BirdLife Europe e-news, Vol III, Issue 10, November 2016
In this issue
 

Editorial

Christopher Sands
Head of Communications, BirdLife Europe

THE GOOD…
Successes remind us that by working together we can achieve great results. Over 40 BirdLife partners pulled together for EuroBirdwatch 2016 – between them, they hosted over 1,000 events and 20,000 participants who counted more than 5.8 million migrating birds. We share some of the highlights.
 
Other exciting developments include LPO’s (BirdLife in France) promising work to reconnect Bearded Vulture populations in the Alps and the Pyrenees, as well as BirdLife Malta's being entrusted with the management of the Salini Salt Pan nature reserve, a site of huge cultural and natural significance for the country.
 
Last, but not least, our marine team, along with NABU (BirdLife in Germany), have presented a historic proposal to create a new Marine Protected Area in the wild ‘high seas’ of the North-East Atlantic. This is a critical area not only for seabirds but also other marine megafauna such as tuna, sharks, whales and sea-turtles. The marine conservation team share their insights into just what makes this site the ‘amazon of the Atlantic’.
 

THE BAD…
Our feature article this month – and a focus of our activities here in Brussels throughout November – is about the great carbon con of bioenergy.
 
Biofuels, biogas, biomass….it can be hard to get the jargon straight, but one thing is for sure – bioenergy currently makes up the vast majority (~65%) of the EU’s renewable energy mix and the Commission’s ‘blank cheque’ approach lumps in the good with the bad. Sini Eräjää explains why we need a ‘new sheriff in town.’

Unintended and undesirable consequences abound in EU agricultural policy as well. Sam Lee-Gammage, an RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) Senior Policy Officer, highlights how agriculture has escaped accountability for its greenhouse gas emissions. The landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change comes into effect this week; if the EU is to honour its commitments to this, agriculture must play its role and put the ‘share’ into emissions reduction ‘Effort Sharing’.
 
AND THE UGLY…
We still wait, baffled and frustrated, for President Juncker, Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Vella to release the results of the Fitness Check of the Nature Directives. This was promised in the autumn – and the glorious colors we see in the falling leaves all around us seem proof positive that summer is over and winter has not yet started. The Commission’s own study showed the Directives were unequivocally fit-for-purpose, and Timmermans made clear that when something “isn’t broke”, one shouldn’t “fix it”. So what gives? The EU needs to show its citizens that it is a responsive, listening government – now is really not the time to reinforce citizen frustration and suspicion.
News from Europe and Central Asia
BIOENERGY - The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
By Sini Eräjää
The Promised Land? Sustainable Agriculture & the EU Climate Package By Sam Lee-Gammage
Salt Pan Success for BirdLife Malta! 
By Nathaniel Attard
The Bearded Vulture – Plumes of Prophesy
By Pascal Orabi
5.8 million & Counting: EuroBirdWatch 2016 
By Gui-Xi Young
OSPAR Wild: Protecting the Amazon of the Atlantic 
By Marguerite Tarzia, Maria Dias & Ana Carneiro
Coming soon - THE BLACK BOOK OF BIOENERGY
 
Events

16 November, 2016, Fit, fair & sustainable: proposals for a new agriculture policy in the EU, Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU, Brussels, Belgium. Register by 11 November.

8 December, 2016: HeidelbergCement's Quarry Life Awards - International Ceremony, Brussels, Belgium 
Higher Education

Jean Monnet Post-Graduate Module, EU Environmental Policies & Law (POLLEN), Université Saint Louis, Brussels, February 6-18, 2017. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION, November 17, 2016.
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.


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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