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Birds of a Feather: Our partners’ highlights from 2016

By Gui-Xi Young, From the wild North Atlantic to the Caspian Sea; from the fjords of Breiðafjörður to the Iron Gates on the Danube, from the high Pyrenees to the Kazakh Steppe – how better to bask in the spectacular natural beauty of Europe & Central Asia than with a bird’s eye view? Here are just some of our partners’ …

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The Mediterranean Basin: together for nature

By Shaun Hurrell After five years of conservation in the Mediterranean, our latest publication “Together” shows how the region’s diverse cultures are committed to protecting its nature. Discover incredible species, motivating stories, complex threats, conservation successes and innovative ideas, as we share local solutions for nature conservation. Imagine bee-eaters, cave salamanders, geckos, macaques, dragonflies, and pelicans for a flavour of the …

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New year, new birds: 10 newly-recognised species

By Alex Dale BirdLife is proud to announce that Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World is now available to purchase. Published  by Lynx Edicions in association with HBW and BirdLife International, Volume 2 chronicles the world’s passerines (perching birds), and completes the most exhaustive illustrated checklist of birds ever compiled, with stunning, full-colour portraits …

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UN summit calls for urgent farming, forestry, fisheries reforms

BirdLife International today welcomed a decision by the UN Biodiversity Conference to pursue environmental reform in the farming, forestry and fisheries sectors, but underscored the need for stronger ambition and accelerated implementation by national governments.  “Nature is in crisis. Urgent reform is needed to reduce the impacts of farming, forestry and fisheries on the natural world”, said Pepe Clarke, Head of Policy at …

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Only a handful of countries on track to meet their biodiversity goals, assessment shows

At the Convention on Biological Diversity today, global conservation NGOs released a report revealing that just 5 percent of countries who have reported progress on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets are on track to reach their global biodiversity goals by 2020. The assessment, which was conducted by Birdlife International, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB), Conservation International, The Nature …

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World species are waiting for a serious implementation of the climate deal

Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing the planet, and current levels of adaptation and adaptation support are insufficient to protect people and nature from its impacts. This year is on track to become the hottest ever recorded and experts stress that if the warming continues, threats to humans and biodiversity will increase and become more intense. Our …

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Jellyfish species sighted for first time in Iraq

Life continues to return to Iraq’s historic marshlands – and in some cases, species that have never been recorded before in the country. In July, a species of jellyfish Catostylus perezi was discovered at the Main Outfall Drain (MOD) channel and in southern part of Hammar Marshes of southern Iraq. This is the first Iraqi record for this species. The …

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We are not alone – alien plants & animals invade Europe

As of today, leading European experts will gather for three days of intensive discussion in Luxembourg to assess the spread of alien lifeforms among us. Top of the agenda will be an updated appraisal of the current alien invasion risk and a resolution outlining high priority security measures – biosecurity measures that is. For the menace tackled at the NEOBIOTA …

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Birds in a changing world

By Ariel Brunner, Yesterday, I shared my impressions from the first day of the Bird Numbers 2016 conference and some first insights into the health of our continent emerging from the impressive body of data being put together by EBCC scientists and the thousands of volunteers counting birds around Europe. My first thought, at the end of a long day …

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What do birds tell us about the health of our environment?

By Ariel Brunner, I’m currently in Halle, Germany, following the works of “BirdNumbers 2016”. If it sounds nerdy, it’s because it is. The conference brings together scientists, from all over Europe and beyond, who dedicate themselves to counting birds. Birds are by far the best understood component of our natural world, to a large extent due to the remarkable work …

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