With spring migration season in full swing, we talk to João Guilherme, lead author of a study exploring the migratory patterns of birds along the African-Eurasian flyway and how their epic journeys link countries.
Vast areas of forest are being cleared at an alarming rate and, as 2022’s IUCN Red List update reveals, deforestation is a key threat to many bird populations, especially in tropical regions. We look at some of the worst-affected areas, the threatened species that inhabit them, and the measures being put in place to try and tackle the problem.
The fishing lobby has been violently reacting to the European Commission’s Action Plan that seeks a timid and slow phase-out of bottom trawling inside Marine “Protected” Areas (MPAs). Many false arguments are being used to oppose an obviously needed measure that is crucial for the restoration of biodiversity, protection of carbon stocks and regeneration of fish populations - and hence the future of fishing itself.
Depuis plus de deux décennies, les agriculteurs du village de Ouably-Gondrou, dans la localité de Kouibly située dans l'ouest de la Côte d'Ivoire, ont connu une baisse significative des rendements de cacao en raison de l'abattage des arbres dans les plantations de cacao, ce qui expose les plantes aux rayons nocifs du soleil. SOS-Forêts, partenaire de BirdLife, a mené des initiatives de restauration dans le pays. Lorsque SOS-Forêts a mené une campagne de sensibilisation dans la région en 2021, Clément Sie, un agriculteur de 37 ans, et ses pairs ont compris l'impact de la déforestation sur la production de cacao. En 2022, SOS-Forêts a commencé à mettre en œuvre un projet de restauration financé par TerraFund pour AFR100, visant à restaurer 150 ha de couvert végétal à Kouibly. Solange Kablan de SOS-Forêts s'est entretenue avec Sie qui explique son implication dans le projet.
With more than 30 years of experience in conserving Gola Rainforest, Sierra Leone, BirdLife partners are deploying a whole suite of different methods to protect this unique and bird-rich hotspot – from carbon credits and chocolate production to training rangers and youth volunteers. And it’s paying off for the local people too.
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South America’s Atlantic Forest is one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, however centuries of deforestation have left just a fraction of intact habitat remaining. In Argentina, BirdLife’s Forest Accelerator programme has been supporting BirdLife Partner Aves Argentinas to restore forest through the bird-friendly cultivation of Yerba Mate.
For over two decades, the farmers of Ouably-Gondrou village, in Kouibly locality located in western Côte d'Ivoire have experienced significant declines in cocoa yields due to cutting down of trees in the cocoa plantations which exposes the plants to harmful sun rays. BirdLife Partner SOS-Forêts has been carrying out restoration initiatives in the country. When SOS-Forêts carried out an awareness campaign in the region in 2021, Clément Sie a 37-year old farmer and his peers understood the impact of deforestation on cocoa production. In 2022, SOS-Forêts began implementing a restoration project funded by TerraFund for AFR100, aimed at restoring 150 ha of tree cover in Kouibly. Solange Kablan from SOS-Forêts sat down with Sie who explains how he is involved in the project.
Madagascar is renowned for its rich fauna and flora, with more than 80% of its species found nowhere else on Earth. However, the country has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, having lost more than 23% of its forest cover since 2000, driven by local subsistence agriculture. Located in southeast Madagascar, the 58000 ha Tsitongambarika tropical forest is home to unique wildlife. New species of plants and animals continue to be discovered, while the forest is a vital water supply for local communities in addition, to supporting livelihoods. Deforestation, driven by local subsistence agriculture is a major threat to the forest. Since 2006, Asity Madagascar (BirdLife Partner) has promoted conservation of Tsitongambarika, leading to its definitive status of Protected Area in 2015. Asity is also working with local communities who live around the forest, supporting at least 10,00 households since 2008. In 2022, 427 families were supported, thanks to support from the Hempel Foundation and Vanguard. Marius Andriamorasata from Asity sat down with 47 year old Resamy Damy from Andramanka village one of the areas where Asity is implementing projects, who explained why he is part of the forest preservation efforts.
In Sierra Leone, local communities in collaboration with BirdLife Partner the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) are working to conserve the Gola forest through Community Forest Management Committees (CFMCs)