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The WOW project has come to a successful end – a few words from the WOW Steering Committee Chair

posted @ Wednesday, January 12, 2011 10:03 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: BirdLife and the Convention on Biological Diversity sign agreement for biodiversity

posted @ Monday, December 20, 2010 3:02 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Irish Government launch guidance document on Integrated Constructed Wetlands

posted @ Friday, December 17, 2010 10:25 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: First AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group Meeting held in Helsinki

posted @ Friday, December 17, 2010 10:22 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Supporters rally to save Europe’s rarest seabird

posted @ Friday, December 17, 2010 10:16 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Safe ground for redbreasts

posted @ Friday, December 17, 2010 10:19 AM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Cancún Climate Summit addresses emissions from peatlands

posted @ Friday, December 17, 2010 10:29 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Audubon’s Birds of America: The world’s most expensive book

posted @ Friday, December 10, 2010 3:54 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Birds flying in the Prado Museum

posted @ Friday, December 3, 2010 10:10 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: The World’s Rarest runs follow-up photo competition

posted @ Friday, December 3, 2010 10:13 AM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: IPCC: new science allows addressing peatland emissions in UNFCCC

posted @ Friday, December 3, 2010 10:28 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Reducing conflict between Israel’s air force and migratory birds – podcast

posted @ Friday, December 3, 2010 10:15 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: First Ramsar workshop of the African STRP National Focal Points and other wetland experts

posted @ Friday, December 3, 2010 10:22 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: RWE Rhein-Ruhr Netzservice and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement sign Cooperation Agreement at the 37th Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee

posted @ Tuesday, November 23, 2010 3:59 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Liberia and Sierra Leone move to designate Gola Rainforest as National Park

posted @ Tuesday, November 23, 2010 4:08 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Preview of 'Ramsar's Liquid Assets' anniversary booklet now online

posted @ Tuesday, November 23, 2010 4:10 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Dinara unravels mystery of Eastern Flyway

posted @ Friday, November 19, 2010 11:11 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Lake Natron scoops top award

posted @ Friday, November 19, 2010 11:27 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Kenyan Important Bird Area keeps National Park status

posted @ Friday, November 19, 2010 11:13 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Lesser White-fronted Goose project amongst the Best LIFE Nature Projects in 2009

posted @ Tuesday, November 9, 2010 4:12 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: State of the World’s Waterbirds: in trouble in Asia, recovering in ‘the West’

posted @ Tuesday, November 9, 2010 3:47 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: South African birds in trouble

posted @ Friday, November 5, 2010 12:53 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: COP10 makes historic agreement to save biodiversity

posted @ Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:12 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: “State of the World’s Waterbirds 2010” launched at CBD COP10

posted @ Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:02 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Large-scale biofuels production threatens biodiversity and food security

posted @ Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:07 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Birds show the way to halt biodiversity loss

posted @ Tuesday, October 26, 2010 9:43 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: The world’s key sites for conservation – on one map

posted @ Monday, October 25, 2010 10:29 AM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: State of the World’s Waterbirds: in trouble in Asia, recovering in ‘the West’

posted @ Thursday, October 21, 2010 3:40 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Work starts on National Action Plan for the Lesser White-fronted Goose in Kazakhstan

posted @ Wednesday, October 20, 2010 3:54 PM by Drerup

BirdLife International: BirdLife office inundated with shot protected birds and illegal hunting reports

posted @ Tuesday, October 19, 2010 3:18 PM by Drerup

BirdLife International: EU funds help BirdLife Partners to protect our nature

posted @ Tuesday, October 19, 2010 3:16 PM by Drerup

AEWA Secretariat: Lesser White-fronted Goose RECAP Committee meeting takes place in Bonn

posted @ Monday, October 11, 2010 5:16 PM by Drerup

BirdLife International: Dinara springs double surprise

posted @ Monday, October 11, 2010 5:15 PM by Drerup

BirdLife International: Delta blues lift slightly – by Andre Farrar (RSPB – BirdLife in the UK)

posted @ Monday, October 11, 2010 5:14 PM by Drerup

Ramsar Secretariat: First World Conference on Terraced Landscapes - Mengzi, China

posted @ Monday, October 11, 2010 5:13 PM by Drerup

BirdLife International: Project launched to identify conservation targets within one million km² of Eastern Africa

posted @ Monday, October 11, 2010 5:12 PM by Drerup

AEWA Secretariat: AEWA Small Grants Fund Programme (2010 Project Cycle)

posted @ Tuesday, October 5, 2010 10:43 AM by Drerup

BirdLife International: IBA monitoring data will measure progress towards CBD targets

posted @ Tuesday, October 5, 2010 10:42 AM by Drerup

BirdLife International: EuroBirdwatch 2010 - the wonder of migration

posted @ Tuesday, October 5, 2010 10:41 AM by Drerup

BirdLife International: Save Our Seabirds (SOS) Festival

posted @ Tuesday, October 5, 2010 10:40 AM by Drerup

BirdLife International: BirdLife calls upon the EU to champion biodiversity in Nagoya and at home

posted @ Tuesday, October 5, 2010 10:38 AM by Drerup

Ramsar Secretariat: New Project Management Officer for the Ramsar Secretariat

posted @ Tuesday, October 5, 2010 10:35 AM by Drerup

AEWA Secretariat: African Penguin Receives U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection

posted @ Tuesday, October 5, 2010 10:34 AM by Drerup

AEWA Secretariat: Successful AEWA Promotion Workshop held in Burkina Faso

posted @ Tuesday, October 5, 2010 10:32 AM by Drerup

BirdLife International: Cousin Island Special Reserve, Carbon Neutral

posted @ Tuesday, September 28, 2010 3:10 PM by Drerup

BirdLife International: Maltese hunters have spoonbills in their sights

posted @ Tuesday, September 28, 2010 3:09 PM by Drerup

Wetlands International: Cooperation to show international importance of Dutch wetland area

posted @ Tuesday, September 28, 2010 3:07 PM by Drerup

BirdLife International: Conservation breakthrough in Botswana

posted @ Tuesday, September 28, 2010 3:05 PM by Drerup

Ramsar Secretariat: Madagascar designates Nosivolo river and its affluents

posted @ Monday, September 20, 2010 3:44 PM by Drerup

Vacancy Announcement: Communication Officer for the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation

posted @ Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:40 PM by Florian Keil

Vacancy Announcement: Programme Officer responsible for monitoring/evaluation of FIBA

posted @ Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:38 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: From government policy to personal choices, we must recognise the value of biodiversity

posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 12:05 PM by Drerup

Ramsar Secretariat: Meeting of the International Contact Forum in the Barents Region, a platform for cooperation on habitat conservation

posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 12:04 PM by Drerup

BirdLife International: Largest seabird event ever aims high

posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 12:02 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: 1st World Seabird Conference to take place in Victoria, Canada: 7-11 September 2010

posted @ Monday, September 6, 2010 3:17 PM by Drerup

WOW Project: "Bird Migration on the Bihar Plain" - a new film produced by the WOW demo project in Hungary

posted @ Monday, September 6, 2010 3:14 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: New staff member for the Secretariat

posted @ Monday, September 6, 2010 3:12 PM by Drerup

AEWA Secretariat: Polar bears found preying on the eggs of Barnacle Geese on Svalbard

posted @ Tuesday, August 31, 2010 2:53 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Building capacity for Ramsar CEPA Focal Points in central Asia and eastern Europe, Urmia Lake, I.R Iran from 9-13 August

posted @ Monday, August 30, 2010 3:30 PM by Drerup

BirdLife International: Sociable Lapwings embark on an Amazing Journey

posted @ Monday, August 30, 2010 3:33 PM by Drerup

AEWA Secretariat: Waterbirds in the UK 2008/2009 - new WeBS annual report released

posted @ Monday, August 30, 2010 3:31 PM by Drerup

BirdLife International: Biofuel threat to Kenyan IBA continues

posted @ Wednesday, August 11, 2010 1:30 PM by Florian Keil

CMS Secretariat: UNEP/CMS Thesis Award - Call for Applications

posted @ Monday, August 9, 2010 3:18 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: UK Ruddy Duck population continues to fall - 200 adults remaining

posted @ Monday, August 9, 2010 2:51 PM by Drerup

Wetlands International: Russian fires: worsened by peatland drainage

posted @ Monday, August 9, 2010 2:48 PM by Drerup

Ramsar Secretariat: New Transboundary Ramsar Site declared by Belarus and Lithuania

posted @ Monday, August 9, 2010 2:46 PM by Drerup

BirdLife International: BirdLife report points the way to a more sustainable future

posted @ Wednesday, August 4, 2010 2:24 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: BirdLife report points the way to a more sustainable future

posted @ Tuesday, August 3, 2010 5:38 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Vacancy for Technical Assistant at the CEDAMM training Centre, Lopé National Park in Gabon

posted @ Monday, August 2, 2010 2:37 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Smart business leaders see nature as an asset

posted @ Friday, July 30, 2010 4:47 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: 40 Years of Wetland Conservation – Ramsar Launches 40th Anniversary Logo

posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:22 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Vacancy at Ramsar Secretariat for Intern/Assistant for Europe

posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:01 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Donation of ibis gives Middle East's rarest bird renewed hope of survival

posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:20 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: What do we need to achieve the new 2020 biodiversity target?

posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:04 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: EU policy prevents wetland loss for biofuels

posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:14 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Migratory birds in crisis

posted @ Friday, May 14, 2010 10:56 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: World Migratory Bird Day 2010 focuses on globally threatened migratory birds

posted @ Friday, May 14, 2010 10:52 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: World governments fail to deliver on 2010 biodiversity target

posted @ Monday, May 3, 2010 10:24 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Whooper swan Y6K ignores volcanic ash flight restrictions and makes it safely to Iceland

posted @ Monday, May 3, 2010 10:20 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Vacancy for Partnership Coordinator at the Ramsar Secretariat

posted @ Thursday, April 8, 2010 12:10 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Flying hot off the press (News Round-up for March 2010)

posted @ Thursday, April 8, 2010 12:08 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: World Migratory Bird Day 2010 Focuses on Globally Threatened Migratory Birds

posted @ Friday, March 26, 2010 3:45 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: New report on the status of birds in the German Wadden Sea

posted @ Friday, March 26, 2010 3:43 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: New EU LIFE+ proposal for the Lesser White-fronted Goose in the making

posted @ Friday, March 26, 2010 3:39 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Launch of two publications to mark World Water Day 2010

posted @ Friday, March 26, 2010 3:27 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Arctic tern website highlights the world’s longest migration

posted @ Friday, March 26, 2010 3:36 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Champions for birds and people in Africa

posted @ Friday, March 26, 2010 3:29 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: 'State of the birds 2010' highlights threats to migrants

posted @ Friday, March 26, 2010 3:31 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Numbers of waterbirds in Asia are rapidly declining

posted @ Thursday, April 8, 2010 12:12 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Wader Atlas receives award for Best British Bird Book of 2009

