Natura Alert: Using citizen science to protect nature
Since the late 1970s, the BirdLife Partnership has worked together to identify, document and protect the most important places to protect the world’s birds. Since then, over 13,000 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) have been identified. However, without proper monitoring of the condition of these IBAs, an increasing number of them are threatened by damaging development.
By Sofia Capellan
As part of our Horizon 2020-funded LandSense project, BirdLife developed Natura Alert: a mobile and web platform which enables anyone to sound the alarm when they discover nature at risk, in any corner of the world. Natura Alert allows you to report the location of the threat you discover, upload photos and videos of the sites and submit reports.
Once you have submitted this information, it will be verified nationally by IBA and Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) coordinators, as well as by BirdLife International.
Natura Alert is already being used by the volunteer networks of our BirdLife Partners SEO/BirdLife in Spain and Burung in Indonesia. In Spain, volunteers are using it to report threats to birds and habitats within IBAs and Natura 2000 sites, while Indonesian communities are validating alerts from satellite-image analysis of forest change on the Flores island.
An exciting new partnership between the Ecological Restoration Fund and BirdLife International and its UK partner, the RSPB, will help support extensive conservation and restoration work along the African-Eurasian flyway, helping to protect vital landscapes and the millions of birds that journey along this route.
Press release – EU Nature Restoration Law: AGRI Committee votes against farmers’ future and food security
This afternoon, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) of the European Parliament voted for a full rejection of the Commission’s proposal for the EU Nature Restoration Law. With this opinion, the bulk of Members of Parliament is letting down their own constituency of farmers, who are facing the unprecedented impact of the collapse of our ecosystems and climate change.
BirdLife’s new position paper Winds of Change: Powering Healthy Seas through a Nature Positive Energy Transition presents a clear vision for our seas and outlines how the shift to renewable energy sources at sea can catalyse action to combat the interconnected nature and climate crises.