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State of the world’s birds

State of the world’s birds

This project, coordinated by the BirdLife Secretariat from its Cambridge Office, builds on the ground-breaking publication, State of the world’s birds 2004, which highlighted that species were vanishing at many times their natural extinction rate. It aims to provide clearer guidance to conservation organisations including the BirdLife Partnership, policy-makers, the business community and the general public as to what priority actions and approaches can be taken to conserve birds and other biodiversity.

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Conserving marine biodiversity

Conserving marine biodiversity

The global marine environment is under considerable stress, and facing a multitude of threats. Only 1.1% of the world’s seas are under any form of protected area designation, compared to 11 % of the earth’s land surface. Worldwide, the main threat has been the over-exploitation of marine resources, leading to the collapse of fisheries and livelihoods, and population declines in marine mammals and birds. The use of drift and trawl nets, and long-lining, continue to have a devastating impact on wildlife populations.

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Wildlife Clubs of Africa Project

Wildlife Clubs of Africa Project

The project is combining biodiversity conservation with education and sustainable development initiatives using bird conservation as the strategy to help bridge the digital divide in Africa and also to link up to almost 400,000 African children, members of wildlife clubs. The project was developed to fill gaps and support seventeen BirdLife Partner NGOs using wildlife clubs for environmental education in primary and secondary schools in Africa through a needs assessment of these wildlife clubs activities in 2004. These Partners are involved in providing environmental education to children in primary and secondary schools by means of Wildlife Clubs with a focus on the protection of the environment.

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Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest

At the end of 2006, the Jensen Foundation approved an important grant to support BirdLife International and SAVE Brasil in the development of a simple but effective blueprint for conservation of Amazonian biodiversity by identifying the most cost-effective and highest priority sites (using IBA criteria), and integrating the resulting portfolio of sites within national and regional development agendas.

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Pampas Grasslands

Pampas Grasslands

The Pampas or Southern Cone Grasslands of South America cover an area of one million square kilometres in four Mercosur countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. They constitute one of the richest areas of grassland biodiversity in the world, especially noted for plant species diversity (many of considerable economic value) and grassland-dependent birds. Fifteen Pampas bird species are globally threatened with extinction, and natural grasslands are key to the conservation of many others, including various Arctic-breeding shorebirds. The Pampas also have deep cultural roots – as represented by the figure of the “gaucho” (a South American “cowboy”). Traditionally used for free-range cattle-ranching, these grasslands are increasingly being lost to intensive agriculture.

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