posted @ Friday, February 26, 2010 12:46 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Countering the Decline of the Iconic Siberian Crane

posted @ Wednesday, February 24, 2010 2:47 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Report reveals trends for waterbirds in the UK

posted @ Wednesday, February 24, 2010 4:11 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: National Action Plan for the Lesser Flamingo finalized in the Republic of Tanzania

posted @ Friday, February 19, 2010 3:31 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Ramsar signs MOU with the World Bank

posted @ Friday, February 19, 2010 3:24 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Over 70 Lesser White-fronted Geese spotted in Syria

posted @ Friday, February 19, 2010 3:21 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: BirdLife launches Africa Climate Exchange

posted @ Wednesday, February 17, 2010 2:48 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Ramsar and the WTO sign Memo of Cooperation

posted @ Tuesday, February 16, 2010 4:21 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Birdfair continues to Prevent Extinction

posted @ Tuesday, February 16, 2010 4:16 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: NABU is 111 years old

posted @ Tuesday, February 16, 2010 4:18 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: WWT and UNEP/AEWA Secretariat sign two Memoranda of Cooperation for the White-headed Duck and the Red-breasted Goose

posted @ Tuesday, February 16, 2010 4:14 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Secretary General's message for World Wetlands Day

posted @ Tuesday, February 2, 2010 2:46 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: BirdLife cares for wetlands

posted @ Tuesday, February 2, 2010 1:50 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: World Wetlands Day 2010: Caring for Wetlands: an Answer to Climate Change

posted @ Tuesday, February 2, 2010 12:59 PM by Florian Keil

World Wetlands Day: recognition for role wetlands in climate change adaptation

posted @ Tuesday, February 2, 2010 2:00 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Spring is coming!

posted @ Friday, February 5, 2010 1:17 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Twelve years of site support in Burkina Faso

posted @ Friday, January 29, 2010 3:21 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Cameroon lists its part of Lake Chad

posted @ Thursday, January 28, 2010 1:15 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Biodiversity on the Brink

posted @ Thursday, January 28, 2010 1:11 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Scotland and Northern Ireland take emergency measures to reduce disturbance to waterbirds during severe cold winter - UK hunting organisations call for extra voluntary restraint

posted @ Thursday, January 28, 2010 1:09 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Impact of nature's invading aliens measured for the first time

posted @ Thursday, January 28, 2010 1:07 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: The AEWA Small Grants Fund becomes operational!

posted @ Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:59 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Music & Migration - music for the birds

posted @ Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:16 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: 'World's least known bird' found breeding in Afghanistan

posted @ Friday, January 15, 2010 3:04 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Guinea Bissau’s mangroves in frontline against climate change impacts

posted @ Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:55 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: International Waterbird Census taking place around the world this month

posted @ Friday, January 15, 2010 3:01 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Better late than never!

posted @ Friday, January 15, 2010 2:40 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: 2010 International Year of Biodiversity launched in Berlin

posted @ Friday, January 15, 2010 2:28 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Kenya's Tana River Delta under siege

posted @ Monday, December 21, 2009 2:24 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Dutch satellite marked Black-tailed Godwit recovered in the Inner Niger Delta

posted @ Friday, January 15, 2010 2:17 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Partnerships strengthen migratory bird conservation in West Africa

posted @ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:39 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Vacancy for Mediterranean Programme Leader

posted @ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:44 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: NABU protects unique wild coffee forests in Ethiopia

posted @ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 1:41 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: BirdLife's case for the role of ecosystems in climate change adaptation

posted @ Thursday, December 10, 2009 5:35 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Global warning - BirdLife's 5 asks for Copenhagen

posted @ Tuesday, December 8, 2009 9:39 AM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Wetlands and the Copenhagen climate summit

posted @ Tuesday, December 8, 2009 9:38 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Birds and climate change: indicators of a changing world

posted @ Friday, December 4, 2009 2:27 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Wildlife poisoning in Africa

posted @ Wednesday, December 2, 2009 4:43 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Call for photos and documentation on the development of AEWA

Bonn, 26 November 2009 - In 2010, AEWA celebrates its 15 years anniversary. To mark the occasion, the AEWA Secretariat is preparing a small booklet describing the early history of the development of the Agreement. Both the AEWA Secretariat and the main author, Dr. Gerard C. Boere, are already in possession of a large number of historic photos and documents; however relevant material for the period from 1985– 1995 is still missing.  

posted @ Thursday, November 26, 2009 10:05 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Climate change and forests workshop in West Africa

Cambridge, 25 November 2009 - BirdLife’s regional office for West Africa, in collaboration with the Ghana Wildlife Society (BirdLife Partner), has organised a four-day workshop on climate change mitigation and forest biodiversity conservation for protected area managers from five West African countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana).

posted @ Wednesday, November 25, 2009 2:14 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: AEWA grows to 63 Parties with Ethiopia joining the Agreement

Bonn, 23 November 2009 - The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is very pleased to announce that the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia will become the 63rd Party to the Agreement as of 1st February 2010. In addition, Ethiopia has also deposited its instruments of accession to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) and will become the 113th Party to CMS with effect from 1 January 2010. 

posted @ Tuesday, November 24, 2009 5:31 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Stopping seabird deaths in European fisheries: will Ministers push the Commission to act?

Cambridge, 20 November 2009 - BirdLife International called on EU Fisheries Ministers meeting in Brussels to give a strong political signal that Europe will act now to prevent the world's seabirds from sliding towards extinction due to the impact of fisheries. European fisheries, both in EU waters and on the high seas beyond EU’s shores, take a massive toll of seabirds through falling foul of a variety of fishing gears.

posted @ Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10:30 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Turkey names 13th Ramsar site

Gland, 20 November 2009 - The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has designated Lake Kuyucuk (Kuyucuk Gölü) (416 hectares, 40°45’N 043°27’E) as Turkey’s 13th Wetland of International Importance. As summarized by Nadezhda Alexeeva from the RIS, this Wildlife Reserve is one of the most important wetlands of Kars province in northeastern Turkey.

posted @ Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10:26 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Technical Series No. 35 and Popular Series No. 2 - two new AEWA publications now available!

Bonn, 11 November 2009 - The AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the release of its Technical Series No. 35 and its Popular Series No. 2. Both publications can be downloaded from the AEWA website and hardcopies of the publications are now available from the Secretariat.

posted @ Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10:32 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Extinction crisis continues apace

Cambridge, 3 November 2009 - The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species shows that 17,291 species out of the 47,677 assessed species are threatened with extinction. BirdLife International is the Red List Authority for birds and released the 2009 update for birds earlier in the year, listing 192 species of bird as Critically Endangered, the highest threat category, a total of two more than in the 2008 update.

posted @ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:44 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: 350+ Species of Wild Birds Photographed in South Africa in One Day!

 Randburg / Bonn, 3 November 2009 – On 24 October, a grand total of 160 bird photographers followed the call of Mark Anderson, the Executive Director of Bird Life South Africa and the winner of the 2008 AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award to photograph 350 different wild birds in South Africa over a period of 24 hours and to make these photos available on a single website within the next 24 hours. 

posted @ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:50 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Small Grants Fund (SGF) 2009 portfolio of project funding opportunities

Gland, 2 November 2009 - The Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) was established in 1990 as a mechanism to assist developing countries and those with economies in transition in implementing the Convention and to support the conservation and wise use of wetland resources, with a strong human and social dimension. The newly-released SGF Portfolio 2009 (PDF) describes 28 project proposals that have been favorably evaluated by Ramsar personnel and are available for funding by aid agencies and organizations with an interest in their objectives and likely benefits.

posted @ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:57 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: First Steps towards a Flyway Action Plan for Population of Bewick's Swan taken in Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg / Ede, 28 October 2009 – A group of 30 experts met at a workshop in Saint Petersburg, Russia (25-28 September 2009) to start the process of developing a Flyway Action Plan for the conservation of the West Siberian/ North-West European population of the Bewick’s Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii).

posted @ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:48 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Norway publishes National Action Plan for the Lesser White-fronted Goose

Trondheim / Bonn, 27 October 2009 - The Norwegian Ministry of the Environment has launched the Norwegian National Action Plan for the conservation of the globally threatened Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus).

posted @ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:41 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Natron community vows to protect the lake and its flamingos

Cambridge, 26 October 2009 - Villagers around Tanzania’s Lake Natron have vowed to protect the lake and its treasure of Lesser Flamingos Phoeniconaias minor from industrial development, pointing out that their own future depends on the sustainable use of the lake.

posted @ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:27 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA/CMS Secretariat: UNEP/GEF Siberian Crane Wetland Project Winding Up on a High Note

Bangkok, 22 October 2009 - The final Steering Committee meeting and Project Completion Workshop for the UNEP/GEF Siberian Crane Wetland Project (SCWP) were held in Harbin, China, from 12-15 October 2009.

posted @ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 11:00 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Sweden hosts 12th IUCN/Wetlands International Goose Specialist Group Meeting

Bonn, 22 October 2009 - Goose experts from 19 countries as well as representatives from several international organizations gathered at Höllviken, Sweden from 9 - 13 October 2009 for the 12th meeting of the IUCN/ Wetlands International Goose Specialist Group.

posted @ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:32 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: 11th Transboundary Ramsar Site declared by Poland & Czech Republic

Gland, 9 October 2009 - The “Krkonose/Karkonosze subalpine peatbogs” were added on 21 September 2009 to the list of Transboundary Ramsar Sites during the 7th international conference on geoecological problems of the Karkonosze mountains, held in the Polish tourist village of Szklarska Proreba.

posted @ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:54 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Solving the mysteries of migratory bird declines

Cambridge, 9 October 2009 - The RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), have joined forces and are working with BirdLife Partners in Ghana (Ghana Wildlife Society), Burkina Faso (Naturama), the Netherlands (Vogelbescherming Nederland) and Denmark (Dansk Ornitologisk Forening) to mount the largest research project of its type to understand more about migratory birds that spend the non-breeding season south of the Sahara desert.

posted @ Monday, October 12, 2009 10:21 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Thousands say goodbye to migratory birds

Cambridge, 6 October 2009 - Despite stormy weather across Europe over the past weekend, more than 63,000 adults and children from 35 countries set out to bid farewell to migratory birds, as many flew south for the non-breeding season. It was all part of EuroBirdwatch, the annual event organised by BirdLife International and its national Partners across the continent. This year BirdLife used EuroBirdwatch to highlight Born to Travel, the BirdLife Flyways Campaign, which aims to save migratory birds and their habitats.

posted @ Tuesday, October 6, 2009 1:59 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: WOW workshop on fish-farming for conservation - and profit

Cambridge, 24 September 2009 - Fish-farmers from Hungary, and Romania, will attend a workshop on nature-friendly fish-farming, at Biharugra fishponds organised by MME (BirdLife in Hungary) this week. "The workshop is useful in so many ways”, said Simay Gábor, manager of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project in Hungary. “It is a good opportunity to bring people together to exchange knowledge and experience about the main issues affecting their work in places so important for nature conservation”.
 

