Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (OTOP)
The mission of OTOP is:
- to protect birds and their habitats
- to establish and manage new bird reserves
- to lobby local authorities for the promotion and protection of Important Bird Areas
- to promote knowledge of birds and their life
- to prevent human activities which harm nature
- to support nature-friendly land-use
- to support research for bird protection
- to support the birdwatching movement
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.