The Messengers (2015)
What birds tell us about threats from climate change and solutions for nature and people.
Birds are far better known than most other animals, and they are powerful messengers for the natural world. They are telling us how climate change poses risks to nature and people worldwide. This synthesis of hundreds of scientific studies illustrates the many ways by which climate change threatens birds and other wildlife. It describes actions underway to help nature adapt, and also shows for the first time how the BirdLife Partnership is implementing nature-based solutions across the world to reduce climate risks and build people’s resilience.
State of the World’s Birds is BirdLife International’s flagship science publication, using birds to assess the condition of our ecosystems as a whole. Five years in the making, this latest analysis of the scientific literature pinpoints the major trends and changes in bird populations, exploring the causes and identifying conservation solutions.
Africa is rich in biodiversity. It is home to a quarter of the global biodiversity and hosts the world’s largest intact mammal population. Of the 2,477 bird species in Africa, 1,400 (57%) are endemic to the continent. A network of 1,248 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) has been identified in Africa, covering a combined area of two million km2, roughly seven per cent of the continent