posted @ Monday, September 28, 2009 12:11 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Drought in eastern Africa worsened by wetland loss

Ede, 17 September 2009 - Climate change is now named as the cause of the severe drought in eastern Africa. While this may be true, poor wetland management, especially unsustainable use of water resources, is the root cause of the totally drying up of normally wet areas. This situation currently threatens millions of people in the region and has already caused mass starvation of cattle and wildlife.

posted @ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 11:03 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: The WetCap Steering Committee meets for the first time

Bonn, 25 August 2009 – The first Steering Committee Meeting of the project on “Strengthening waterbird and wetland conservation capacities in North Africa (WetCap)” took place in Bonn, Germany at the UN Campus. The Steering Committee Meeting provided a first-time opportunity to assemble representatives of the core partner organizations involved in the technical and administrative delivery of the project to discuss the work plan for the first year of implementation.

posted @ Friday, August 28, 2009 4:23 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Lake Natron faces renewed threat from soda-ash mining

Cambridge, 28 August 2009 - BirdLife has learnt that a Tanzanian Government Agency is seeking to buy mining equipment for large-scale soda ash extraction from Lake Natron – the most important breeding site for Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor [Near Threatened] in the world. “This is worrying indeed”, said Lota Melamari - the CEO of Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST-BirdLife in Tanzania).

posted @ Friday, August 28, 2009 4:21 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: AEWA takes part in the biggest birdwatching event in the world

Rutland, United Kingdom 21-23 August 2009 – The biggest birdwatching event in the world, the "British Birdwatching Fair", opened its doors on Friday, 21 August 2009 at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve, near Oakham, England. This year there were over 300 different organisations and companies exhibiting – a truly international gathering representing bird and wildlife interest from almost every corner of the globe.

posted @ Monday, August 24, 2009 12:17 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Quest launched to find 'lost' birds

Cambridge, 21 August 2009 - BirdLife International is launching a global bid to try to confirm the continued existence of 47 species of bird that have not been seen for up to 184 years. The list of potentially lost birds is a tantalising mix of species ranging from some inhabiting the least visited places on earth - such as remote islands and the western Himalayas – to those occurring in parts of Europe and the United States.

posted @ Monday, August 24, 2009 12:10 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Children Highlight “Barriers to Bird Migration” in this Year’s World Migratory Bird Day Painting Competition

Bonn, 17 August 2009 – More than 500 children from around the world have sent in their pictures for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) Painting Competition. The competition called upon children to express their thoughts on the 2009 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) theme: “Barriers to Migration” which highlighted the effects man-made structures such as wind turbines, communication masts, tall buildings and windows, power lines and fences have on migratory birds.

posted @ Wednesday, August 19, 2009 2:07 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Spring Alive - every year a greater success!!

Cambridge, 14 August 2009 - On 22 June 2009, the fourth season of the BirdLife Spring Alive Campaign successfully ended. This year 31 BirdLife European Partners participated, registering nearly 94,000 observations, many more than the 56,000 collected last year. Spring Alive is a European-wide campaign to promote children's interest in nature conservation through the celebration of the arrival of spring, and its core component is a mass-participation website, designed especially for children between 8 and 12 years old.

posted @ Wednesday, August 19, 2009 2:05 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Vacancy for Communications Officer

Gland, 12 August 2009 - The Ramsar Secretariat welcomes applications for the position of Communications Officer, ideally to begin on 11 January 2010. Excellent English language writing skills are required, ability also to work in French or Spanish an advantage. Duties include strategic planning for Ramsar communications, content writing for the Ramsar Web site (news, features, reports, etc.) and management of all Web site and Ramsar Forum material, responding to information requests from the public, among others.

posted @ Wednesday, August 19, 2009 2:02 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Coordinator for the African Initiative enters on duty at the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat

Bonn, 7 August 2009 - The new Coordinator for the African Initiative, Ms. Evelyn Parh Moloko, entered on duty at the AEWA Secretariat on Wednesday, 5 August 2009 - the AEWA Team is happy to welcome her on board! Evelyn’s task as Coordinator is to draft a Plan of Action for the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in Africa, including a proposal for priority areas, to be submitted for adoption to the 5th Meeting of the Parties (AEWA MOP5) in 2012.

posted @ Friday, August 7, 2009 3:10 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: DOPPS – BirdLife Slovenia praised for Corncrake project

Cambridge, 8 August 2009 - The LIFE Nature project for the long–term conservation of Corncrake Crex crex in Slovenia has been evaluated by the European Commission as one of the 26 Best LIFE Nature projects in 2007-2008. This project is of particular importance as DOPPS' data showed that the species has been declining since 2002. The project activities were conducted in three main Corncrake Natura 2000 areas in Slovenia including Ljubljansko barje, the main breeding area for Corncrakes, Cerknica lake and Nanoščica river basin, as in these areas its declining was particularly evident.

posted @ Friday, August 7, 2009 3:09 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Preachers and teachers help conserve Turkish wetland

Cambridge, 3 August 2009 - Lake Burdur is internationally important for wintering and passage waterbirds, and has been threatened in recent years by pollution, urban development and unsustainable agricultural practices. In response, Doğa Derneği - the BirdLife Partner Designate for Turkey - recently drafted a sermon to educate the local community of Burdur on the importance of conserving their lake.

posted @ Monday, August 3, 2009 10:55 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: WOW Project features flyway news from across Africa and Eurasia

Bonn, 29 July 2009 - The latest edition of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project "E-News Update" was sent out to the WOW Partnership network today. The electronic newsletter provides an overview of all project-related news currently being featured on the WOW Project website.

posted @ Monday, August 3, 2009 10:53 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: New guidelines bring hope for world's seabirds

Cambridge, 27 July 2009 - BirdLife has taken a major step towards the identification of Marine Important Bird Areas (mIBAs) for seabirds around the globe. “We now have agreed guidelines which can be used to track seabirds and analyse the data to identify Marine IBAs for any seabird species”, said Ben Lascelles – BirdLife’s Global Marine IBA officer.

posted @ Wednesday, July 29, 2009 12:34 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Northern Bald Ibis gets Royal Support

Cambridge, 22 July 2009 - One of the rarest birds in North Africa and the Middle East has received a conservation boost from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

posted @ Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:46 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Iranian Ramsar site removed from the Montreux Record

Gland, 20 July 2009 - The Alagol, Ulmagol and Ajigol lake complex (1400ha), Islamic Republic of Iran, comprises three small lakes and associated marshes situated in the semi-desert steppes at the southeast corner of the Caspian Sea near the border with Turkmenistan. In June 1975, this wetland was designated a Ramsar site because of its abundance and diversity of wintering waterbirds, a number of which are internationally threatened. In summer, the wetland also supports regionally significant populations of breeding waterbirds.

posted @ Monday, July 20, 2009 5:03 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Have your say - BirdLife needs your views...

Cambridge, 17 July 2009 - BirdLife’s website is visited by over a million people every year, and is a fantastic resource for anybody interested in global conservation issues. “We’re now looking to improve our website and are asking people to use three minutes of their day to influence a global conservation partnership, and tell us what they think of our site”, announced Ade Long – BirdLife’s Head of Communications.

posted @ Friday, July 17, 2009 5:16 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Special IWC Newsletter focuses on the quest to find the Slender-billed Curlew

Ede, 17 July 2009 - Wetlands International has circulated a special 2009 Newsletter for National Coordinators of the International Waterbird Census (IWC) in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. This latest edition of the IWC Newsletter focuses on the international quest to find the Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris), the rarest bird in The Western Palearctic and Southwest Asia, with a last confirmed record in Hungary in 2001.

posted @ Friday, July 17, 2009 5:12 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International Africa Partnership E-Bulletin - highlights WMBD activities in Africa!

Nairobi, 16 July 2009 - The latest edition of the BirdLife International Africa Partnership Secretariat's E-Bulletin (April - June 2009) has been circulated to the BirdLife network in Africa. In addition to a number of interesting stories from BirdLife Partners in the region, this latest edition also contains a round-up on the many World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) activities which took place within the BirdLife Partnership in Africa in May this year. 

posted @ Friday, July 17, 2009 5:11 PM by Florian Keil

WOW Demonstration Project at the Hadejia-Nguru wetlands in Nigeria featured in "allAfrica.com"

Bauchi, 9 July 2009 - Mr. Garba Mohammed Boyi, the Project Manager of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project at the Hadejia-Nguru wetlands in Nigeria has been quoted in a recent allAfrica.com news article as saying "Hundreds of thousands of species of waterbirds migrate from European countries sometimes traveling a distance of over 5,000 Km to come to this area which is globally known as one of the best habitat for migratory waterbirds.

posted @ Thursday, July 9, 2009 12:34 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: One million South African bird records!

Cambridge, 2 July 2009 - Just two years ago, an exciting project was initiated to map the distribution of birds in Southern Africa using the efforts of keen civil society volunteers. Early on the morning of Monday 29 June, the millionth record was submitted to the project! 

posted @ Friday, July 3, 2009 9:21 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Wadden Sea listed as World Heritage Site

Bonn, 26 June 2009 - The Dutch-German Wadden Sea has been added to the List of World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at its meeting in Seville (Spain) this week (22-30 June 2009). The listing has put the Wadden Sea on the same footing as the Grand Canyon in the USA, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Serengeti in Tanzania along with other natural wonders of outstanding universal value on the World Heritage List. 

posted @ Friday, July 3, 2009 9:23 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Help the storks while shopping!

