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BirdLife International is a global alliance of conservation organisations working together for the world's birds and people.
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Record-breaking 10 million points for seabird conservation

8. juuni 2017 - 17:23

Seabirds undertake some of the most incredible migratory journeys in the world. Take the Arctic Tern, for example, whose travels from pole to pole every year exceed a whopping distance of 80,000 km, or many shearwaters and skuas, with journeys of tens of thousands of km, often across ocean basins. Protecting such highly migratory bird species is a challenge, as different scientists, institutions or NGOs gather local data and try to safeguard their patch of ocean with limited funds.

Inevitably, conservationists can lose sight of the big picture if there’s no place to share the information. This is where the Seabird Tracking Database comes into play. One of the largest conservation collaborations in the world, it was established by BirdLife in 2003, when data on 16 species of albatrosses and petrels were put together for the first time in order to identify the most important places for these seabirds and ensure their protection.

Dire Straits - is Europe protecting its seabirds?

7. juuni 2017 - 18:52

A new scientific paper, spearheaded by our Head of Conservation, Iván Ramírez, has been published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Marine Policy’. This study summarises the latest country-by-country and species-specific analyses of the EU’s marine SPA (Special Protection Areas) network and offers critical new insights into how well Europe is protecting its seabirds.

 

From Kalashnikovs to leopards: conservation in the danger zone

6. juuni 2017 - 14:11

This article was first published in the December issue of BirdLife The Magazine. Subscribe via iTunes/Android to easily support our conservation work. 

Ahmed and Nasrin march through a heavy snowstorm. Little Hana, just a few months old, is strapped around her dad’s left shoulder. The right is reserved for the Kalashnikov. They need to move. Saddam Hussein’s militias are chasing Peshmerga fighters like them, and the only safety is up, up in the mountains of Kurdistan, along the border with Iran. The snow falls so swiftly that their footprints disappear quickly in the metre-thick snowy carpet.

Trump saca a Estados Unidos del Acuerdo de París - La reacción de BirdLife

5. juuni 2017 - 14:18

BirdLife International está profundamente decepcionada por la decisión del presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, de retirarse del Acuerdo de París. Esta decisión no sólo es ingenua y aislacionista, sino totalmente inmoral. 

El Acuerdo de París es fundamental para el futuro de nuestro planeta. Proporciona un marco sólido para adoptar medidas ambiciosas para mitigar el cambio climático y para ayudar a las personas y los ecosistemas de todo el mundo a adaptarse a sus impactos.

 El Acuerdo de París, adoptado por casi 200 países, es demasiado robusto para ser roto por cualquier nación. País tras país, tanto desarrollados como en desarrollo, han reafirmado su compromiso de aplicar este Acuerdo. La retirada de los Estados Unidos por decisión de Trump no detendrá la acción global en la lucha contra el cambio climático.

Les gardiens du plus grand lac d’Afrique

5. juuni 2017 - 12:17

Les populations locales s’unissent pour protéger les zones humides précieuses du Lac Victoria et ses habitants. Le plus grand lac tropical du monde couvre trois pays et nourrit à la fois une faune sauvage riche et des communautés démunies vivant dans ses environs. Mais ses ressources ont également attiré une attention beaucoup moins désirable, celle des trafiquants qui ont pour cible des oiseaux emblématiques tels que le Bec-en-sabot du Nil.

Safe at last: Spoonie’s winter wonderland becomes Ramsar site

5. juuni 2017 - 12:15

Picture it in your mind’s eye: a wild, untamed stretch of coast, where rapid, powerful waves lash at the endless mud flats, constantly resculpting and refreshing the shoreline.

Imagine, too, tidal flats that teem with life, as fish and invertebrates alike feast on the sediments and nutrients that flow into the coastal waters via three major rivers. What you’re picturing is the Gulf of Mottama – a giant, funnel-shaped estuary in Myanmar, and one of the most important wintering sites for migratory waterbirds in Asia.

Une lueur d’espoir pour le Gorille de la Rivière Cross en danger dans la Forêt de l’Afrique de l’ouest

5. juuni 2017 - 11:59

Avec environ seulement 300 individus restant dans la nature, les conservateurs ont exprimé leur préoccupation quant au fait que le gorille de la Rivière Cross déjà en danger, pourrait disparaitre si tout le monde ne s’unit pas pour protéger l’espèce qui se trouve uniquement dans la région frontalière commune au Nigéria et au Cameroun, dans les forêts guinéennes de la zone critique de l’Afrique de l’ouest.

