World Bird News May 2014

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World Migratory Bird Day 2014 spotlights pioneering sustainable tourism initiative

By Martin Fowlie, Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:06

This weekend 10-11 May World Migratory Bird Day 2014 is being celebrated in over 70 countries around the globe.

With the theme “Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism”, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014 will highlight the links between migratory bird conservation, local community development and wildlife watching tourism around the world.

Every year, more than one billion tourists cross international borders. A thriving wildlife is a key tourism asset, and the spectacular movements of the world´s migratory birds are no exception. Properly managed, popular bird-related tourism activities such as bird watching or bird photography can serve as the foundation for a mutually beneficial relationship between people and migratory birds.

“This year’s theme of ‘Destination Flyways’ reinforces some of the key ways in which the BirdLife Partnership works, - linking local communities to save sites, species and habitats in a coordinated way and enhancing local livelihoods”, said Dr Hazell Shokellu Thompson, BirdLife’s interim Chief Executive.

“Working with people locally is critical to effective, sustainable, equitable conservation. Conservation cannot succeed without the consent and participation of the people who live in or near, obtain their livelihoods from, or simply enjoy the sites that threatened bird species depend on.”

One of the eight project sites selected for the Destination Flyways project is Lake Natron, in the remote north of the United Republic of Tanzania near the Kenyan border. Home to 75% of the world’s population of Lesser Flamingo, Lake Natron is the only breeding ground for this species in East Africa.

For Lake Natron, tourism can be a solution for conservation, provided that local communities are involved in its development and implementation and derive tangible benefits from it. It is therefore critical to make sustainable tourism a true long-term alternative to other economic activities, such as the proposed mining of soda ash from the lake, about which serious concerns have been raised because of the potential danger to the flamingo population.



The site was threatened by a potential large-scale industrial plant to extract soda ash from Lake Natron and a new road and rail infrastructure to service the plant. BirdLife International and the Lake Natron Consultative Group (a coalition of 56 institutions) led the campaign to reject the industrial plant proposal, safeguarding the site for local people and wildlife.

With over one billion international tourists travelling the world every year, generating a global trade income of US$ 1.4 trillion and 9% of global GDP, tourism clearly has an immense potential to contribute to sustainable development.

“Tourism is an undisputed generator of national wealth, corporate income and local employment. Managed sustainably, it can benefit people and the planet alike”, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Loss of farmland birds provokes action from BirdLife Partners

By Elodie Cantaloube, Wed, 07/05/2014 - 14:01

We are currently in the midst of an EU wide crisis that is causing birds to disappear across European farmlands. Biodiversity rich grasslands are being converted on a massive scale to maize fields for the production of biofuels and fodder. Heavy subsidies for biogas production add pressure on top of the ever growing intensification of livestock production. If we continue with business-as-usual regarding grassland protection, whole groups of bird species and unique ecosystems will head towards extinction.

Slovenia and Germany are being hit particularly hard with biodiversity rich grasslands vanishing fast from their country landscapes. In Germany, evidence collected by BirdLife Partner NABU shows the widespread loss of grasslands and grassland birds such as Lapwing and Common Snipe, even in protected areas such as Natura 2000 sites. In Slovenia, birds such as Corncrake and Whinchat are in steep decline, again due to the wanton destruction and deterioration of grasslands and loss of centuries old ecosystems.

In April, NABU and DOPPS (BirdLife in Slovenia) took the issue to the European Commission and submitted three formal complaints asking for legal action against their respective governments.

Under EU law and more precisely the Birds Directive, Member States have the obligation to maintain bird populations at an adequate level in their territory and preserve their habitats and the Commission has the mission to ensure that necessary measures are taken at national level to comply with this obligation.

Slovenia and Germany both have a range of options to get back in compliance with EU law. These could include a ban on the ploughing up of environmentally sensitive grasslands accompanied with agri-environmental measures to compensate the farmers for delayed mowing dates. Several EU funds, such as the LIFE Fund and the Rural Development Fund are there to help Member States and farmers implement these measures.

Sadly, many other farmland birds are facing similar threats in other EU Member States. In Bulgaria the Common Agricultural Policy has had disastrous impacts, causing the BirdLife Partner BSPB to submit a complaint to the Commission last year. Several other BirdLife Partners may also need to file similar complaints in the coming months.

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