The Mara Wetland in Tanzania is a swamp dominated by Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) which provides a vast range of ecosystem services. In 2017, Birdlife International through the Sustainable use of critical wetlands in the Lake Victoria Basin project, supported two local conservation groups, the North Mara and South Mara Water Users Association to establish two Weavers Groups (Marasibora and Kwisaro Weavers Groups) in an effort to advance their skills and knowledge in the development of papyrus products, which provides them with an alternative source of income.
Very recently in Manila, at the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, the BirdLife Partnership presented its latest publication on the illegal killing of birds in Europe – ‘The Killing 2.0 – A View to a Kill’.
Starting a career in conservation can be a difficult undertaking. Often there is a requirement to have several degrees, work and field experience and opportunities for paid internships are rare. During the CLP internships, however, the young people who are just starting out in their careers get the opportunity to learn the ropes of BirdLife and produce relevant and applicable results.
New research has found that nearly half of the earth’s highly threatened vertebrates live on islands – and two thirds of them overlap with invasive species. With this information, we’re better equipped than ever before to focus conservation where it’s most needed. Like Gough Island, where removing invasive mice could save six threatened bird species in one go. Read about this fascinating study here.
In 2009, NatureKenya (BirdLife Partner in Kenya) supported 13 self-help groups to form a larger community group that works to protect the natural resources of Dakatcha woodland in such a way that benefits people in the various communities living in and around the site. The group known as the Dakatcha Woodland Conservation Group (DWCG) has since worked to preserve the forest resources and improve the livelihoods of the local population.
Around 30,000 Ortolan Buntings are captured every year during the autumn migration, as their flightpath from eastern Europe to west Africa takes them across France – and in particular Landes, a poaching hotspot in the south-west of France. Here, songbirds are trapped in huge numbers, either in nets, or, in Provence, by getting snared by glue smeared on the branches of their favoured trees. BirdLife estimates around 500,000 birds are illegally caught every year in France.
Dr. David Pearson 1941-2017
It is with sadness that we report the death of David John Pearson who passed away peacefully aged 76, after several months illness, on 20th September 2017.
- BirdLife's Ethiopia Partner Clocks 50
- Reintroducing the pink pigeon and echo parakeet in Mauritius
- Making environmental conservation gainful for local communities in Burundi
- Helping to build communities of passionate conservationists to save vultures
- National forum discusses biodiversity mainstreaming in Kenya
- The deadly lake that gives life to flamingos
- Afrique de l’ouest: un réseau de centres éducatifs tisse sa toile
- Ethiopia conserves indigenous Cordia trees
The livelihoods of some local communities in most developing countries like Kenya depend on forest resources and various products such as fuel wood, medicine, and food that these forests offer. Forests are known to host the bulk of natural resources on the planet and for providing water, sequestrating carbon, a base for renewable energy and hydro-power generation, as well as for its role in supporting other sectors of development.
Re-introducing birds to suitable habitats where species have gone extinct is often a very important and sometimes a last resort to sustain the survival of some threatened Mauritian bird species. The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), a BirdLife International Partner in Mauritius, has a long and successful track record of exploiting bird translocation opportunities at any given time.