BirdLife Europe e-news, Vol III, Issue 9, October 2016
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The Hunt for Green October

Christopher Sands
Head of Communications, BirdLife Europe

 
Autumn is truly here – birds yearn to fly south but are anxious about doing so until knowing that the Nature Directives, so critical to protect them during their travels, will be left unmolested by the European Commission. First Vice-President Timmermans has been unequivocal in his belief that when something isn’t “broke”, you don’t try to “fix” it. As the Commission’s own study proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, the Birds & Habitats Directives need no revisiting, no tinkering – indeed, they just need better implementation and financing. The Commission committed itself to an autumn decision and yet we, and the birds awaiting flight, are left hanging uncertainly.

We are unclear why this heaven-sent opportunity for the Commission, President Juncker and Vice-President Timmermans to resoundingly show European citizens that EU democracy works – and that the EU listens to her people – shouldn’t be seized right now. You have to ask – who is pulling the strings here? In the face of so many attacks against the notion of the EU, and amidst
threats to leave it and other efforts which undermine its essence, now is not the time for President Juncker and Vice-President Timmermans to equivocate, dawdle and show a lack of leadership by failing to deliver such a potential win for the EU’s reputation.

Yes, it’s ‘The Hunt for Green October’. From this inexplicable paralysis on the Directives, to the clear and ringing endorsement from the Stakeholder Platform for a CAP Fitness Check where business, NGOs and others defied Member State inaction on CAP Reform, we are on the hunt.  In October, we are also preparing to enter the murky waters of unbridled bioenergy: we’ll be calling on the EU to cancel its current ‘blank cheque’ approach and to produce a balanced new proposal that distinguishes between ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ of this complicated renewable.  

The firm endorsement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals recently expressed by Vice-President Timmermans in New York, which we applaud, is part of the same value system that underpins support for strengthened Birds & Habitats Directives. And a coherent and consistent, and democratically responsive position, requires the Commission to release their decision now. 
News from Europe and Central Asia
Carpe Naturam! A call on Vice-President Timmermans to free the Nature Directives 
By Ariel Brunner
Wings over Israel: conservation challenges & second chances 
By Dan Alon & Yoav Perlman
 
Fly away with me: the Species Action Plan Tracking Tool 
By Sofia Capellan & Anna Staneva
We are not alone - alien plants & animals invade Europe? 
By Gui Xi Young

 
The hunt for truly green bioenergy - the EU's renewable energy package
By Sini Eräjää
Bird Camp Besh 2016 - youth conservation in Azerbaijan 
By Tomas Axén Haraldsson
 
Lipstick on a pig? The Cork Declaration on Rural Development 
By Thomas Quinn 
The best of both worlds: 
a joint statement from HeidelbergCement & BirdLife
 
By Gui Xi Young
Events
Jobs
 
Head of Public Engagement and Innovation: The BirdLife CDO has restructured his team and is now recruiting three key positions to take forward the Development strategy that is designed to match the income needs of the 2020 programme vision. The Head of Public Engagement and Innovation is one of these three pivotal roles and plays a key part of the strategic vision for income growth.
Closing date: 13. November 2016.


Regional Fundraising Manager, Pacific: Are you an experienced fundraiser and want to be part of an international conservation team? If so, we have a Job vacancy in our Pacific Partnership Secretariat office in Suva, Fiji, to develop a revised fundraising strategy for the BirdLife Pacific Partnership and to prepare fundraising proposals for submission to donors, working with colleagues in Fiji and around the world to help strengthen and expand funding for the BirdLife Partnership.
Closing date: 22. October 2016.

International Head of Foundation and Institutional Funding: The BirdLife CDO has restructured his team and is now recruiting three key positions to take forward the Development strategy that is designed to match the income needs of the 2020 programme vision. The International Head of Foundation and Institutional Funding is one of these three pivotal roles and plays a key part of the strategic vision for income growth.
Closing date: 13. November 2016.

Head of Global Donors: The BirdLife CDO has restructured his team and is now recruiting three key positions to take forward the Development strategy that is designed to match the income needs of the 2020 programme vision. The Head of Global Donors is one of these three pivotal roles and plays a key part of the strategic vision for income growth.
Closing date: 13. November 2016.
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