BirdLife Africa in the News


22 March 2021. Liberian Observer - Restoring Africa's Forest is Critical

As the world celebrates International Day of Forests (IDF) on 21st March spotlight is increasingly on the depletion of these critical ecosystems. Forests cover about 31% of global land area and are home to around 80% of the globe’s biodiversity. 

13 October 2020. ESI Africa - Balancing renewable energy developments and biodiversity

As demand for renewable energy grows in Africa, so does risk to biodiversity particularly birds. BirdLife Africa’s Flyways Programme Manager Alex Ngari, highlights what these energy developments mean to energy utilities and biodiversity, and what can be done to address this growing challenge.

12 October 2020. Liberian Obsever - Beyond Borders: urgent action nedded to save migratory birds

Around the world, migratory birds provide immeasurable value to the environment. From pollination, to controlling pests, to food sources for other wildlife species, migratory birds accord many benefits to nature and people.

6 October 2020. Daily Nation - How to recoup "lost decade"

Countries must draw lessons from the failure to meet the Aichi Targets, the greatest being not allocating resources to stop degradation of ecosystems and fight climate change.

29 September 2020. Modern Ghana - The Lost Biodiversity Decade: What must governments do towards 2030?

Ten years after setting the Achi targets for biodiversity, a new report by the UN on the state of nature announces that the world has failed to meet a single target aimed at curbing biodiversity lost and reducing pollution.

5 September 2020. Capital Ethiopia - Sovereigns of the Africa's skies are dying: the unfolding vulture crisis 

Nature is on a dangerous decline, one million animal and plant species are in danger of extinction, a decline that can be exemplified by the case of Africa’s vultures.

17 July 2020. Deutsche Welle - VIDEO : Saving nature's cleanup crew in Kenya

Vultures are one of nature's greatest waste disposal services, cleaning up carcasses in the wild, but they are under threat. Learn more on how our partner Nature Kenya is working with local communities to save these endangered birds in Kenya.

Standard Times Press - Post Covid-19: A call to a Green Recovery

As the world reels from the profound negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic, suspected to have originated from a wildlife market in Wuhan, China in late 2019, humanity’s relationship with nature is increasingly under scrutiny. Ademola Ajagbe, BirdLife Africa Regional Director, opines on the need to rethink this relationship

24 June 2020. Trouw - African vultures are in danger of extinction: their brains are smoked in a joint

Nature’s cleaning crew  is decreasing catastrophically. The vulture is now a critically endangered bird in Africa. BirdLife’s Head of Conservation Kariuki Ndang’ang’a talks about this decline and what BirdLife is doing to address the problem in this online article here

14 June 2020. The Conversation - What's behind hundreds of vulture deaths in Guinea-Bissau. And what can be done

More than 2,000 critically endangered Hooded Vultures are reported to have died in Guinea-Bissau since 2019. They were deliberately poisoned with an agricultural pesticide. These killings are the largest incident of mass vulture deaths in the world. Dr Beckie Garbett from BirdLife International explains why people are targeting the vultures and what must be done to stop it.

13 June 2020. The Guardian - The vultures aren't soaring over Africa - and that's bad news

Unlovely and unloved, vultures play a vital role as nature’s clean-up squad but are now one of the most threatened groups of birds on the planet

5 June 2020. Daily Monitor - Let's review our interaction with nature

5 June 2020. The Star Kenya - Reset our interaction with nature

Every year, the world marks World Environment Day on June 5, highlighting critical environment issues affecting the planet. In this opinion piece, we highlight the importance of resetting our interaction with nature amidst ongoing global environmental crises.

29 May 2020. Voice of Nigeria - Conservation organisations launch online petition against vulture killings

A coalition of international conservation organisations has launched an online petition dubbed #StopTheKillings, calling for action to address the unprecedented mass killings of vultures in Guinea-Bissau through poisoning.

25 May 2020. The Start Kenya - Death of 2,000 vultures jolts conservationists

The large-scale poisoning of vultures in Guinea-Bissau represents a major blow to vulture conservation efforts in the West African region. Find out how Birdlife and Partners are tackling this crisis here.

8 April 2020. New Scientist - I'm protecting seabirds in one of the world's most overfished areas

In an exclusive interview with New Scientist, former BirdLife Africa Marine Programme Coordinator, Justine Dossa talks about opportunities and challenges working in one of the world’s largest marine ecosystems

27 January 2020. The Star Kenya - Tackling environmental problems requires integrated approach

Last November, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment took place in Durban, South Africa. It brought together African governments, policymakers, development partners and civil society organisations to deliberate on pressing environmental challenges such as biodiversity loss, climate change and plastic pollution.

13 January 2020. Offshore Technology - BirdLife Africa: inside the battle between conservation and oil exploration

Due to the increasing handout of exploration licenses, the waters off the coast of West Africa have become a hub of oil and gas exploration activity. However, the implications for the region’s marine wildlife and eco-systems are concerning, as BirdLife Africa’s Paul Silai Tendeng tells us.

18  September 2019. The Star Kenya - Save vultures from extinction

Vultures are often shunned as dirty and ugly, with many cartoonists using their caricatures to depict corruption. They are often associated with bad omen or even death, factors that have shaped people’s attitudes towards them. However, vultures are perhaps the most important birds in the ecosystem, providing carcass and organic waste disposal services