Cambridege, 24 June 2009 - Recently, LIPU (BirdLife in Italy) and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, one of the main Italian banks, set up a credit card that helps nature. This topped-up card is safe and easy to use, both in Italy and abroad, and LIPU receives 3 Euros for every card issued.

posted @ Monday, June 29, 2009 10:47 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Sustainable forest management increases local income one hundred-fold

Cambridge, 22 June 2009 - A Tanzanian group supported by The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) has helped two local communities to become fully-certified sustainable forest managers. “This is a first for Africa”, said CLP project leader Steve Ball. “It ensures that the forests are managed sustainably and that local communities can earn over 100 times more from their woodlands than they have done previously”.

posted @ Monday, June 22, 2009 10:59 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Exploring the 'Google forest'

Cambridge, 18 June 2009 -Scientists who recently used Google Earth to help discover a hidden forest in Mozambique, have been finding a wealth of new species. "Whatever we see we pick up, and there's a high probability that it's going to be a new species”, said Dr Julian Bayliss - head of the cross-border conservation project.

posted @ Monday, June 22, 2009 11:03 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Neotropical migratory bird grants link sites and people along the Americas flyway

Cambridge, 15 June 2009 - The work of BirdLife Partners throughout the Americas will benefit from $4.8 million in US Fish and Wildlife Service grants for projects supporting Neotropical migratory bird conservation.
 

posted @ Monday, June 15, 2009 6:05 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: AFRING: connecting ringers in Africa and around the world

Bonn, 11 June 2009 - Over three decades have passed since the concept of AFRING - an African bird ringing scheme, was raised. Experts agreed that gaps in the knowledge of bird population dynamics, movements and migration in Africa limited the ability to implement effective science-backed conservation action, and that a coordinated approach was necessary to fill these gaps. However, limited trained personnel and lack of funding prevented the formalization of a continent-wide coordinated scheme but the concept never died.

posted @ Thursday, June 11, 2009 3:36 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Imagine a world without fish

Cambridge, 8 June 2009 - Today, on world Oceans Day, a powerful new film - The End of the Line - highlights the problems of over-fishing, and predicts that many important stocks will be in a state of collapse by 2050. However, 17 Pacific island nations recently set a global precedent by ensuring that over 50 million square kms of ocean will be closed to tuna purse-seine fishing.

posted @ Monday, June 8, 2009 2:32 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: 5 June is World Environment Day - 'Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change'

New York / Nairobi / Mexico City / Bonn, 5 June 2009 - Commemorated yearly on 5 June, World Environment Day (WED) is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

posted @ Friday, June 5, 2009 11:08 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Wader populations decline faster than ever

Cambridge, 4 June 2009 - According to a new publication by Wetlands International, more than half the populations of waders in Europe, West Asia and Africa are declining at an accelerating rate.

posted @ Friday, June 5, 2009 8:59 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Bird migrations set to increase

Cambridge, 28 May 2009 - Bird migrations are likely to get longer according to the first ever study of the potential impacts of climate change on the breeding and winter ranges of migrant birds. The length of some migrations could increase by as much as 400 km. “The predicted future temperature changes and the associated changes in habitat could have serious consequences for many species”, said lead-author Nathalie Doswald of Durham University (UK).

posted @ Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:10 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: New fund to strengthen conservation in key countries

Cambridge, 27 May 2009 - Thanks to a grant from Arcadia, formerly the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Trust, a new fund has been established to strengthen Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in key countries around the world.

posted @ Wednesday, May 27, 2009 2:48 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: International Day for Biological Diversity

Gland, 22 May 2009 - Click here to read the message from Mr. Anada Tiéga, the Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2009. The theme for the International Day on Biological Diversity (IDB) in 2009 is invasive alien species (IAS) - one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, and to the ecological and economic well-being of society and the planet.  For more information on IDB please also visit the IDB 2009 website: http://www.cbd.int/idb/2009/

posted @ Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:19 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Wader populations decline faster than ever

London/Ede, 20 May 2009 - More than half the populations of waders in Europe, West Asia and Africa are declining at an accelerating rate. There is a need for better protection of the key wetlands along their flyways, especially in Africa and the Middle East. This is the conclusion of the Wetlands International’s Wader Atlas, the first comprehensive overview of key site networks for waders in Europe, West-Asia and Africa, launched in London today.
 

posted @ Wednesday, May 20, 2009 10:36 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: “A Bird’s Eye View on Flyways” now available

Bonn, 15 May 2009  - Migratory birds have a considerable economic, ecological and cultural value. Birdwatching activities, such as the World Migratory Bird Day for instance, provide a turn-over of billions of US$ each year. If we want to continue profiting from, and enjoying, migratory birds, their ecological requirements will need to be met throughout their lifecycles, and all along their flyways.

posted @ Monday, May 18, 2009 12:13 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International announces more Critically Endangered birds than ever before

Cambridge, 14 May 2009 - BirdLife International's latest evaluation of the world's birds has revealed that more species than ever are threatened with extinction. A staggering 1,227 species (12%) are now classified as Globally Threatened but the good news is that when conservation action is put in place, species can be saved.

posted @ Friday, May 15, 2009 11:21 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Millions of birds killed worldwide by man-made barriers each year spacer

Bonn, 8 May 2009 - This upcoming weekend (9-10 May 2009), thousands of people around the world will be taking part in World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) events to draw attention to the many man-made obstacles birds face during their migration.The central theme for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day - “BARRIERS TO MIGRATION” – aims to highlight the effects man-made structures such as wind turbines, communication masts, tall buildings and windows, power lines and fences have on migratory birds.

posted @ Friday, May 15, 2009 11:49 AM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Follow The Bird! shows World Migratory Bird Day theme “Barriers to migration“

Ede, 8 May 2009 - In their long journeys each year millions of migratory birds must cross many frontiers and obstacles. Therefore, ’Barriers to Migration’ is the theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day (9-10 May 2009). The Follow the Bird! initiative of Wetlands International has shown that many birds do not make it back home; decreasing stopover wetland sites, hunters, power lines, and even airplanes cross their paths of thousands of kilometers.

posted @ Friday, May 15, 2009 11:43 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Talon spotting

Cambridge, 8 May 2009 - This weekend, thousands of people around the world are attending World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) events which highlight the barriers bird face during their long journeys. BirdLife Partners around the world are taking part, and are involved in joined up conservation projects to reduce threats faced by migratory birds.

posted @ Friday, May 15, 2009 11:34 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: The Message from Athens – Biodiversity Protection Beyond 2010

Athens, 28 April 2009 - A conference on Biodiversity Protection beyond 2010 organized by the European Commission in Athens, took place in Greece from 27-28 April 2009. All important actors engaged in the development and implementation of EU biodiversity policy together with international institutions and globally recognized experts met in Athens to examine the progress made to halt the loss of biodiversity and the ways to improve its performance.

posted @ Friday, May 15, 2009 11:52 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Identifying and Conserving IBAs in Lebanon

Cambridge, 22 April 2009 - The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL; BirdLife in Lebanon) and A Rocha Lebanon have completed a three year, nationwide search for new Important Bird Areas (IBAs).

posted @ Wednesday, April 22, 2009 12:21 PM by dsforzin

AEWA Secretariat: Ulcinj Declaration underlines the importance of the Adriatic Flyway

Ulcinj, 18 April 2009 - The first Adriatic Flyway Conference took place in Ulcinj, Montenegro from 14-17 April 2009. Nature conservationists and ornithologists from the Balkans joined 120 representatives from international organisations working in bird protection at this conference organised by EuroNatur and its partners. The main goal of the meeting was to facilitate the dialogue between these groups and to point out the major importance of the East Adriatic Coast within the Central European migration route.

 

posted @ Friday, May 15, 2009 11:56 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Flying mouse-traps clean up fields

Cambridge, 15 April 2009 - Barn Owls Tyto alba and Common Kestrels Falco tinnunculus are being encouraged by farmers in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to control agricultural pests instead of using harmful chemicals. “The two species provide round-the-clock predation of mice, rats and voles and have been used throughout history as natural pest controllers”, said Dr Yossi Leshem - Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI; BirdLife in Israel). “A pair of Barn Owls alone can eat over 2,000 rodents in a year!”
 

posted @ Wednesday, April 15, 2009 4:22 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife News-Bytes: Tana River Delta Video Out Now!

8 April 2009 - The Tana River Delta is amongst the top three of Kenya's largest and most important freshwater wetland systems, with a significant local community of cattle herders and others dependent on it. However, the Tana River Delta is threatened by a proposed sugar and biofuel project. A sequence of 14 video's entitled “Is Tana's Sugar Really Sweet?” have been produced to illustrate the problems faced at the delta. To watch all the excellent videos, please click here.

posted @ Wednesday, April 8, 2009 5:59 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Uncovering Iraq’s unique wildlife

Cambridge, 6 April 2009 - Nature Iraq (BirdLife in Iraq) has completed their fifth winter survey of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) across the country. “From Kurdistan in the north, to the Mesopotamian Marshlands in the south, our surveys have highlighted the global importance of Iraq for birds, biodiversity and people”, said Dr Azzam Alwash – CEO of Nature Iraq.

posted @ Monday, April 6, 2009 4:35 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Worldwide praise to EU for protecting birds

Cambridge/Brussels, 2 April 2009 - Efforts to conserve Europe’s threatened natural heritage received much-needed support from high-level decision makers in Brussels today. On the occasion of a BirdLife International event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the EU Birds Directive, the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Stavros Dimas expressed the need to strengthen efforts in halting the decline of species and habitats (biodiversity), building on existing nature legislation such as the Natura 2000 network of protected areas.

posted @ Friday, April 3, 2009 3:31 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: The Wader Atlas - Pre-publication offer available with £. 20 discount from March 1 until May 8, 2009

Ede, March 2009 - This milestone publication is a compilation of current knowledge of the numbers, distribution and movements of one of the most remarkable groups of birds in the region covered by the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). Long-term waterbird count data have been combined with an extensive literature review, especially published results of bird ringing and national bird atlases, to produce maps showing the population boundaries that are used as a basis of the conservation of these species.

posted @ Friday, March 27, 2009 10:40 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Waterbird conservation in North Africa gets a boost

Bonn/ Cambridge/ Madrid/ Gland, 23 March 2009 - A new 3-year project on “Strengthening waterbird and wetland conservation capacities in North Africa (WetCap)” is embarking on its first year of implementation as of this month. Within the framework of this project capacity building activities will take place in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Mauritania. 

posted @ Friday, March 27, 2009 10:25 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: BirdLife campaigns to save migratory birds

Cambridge, 21 March 2009 - More than 40% of migrant bird passing between Africa, the Middle East and Europe, have declined in the last three decades. Of these 10% are classified by BirdLife as Globally Threatened or Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. “Every year, migratory birds brave mountains, oceans, deserts and storms on their journeys to survive”, said Dr Marco Lambertini - CEO of BirdLife International.

posted @ Friday, March 27, 2009 10:23 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: 75% of common European birds at risk from climate change

Cambridge, 4 March 2009 - Climate change is already having a detectable impact on birds across Europe. This is the message from a group of scientists who have created the world’s first indicator of the impacts of climate change on wildlife at a continental scale. “We hear a lot about climate change, but our paper shows that its effects are being felt right now”, said lead author Dr Richard Gregory from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK).

posted @ Wednesday, March 4, 2009 2:07 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: UN set gold standard for reducing seabird bycatch

Cambridge / Rome, 3 March 2009 - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has agreed a ground-breaking set of best practice guidelines to reduce the accidental deaths of seabirds in fisheries. The new guidelines extend the scope of the FAO’s seabird action plan from just longline fisheries, to also include trawling gear and gill-nets.

posted @ Wednesday, March 4, 2009 11:40 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Mauritania names 4th Ramsar site

Gland, 2 March 2009 - The government of Mauritania has added its fourth site to the List of Wetlands of International Importance, Lac Gabou et le réseau hydrographique du Plateau du Tagant (9,500 hectares, 17°56'N 011°52'W). As summarized by Ramsar’s Cynthia Kibata from the Ramsar Information Sheet, the new site is composed of a network of rivers that flow from the mountainous region at the limit of the Sahel and Sahara to form Lac Gabou, with several temporary lagoons and ponds as well as freshwater springs and oases.

posted @ Wednesday, March 4, 2009 11:50 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Conserving biodiversity hotspots in Africa

