Gender inequality is an endemic, crippling problem affecting every corner of society, tainting development and furthering injustices. The conservation world is no exception. Numerous gender gaps still persist in this field, and some are hidden in spaces one would expect them the least.
From Nairobi, Abuja, Lagos, Calabar, and elsewhere, African conservationist leaders participating in the 19th Chief S.L Edu Memorial Lecture joined the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF – BirdLife Partner) on 12th August 2021 to advocate for ecosystem restoration, challenging Nigerian youths to help save the planet.
When it comes to protecting forests, community involvement is better than punishment. Thanks to two BirdLife projects, local people in Indonesia and the Philippines are reaping the benefits of managing and protecting their own natural resources.
On the 23rd of February 2022, two traders were arrested by the local authorities for selling the body parts of vultures in Bandim market in Guinea-Bissau’s capital, Bissau. The arrest was made based on information from the Organização para a Defesa e Desenvolvimento das Zonas Húmidas (ODZH), one of BirdLife’s contacts in the country.
Today’s IPCC global climate change report shows that extinctions are accelerating and vulnerable communities are already at risk – but there is still hope. By protecting nature, we can increase our resilience to the worst impacts of climate change.
At BirdLife we are of course anxious for our local partners there, the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds, and their families and communities. We are in constant touch and are told by Oleg Dudkin, USPB’s CEO, that they are all currently “relatively” safe. The nature conservation they so effectively do, for birds and biodiversity, is ultimately about saving life.
For nearly 25 years APB has been an important partner with the Belarusian government’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Forestry, the National Bank, the National Post Office, diverse institutes and centers of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, other government agencies and organizations.
Located in the southeast of Madagascar, Tsitongambarika tropical forest is a protected area home to unique wildlife. New species of plants and animals continue to be discovered, and the forest is a vital water supply for local people. It also provides them with valuable materials on which their livelihoods depend, including food, firewood, charcoal and timber. Yet the site is extremely threatened, and with it, the essential services it provides.