Named after one of the island-continent’s most fascinating endemic bird families, Asity’s founding members met at a BirdLife workshop in the 1990s.
Asity was created at a time when much of the conservation work in Madagascar was controlled by expatriates and international conservation NGOs.
Authorities in Jordan announced recently the seizure of 7,000 dead birds in the largest hunting violation ever recorded in the Kingdom of Jordan after receiving reports about a person who was in possession of large numbers of dead birds in the eastern desert. The rangers from the Royal Department for Protecting Environment and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN – BirdLife in Jordan) caught the hunter and seized the dead birds in October.
Some places are so rich in natural wonders, so extraordinary, so different from any other, so important for people, and yet so threatened, that we must pull out all the stops to save them. Madagascar is one such: an ‘island-continent’ almost as big as France, with wildlife so unlike even nearby Africa’s that it can hardly be bracketed with it, or any other region of the world.
West African waters are of exceptional importance to seabirds. Huge numbers congregate here to take advantage of the abundant prey provided by the upwelling currents. Seasonally, local seabirds find here the food they need to breed successfully. Nevertheless, the region is also vital during migration or during the winter for many distant migrant seabirds that came from the Arctic and Western Europe or from the sub-Antarctic waters to exploit the abundant food resources these waters provide.
Lake Natron is world famous for its breeding Lesser Flamingo, Phoeniconaias minor, of which about half a million pairs regularly visit the lake for nesting and raising their young. There are also large numbers of other waterbirds, both migratory and resident. Lake Natron is a shallow highly-saline lake in a closed basin on the floor of the Eastern Rift Valley. It is 1,540 km2, but only 50 cm deep. The IBA is also a Ramsar Site (wetland of international importance) but has no national protection status.
A Species Action Plan for the Critically Endangered Madagascar Pochard, covering the period 2014-2024, has recently been published. This was based on an action planning workshop that was held with key project partners and other stakeholders from 3-6 December 2013 in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
It is a great pleasure to invite you to our third annual Cambridge-Africa Day on Tuesday 25th October 2016, at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. The Day will be introduced by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge - Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.
At the CITES meeting, CoP17, the Parties voted to support the motion to increase the Grey Parrot’s level of protection from Appendix II to Appendix I – the highest level available. It means international trade of wild-caught Grey Parrots is banned, although it does not affect the trade in captive-bred individuals. Pet owners are not affected, although if they wish to emigrate with their bird, they will need to apply for a ‘pet passport’.
In preparation for the 2016 Red List update, BirdLife invites you to participate in the forum process to discuss proposed revisions to the global threat status (IUCN Red List category of extinction risk) for selected species. Please visit the forums to review the topics listed under your regions and taxonomic groups of expertise. Do please post comments where you support proposals, as well as with corrections and additional information.
The future of Liberia’s Gola National Forest, a large block of evergreen and semi-deciduous rainforest that stretches into neighbouring Sierra Leone, was, until now, far from secure. This vital area, which forms part of the largest remnants of the Guinean Forest, has been severely threatened by a number of factors, such as mining and quarrying, charcoal production and bushmeat hunting.