BirdLife Europe e-news, Vol XIII, Issue 2, February 2016
In this issue
 

Silver linings in each cloud

By Luca Bonaccorsi

From worshipped symbols of predatory beauty to victims of rat poisons. That seems to be the fate of Eagles, among the most beautiful and admired species on Earth, in some areas of our world.

These are some of the sad reflections that emerge from our cover story this month. The appeal we convey comes from BPSSS, the BirdLife Partner in Serbia, but it is merely symptomatic of a wider and bigger problem that sees a number of species being gravely affected by poisoning, as Sanya Khetani-Shah writes.
 
The reasons for the alarm are multiple of course, and range from the illegal use of toxic baits to the legal (but damaging) use of pesticides and rodenticides in agriculture. They require a range of solutions, most of which see Birdlife Partners on the frontline.
 
The destruction of precious habitats is what the Bulgarian BirdLife Partner, BSPB, has faced for years in the Kaliakra peninsula, Wouter Langhout reports. This precious home for the Red-breasted Goose and the Red-footed Falcon has been seriously damaged by the reckless choices of the Bulgarian government.

After many years of legal battles, the European Court of Justice has finally sanctioned the Bulgarian government for being in breach of the Nature Directives
that, once again, have proved to be a crucial tool to escalate a legal fight against a non-compliant and short sighted national government.
 
Yet another alarm for nature comes from the energy sector, Sini Erajaa reports. The EU will soon have to adopt guidelines for increasing the use of renewables, and concerns are mounting that bioenergy projects could be very damaging for the environment.

But ours is not just a list of sorrows.
 
Ground for optimism does exist, on the other hand, for seabirds, Bruna Campos writes. The European Commissioner for the Environment and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, has replied to our demands and in a formal letter has committed to the cause of reducing seabird bycatch. We have also seen successes in protecting migratory birds in the Mediterranean, our regional Partners explain.

And last, but not least, we can rejoice at the news coming from the European Parliament. Ariel Brunner reports on the landslide vote in support of the Nature Directives embedded in the Biodiversity Report a few days ago. 592 vs 52 is the impressive majority that has endorsed our battle to preserve and enforce these fundamental laws to protect nature. Our nature.
 
Enjoy reading.
News from Europe and Central Asia
Pesticides are killing Serbia's birds. Poor awareness, lax enforcement of laws at fault. By Marko Tucakov
How eagles went from being ‘kings of the skies’ to victims of rat poison. By Sanya Khetani-Shah
Will 2016 see the end of the EU’s bycatch blues? BirdLife is optimistic. By Bruna Campos
It’s already time to redesign Europe’s renewable energy policy. Here's why. By Sini Erajaa
Meet pesticides, Europe's silent bird killers that protect our crops. 
By Sanya Khetani-Shah
Do not open nature laws, improve implementation: European Parliament. By Ariel Brunner
From bird habitat to tourist haven: the sad story of the Kaliakra case.
By Wouter Langhout
How BirdLife saves Mediterranean migrating birds. By Marija Stanisic, Mate Zec and Itri Levent
Events
March 2016: The EFC’s European Environmental Funders Group (EEFG) is exploring alternative economic models and transitions to more sustainable, fairer economies. In order for funders to better understand Civil Society Organisations' (CSO) needs, interests and capacities, and to design a framework for funders to support CSOs in positioning their strategies to catalyse systemic changes, the EFC has published a survey. Responses will be accepted until March 2016.

5-7 April, 2016: British Ornithologists' Union 2016 Annual Conference 'Urban Birds: pressures, processes and consequences', Leicester, UK. Bookings opened 1 November, 2015.

11-13 May, 2016: The European Association for Zoos and Aquaria Conservation Forum, BioParc Fuengirola, Spain. The forum is now accepting abstracts for oral presentations, workshops, round table topics, posters, short movies and documentaries.

5-10 September, 2016: 20th International Conference of the European Bird Census Council 'Birds in a changing world', University of Halle (Saale), Germany. The deadline for submitting an abstract for talks, speed talks and posters is 29 February, 2016.

1-10 September, 2016: IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii, USA. The Congress is now accepting submissions for hosting a workshop, Knowledge Café session or training course at the Congress.
Jobs

Policy intern based in Brussels: BirdLife Europe and Central Asia is looking for a paid Policy Intern. The successful candidate will support the EU policy team, giving support especially to the EU Marine and Fisheries Policy Officer. This is a 6 months paid position – starting day: as soon as possible after 1 March 2016.
Closing date: 18 February 2016.

Project Manager - Rainforest Friendly Cocoa/Comic Relief Project - RSPB
: The Gola Rainforest Programme is a long-term initiative supporting the management of a critical landscape in Sierra Leone. As part of a Comic Relief funded project with Twin and the Rainforest Alliance, the RSPB is seeking a dynamic Project Manager to manage the day-to-day strategic and operational implementation.
Closing date: 19 February 2016.

Administration Assistant - RSPB: A keen interest in conservation? RSPB need a capable, experienced and enthusiastic Administrator to act as the first point of contact for their lively and diverse International Directorate.
Closing date: 21 February 2016.

Partner Development Officer - RSPBThis position is to manage the RSPB's BirdLife partner development programme in certain countries, initially in sub-Saharan Africa. This includes partner support, organisational capacity building, fundraising, conservation project management, and advocacy. 
Closing date: 23 February 2016.


Policy Officer - International (RSPB)RSPB are looking for a confident advocate and strategic thinker who can coordinate across the International Directorate, work with the International Science Team and with the domestic and EU policy teams.
Closing date: 17 February 2016.

West Africa Policy and Advocacy Officer - Coastal Migratory Birds
We are seeking to recruit an experienced individual to assist, develop and implement a policy and advocacy plan for the Coastal Migratory Birds Project.
Closing date: 19 February 2016.

West Africa IBA Monitoring Officer - Coastal Migratory Birds: We are seeking to recruit an experienced individual to assist, develop and implement a policy and advocacy plan for the Coastal Migratory Birds Project.
Closing date: 19 February 2016.


Head of CommunicationsBirdLife Europe and Central Asia is looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial, out-of-the-box Head of Communications with proven success record in international communications and campaigning, with solid managerial and excellent interpersonal and networking skills.
Closing date: 25 February 2016.
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