The smallest of the bustard family, Lesser Florican is renowned for its spectacular leaping breeding display. However, widespread loss of its grassland habitat in South Asia have led to rapid declines of this Critically Endangered species.
Have you heard about the Environmental Liability Directive? In a nutshell, it is a comprehensive EU-wide liability regime for environmental damage, which is based on the principle that the polluter pays, meaning that the one that caused the environmental damage is liable for its remediation. It entered into force in 2007. In an ideal world, this directive would prevent environmental damage to happen in the first place. But planet earth is far from utopic, and it turns out this piece of legislation is not as effective as we wished.
Range-restricted, rare and threatened species understandably attract much conservation attention, but more familiar, numerous and widespread birds are no less crucial to biodiversity. The concept of ‘keeping common birds common’ has therefore long been an important part of BirdLife’s work.
With only four ageing females left, under attack from invasive species on all sides and now trying to fight off avian malaria, Fatu Hiva Monarch is on the brink. Yet, thanks to the incredible efforts of BirdLife in French Polynesia, there is still hope for the death-defying species.
196 countries, two intense weeks of negotiations and a mission to halt and reverse the devastating decline of nature. As thousands of delegates flocked to Montreal for the biggest biodiversity talks of the decade, the world watched on tenterhooks as the dramatic negotiation process unfolded.
Only one day after world leaders agreed on a global deal to reverse the decline of biodiversity at COP15 in Montreal, environment ministers from across the EU are following suit to translate global ambition into strong regional policies. Today, at the European environment council, a majority of ministers expressed their support for a strong EU Nature Restoration Law in response to the climate and biodiversity emergencies.
BirdLife joins other NGOs in recognising the good, but is concerned about roadmap. Before trudging out into a dark and snowy Montreal night, BirdLife negotiators and partners joined with the assembled leaders and delegates to salute the long-awaited approval of a global biodiversity framework designed to set us on a path to save nature and the planet.