Cambridge, 2 March 2009 - BirdLife Partners from nine countries are meeting this week in Tunis to discuss progress of a major project to enhance monitoring of Africa’s biodiversity hotspots. Participants will discuss conservation challenges facing 160 of the most critical biodiversity sites across the continent.

posted @ Monday, March 2, 2009 10:44 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Change at the top

Cambridge, 2 March 2009 - Dr. Marco Lambertini has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of BirdLife International by the BirdLife Global Council and took up this position on 1 March 2009. For the last 10 years, Marco has been Director of Network and Programme at BirdLife. Prior to this he was Director of LIPU (Italian Society for the Protection of Birds/BirdLife in Italy).

posted @ Monday, March 2, 2009 12:30 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Restored Iraqi Marshlands threatened by drought

Bonn, 27 February 2009 - The Iraqi Marshlands - the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East are being threatened by a severe drought, intensive dam construction and irrigation schemes in Iraq and surrounding countries. The marshes used to cover an area of up to 15,000 square kilometers and secured the access to drinking water, providing livelihoods for Marsh Arabs and habitats for many migratory waterbirds. 

posted @ Friday, February 27, 2009 9:54 AM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: New research with Satellite-Tracked Birds in India to the spread of Avian Influenza

Ede, 17 February 2009 - The largest waterbird congregation site in the Indian subcontinent is the site of a new international study of migratory birds and their role in the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1. The study, launched by the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and its partners, is the first of its kind in India.

posted @ Wednesday, March 4, 2009 11:44 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Prince of Wales to hear about Albatross Task Force success

Cambridge, 23 February 2009 - Tonight at a Clarence House reception, The Prince of Wales, will hear that many species of seabird – particularly 18 of the world’s 22 species of albatross threatened with extinction - have a brighter future thanks to a pioneering scheme uniting conservationists, the fishing industry and the South African government.

posted @ Tuesday, February 24, 2009 12:25 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Switzerland approves "Swiss Grant for Africa" for 2008

Gland, 23 March 2009 - The Ramsar Convention Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Federal Government of Switzerland (Federal Department for the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication) through the Swiss Agency for the Environment (OFEV) has once again agreed to provide financial resources for some of the Convention's activities in Africa for another year through the Swiss Grant for Africa (SGA). This year, the SGA will allow the Secretariat to support no fewer than six projects in the continent with an activity in almost each of the six subregions.

posted @ Wednesday, March 4, 2009 11:54 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Spanish online bird encyclopedia launched

Cambridge, 20 February 2009 - Under the coordination of SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife in Spain) experts and volunteers have worked together for more than two years to create the first online encyclopedia of Spanish birds, aimed at introducing people to the wonders of the birds’ world. 
 

posted @ Friday, February 20, 2009 2:36 PM by Florian Keil

Vacancy Announcement: Coordinator for the Lesser White-fronted Goose Single Species Action Plan

Bonn, 16 February 2009 - The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is currently inviting applications for the consultancy post of Coordinator for the Lesser White-fronted Goose Single Species Action Plan. The closing date for applications is March 9th, 2009. Please send applications and requests for further information directly to the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat.

posted @ Friday, February 20, 2009 2:57 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: New waterbird population trends for the Wadden Sea

Bonn, 12 February 2009 - The Common Wadden Sea Secretariat has published new population trends of 34 waterbird species that occur in the international Wadden Sea area. The main outcome of the recently completed assessment is that the population trends of one third of all counted waterbird species has decreased in the last 20 years.

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2009 10:36 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Dalmatian Pelicans illegally shot in Romania

Cambridge, 12 February 2009 - SOR (BirdLife in Romania) recently received evidence of illegal hunting activities taking place in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. At least eight dead or injured birds were found in the Uzlina area of the Danube Delta. The dead birds were Vulnerable Dalmatian Pelicans Pelecanus crispus and Pygmy Cormorants Phalacrocorax pygmaeus.

posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2009 1:45 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Quest to find the Slender-billed Curlew continues – as species’ Steering Group meets in Bonn

Bonn, 11 February 2009 - The first meeting of the Steering Group of the relaunched Slender-billed Curlew Working Group (SbCWG) took place yesterday at the UN Premises in Bonn in the framework of the Convention on Migratory Species’ (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the critically endangered species.

posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2009 1:48 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: New website on the Northern Bald Ibis launched – have a look!

Bonn, 4 February 2009 - Launched on 2 February 2009, the website of the International Advisory Working Group of the Northern Bald Ibis is now accessible to the public. The new website provides information on different topics dealing with the biology and the conservation of the Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita).

posted @ Wednesday, February 4, 2009 11:43 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: 25 million Euro fund for species conservation worldwide

A new fund has been established to boost species conservation and to help push it to the forefront of the environmental debate. The fund was initiated by His Highness Sheikh Mohames bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Unites Arab Emirates. The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund amounting to 25 million Euros, is now open for grant applications in the field of species conservation.

posted @ Tuesday, February 3, 2009 9:41 AM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: World Wetlands Day: “Upstream – Downstream”: key issue for climate adaptation

Ede, 2 February 2009 - World Wetlands Day. This year’s theme ‘Upstream-Downstream’ highlights how the world’s wetlands are connected to millions of people whose livelihoods, safety and security depend on them for water supply and their capacity to help regulate floods. Climate change will considerably magnify the problems that ongoing degradation of these river basins will bring to nature and people. Increasing the resilience of these wetlands is therefore a fundamental issue that must be part of climate change adaptation strategies.
 

posted @ Tuesday, February 3, 2009 9:43 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: World Wetlands Day greetings from the Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Gland, 2 February 2009 - World Wetlands Day provides us all with one special opportunity every year to highlight the importance of the world’s wetlands to the planet’s health and to our own lives. This year’s theme – “Upstream, Downstream: wetlands connect us all” – is especially apropos, because it focuses our attention on the many ways in which our local wetlands depend upon, and influence, the actions of others, and it helps to demonstrate our need for cooperation and collaboration with many other stakeholders in other sectors of government and society and in other parts of our geographical regions.

posted @ Tuesday, February 3, 2009 9:50 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: 2 February 2009 marks 12th World Wetlands Day!

Bonn, 2 February 2009 - With the slogan “Upstream-Downstream: Wetlands connect us all” World Wetlands Day (WWD) is being celebrated in many different countries around the world today. This year’s WWD theme underlines the importance of wetlands to people and biodiversity and highlights the interconnectiveness of ecosystems and the significance of wetlands as one of the most productive habitats of the world.  

posted @ Tuesday, February 3, 2009 9:46 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: British Birdwatching Fair continues to Prevent Extinction

Cambridge, 30 January 2009 - The British Birdwatching Fair has once again delivered a huge boost to the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme with the presentation of cheque for £265,000 ($380,000) from the proceeds of the 2008 fair. This is the largest sum raised by the fair in its 20-year history and it represents a £39,000 ($56,000) increase on the sum raised in 2007.

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2009 11:56 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: New Ramsar video available on DVD

Gland, 29 January 2009 - A new Ramsar video “Wetlands: keeping our planet alive and well” is now available on DVD in English, French, and Spanish versions. It was first screened at Ramsar COP10 in Changwon, Korea, to grand applause, and in fact was produced by Green.tv with generous financial support from the city of Changwon.

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2009 12:09 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Wetlands International goes climate neutral

Ede, 29 January 2009 - Wetlands International signed today the agreement to offset all emissions of flights booked by its headquarters, according to the Gold Standard. The Climate Neutral Group will organize the offsetting programme by investing in alternative energies (wind energy) of an amount equal to the emissions of flying. The ambition of Wetlands International is to expand the compensation to other emissions and other parts of the global organisation as soon as administratively feasible.

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2009 12:06 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: World Wetlands Day - are you ready?

Gland, 27 January 2009 - Only six more days until World Wetlands Day and even less if you plan to celebrate at the weekend, so now it is time for a final reminder and an update. Our slogan this year with its focus on river basin management, Upstream – Downstream: Wetlands connect us all, is already proving to be popular and we have many emails detailing peoples’ plans for WWD, as well as a number of emails informing us that our poster or leaflet has been customised and/or translated for national/local languages.
 

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2009 3:44 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Google Earth reveals hidden oasis

Cambridge, 26 January 2009 - Space may be the final frontier, but scientists who recently discovered a hidden forest in Mozambique show the uncharted can still be under our noses. BirdLife were part of a team of scientists who used Google Earth to identify a remote patch of pristine forest. An expedition to the site discovered new species of butterfly and snake, along with seven Globally Threatened birds.
 

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2009 12:00 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: A new dawn for Malta

Cambridge, 23 January 2009 - Situated on the central European-African flyway the Maltese Islands should be a haven for migrating birds. Unfortunately this is not the case. Internationally, Malta has a deserved reputation for bird persecution as trapping and illegal hunting are widespread. Since accession to the European Union (EU), conditions have improved on the islands, with spring hunting and trapping stopped last year. This year, if Accession Treaty negotiations are honoured, an even bigger step forward will be taken, with the banning of trapping.
 

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2009 1:40 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Migraction: Forty-five million migratory birds call for help

Cambridge, 14 January 2009 - Forty five million. This is the number of migratory birds counted in a single year at French migration watch points and stored in the new Migraction database (www.migraction.net), the new internet tool of the Mission Migration (Migration Study Group). Since 2006, ornithologists and French nature protection groups have cooperated under the initiative of LPO (BirdLife in France) and other funding associations. Together, they have strived to improve the protection of migratory birds and their habitats.

posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2009 1:59 PM by Florian Keil

New website provides update on Kenya's Tana River Delta sugercane project

A new website called the Tana River Delta website (www.tanariverdelta.org) hosted by A Rocha is providing information on a proposed project to turn the Tana River Delta into sugarcane plantations for suger production and "eco-friendly" bio-fuels.

posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2009 12:38 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: The Common Kingfisher is Germany’s "Bird of the year" 2009

Cambridge, 9 January 2009 - NABU (BirdLife in Germany) and their Bavarian partner - Landesbund für Vogelschutz (LBV) - have nominated Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis as their Bird of the Year 2009. The aim of this very popular initiative is to focus peoples attention on a particular species and its habitat. NABU started nominating the 'Bird of the Year' in 1971. The first one was Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus, which, thanks to this and many other conservation projects, is no longer on the Red List of threatened birds in Germany.

posted @ Tuesday, January 13, 2009 3:18 PM by Renske

BirdLife International: Sooty Falcon requires urgent action

Cambridge, 7 January 2009 - A Sooty Falcon Falco concolor has been tracked from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to its wintering areas in Madagascar by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD). This is the first satellite tracking of Sooty Falcon anywhere in the world. BirdLife believes this monitoring to provide useful information to help conserve this declining species. However, urgent action is now needed to protect breeding sites of this rare falcon on Abu Dhabi islands and elsewhere in the Gulf.

posted @ Wednesday, January 7, 2009 2:29 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: David Stroud honoured for his outstanding achievements

Bonn/London, 05 January 2009 - Congratulations to Mr. David Alan Stroud who has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the UK's 2009 New Year Honours list. This prestigious honour is an acknowledgement of Mr. Stroud’s commitment to nature conservation throughout the last 30 years.

posted @ Monday, January 5, 2009 5:33 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: British honors for David Stroud

Gland, 5 January 2009 - Congratulations to STRP member David Stroud, of the UK's Joint Nature Conservation Committee, who has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the UK's 2009 New Year Honours list, recently announced. David is recognised for this honour for his services to nature conservation. This is a hugely deserved recognition of David's tireless efforts for wetlands, waterbirds and much else both nationally and internationally.

posted @ Monday, January 5, 2009 12:13 PM by Florian Keil

Christmas cracker at South African roost

Cambridge, 24 December 2008 - Scientists monitoring at Mount Moreland - South Africa’s largest Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica roost - have captured their first overseas ringed bird from a festively snowy location. The young Barn Swallow had flown all the way from Finland – a total of 11,000 km! “This is an amazing Christmas gift”, said Hilary Vickers of the Lake Victoria Conservancy – sponsors of the Mount Moreland ringing programme.

posted @ Monday, January 5, 2009 9:36 AM by Renske

New Ramsar video available for download

Gland, 23 December 2008 - The new Ramsar video “Wetlands: keeping our planet alive and well” is now available for download in English, French, and Spanish versions, both long and short. “The movie tells a story about the importance of wetlands for human beings and issues that these most precious resources are facing. The Ramsar Convention helps people to work together and manage these vital ecosystems.”

posted @ Monday, January 5, 2009 9:44 AM by Renske

BirdLife International: Natron's flamingos star in Disney film!

