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Dicing with death: an Egyptian Vulture (Endangered) perching on a dangerous power pole © Andras Kovacs

Why we need to make ‘sustainable’ development...

Fri, 23/07/2021
Planting vegetation to stop the spread of deserts, bringing electricity to rural communities… these are positive steps, as long as the right preparations are made. Sadly, poorly-planned ‘sustainable’ development is having unintended but devastating consequences for threatened birds that migrate through Africa and the Middle East.
Flying into danger: around 1 in 5 Great Indian Bustards die on powerlines every year © Devesh Gadhavi

New India powerline ruling is lifeline for...

Wed, 14/07/2021
The Great Indian Bustard is on the brink of extinction. Collision with powerlines is the biggest threat – but hope is at hand. This year, the Indian Supreme Court ruled that all powerlines should be taken underground at its breeding stronghold – a lifeline for this and many other bird species.
Vera Voronova out birding © Renat Eskazyuly

From student representative to Kazakhstan...

Fri, 20/11/2020
Vera Voronova started out as a student representative for ACBK (BirdLife in Kazakhstan). Six years later, she became CEO of the organisation. Vera tells us about the challenges she faces, her hopes for the future, and how the Conservation Leadership Programme helped her to get where she is today.
In its natural grassland habitat, the species would usually hunt small mammals and birds © RSCN

6,000 Endangered Steppe Eagles find refuge within...

Wed, 13/05/2020
If you wanted to see 6,000 Endangered eagles, a rubbish dump might not be the first place you’d think of looking. But conservationists in Saudi Arabia are working to make these unlikely havens safe for the birds that call them home.

Croatian national powerlines operator to...

Thu, 30/06/2016
From awareness raising to on-the-ground conservation, neither side is content to leave it at signatures, handshakes and lectures.

European experts on illegal killing of birds...

Thu, 06/06/2013
At the end of May bird conservation experts met in Tunis at the Week on Conservation of Birds to identify ways forward to tackle illegal killing of birds. During the event, BirdLife Europe Partners shared best practices on key issues, such as bird poisoning, law enforcement measures and awareness strategies.

Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Migratory...

Sat, 15/12/2012
The workshop will bring together leading experts from both the energy and nature conservation sectors to tackle bird mortality in energy infrastructure in the Middle East Region

Governments set to adopt new guidelines on power...

Thu, 24/11/2011
Protecting birds from power lines is a global issue which can’t be solved by single states yet a number of practical mitigation measures exist.

Powerlines and migratory birds

Tue, 08/11/2011
BirdLife International is challenging the energy sector to improve the bird safety standards of powerlines in Europe.

Budapest Conference calls for action to make...

Wed, 18/05/2011
Conference aims to stimulate actions to halt large-scale bird mortality on power lines across Europe.