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SPNL records tremendous participation in BirdLife World Congress in Ottawa

The 2013 BirdLife International World Congress marks two major anniversaries: the 90th anniversary of the organisation from which BirdLife evolved (making it the oldest truly international conservation organisation), and the 30th anniversary of The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL), the leading in the revival of the Hima, a traditional community-managed protected area system, in Lebanon and …

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Fishing for success: reducing seabird bycatch

What do we know about seabird bycatch in each continent, region or nation? How can we stop these unnecessary deaths of seabirds? These were the two key questions that were discussed at the BirdLife World Congress, in Canada, in a dedicated workshop that listed Birdlife’s priorities and objectives for the next years. To date, the BirdLife Global Seabird Programme has …

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BirdLife Conservation Achievement Awards

Every five years, BirdLife’s World Congress recognises the achievements of organisations and individuals from within and outside the BirdLife Partnership who have made an exceptional contribution to BirdLife’s mission, programmes and conservation priorities. Following five years of achievement, BirdLife’s Global Council has picked seven candidates from an outstanding field of nominees to receive Conservation Achievement Awards. The awards were presented …

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New Chairman for BirdLife International

BirdLife’s incoming Chairman Khaled Anis Irani is President of The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN, BirdLife Partner in Jordan). He brings a wealth of experience, both from his time at RSCN, and from his work as one of his country’s most dynamic and influential politicians. Most recently, he served in Jordan’s Government, first as Minister of Environment, …

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five new countries join Birdlife International

Five new national conservation NGOs have joined the BirdLife Partnership, the largest and fastest-growing international nature conservation Partnership, bringing the total number of countries and territories represented to 121. “These are exciting time for the BirdLife Partnership, and with the accession of these new BirdLife Affiliates, we are roughly two-thirds of the way towards our ambition to be represented in …

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Ten new Members of Honour at BirdLife World Congress

BirdLife Members of Honour are people who have made a significant contribution to the growth, governance, finances and conservation strategy of BirdLife International over at least five years. Many of the ten people recognised at the 2013 BirdLife World Congress have also done much to extend BirdLife’s influence outside the Partnership through their work with governments and regional and international …

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Innovative projects for conservation funding

Delivering creative proposals for funding projects aiming at building relationships and aligning interests were some of the main conclusions of the workshop “Impact at the Core: The perfect core-project funding mix for successful nature conservation”, held on June 20 at the BirdLife World Congress. Participants discussed on how to develop strategic and effective ways of obtaining funding and shared examples …

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IBAs in Danger – urgent action needed!

An increasing number of  Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are under threat from damaging development – much of which is poorly planned and does not take environmental values into account. “The IBAs in Danger initiative provides an essential focus for governments, development agencies, the international environmental and conservation conventions, business and wider civil society to act to prevent the …

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The right renewables? Location, location, location!

The BirdLife World Congress, that brought together nearly 600 conservationists from 120 countries held an important workshop, entitled The right renewables? – wind power, bioenergy and biodiversity. Renewable energy sources are critical in the transition from fossil fuels towards climate-friendly, low carbon societies. However, there is concern that some technologies, such as most biofuels, large-scale hydro-power, as well as poorly-sited …

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BirdLife World Congress honours work of seven Partners

Following five years of achievement since the 2008 World Congress, during which the Partnership has grown from to 121 conservation NGOs, BirdLife has used its Partnership Awards to recognise the exceptional contributions of an unprecedented seven Partner organisations.   The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) is leading the revival of the Hima, a traditional community-managed protected area system, …

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