Cambridge, 19 December 2008 - Walt Disney have chosen Lake Natron’s Lesser Flamingos Phoeniconaias minor to star in their first wildlife blockbuster in nearly half a century. ‘The Crimson Wing - Mystery of the Flamingos’ takes viewers to the isolated shores of Lake Natron, in northern Tanzania, for a birds-eye view of the mysterious and perilous lives of Lesser Flamingos. The film was premiered in Paris this week, and reminds the world of the threats facing one the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles.

posted @ Friday, December 19, 2008 3:10 PM by Florian Keil

New location Wetlands International Headquarters

 Wageningen, 18 December 2008 - Wetlands International Headquarters is moving! From 19th of December 2008, the Headquarters will be located at Horapark 9 in Ede, Gelderland Province in The Netherlands. The phone numbers also change. Nevertheless, the P.O. Box address remains the same.

posted @ Monday, January 5, 2009 9:51 AM by Renske

BirdLife International: Seychelles success story

Cambridge, 17 December 2008 - This week BirdLife International and Nature Seychelles (BirdLife in Seychelles) are celebrating the anniversary of one the world’s greatest conservation success stories. In 1968, Cousin Island was purchased by the International Council of Bird Preservation (ICBP now BirdLife International) to save the last remaining population of Seychelles Warbler Acrocephalus sechellensis from extinction. Forty years on, warbler numbers have risen by 300%, and the island has been transformed from a coconut plantation to a profitable Nature Reserve which greatly benefits local people and global biodiversity.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2008 2:34 PM by Florian Keil

Vacancy announcement: BirdLife International - Director & Chief Executive

Gland/Cambridge, 16 December 2008 (from the RAMSAR Bulletin Board): "Dear Colleague, BirdLife International is seeking a new Chief Executive following the news that Mike Rands is moving on to be Executive Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. The attached Vacancy Announcement [PDF] provides all the details of what we require. But I wanted to ask you to spread the word as widely as possible and as quickly as possible. BirdLife is at a very exciting stage in its development - with a new Strategy and six Regional Programmes adopted at the Global Partnership Meeting last September, a strong, growing Partnership covering over 100 nations, and a very dynamic and professional staff spread over 18 Secretariat Offices. We need a decisive, forward-looking person with high standing to lead BirdLife forward in a very inclusive and collaborative way. Thank you for your help. Best wishes, Peter Johann Schei, Chair of BirdLife Council."

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2008 2:41 PM by Florian Keil

Update on UNEP-GEF Siberian Crane Wetland Project

Gland, 11 December 2008 - From 28 to 30 November 2008, the UNEP-GEF Siberian Crane Wetland Project (SCWP; http://www.scwp.info/) held its 7th Project Steering Committee Meeting in Rome, Italy, to review the progress of the project activities carried out in 2008, as well as project outputs and outcomes expected in the coming year. Ramsar's Lew Young was there and has provided this report with photos.

posted @ Monday, January 5, 2009 9:47 AM by Renske

BirdLife International: Turkish protest against the Ilisu Dam

Cambridge, 9 December 2008 - Protesters from Doğa Derneği (BirdLife in Turkey) unfurled a banner over the Turkcell Billboard in Istanbul on 25 November to highlight the construction of the Ilisu Dam. Showing panoramic views of Hasankeyf - a site marked for destruction as part of the dam construction -demonstrators, wearing the flags of Austria, Germany and Switzerland hung from the 20 metre high structure displaying their message: Hasankeyf today, tomorrow, forever.
 

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2008 1:57 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Soaring migratory bird deaths in Egypt

Cambridge, 8 December 2008 - Large numbers of migrating Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina and White Stork Ciconia ciconia have been found dead near a water treatment plant in Egypt. The exact causes of their death are not known. However, a new BirdLife project will address key threats to soaring migratory birds as they undertake their epic journeys.

posted @ Monday, December 8, 2008 1:45 PM by Renske

BirdLife International: Slender-billed quest

Cambridge, 4 December 2008 - The RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and other partners have launched a last push to find one of the world's rarest birds. They have issued a call to search for and find any remaining populations of Slender-billed Curlew, Numenius tenuirostris. This announcement was made at the Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP-CMS COP 9), in Rome, Italy, 1-5 December.

posted @ Friday, December 5, 2008 4:22 PM by Renske

BirdLife International: BirdLife protects migratory birds of prey

Cambridge, 4 December 2008 - BirdLife have become the first non-governmental organisation to sign a new treaty protecting migratory raptors. The 'African-Eurasian Memorandum of Understanding on Birds of Prey' will help to protect migratory birds of prey and owls from threats such as habitat destruction, persecution, accidental killing and the effects of climate change. BirdLife Partners are already preparing to launch a new project which will address key areas of the agreement.

posted @ Friday, December 5, 2008 4:19 PM by Renske

AEWA Secretariat: Quest to find one of the world's rarest birds launched at CMS COP9 in Rome

Rome, 4 December 2008 - the RSPB, BirdLife International and a number of other partners have begun an international campaign to find the last remaining individuals of one of the world's rarest birds - the Slender-billed Curlew. Launched at the Ninth Meeting of the United Nations Environment Programme's Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP9) in Rome, the "quest" for the Slender-billed Curlew campaign is a last push to find this rare bird and to prevent it from becoming extinct.

posted @ Friday, December 5, 2008 4:03 PM by Renske

BirdLife International: Europe’s farmland birds continue to suffer from agricultural policy

Cambridge, 2 December 2008 - According to the latest data from the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) and BirdLife International, many of Europe’s formerly 'common' farmland birds continue to suffer from the effects of agricultural intensification. The updated European wild bird indicators, which were released on 2 December 2008, bring together the most comprehensive biodiversity data of their kind in Europe, collated by the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) – a partnership of leading ornithologists and statisticians from the European Bird Census Council, BirdLife International, the Royal Society for the Protection of the Birds (RSPB; BirdLife in the UK), and Statistics Netherlands. The indicators cover the period from 1980-2006, and have been recognised as a vital barometer of the state of biodiversity and the environment in general by the EU’s sustainable development strategy.

posted @ Friday, December 5, 2008 4:15 PM by Renske

Ramsar Secretariat: Networking with wetland managers in Nordic-Baltic countries.

Gland, 1 December 2008 - Networking with wetland managers in Nordic-Baltic countries was the focus of the 4th seminar of the Nordic-Baltic Wetland Initiative on 23-25 September 2008 in Finland. It brought together 35 Ramsar focal points from national and provincial administrative authorities, wetland managers, environmental monitoring specialists and others. The main theme of the seminar was wetland management planning, aiming to increase the exchanges between Nordic and Baltic countries of lessons learnt and to form active planning networks for the future.

posted @ Friday, December 5, 2008 4:35 PM by Renske

BirdLife International: Tanzanian Minister outlines Natron’s value

Cambridge, 1 December 2008 - Speaking at a recent Conference of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Tanzania's Environment Minister outlined the value of Lake Natron as the world's most important breeding site for Lesser Flamingos Phoeniconaias minor. Dr Batilda Salha Buriani stated that Lake Natron is: "The sole breeding ground of up to 2.5 million flamingos ... representing 75% of the global population".

posted @ Friday, December 5, 2008 4:10 PM by Renske

BirdLife International: Nigerian community empowered by wetland project

Cambridge, 28 November 2008 - A collaborative project by BirdLife and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF; BirdLife in Nigeria) has empowered a community to improve a local wetland. Habitat management has greatly improved the wetland, and local people are already catching more and bigger fish. The forthcoming annual waterbird count will soon reveal how birds have also benefited.

posted @ Friday, November 28, 2008 11:05 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Project emphasises conservation and livelihood link

Cambridge, 27 November - A pilot project in Burkina Faso, Botswana and Kenya implemented by BirdLife Africa Partners, has confirmed that communities do benefit from the sustainable use of natural resources. Over the last four years, the 'Improving Livelihoods' scheme has demonstrated clear links between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction. "The livelihood security of millions of rural people all over Africa is inextricably linked with biodiversity and the use of biological resources, either through the direct use of the goods which they supply to people, or indirectly through the wider environmental and cultural services", said Dr Hazell Shokellu Thompson, BirdLife Director for Africa and Secretariat Head. "This is what BirdLife in Africa has been showcasing through this project and it's satisfying to see results".

posted @ Thursday, November 27, 2008 12:40 PM by Renske

BirdLife International: Big trouble for UK and Icelandic seabirds

Cambridge, 26 November 2008 - Analysis of this year's seabird breeding data on RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) coastal reserves shows that Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea and Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus – more commonly known as Arctic Skua - have had a terrible season, with virtually no chicks reared to fledging in the far north of the UK. Changes in food supply, which may be linked to climate change, could threaten the future of these species in the UK.  

posted @ Wednesday, November 26, 2008 11:43 AM by Renske

BirdLife International: Rare birds' release

Cambridge, 25 November 2008 - Following last year's critically acclaimed first edition, Rare Birds Yearbook 2009 has just been published. Featuring the world's 190 Critically Endangered species the book is compiled in cooperation with BirdLife International, the IUCN Red List authority on birds. The book provides an entry of up to two pages for each Critically Endangered species, complete with its history, the latest information on its status, and the measures that are being taken to protect it, and the 2009 edition has stunning new images of the world's rarest birds.

posted @ Tuesday, November 25, 2008 1:38 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: African Important Bird Areas get conservation toolkit

