BirdLife Europe e-news, Vol XIII, Issue 3, March 2016
In this issue

Inside Africa

It must be the longest list in the world, the one containing all the stereotypes and stock phrases on Africa. This is somewhat of a mystery: after all, there are other places in the world that, like Africa, represent the best and the worst of humankind. But if an extraordinary author like Joseph Conrad chose it to symbolise our deepest self, the unconscious, then, maybe, the “cradle of humankind” really is more than a geographic place.
Be it the cultural and natural relevance, or the (bloody) history with Europe, it’s no surprise that when we decided to dedicate our monthly issue to the “old” continent (yes, Europe tried to steal adjectives from it, too) we were flooded with articles. This special, very long edition of BirdsEye reflects the obvious and the lesser-known facts about BirdLife in Africa.

It is obvious that a nature conservation organization is
heavily invested in Africa. It is here, probably more than anywhere else, that the fight for (human) life on planet Earth is won or lost. It is also obvious why BirdLife Europe specifically is invested in Africa: many migratory birds that we think of as European - such as swifts, cuckoos, honey buzzards and storks - are actually African birds that make short annual visits to Europe to breed.

The wealth of projects you will read about, from migratory birds to shea butter and from chimpanzees to wind turbines, to name a few, convey a sense of the massive involvement of our Partnership in that amazing continent across the Med.
Sites, species, sustainable infrastructure, agriculture and renewables, community engagement: Africa does represent every strategic challenge BirdLife has chosen to face. Much, much more than our beloved birds. 
News from Africa
Using a ‘race’ to celebrate migration and prevent illegal killing of birds. 
By Jim Lawrence
Nature’s clean-up crew in catastrophic decline. By Sanya Khetani-Shah
Ending the illegal killing and trapping of 5.7 million birds in Egypt. By Irene Lorenzo
Africa is leading the way on ending seabird bycatch. By Bruna Campos and Marguerite Tarzia
This is why the Gola Rainforest is a true ‘Forest of Hope’. By Nicolas Tubbs
This action plan can benefit birds, farmers, women as well as birders. Here's how. By Kate Hand
The special plight of trans Saharan migratory birds. By Willem Van Den Bossche
Shea, shea everywhere, but no insects left for migratory birds to eat. By Cath Tayleur
Eight million birds killed illegally at 20 Mediterranean locations each year. By Stuart Butchart
Turning the African Atlantic from bycatch hell to seabird haven. By Ross Wanless and Justine Dossa
How the EU helps protect endangered chimpanzees in Rwanda. By Maaike Manten
Combatting climate change in African habitats with nature-friendly plans. By Edward Perry
Energy infrastructure striking the wind beneath migratory birds’ wings. By Alex Ngari
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.

15 April, 2016: The call for submissions for the 3rd "Good Practice of the Year" award is now open. The Renewables Grid Initiative invites European and non European grid operators, project developers, NGOs and public authorities engaged in grid projects to submit their most exciting and innovative good practices for the competition. 

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 30 March, 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.

Regional Director, Americas: BirdLife International is looking to appoint a dynamic and experienced conservationist to provide strategic oversight and leadership in the development and implementation of the BirdLife programme in the Americas.
Closing date: 21 March 2016.

Regional Director, Asia
: BirdLife International is looking to appoint a dynamic and experienced individual to provide strategic oversight and leadership in the development and implementation of the BirdLife programme across Asia.
Closing date: 15 March 2016.

PA and Administrative Assistant to the Regional Director for Africa:BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of PA to the Regional Director for Africa.
Closing date: 18 March 2016.

Chief Operating Officer (UK): We are seeking to appoint an experienced Chief Operating Officer to lead internal operations, and to play a pivotal role in developing systems and processes to support the delivery of BirdLife International’s strategic aims.
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