« Au nombre des espèces rares et emblématiques que nous devons tout faire pour protéger, il y a le Gorille de la Rivière Cross. Je n’aimerais pas que l’on raconte des fables à mes petits-enfants concernant le Gorille de la Rivière Cross », a déclaré Ruth Akagu, Chargée de projet  de l’équipe régionale de mise en œuvre (RIT) du Fonds de partenariat pour les écosystèmes critiques (CEPF)/BirdLife dans la zone critique de biodiversité de l’Afrique de l’ouest.

Showing only “doom and gloom” would cripple conservation action

2. juuni 2017 - 16:46

Prolonged and worsening habitat loss and the species extinction crisis are some of the main environmental headlines dominating conservation news today.

Vulture declines in Africa are a serious and growing issue that some experts believe, requires a positive mobilising approach to fully recover the populations on the continent. Despite the seemingly grim outlook for the vultures, BirdLife International and partners across Africa are taking the approach to show that the fight to protect vultures is not a lost battle and that there is hope to turn the situation around, if we work together.

“People are motivated to participate where they feel the outcomes are positive,” said Dr Niki Harré, Psychologist from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

The Bird Bulletin - Vol.10

2. juuni 2017 - 12:46

Welcome to the latest edition of ‘The Bird Bulletin’ – our weekly news brief. Every Friday morning, we bring you bite-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia – kick start your weekend with “what a little bird told me!”

 

SPOTTED IN SWEDEN – Bird lovers near Jönköping were in luck last week when a young, probably wild, Bearded vulture was spotted – a first for Sweden! The species is a known long-distance explorer, but sightings this far north are rare. Read more….

Trump pulls US out of Paris Agreement - BirdLife's reaction

1. juuni 2017 - 22:11

BirdLife International is deeply disappointed by US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Not only is this decision naïve and isolationist, it is wholly immoral.

The Paris Agreement is critical for the future of our planet. It provides a strong framework for taking ambitious action to mitigate climate change, and to help people and ecosystems across the globe adapt to its impacts.

The Paris Agreement, adopted by almost 200 countries, is too robust to be broken by any one nation. Country after country – both developed and developing – have reaffirmed their commitment to implement the Agreement. Trump’s withdrawal from the Agreement will not stop global action on climate change.

The hunt for the world's only alpine (and carnivorous) parrot

10. märts 2017 - 14:27

You need to be sneaky if you want to catch a Kea in the wild. Kimberley Collins (Forest & Bird, BirdLife in New Zealand) goes searching for the world’s only alpine parrot in Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand.

As I looked up at the 1300m peak looming over me, I instantly regretted not preparing myself mentally for a long, hard climb. I had just arrived in the Upper Wairau Valley with the Department of Conservation’s Kea team. We were heading into the St Arnaud Ranges in search of female Kea and their nests.

Curlews in crisis?

7. märts 2017 - 20:30

To the layman, the curlews are a shy, unassuming family of birds. Their mottled-brown plumage makes for effective camouflage against their marshland and mudflat feeding grounds, meaning they can go about their business unnoticed, prying out invertebrates such as ragworms with their purpose-built curved bills. But if, like the curlews, you take time to dig beneath the surface, you'll discover that they are beautiful and remarkable birds.

The Numeniini are a tribe of large waders consisting of the curlews, whimbrels, godwits and Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda. They are some of the most widespread and far-travelling of all birds, migrating back and forth from their upland and grassland northern hemisphere breeding habitats to their wetland, often coastal, non-breeding habitats to the southern extremities of all continents except for Antarctica. 

Going through fire and water to save wildlife

3. märts 2017 - 19:01

Nicole Salazar and Gerardo Domenech are only two of the many volunteers that travelled hundreds of kilometres from the capital Santiago to the Maule region to help wildlife affected by the worst fires in Chile’s modern history. CODEFF dedicates this interview to all of the unrewarded heroes that continue to help out during these difficult times.

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Why do birds sing?

3. märts 2017 - 12:35

When we talk about birdsong, we cannot simply refer to a single "voice". It is a great chorus of complex sounds, it is a real language in itself. The dry "teak" of a sparrow, the plaintive "gheck gheck gheck" of a woodpecker, the shrill "chirrip" of a lark – each sound has its own purpose and is used in very specific circumstances. For birdwatchers, learning how to ‘decode’ the secret language of birds is a great way to identify different species and to better understand their behaviour.

The language of birds

Disentangling the cause of seabird deaths in South Africa

2. märts 2017 - 20:19

Despite huge success in reducing the incidental catch of seabirds in fishing nets, there’s been reports that an old type of vessel used in South Africa is still posing serious threats to seabirds.