Cambridge, 24 November 2008 - A toolkit that synthesises lessons learnt by the BirdLife Africa Partnership in the identification, monitoring and conservation of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) was recently launched. “This toolkit will be valuable, not only to the members of the BirdLife Partnership, but also to other practitioners interested in biodiversity conservation”, said Dr Hazell Shokellu Thompson, Regional Director for BirdLife in Africa.

posted @ Monday, November 24, 2008 1:25 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: BirdLife volunteers receive prestigious prize

Cambridge, 21 November 2008 - A group working to conserve the Kikuyu Escarpment forest Important Bird Area (IBA) in Kenya has won the prestigious Equator Prize for 2008. The Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) were chosen from 310 nominations and received the award at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, in Barcelona, Spain.

posted @ Friday, November 21, 2008 6:45 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Switzerland publishes IBA inventory

Cambridge, 19 November 2008 - SVS (BirdLife in Switzerland) and the Swiss Ornithological Institute recently published ‘Important Bird Areas in Switzerland'. The book describes 31 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) which are important for 29 bird species that meet the qualifying criteria. It will be distributed to decision-makers to help gain more protection for these key sites.

posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2008 1:44 PM by Camillo

BirdLife International: British company endangers wildlife paradise

Cambridge, 14 November 2008 - A British company wants to mine coal in the heart of one of South Africa’s most ecologically sensitive natural environments. Conservationists believe the prospecting rights obtained by Delta Mining, which is now majority owned by London Mining plc, is illegal and poses one of the most serious threats to the country’s natural heritage for decades. The extraction of coal from almost 200 km2 of the Wakkerstroom/Luneburg region, a vast area of wetlands and grassland east of Pretoria, would destroy habitats used by over 300 bird species including South Africa’s national bird, Blue Crane Grus paradisea (Vulnerable).

posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2008 1:27 PM by Camillo

AEWA Secretariat: International Action Plan for the Lesser White-fronted Goose sets stage for broader Eurasian cooperation along the species’ flyway

Bonn, 10 November 2008 - The recently adopted “International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Lesser White-fronted Goose (Western Palearctic Population)” provides a framework for coordinated international action to conserve this threatened species across its full migratory range spanning Europe and parts of Asia.

Adopted at the Fourth Meeting of the Parties to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement in Antananarivo, Madagascar, the plan sets the stage for strengthened cooperative conservation action between 22 Eurasian countries in which this species regularly occurs.

posted @ Monday, November 10, 2008 4:58 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Migratory birds bridge water, culture and religion

Cambridge, 7 November 2008 - The wonder of bird migration recently united two communities separated by water, culture and religion. At an event coorganised by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL; BirdLife in Lebanon), the people of Anjar and Kfar Zabad villages jointly celebrated the cultural importance of bird migration as part of BirdLife’s World Bird Festival. The event was held at the Bekaa wetlands and marked the announcement of Hima Anjar, which will strengthen the existing Hima Kfar Zabad. Hima is a traditional Islamic system under which communities manage natural areas and protect them from over-exploitation.
 

posted @ Wednesday, November 12, 2008 3:29 PM by Camillo

Wetlands International: “Invisible Connections” highlights importance of threatened Yellow Sea habitats

Wageningen, 7 November 2008 - A new and stunning book was published by Wetlands International on intertidal mudflats of the Yellow Sea, which are under critical threat by unsustainable development. The book offers a wonderful photographic journey that follows the migration of fshorebirds flying from their breeding grounds in the Arctic through East Asia to Australia.

posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2008 2:04 PM by Renske

BirdLife International: International agreement join-ups flyway conservation

Cambridge, 3 November 2008 - A new resolution has been agreed which recognises the importance of promoting international cooperation for the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats. The resolution was passed today (3 November 2008) in South Korea at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
 

posted @ Tuesday, November 4, 2008 4:51 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Irish birds in alarming decline

Cambridge, 28 October 2008 - BirdLife International is highlighting a new report published by Birdwatch Ireland (BirdLife in Ireland) and RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) which has identified alarming declines in a number of bird populations across the island of Ireland.

Information on Ireland’s bird populations has been collected by both professional and amateur birdwatchers and 199 species were assessed. Bird species have been placed on either Red, Amber or Green Lists with the Red List containing those bird populations that have declined by over 50% or those that are globally threatened.
 

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2008 4:25 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Poison blamed for Critical deaths

Cambridge, 27 October 2008 - Three Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita have been found poisoned in a remote Jordanian desert, hundreds of miles from their breeding grounds in Turkey. The three birds were being tracked by satellite after leaving Birecik, south-eastern Turkey, where one of only four colonies of Bald Ibis remains.

posted @ Monday, October 27, 2008 2:47 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Ramsar COP10 in final preparations

Changwon, 27 October 2008 - The Secretariat staff are all now in Changwon or on the way there, setting up for the COP and getting ready to greet the participants at the front door. The Standing Committee meets on Monday, 27 October, regional caucuses will meet all the next day, 28 October, and then the COP’s opening ceremonies, led by the President of the Republic of Korea, will take place on Tuesday evening, with plenaries continuing through to 4 November. It’s not clear how much time we’ll have to post news of the events on the Ramsar Web site, but interested readers can follow all of the excitement in detail in the daily reports of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team: http://www.iisd.ca/ramsar/cop10/

posted @ Monday, October 27, 2008 12:41 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Ramsar Convention needs to improve resolutions

Wageningen, 27 October 2008 - Wetlands International advocates chances for the proposed resolutions of this week’s Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Many proposed changes demand attention for the link between wetland loss and  climate change and for biofuels.

posted @ Monday, October 27, 2008 11:33 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: African Initiative gives boost to waterbird conservation in Africa

Bonn, 23 October 2008 - the decision to increase international efforts to conserve waterbirds and their habitats in Africa was made by government representatives from 80 African, Asian and European countries attending the Fourth Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP4) in Antananarivo, Madagascar, 15-19 September 2008. At the meeting delegates adopted, among others, AEWA Resolution 4.9 on the Initiative for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and their Habitats in Africa, which calls for the mobilization of resources to support the new initiative aimed at building capacity for and strengthening the coordination of the conservation of waterbirds and their habitats in Africa.

posted @ Thursday, October 23, 2008 6:13 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Malta protects Important Bird Areas under Natura 2000

Cambridge, 16 October 2008 - On Sunday October 12 BirdLife Malta (BirdLife in Malta) congratulated the Maltese government on the recent declaration of protection areas in the Maltese islands under the European Natura 2000 network. “The government’s recent decision to fully protect all the eleven Important Bird Areas (as identified by BirdLife International) of the Maltese Islands as Special Protection Areas for birds as well as the important Ta’ Cenc habitat under the EU Natura 2000 network is an excellent move to safeguard Malta’s wildlife and will be beneficial for people and tourism. We congratulate all staff of the Maltese Environment & Planning Authority for all the hard work they put in to realizing these designations”, said Tolga Temuge, BirdLife Malta’s Executive Director.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2008 5:32 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Seabirds now protected by AEWA

Bonn, 2 October 2008 - A total of twenty migratory waterbird species, including several species of auks, frigate birds, gannets and tropic birds have been added to Annex 2 of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA).

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2008 5:29 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Birds indicate biodiversity crisis – and the way forward

Cambridge, 22 September 2008 - Common birds are in decline across the world, providing evidence of a rapid deterioration in the global environment that is affecting all life on earth – including human life. All the world’s governments have committed themselves to slowing or halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010. But reluctance to commit what are often trivial sums in terms of national budgets means that this target is almost certain to be missed.

posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2008 4:24 PM by Florian Keil

WOW Project showcases "Flyway Conservation at work!" at AEWA MOP4 in Madagascar

Antananarivo, 15-19 September 2008 -  several members from the WOW Project Team were among the 160 representatives of government and non-governmental organisations as well as waterbird experts from 80 countries which met in Antananarivo, Madagascar from 15-19 September 2008 to discuss urgent conservation responses necessary to reverse the declines of many migratory waterbird species along the African-Eurasian Flyways.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2008 4:34 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: The BirdLife World Conservation Conference - September 22-27

Cambridge, 9 September 2008 - BirdLife International’s World Conservation Conference is an exceptional global event, gathering together the 108 national conservation organisations that make up the BirdLife International Network. The worldwide event is being held at the Sheraton Convention Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina from 22-27 September 2008.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2008 1:54 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: MEDIA ALERT: MOP 4 - INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY WATERBIRD CONFERENCE IN MADAGASCAR

Bonn / Antananarivo, 4 September 2008 – Over 150 representatives of government and non-governmental organisations as well as waterbird experts from 80 countries will meet in Madagascar to discuss urgent conservation responses necessary to reverse the declines of many migratory waterbird species along the African-Eurasian Flyways.
The meeting will highlight most recent findings showing continuing declines of many waterbird species in Africa and Eurasia and delegates will be discussing how best to restore the status of these species to meet the target of halting the decline of global biodiversity by 2010.

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2008 2:26 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Follow the migrating Purple Heron online!

Wageningen, 4 September 2008 - Ten Purple Herons can be monitored from today onwards in their migration to Africa. These herons are equipped with satellite transmitters, which allow their position to be determined with a ten meter accuracy. The flyway of the Purple Heron can be observed online on the Vogelbescherming website (BirdLife in the Netherlands) at: www.vogelbescherming.nl/purperreiger (This website is in Dutch)

posted @ Friday, November 14, 2008 10:34 AM by Camillo

AEWA Secretariat: Estonia becomes AEWA’s 62nd Party

Bonn, 22 August 2008 - The AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Republic of Estonia - the third Baltic State besides Lithuania and Latvia – will accede to the Agreement as of 1 November 2008 and will raise AEWA membership to 62 countries.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2008 9:15 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Ramsar Mission report on Lake Natron

Gland, 20 August 2008 - Tanzania’s Lake Natron Basin  was added to the Ramsar List in 2001 as a representative example of a Rift Valley soda lake that is the only significant and regular breeding site for the East African population of lesser flamingo Phoenicopterus minor. This population represents over 75% of the world population of this species. Ramsar Advisory Mission (RAM) No. 59, comprising Ramsar, CMS, and AEWA experts in a joint effort, took place from 17 to 29 February 2008 to provide advice to the Tanzanian government concerning the wise use and future management of the Lake Natron site, with particular reference to the proposed development of a soda ash facility that would abstract liquid brine from Lake Natron and process it nearby.

