4 Jun 2011

BirdLife launches new website section for World Environment Day

By Tris Allinson
Sunday 5 June — is World Environment Day, one of the world’s biggest awareness-raising occasions of its kind. To celebrate World Environment Day, BirdLife has launched a new section on its website focusing on people, showcasing the work of the BirdLife Partnership in bringing communities together to safeguard birds and biodiversity, whilst ensuring a sustainable and equitable future for people. BirdLife is the largest conservation network of its kind, uniting 117 national conservation organisations in 116 countries and territories. Today, the Partnership has over 2.5 million members and a further 10 million supporters worldwide—a large and growing global constituency who care for birds and the wild places they inhabit. World Environment Day has been celebrated annually since 1972. Central to the day’s philosophy is the belief that people, from all walks of life, can come together and be the catalyst for change. Birdlife International shares this ethos. This year’s World Environment Day is hosted by India and the theme is ‘Forests-Nature At Your Service’. For more detailed information on forest birds and the work that BirdLife Partners are doing to conserve and restore degraded forest ecosystems, please see the State of the world’s birds Spotlight on forests.