The congress will take place between 16th – 21st October 2016 at Dakar, Senegal. The theme for this year’s Congress is Global challenges: threats and opportunities for birds in Africa and we look forward to welcoming you to Senegal in October.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress starts today in Hawai’i. Eleven of the world’s leading environmental organisations pledge to use new “common language” to map and save important nature on Earth.
With the theme ‘Planet at the crossroads’, the Congress will tackle the current clash of immediate human needs with their long-term impacts on the planet’s capacity to support life, by bringing together great minds to find sustainable solutions. Full story here.
South Africa plays host to an incredible array of bird species and spectacular landscapes, many of which are under threat. Candice Stevens, BirdLife South Africa’s Biodiversity Stewardship Fiscal Benefits Project Manager, believes that we need to use every means at our disposal to secure the future of our natural wealth. Full story here.
No, not an African project, but perhaps an object lesson for African countries, and indeed all of us. Local people of Baja California Sur seem to have taking a liking to the vivid colours of Belding’s Yellowthroat, an increasingly rare sight there. They are now getting involved in the business of ecotourism. Find out how avian research is saving species in this Mexican state here.
A century ago, on July 28 1916, the Sociedad Ornitológica del Plata was born. Leading researchers and naturalists of the time, including the great writer and ornithologist William Hudson, founded the first environmental NGO of Latin America. Today, its name is Aves Argentinas, Latin America’s oldest environmental organisation and BirdLife Partner.
Our hearts were saddened yesterday by the news of Luc Hoffmann’s passing. We don’t usually indulge in eulogies. Our tributes and expression of sympathy remain confined to the private of our lives. But this time it’s just… different. Luc was a singular man, with immense vision, passion and dedication. Co-founder of WWF, founding father of the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands, he was one of the pillars of nature conservation of our time. Full story here.
Conservation work in these desert islands delivers heartening, long lasting, results: “Now the fishermen work with us, they help us count the birds instead of killing them. They even adopt turtle nests. It is a big, big change.” Really encouraging news, full story here.
In an important new report, BirdLife Partners from around Lake Victoria, East Africa, share their experiences of engaging with governments, NGOs and community conservation groups. Their analysis reveals key factors that could help make or break a conservation project, and practitioners in Africa and around the world can all benefit from their hard-won lessons.
The French population of the Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana) has declined by 50-75% in the last 30 years. This, despite hunting of the species being forbidden by law since 1979. It was even made a protected species in 1999. However, each year, about 30.000 Ortolan Buntings are illegally trapped and killed during the autumn migration in August and September in the southwest of France. Full story here.