Join us for a bite-sized round-up of advances published in our journal Bird Conservation International. Highlights include the complexities of reintroducing hornbills to the wild, the truly devastating scale of European Turtle-dove hunting, and a newly-identified Spoon-billed Sandpiper moulting site.
Integrating nature into business decisions isn’t just good for the environment – it also benefits society and the economy. Here’s why the world should redirect financial flows away from nature destruction and ensure biodiversity is mainstreamed into business.
The 2020 Red List update showed that many raptors are now in peril. In more positive news, the Red Kite was downlisted to Least Concern, thanks in part to a wildly successful reintroduction program that saw the species return to England and Scotland after a century’s absence.
Move over bearded botanists: a new generation of young expert plant scientists are scaling remote Balkan mountains to save extremely rare plants found nowhere else – some with ranges smaller than a football field
The long awaited ban on the use of lead shots in wetlands finally came into force on 25 January. This sets the timetable for the ban’s implementation in Member States: they have until 15 February 2023, or 2024 if the country’s surface consists of more than 20% of wetlands.
CEPF and BirdLife International, serving as regional implementation team (RIT) for the hotspot, are inviting proposals in the form of letters of inquiry (LOIs) for small grants from non-governmental organizations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia.
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.
We are almost closing this very strange 2020, a year that demanded so much from all, and for us nature lovers too. It is impossible to ignore all the bad news we have had, but we should definitely enjoy the good news too.