The Albatross Task Force (ATF) has been highly successful in achieving a remarkable reduction in the incidental catch of seabirds in the South African hake trawl fishing industry through the introduction of bird-scaring lines; a simple and affordable solution. These lines act as visual deterrents to prevent cable strikes.

Help us tackle illegal killing of migratory birds in Turkey!

1. märts 2017 - 17:13

Every year approximately 6.5 million soaring birds migrate between Europe, Asia and Africa using two major flyways crossing Anatolia. 2 million storks and raptors fly over İstanbul while 1.2 million raptors pass from the Batumi bottleneck and enter Anatolia from north-east. Millions of ducks and geese also use these paths. Sadly large numbers of these birds are killed illegally and they also face other major threats such as electrocution, poisoning and collision with powerlines.

Héroes contra el fuego

28. veebruar 2017 - 17:09

En el marco de los incendios forestales que recientemente afectaron Chile y del desastre que quedó tras su paso, una gran cantidad de voluntarios partieron a las zonas afectadas a prestar ayuda para realizar labores de rescate de fauna nativa herida y desorientada. Nicole Salazar, técnico en veterinaria, y Gerardo Domenech, ingeniero en redes, son una pareja de voluntarios que viajaron desde Santiago hasta la región del Maule para participar en la campaña de CODEFF #ChileAyudaASuFauna.

Ayuda a los animales afectados por los incendios

مستقبل حماية البيئة في منطقة حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط

27. veebruar 2017 - 18:01

ما هي أهم الأماكن لحماية الطبيعة في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط؟ ما هي أكبر التهديدات الآن وفي المستقبل؟ ما هي الأنماط الاجتماعية والاقتصادية في المنطقة؟ ما هي الدروس التي تعلمنا من السنوات الخمس السابقة لحماية التنوع الحيوي في المنطقة؟ كيف تنمو وتتطور مؤسسات المجتمع المدني، وكيف يمكن أن تتم مساعدتها؟

الناشطين في حماية الحياة البرية المتنوعة في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط، ودعاة حماية الطبيعة من منطقة البلقان وشمال أفريقيا والشرق الأوسط اجتمعو في طنجة – المغرب لتقييم كيف وأين أفضل إستثمار لصندوق شراكة الأنظمة البيئية الهامة (CEPF) لمواصلة المحافظة على الطبيعة وبناء مؤسسات المجتمع المدني في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط.

على مدى الأشهر الخمس الماضية تم تسليط الأضواء على حماية التنوع الحيوي في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط بفضل صندوق شراكة الأنظمة البيئية الهامة.

مستقبل حماية البيئة في منطقة حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط

27. veebruar 2017 - 18:01

ما هي أهم الأماكن لحماية الطبيعة في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط؟ ما هي أكبر التهديدات الآن وفي المستقبل؟ ما هي الأنماط الاجتماعية والاقتصادية في المنطقة؟ ما هي الدروس التي تعلمنا من السنوات الخمس السابقة لحماية التنوع الحيوي في المنطقة؟ كيف تنمو وتتطور مؤسسات المجتمع المدني، وكيف يمكن أن تتم مساعدتها؟

الناشطين في حماية الحياة البرية المتنوعة في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط، ودعاة حماية الطبيعة من منطقة البلقان وشمال أفريقيا والشرق الأوسط اجتمعو في طنجة – المغرب لتقييم كيف وأين أفضل إستثمار لصندوق شراكة الأنظمة البيئية الهامة (CEPF) لمواصلة المحافظة على الطبيعة وبناء مؤسسات المجتمع المدني في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط.

على مدى الأشهر الخمس الماضية تم تسليط الأضواء على حماية التنوع الحيوي في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط بفضل صندوق شراكة الأنظمة البيئية الهامة.

L'avenir de la conservation dans la Méditerranée

27. veebruar 2017 - 17:57

Quels sont les espaces naturels les plus importants dans la Méditerranée ? Quelles sont les plus grandes menaces à court et à long terme ? Quelles sont les orientations socio-économiques dans la région ? Quelles leçons avons-nous acquis des cinq dernières années de conservation? Comment la société civile se développe-t-elle et comment elle peut être mieux assistée ?

Préoccupés par la protection de la diversité Méditerranéenne, les défenseurs de la nature des Balkans, de l'Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient se sont rendus à Tanger, Maroc, pour évaluer comment et où le Fonds de partenariat écosystémique critique (CEPF) pourrait continuer à investir pour la conservation de la nature et le renforcement de la société civile dans le hotspot de la biodiversité du bassin méditerranéen.