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This stunning iris is classed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List © Sharif Jbour

Palestinian conservationists overcome adversity...

Mon, 03/08/2020
When conservationists came upon a rare flower in bloom in the North Eastern Slopes of Palestine, they were determined to secure its survival. But besides existing threats, 2020 presented a number of new and unforeseen challenges. Discover how they persevered in the face of adversity.
Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) © Emilie Chen

Eight years in the Eastern Afromontane: a...

Fri, 03/07/2020
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) programme in the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot ended on 31 March 2020. We look back at some of the highlights of this programme in the past eight years.
Prespa Trout © Ljubomir Stefanov

Plan of action for Prespa Trout now in the...

Thu, 18/06/2020
Thanks to a grant from Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, conservationists in North Macedonia can begin working on a plan to save the Endangered Prespa Trout from extinction.
Awatef fording a river during fieldwork © Louis Marie Préau

Awatef Abiadh named 'Hotspot Hero' for...

Tue, 09/06/2020
The Tunisian conservationist, based at LPO (BirdLife in France), has been recognised by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund for her contribution to conservation in the Mediterranean.
Centaurea soskae © Vlado Matevski

Endemic plants of Prespa receive a conservation...

Fri, 29/05/2020
The Prespa region, spanning parts of Albania, Greece and North Macedonia has incredible floristic diversity. These two new funding awards aim to protect plant species found nowhere else on earth and launch the careers of budding conservationists.
Since 2017, communities have planted 650,000 trees to restore the forest © Nature Kenya

Giving power to the people to protect iconic...

Fri, 15/05/2020
Not only is Mount Kenya Forest one of the most iconic landscapes in Africa, it is also a crucial source of clean water for the country. Find out how Nature Kenya is empowering local citizens to form powerful partnerships that can protect and restore the forest for decades to come.
Albania has the only Dalmatian Pelican breeding site on the Adriatic coast © Taulant Bino

The battle to keep Albania's protected areas...

Fri, 17/04/2020
After a momentous victory to protect a National Park from development, Albania’s entire protected area system came under threat. Here’s how a local coalition of NGOs reacted.
The Obô snail's shell alone can reach a whopping 13.5 centimetres © Vasco Pissarra

Protecting the forest giants

Wed, 01/04/2020
On the remote African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, conservationists are using education and storytelling to protect a unique snail and the forest it lives in – before it gets forgotten forever.
Prespa Lake © Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust

New donor collaboration launches a call for small...

Wed, 15/01/2020
On behalf of the Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a new joint Call for Proposals for small grants.
Women take part in an organic farming project near Dakatcha Woodland, Kenya © Thomas Lehmberg / DOF

5 ways to include more women in your conservation...

Thu, 03/10/2019
Conservation projects can’t work unless everyone in the local community is involved. But at the moment, many women are being left out. Our CEPF project in East Africa shares some simple steps on how to welcome women into the conversation.
© Fode Sembene Camara

How is new 'solar salt' technology...

Fri, 26/07/2019
In Dubréka, Guinea, salt production used to involve cutting down mangroves to burn as fuelwood. Now, a new project is using solar technology to extract salt in a safer, more sustainable way that is already allowing mangroves to regrow.
© Jean Beaufort

Forest conservation project converts bee-burners...

Fri, 12/07/2019
On the small island of Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea, a community beekeeping project is empowering communities to obtain honey in a way that doesn't risk their lives. This initiative is already restoring forests and enriching livelihoods.
The Barbary Macaque clings to just a few forests in North Africa © Kamil Laghjichi

Algerian forest reinstated as National Park after...

Mon, 17/06/2019
Djebel Babor forest in Northern Algeria was a National Park for 60 years before being stripped of its status. Now, despite political upheaval, the hard work of conservationists has paid off once again.
Le Macaque de Barbarie s’accroche à une poignée de forêts fragmentées en Afrique du Nord © Kamil Laghjichi

La forêt algérienne réinscrite en Parc National...

Mon, 17/06/2019
La forêt de Djebel Babor dans le nord de l'Algérie était un Parc National pendant 60 ans avant d'être dépouillée de son statut. Maintenant, malgré les bouleversements politiques, le travail acharné des défenseurs de l'environnement a de nouveau porté ses fruits.

The Middle East: sorting fact from fiction

Mon, 29/10/2018
Many misconceptions have crept into international media representations of the Middle East, making this region one of the most misunderstood in the world. Here we bust six myths with examples from our conservation work in the region.
Le crapaud vivipare du Mont Nimba en Afrique de l’ouest donne naissance à des jeunes formés ©  Sandberger-Loua L, Müller H, Rödel M-O

Lutte contre la pauvreté rurale: des communautés...

Wed, 18/07/2018
C’est un fait regrettable: les personnes vivant près des zones importantes pour la biodiversité sont souvent très pauvres et dépendent uniquement de l’exploitation des ressources naturelles pour leurs moyens d’existence. Actuellement, un projet vise à inverser cette tendance, permettant ainsi aux communautés d’améliorer leur sort en utilisant les ressources de façon durable.

L’environnement de la Lybie: une vue de l’...

Tue, 17/07/2018
Avec un accès difficile et dangereux, l’image que l’on peut avoir de la Libye a tendance à être basée sur les conflits et les crises que l'on voit aux nouvelles. Certains ne s'attendraient pas à ce que la conservation de la nature soit à l'ordre du jour de quiconque, mais elle est bien vivante et ne cesse de croître. Nous obtenons les réactions de deux agents de la conservation de la nature, qui viennent juste de revenir de Libye.
Libyan conservationists looking for tern nests in Farwa, Libya © CEPF Med

Libya’s environment: an insider's view

Tue, 17/07/2018
With difficult and dangerous access, one’s picture of Libya tends to be based on conflict and crisis seen on the news. Some wouldn’t expect nature conservation to be on anyone’s agenda, yet it is alive and growing. We get the reaction from two conservationists that just returned from Libya.