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"Our forests are dying" - here's...

Tue, 27/08/2019
You have probably heard the devastating news about the fires currently destroying the Amazon rainforest – the result of forest protection laws being rapidly dismantled. BirdLife has joined 48 other NGOs demanding immediate and lasting action from the governments of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.
An artist's impression of the new marmoset species, 'Mico munduruku' © Stephen Nash

New monkey species discovered in rapidly-...

Fri, 09/08/2019
The marmoset was discovered in the south-west of Pará State in Brazil, Amazon’s ‘arc of deforestation’. The researcher who lead the study warns that we already need to be concerned about its survival.
White-rumped Vulture © Vickey Chauhan / Shutterstock

Local people protect Nepal lake by welcoming...

Tue, 06/08/2019
How are the Tharu community helping to protect their lake and the rare birds that live there? Why not visit them and find out! Thanks to an innovative homestay programme, wildlife lovers the world over are flocking to the area, helping wildlife and people as they do.
Rufous-headed Hornbill © Haribon Foundation

Critically Endangered hornbill becomes community...

Tue, 06/08/2019
In the Philippines, the Rufous-headed Hornbill has been driven to the brink of extinction by hunting and deforestation. But thanks to a new project, it is celebrated among local people, and has kicked off a movement to restore the area’s forests.
From 1952 - 1985, there were no confirmed sightings of the Gurney's Pitta © Boonchay Promjiam

Gurney's Pitta: lost and found - and lost...

Tue, 15/01/2019
Once thought to be lost forever, the Gurney’s Pitta has dodged extinction several times over the decades. Now, confined to Myanmar and beset by habitat destruction and civil unrest, it may be running out of chances.
The Sokoke Scops Owl weighs only 2 ounces (57g) and is the smallest Scops Owl © John Mwcharo

Irreplaceable: Dakatcha Woodland, Kenya

Mon, 23/07/2018
It’s a refuge for Endangered species found at only a handful of other sites. It stores rainwater, traps carbon and even regulates the local climate. But this unique and globally important forest has no formal protection. Read what’s being done in the fight to secure its survival.
The island's rugged landscape protects birds such as the Newton's Sunbird from human influence © Lars Petersson

Exploring "African Galapagos" uncovers...

Fri, 06/04/2018
Conservationists braved the mountainous landscape of São Tomé Island in the first ever comprehensive study of three elusive bird species, with fascinating results. But their findings also highlight the urgent need for better management of the Natural Park.

World first: Rhinoceros Hornbills give artificial...

Mon, 26/02/2018
In 2017, the Conservation Leadership Programme granted a Future Conservationist Award to Ravinder Kaur and her team to help improve breeding opportunities for Malaysian hornbills. Ravinder describes the team's exciting observations, and their progress in designing the perfect nest box.
The Blue-eyed Cockatoo depends on the large, hollow trees of untouched forest © Tobias

Are we too late to save the elusive birds of this...

Mon, 05/02/2018
New Britain's birds are among the least known to science. A group of researchers ventured into the island's unforgiving wilderness to find out how these species were coping with the loss of their forest. They found that some had adapted - but many more need urgent protection before it's too late.
Cherry-throated Tanager © Ciro Albano

Ravaged by deforestation - but a new refuge...

Wed, 17/05/2017
A newly-created nature reserve in Brazil's ravaged Atlantic Forest will protect one of the last strongholds of the highly-threatened Cherry-throated Tanager.
Jaguar approaching © Eric Kilby

Tracking jaguars in Paraguay’s hot, dry Chaco...

Tue, 10/01/2017
400 camera traps are being set up across the Chaco Plains of South America, to reveal the damage deforestation is having on the mammals who stalk this untamed region.
Marvellous Spatuletail © Daniel Rosengren

7 stunning forest birds we could soon lose forever

Mon, 14/11/2016
A handful of the vibrant, diverse species whose continued survival is threatened by the loss of forest habitats.

The Polish government wants to cut down this...

Tue, 03/05/2016
Authorities claim logging is needed to combat a beetle infestation in Białowieża. Can Europe's last primeval woods be saved?
Forest cover at Tesso Nilo, Indonesia, decreased by 65% between 2000 and 2012 (Photo: A C Shapiro)

An area the size of Scotland lost from the world’...

Fri, 05/02/2016
In a pioneering study, scientists from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and BirdLife International have analysed satellite imagery to measure forest loss remotely across the global network of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs).
Woodfuel is a multi-billion dollar business in Sub-Saharan Africa  © A. Schenk

A burning issue: woodfuel, public health, land...

Mon, 25/01/2016
Wood is a key source of energy that has been used for millennia for cooking, boiling water, lighting and heating. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 90% of the population relies on woodfuel. In November 2015, Dr. Mary Njenga, a scientist in bioenergy from the World Agroforestry Centre, held a presentation on the subject at the BirdLife Africa Secretariat in Nairobi, outlining the issues related to the use of woodfuel and viable local solutions.

SAVE Brasil calls upon the President to veto...

Fri, 27/05/2011
Reforms to Brazil's forest code will significantly increase deforestation.

Agreement close on REDD+ at Cancún

Fri, 10/12/2010
An agreement on REDD+ is close at climate talks in Cancún. This which would provide a mechanism for delivering financial incentives to developing countries to conserve and restore their forests.