BirdLife has various projects taking place worldwide, each responding to specific conservation issues.
It’s no secret that forests are disappearing at a devastating rate. And along with them the species that thrive under their canopy, the services they provide, and the awe and wonder they inspire. Whether it’s due to agricultural expansion, exploitation or weak governance, ultimately, deforestation is a symptom of a global system that does not value forests in their natural state.
We believe that networks of skilled, committed and entrepreneurial individuals and organisations are the key to unlocking the transformative change needed for a sustainable future for our planet. But the resources needed to address complex conservation challenges are limited, particularly in some of the most biologically rich areas in the world.
Who runs Europe’s farms? In many ways, the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy does. The CAP, worth €387 billion – a third of the EU’s entire budget – is the EU’s farming subsidies system. It’s an incredibly powerful tool which pretty much determines the reality of European farming, and subsequently, the state of Europe’s nature.
It’s the middle of winter. Bird migration is at its peak. You’re hiking deep in the Mediterranean shrubland, on the lookout for illegal traps, snares and nets. If this kind of adventure appeals to you, BirdLife’s Italian partner, LIPU, organises camps that do this every year – and they get results. This is their story.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing people and biodiversity. And while renewable energy is among the best tools in our arsenal for addressing climate change and achieving the targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement, it can harm species and ecosystems if placed in wildlife sensitive areas.