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2008 9:08 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: The hunter's guide to Mediterranean migrants

Cambridge, 14 August 2008 - Hunting migratory birds is a culturally and economically important activity in the North African and Middle Eastern countries bordering the Mediterranean. BirdLife International and its Partners in the region have just completed the three-year Sustainable Hunting Project to strengthen the management of bird hunting, reduce excessive, indiscriminate and illegal hunting of migratory birds, and enhance compliance with international and regional agreements on migratory bird conservation.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2008 9:13 AM by Florian Keil

Reuters: Wetlands could unleash "carbon bomb"

Washington, 20 July 2008 (Reuters) - The world's wetlands, threatened by development, dehydration and climate change, could release a planet-warming "carbon bomb" if they are destroyed, ecological scientists said on Sunday. Wetlands contain 771 billion tons of greenhouse gases, one-fifth of all the carbon on Earth and about the same amount of carbon as is now in the atmosphere, the scientists said before an international conference linking wetlands and global warming.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:53 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: The Winners of the 2008 AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award are…

Bonn, 17 July 2008 – Mr. Mark Anderson in the Individual Category and OMPO (Oiseaux Migrateurs du Paléarctique Occidental) in the Institutional Category are the winners of the 2008 AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award. The award, which recognizes contributions to the conservation, research and monitoring of migratory waterbirds, as well as support to the development of the Agreement, will be presented at the opening ceremony of the 4th session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA on 15 September 2008 in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2008 6:03 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Kazakh IBAs get first natural World Heritage Site status for Central Asia

Cambridge 11 July 2008 - Two of central Asia’s most important steppe-wetland Important Bird Areas (IBAs), Tengiz-Korgalzhyn and Naurzum have been recognised as being of the same outstanding natural value as sites such as Yellowstone National Park and the Galapagos Islands.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2008 2:41 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: South Africa's flamingos under threat

Cambridge, 10 July 2008 - Development on the banks of Kamfers Dam outside the Northern Cape capital of Kimberley is threatening the only breeding population of Lesser Flamingos Phoeniconaias minor in South Africa. Kamfers Dam supports one of only four breeding populations in Africa. These birds bred during 2008, with an incredible 9,000 chicks hatching on the dam’s artificial flamingo breeding island. It is anticipated that regular breeding will reverse the negative population trend of this globally Near-Threatened species.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2008 2:39 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife South Africa: The Wakkerstroom/Luneberg anti– mining campaign is continuing at a steady pace

Wakkerstroom, 7 July 2008 - All the respondents (which include, the department of Minerals and Energy and Delta Mining company) have been served for the first High Court application and we are currently in the process of finalising the supporting documentation for the second application which is for farms that are directly adjacent to the first High Court application area.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2008 11:43 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Yemen names national bird

Cambridge, 3 July 2008 - The Yemen Council of Ministers has recently approved the Golden-winged Grosbeak as Yemen's national bird. This colourful bird, with a huge beak for eating fruits and seeds, occurs in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen.

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:13 PM by Florian Keil

WOW Project: Number of migrating Lesser White-fronted Geese increasing at Estonian demonstration site

The WOW demonstration project team in the Silma Nature Reserve in north west Estonia, implemented by the Estonian State Nature Conservation Centre (SNCC), is excited by this year’s bird monitoring data. In spring 2008 the WOW demonstration area was the main stopover site in Estonia for the globally endangered Lesser White-fronted Goose (LWfG), Anser erythropus. This past April and May, at least 22 different birds were observed at the demonstration site.

posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2008 5:50 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Shocking decision of Kenya to convert precious wetland

Wageningen, 25 June 2008 - Wetlands International is shocked by the decision of the Kenyan government to convert large tracts of the Tana wetlands in Kenya into sugarcane-for-ethanol plantations. This dramatic development confirms the NGO’s recent outlook ‘Biofuels in Africa’, which shows that biofuel production in Africa will lead to loss of wetlands and rainforest.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2008 4:17 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Action Plan for White-winged Flufftail must address migration question

Cambridge, 25 June 2008 - A workshop to develop an International Single Species Action Plan for Endangered White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi has been held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop was convened by the Africa Partnership Secretariat of BirdLife International, and hosted by the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS, BirdLife in Ethiopia).

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2008 3:28 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Report on the Wings Over Wetlands workshop in Jordan, 9-16th June 2008

The Wings Over Wetlands workshop, held in Amman, Jordan, from 9-16 June 2008, was the near-final step in the development of the Training and Awareness component of the WOW project, and Sandra Hails, the Ramsar Secretariat’s CEPA Programme Officer, was in attendance from 13-16th. Make sure to read her full report on the Ramsar Website! 
 

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:29 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Cause for concern: The majority of populations of Migratory Waterbirds in the Wadden Sea is declining

Bonn, 13 June 2008 - Trend calculations of 34 waterbird species for the entire Wadden Sea and the four regions – The Netherlands, the Federal States of Germany, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, and Denmark have been prepared by the Joint Monitoring of Migratory Birds (JMMB) Group.
It shows that decreasing trends of several migratory waterbird species were detected in the Wadden Sea. Particularly, the trends detected for the main migration periods gave reason for concern: of the 34 species, for which the Wadden Sea represents a major stepping stone during migration, 15 species (44%) show significant decreases and 7 species (21%) show non-significant decreases.

 

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2008 2:08 PM by dsforzin

BirdLife International: BirdLife welcomes FAO report on bioenergy

Cambridge, 5 June 2008: BirdLife International has welcomed the launch of a report that highlights the increasing international recognition that while growth in bioenergy offers new opportunities for sustainable development, it also carries significant environmental risks.

 

posted @ Monday, June 9, 2008 3:03 PM by dsforzin

BirdLife International: Data management for successful biodiversity monitoring in Africa

Cambridge, 2 June 2008 - A recent workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, outlined how data management, analysis and presentation underpins effective conservation action and advocacy.

posted @ Wednesday, June 4, 2008 10:34 AM by dsforzin

BirdLife International: UN conference hails Natura 2000 the world's most ambitious nature protection system

Bonn/Brussels May 29, 2008 – Today at the 9th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Bonn (Germany), special attention was paid to the Natura 2000 network, one of the greatest achievements of EU environmental policy. This network of more than 26,000 protected areas is Europe’s main contribution to the CBD’s efforts to halt global loss of biodiversity. Speaking in front of government and NGO representatives from around the world, Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Executive Secretary of the CBD, EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas and the Ministers of Environment of Slovenia and Germany stressed the unprecedented scale, the importance, but also the challenges of implementing Natura 2000, especially in a densely populated continent like Europe.

posted @ Friday, May 30, 2008 3:42 PM by dsforzin

World Migratory Bird Day 2008 focuses on Biodiversity: Migratory bird numbers plummeting globally - warning signs of a changing environment

Bonn/Nairobi, 8 May 2008 - The theme for this year's World Migratory Bird Day: "Migratory Birds - Ambassadors for Biodiversity" draws attention to the link between migratory birds and wider biodiversity as well as the overall state of our environment. Birds are considered to be some of the best indicators for the status and trends of wider biodiversity as they connect, and are inhabitants of, virtually all ecosystems in the world.

Birdwatchers and conservationists in dozens of countries will mark World Migratory Bird Day on the weekend of 10-11 May 2008 with concerts, films and other public events to draw attention to the rising threat to migratory birds and global biodiversity.

posted @ Friday, May 16, 2008 6:28 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife South Africa reports possible mining threat to the wider Wakkerstroom wetland area

Wakkerstroom, 21 April 2008 - Recent reports from Birdlife South Africa (BLSA) indicate that the conservation of the Wakkerstoom Wetlands (one of the WOW Demonstration sites) may be jeopardised by looming threats of mining exploration in the area. BLSA and several local NGOs and community groups are working together to ensure that conservation and community concerns are duly taken into account by relevant national authorities. For more information please visit the BLSA website.

posted @ Monday, April 21, 2008 12:17 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Avitourism 'takes off' in South Africa

Cambridge, 9 April 2008 - Avitourism (birding’s ecotourism) is proving be one of BirdLife South Africa’s most powerful conservation tools. Tourism has outperformed all other sectors in South Africa’s economy, with two popular ‘Birding Routes’ generating an estimated US$6.4 million annually for local people. As a result, BirdLife South Africa has announced the development of six new Birding Routes in the Western Cape and Cape Town areas.

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2008 9:00 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Nigeria's new Wetlands of International Importance

Gland, April 2008 - The Federal Ministry of Environment of Nigeria has designated an additional nine wetlands for the Ramsar List, following on from the designation of "Lake Chad Wetlands in Nigeria" announced a few weeks ago and all effective as of 30 April 2008. Taken together, the sites present a fascinating array of wetland types, including swamp forests, river floodplains, mangroves, and lakes, and all of them are extremely important for their support for flora and fauna and for the ecosystem services they provide for the local communities.

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2008 9:05 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Agreement secures safer power lines for Hungary’s Birds

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2008 6:29 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Secretariat: Nigeria's part of Lake Chad added to the Ramsar List

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2008 6:45 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: AEWA Technical Committee Meeting prepares the way for MOP4

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2008 6:40 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Spring Alive sees early arrival of migratory birds to Europe

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2008 6:32 AM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Shell and Wetlands International start partnership

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2008 6:34 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: World Migratory Bird Day 2008 focuses on Biodiversity

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2008 6:38 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Lake Natron chemical plant: region’s ecotourism “jeopardised”

posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2007 5:32 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: “Healthy Wetlands; Healthy People”

posted @ Thursday, November 22, 2007 8:49 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Lesser White-fronted Goose SSAP Coordinator re-advertised

posted @ Thursday, November 22, 2007 8:53 AM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Black Sea oil spill: first sign of a new trend?

posted @ Thursday, November 22, 2007 8:47 AM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Thousands of birds die in Black Sea oil spill

posted @ Thursday, November 22, 2007 8:42 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: Migratory birds get the green light!

posted @ Tuesday, October 2, 2007 11:17 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: EuroBirdwatch07: Fascinating Bird Migration

posted @ Tuesday, October 2, 2007 11:14 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Bulgaria and Romania enrich EU through Important Bird Areas

posted @ Friday, September 21, 2007 10:47 AM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat - IUCN Red List 2007 launched - bad news for AEWA species

posted @ Friday, September 21, 2007 10:58 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: Now available - Handbooks on the Wise Use of Wetlands on CD-ROM

posted @ Friday, September 21, 2007 10:52 AM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: Alarming figures on coastal waterbirds in Southeast Asia

posted @ Friday, September 21, 2007 10:55 AM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: World Wetlands Day 2008 : Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People

posted @ Friday, August 24, 2007 4:59 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: WPE4 data now available for download

posted @ Friday, August 24, 2007 4:54 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: European conservation works: Science paper reveals successes of the EU Birds Directive

posted @ Friday, August 24, 2007 4:40 PM by Florian Keil

AEWA Secretariat: AEWA Technical Series No. 13 & 14 now available

posted @ Thursday, August 2, 2007 4:13 PM by Florian Keil

BirdLife International: Spring Alive earlier in 2007

posted @ Sunday, July 29, 2007 4:28 PM by Florian Keil

Wetlands International: African Lesser Flamingo population gravely threatened by industrial development

posted @ Sunday, July 29, 2007 3:59 PM by Florian Keil

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: Ramsar capacity building for francophone Africa.

posted @ Thursday, August 2, 2007 4:18 PM by Florian Keil

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