This winter we have a critical chance to change EU policy to better our seas. Their health is essential to us as a source of food, income and employment, but also in providing ecosystem services such as coastal protection and carbon sequestration.
Petrol companies Galp and Eni have abandoned their plans to drill for oil and gas off the southwest coast of Portugal. This decision follows a hard-won victory for conservationists who fought the plan in court and are still grappling with legal costs.
Our Slovenian partner DOPPS reports on the alarming discovery of a huge shipment of illegally killed birds discovered in Slovenia en route to Italy last month. Significant numbers of Red-thorated pipit, White wagtail and Meadow pipit were found amongst a haul of over a thousand individuals birds.
Ariel Brunner, Senior Head of Policy at BirdLife Europe, explains why the fierce debate on cuts to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget is just a smokescreen for a broken farming system shepherding the collapse of the living world.