Finland – BirdLife Finland
BirdLife Finland is the parent organization of 30 regional bird societies working together in Finland for the protection of birds and to promote birdwatching and sustainable use of natural resources. We have over 22 000 members and annual donors. BirdLife Finland’s strength lies in the member societies and their active birdwatchers.
“20% of Finns say they are bird enthusiasts and the number has increased significantly over the decades. This is what we are especially proud of and it encourages us in our work every day. Thanks to our internet-based events, we reach all Finns from the coast to the fells and the Big Garden Birdwatch has become Finland’s largest nature event.”
Director Aki Arkiomaa, BirdLife Finland
When restored and maintained correctly, quarries are important sites full of biodiversity, and often home to many rare and threatened species. Through active restoration work, quarries become a mosaic of different habitats, benefiting both people and nature.
Late on Monday 16th of May the European Parliament’s environment committee voted on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), including an important positive step limiting subsidies to burning forests biomass and crop-based biofuels.
Of the 13,000 lmportant Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) identified by BirdLife worldwide, 277 are most severely under threat. Vital sites, such as Cambodia’s Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary, are home to globally threatened birds such as Giant Ibis and other IBA ‘trigger species’. They face the most intense pressures and need our urgent help.