Environment

Birds can change their traditions for the better: study shows Immigration helps populations shift to more efficient behaviors

Researchers at the University of Konstanz and Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior in Germany have found that birds are able to change their culture to become more efficient. Populations of great tits were able to switch from one behavior to a better alternative when their group members were slowly replaced with new birds. Published today as open access in …

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Why a nature-positive economic system would benefit us all

Integrating nature into business decisions isn’t just good for the environment – it also benefits society and the economy. Here’s why the world should redirect financial flows away from nature destruction and ensure biodiversity is mainstreamed into business. By Magdalene Trapp, Biodiversity Policy Officer, NABU (BirdLife in Germany) Transformational change is needed within the systems that underpin our economies for them …

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How to protect bird nests: if you love them, leave them alone

Every spring, birds devote a huge amount of time and energy to looking after their eggs and chicks. If you want to give them a helping hand, here are some simple tips that you can follow in your garden and local area to keep nesting birds safe.   By Jessica Law This article is part of our Spring Alive programme, which …

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ASSESSMENT OF WETLANDS TO BE RESTORED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

For decades, many wetlands in the Mediterranean have been degraded or destroyed, so action is urgently needed to restore them. With the aim of identifying wetlands that are being restored or that need to be restored in the Mediterranean countries, WWF Spain, in collaboration with Tour du Valat, MedWet, MedSea and the PIM Initiative, and in the framework of a …

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Photographing birds is a challenge and a big fun

By Elie Louis Khalil I would like to share my story and experience with you. I am a retired architect and amateur photographer mainly landscape and macro photography. I am fond of nature and hiking. By chance I was invited to Hima Hammana by Chadi Saad on 17-sep-2020 while hiking in the mountain. From that moment I was stuck with …

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COMPOSTING FOR LIMITING POLLUTION INPUTS TO AMMIQ RAMSAR SITE (LEBANON)

As part of a micro-project funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), and coordinated by Tour du Valat, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) organized a training session on “composting for limiting pollution inputs to Ammiq Ramsar Site”. The main objective of the project is to reduce or stop the practice of …

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Implementing international efforts to combat the sale of illegal wildlife products online

Between 7 and 21 October 2020, IUCN Members voted electronically on 109 motions, including 15 with amendments. The results are available below. Following the postponement of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the Council decided to submit nine governance motions to an electronic vote to take place in early 2021. In order to prepare for the vote, these motions will be …

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Over 100 000 citizens demand the UN to recognise a new human right – the right to a healthy planet

Citizens from around the world are demanding that the right to a clean, healthy environment is made a Universal Human Rights. Over 100 000 people have signed the petition. [1] Right now, as the United Nations General Assembly is taking place, the UN’s Human Rights Council is meeting. This new human right was tabled at the Human Rights Council by …

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CEPF seeking Proposals for Small Grants from NGOs in Lebanon

CEPF and BirdLife International, as regional implementation team (RIT) for the hotspot, are inviting proposals in the form of letters of inquiry (LOIs) for small grants from nongovernmental organizations in Lebanon. The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and …

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Second training on how to compost farm animal manure

As part of a micro-project funded by TDV, AFD, and FFEM, SPNL organized a training session for farmers on how to compost farm animal manure to kill weed seeds and pathogens so that the resulting compost can be used safely as a natural soil amendment to grow crops in a nature-friendly way. The session was conducted on Saturday 25th of …

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