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Looking to the past to create a better future: Assad Serhal interview

Assad Serhal, hunter-turned-conservationist, now Director of BirdLife Lebanon and winner of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018, shares what motivates his important work to create community-based protected areas in the Middle East By Dima Obeidat Born in the village of Keyfoun near the foothills of Mount Lebanon, Assad Serhal grew up surrounded by nature and hunters, and he would get …

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7 things we’re doing to protect migratory birds

This year, we held the first ever global summit for flyways conservation, uniting a panoply of countries and sectors. On World Migratory Bird Day, we’re sharing some of the most important decisions we made in order to ensure the miracle of migration will be there for future generations to enjoy. By Jessica Law Birds don’t stay put – that’s just …

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BirdLife Meeting 2018: A global partnership meets to discuss the next half-decade of conservation

Between September 26th-28th, over 200 members of the BirdLife family flocked to Wallonia, Belgium for the 2018 BirdLife General Partnership Meeting. Held every five years, these landmark meetings are where we gather to elect our Government and review our conservation strategy for the years to come. By Patricia Zurita, CEO, BirdLife International As a new decade draws near, our planet …

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SPNL is taking the lead on the National Coordination Group for KBA partnership

The current trend internationally for site ecological declaration is the KBA approach /concept. Twelve international conservation organizations joined forces and established the KBA partnership in order to achieve this goal, and standardize the criteria. One of the principles of the KBA Programme is the strong involvement of local experts and stakeholders in the identification and documentation of KBAs. To ensure …

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New report: over half the world’s raptors have declining populations

By Jessica Law We interview our Chief Scientist, Stuart Butchart, about a newly published paper: State of the World’s Raptors. What threats face this iconic group of birds, and what can we do to help? Why is it important to focus on the status of raptors in particular? From ghostly owls to majestic birds of prey, raptors are among the …

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Spix’s Macaw and Glaucous Macaw among first bird extinctions set to be announced this decade

A new assessment of the world’s rarest birds recommends that eight species should be added to the list of confirmed or suspected extinctions. These include the Spix’s Macaw (famously the main character “Blu” in the 2011 children’s film Rio), the Glaucous Macaw and Pernambuco Pygmy-owl. The assessment reviews 51 Critically Endangered species, three of which should now be re-classified as Extinct, while another, the Spix’s Macaw, should …

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An international plan to save the Helmeted Hornbill

Illegal hunting and trade has brought this unique hornbill to the brink. But an new ten-year, range-wide conservation plan will ensure the Helmeted Hornbill has a future outside of China’s markets   By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins Conservation organizations from across the world have developed an ambitious ten-year plan to save a Critically Endangered bird that has been driven to the brink of extinction by …

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The top five threats to birds may surprise you

The top five threats to birds may surprise you One in eight bird species is in danger of extinction – but what are the main factors driving their decline? They might not be what you think. Read about the five biggest threats to bird biodiversity, and what’s being done to combat them. By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins Sometimes it’s easy to see …

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Celebrating 30 years of Birdfair: 3 decades of global conservation impact

By Jessica Law This summer, the British Birdwatching Fair will celebrate its 30th birthday – marking three decades of global conservation impact. Every year proceeds from the event, dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of birdwatching’, go towards a conservation project, chosen and managed by BirdLife. The result: millions of pounds raised towards saving some of the world’s most threatened species and sites, and the …

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#SaveSalina : hotel complex threatens waterbird paradise

Ulcinj Salina is a traditional salt pan whose shallow waters feed and support more than 250 bird species. However, recent proposals to build a large-scale tourism resort threaten to obliterate it. By Janinka Lutze & Stefan Ferger Sign the petition here to help us save this unique wetland. Traditional salt pans are one of the rare examples of a man-made landscape that …

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