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The only recovery is a green recovery

Thu, 24/09/2020
As businesses wake from hibernation and the world eases itself into something close to normal, global attention turns to economic recovery – but ignoring nature as part of these plans would be a huge error. Will the EU’s response be fit for purpose?
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Call for proposals: coastal areas and freshwater biodiversity

Wed, 23/09/2020
On behalf of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a new large grant Call for Letters of Inquiry for projects focused on the protection and management of coastal areas and freshwater biodiversity in Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

The Greater Prairie-chicken: playing chicken with extinction

Tue, 22/09/2020
Despite being over-hunted to the brink of extinction, this flamboyant member of the grouse family may now be starting to recover. Discover its turbulent history of changing fortunes.
Orange-bellied Parrot, a species brought back from the brink since CBD was founded © JJ Harrison/ Wikimedia Commons

Reflections on the fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook: we need to make this second chance count

Fri, 18/09/2020
This week, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) published the Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5) – a final and damning report card on the progress made against the 2020 ‘Aichi Biodiversity Targets’, making it clear that while the last UN decade on biodiversity has failed, this coming decade on ecosystem restoration cannot.
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Hundreds of organisations unite, calling world leaders to 'act on nature'

Fri, 18/09/2020
On the eve of the High Level Week of the UN General Assembly, a call for world leaders to act to halt and reverse nature loss this decade comes from far and wide: Businesses; Environment, Development and Humanitarian Organisations; Faith groups; Local and Regional Governments; Indigenous People; and Youth are all calling for action to secure a sustainable future for people and planet.
Fires have destroyed 12,000 square kilometres of the South American wetland so far © Alamy

World’s largest tropical wetland ablaze: our statement

Tue, 15/09/2020
This year, the Pantanal – the world’s largest tropical wetland – has seen three times as many fires as 2019, exacerbated by climate change and likely started by humans. The BirdLife Partnership is calling on the Brazilian and international governments to urgently increase action.
The Iberian Lynx is still around thanks to the hard work of conservationists © Nathan Ranc

Conservation action has prevented at least 28 extinctions since 1993

Thu, 10/09/2020
A new study shows just how effectively conservation action slows extinction rates, calculating that at least 28 bird and mammal species would have been lost since 1993 without intervention. The message is clear – with enough support, we can halt the extinction crisis.
The Common Ringed Plover weights only 64 grams, but migrates thousands of kilometres © Zeynel Cebeci

Introducing our new Spring Alive species: the Common Ringed Plover

Mon, 07/09/2020
As birds migrate from Europe to their wintering grounds in Africa, we explore the fascinating behaviour of the Common Ringed Plover, a small but feisty wader familiar across Africa’s wetlands.

Our new partnership with Project Ranger will ramp up vulture protection

Fri, 04/09/2020
Through an exciting new partnership, BirdLife is helping rangers continue to combat poaching in difficult times and bringing vultures into the spotlight among the more high profile victims of wildlife trade.