Environment

Why the caged birdwatchers sing: raising awareness during confinement

By Jeremy Herry How do you raise awareness on the importance to protect birds, beautiful winged creatures of the outdoors, when everyone is staying inside? Across the map, birdwatching events and bird fairs have been cancelled, and nature reserves have been closed, but that hasn’t stopped BirdLife partners from keeping birds in the spotlight. Throughout Europe and Central Asia, they …

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Birds Alive educational competition

Spring Alive is an international campaign organized by OTOP, the BirdLife partner in Poland, to encourage children’s interest in nature and the conservation of migratory birds and to get them to take action for birds and other wildlife. This year Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL, and under the Spring Alive campaign, decided to launch an …

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The future of forest conservation goes digita

With many countries in lockdown, conservationists are finding new ways to fight deforestation and support communities that live in tropical forest landscapes. BirdLife’s Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator is back for 2020 and kicks things off at a ground-breaking digital conference   By Shaun Hurrell Despite the global pandemic, which has brought many of us to a halt, conservationists are continuing …

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A blueprint to save the planet

European Commission releases Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies  Today, following multiple delays, the European Commission released its highly anticipated Biodiversity Strategy and Farm to Fork Strategy [1]. These documents will map the main features of the EU’s biodiversity and food-related policies for the coming decade and are key components of the European Green Deal. Adopted during the height of …

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MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy

MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy is a leadership development programme for professionals from partner organizations of the MAVA, Fondation pour la Nature. It brings together two generations of leaders – senior and young professionals. Building a strong conservation community has always been core to MAVA’s approach. Leaders that can carry on and multiply efficient and innovative initiatives, long after MAVA’s …

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The Birdlife Partnership calls on the United Nations to amend the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Birdlife Partnership calls on the United Nations to amend the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the first time in over 70 years to add a new human right: the right to a healthy natural environment. Sign the petition now   From the ashes of the Second World War, one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history, rose one …

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Important update: bats do not spread COVID-19

There have been reports from across the world of bat culling in a misplaced attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. As an advocate for the protection of all nature, BirdLife is disseminating the following scientific update in order to clarify the facts and end this ecologically damaging practice. By Jessica Law As efforts are stepping up around the world to …

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Will COVID-19 fuel the destruction of our oceans?

By Bruna Campos, Senior Marine Policy Officer European fishers and aquaculture farmers who continue to work, like many others who provide necessary services to society, risk getting infected by COVID-19 as not all of them are able to respect social distancing measures. They are among those who will also directly face the detrimental economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. National …

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We are all connected – for worse, but also for better

The rapid spread of Coronavirus has shown us that the world is even more connected than we realised – and that our connections are also the key to facing this emergency together. Could the world’s rallying cry against current crisis be a hopeful sign of the environmental sea change to come? By Patricia Zurita If anything can show us how connected …

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Coronavirus and your wellbeing

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. This information is to help you cope if: you’re feeling anxious or worried about …

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