Wetlands are highly productive and biologically diverse systems that are vital in enhancing water quality, controlling erosion, maintaining stream flows, and sequestering carbon. They are equally relevant due to their importance for biodiversity preservation and their biological services for humankind.
Caring for the Earth and protecting her species provides an abundance of benefits to our mental well-being. This World Mental Health Day, we look at how building a community around environmental protection has supported Filipino youth in realizing their dreams of a better future for the planet.
On the 31st of July, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), BirdLife in India, received the good news that two more veterinary drugs- Ketoprofen and Aceclofenac, could no longer be manufactured, sold and distributed throughout India. After 10 years of working with government agencies and other NGO’s, this official gazette issued by the Delhi High Court was a welcome step forward for the protection of vultures in India.
The wetlands of Kampong Trach are one of Cambodia’s most important sites for wintering Sarus Cranes, however decades of agricultural encroachment and pollution have left it highly threatened. BirdLife partner NatureLife Cambodia have been working closely with farmers to turn things around in a project that has shown promising early results for this enigmatic species.
Found on the forest floors of peninsular Malaysia, rapid deforestation has destroyed much of the enigmatic Malay Peacock-pheasant’s habitat in recent decades, and the species was sadly uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List in 2022.
The majestic White-bellied Sea-eagle naturally nests high up on tall, old trees. However, as these have become increasingly rare in some areas, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) has increasingly observed them seeking refuge on man-made structures, posing danger to the birds.
In 2022, BirdLife Partner the Hong Kong Birdwatching Society (HKBWS) celebrated 65 years of conserving local birds. As part of its work, the society has been working with local farmers and fishermen to protect two of the territory’s most threatened species.
Long-tailed Tit plumage varies substantially across its range, and the pale head of the subspecies found in Hokkaido, Japan, along with its inquisitive behaviour, has long inspired many a nature lover. Discover more about these real-life ‘snow fairies’ in the latest ‘Through the lens’ article.
Local communities know their forests better than anyone, and nothing can replace their expertise in forest conservation. As the Forest Governance Project demonstrates, when given the opportunity they can create a better future for themselves and nature.