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31 May 2016
BirdLife Cyprus welcomes the recent report by the Commissioner of Administration and Human Rights (Ombudswoman) regarding the ‘alternative plan’ for selective hunting of blackcaps, which was published on 11 April 2016 (the report is available, only in Greek, at the Ombudswoman’s website here). The report is the result of a complaint submitted by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and Foundation Pro Biodiversity (SPA). The complaint was against the Ministry of the Interior, and more specifically against the Game and Fauna Service, regarding the fact that the Ministry of the Interior had prepared a draft ‘Strategic Action Plan for tackling illegal bird trapping in Cyprus’, which was not in line with what had been discussed and agreed amongst all stakeholders, including the unilateral inclusion of the ‘alternative plan’.
23 May 2016
BirdLife Cyprus congratulates the 56 new Members of Parliament, and expresses its contentment with the composition of the new Parliament as 21 out of 56 MPs are among those who signed BirdLife Cyprus’ manifesto and pledged to protect Cyprus nature, during the #WeNatureCy campaign. 
19 May 2016
With parliamentary elections just around the corner, BirdLife Cyprus announces today the results of its online campaign #WeNatureCy for the protection of Cyprus’ nature.

The campaign called on the candidates to pledge for the protection of nature, by adopting BirdLife Cyprus’ manifesto, and also gave citizens the opportunity to unite their voices for its protection on social media. 
09 May 2016
Tomorrow, 10 May 2016, is World Migratory Bird Day. On this occasion, BirdLife Cyprus is organizing its first open day on Saturday 14 May 2016 from 11 am until 2 pm at its offices in Strakka, Kato Deftera, Nicosia, to which it invites young and old to learn about the wonder of migration but also threats migratory birds face. 
29 April 2016
The fourth IBA Caretakers’ workshop was organized by BirdLife Cyprus on 23 and 24 April 2016, at Droushia village. The meeting aimed to bring IBA Caretakers together for an annual meeting and to offer training on issues that help IBA Caretakers carry out their work easier. During the workshop, the current status of the network was presented and IBA Caretakers had the opportunity to learn more about the Nature Directives and received training on Google Earth and GPS applications. Moreover, emphasis was given on the methodology of annual reporting. In parallel, IBA Caretakers had the opportunity to practice their skills in the field and have any questions they might have answered.
29 April 2016
BirdLife Cyprus was informed from press articles in early April 2016 of the adoption of a decree issued by the Minister of the Interior for the management and control of the fox population. The decree was issued after the Scientific Committee provided its opinion to the Minister, asking for the implementation of management and control measures for the fox. 
29 April 2016
New study confirms common birds are powerful indicators of threats from climate change. From Europe to the US the trends match, as scientists expected, the data showing coherent and substantial changes in detriment to cold-adapted species.
29 April 2016
The Darwin project for the restoration of Akrotiri Marsh organised an open discussion on 13 April 2016 for birdwatchers, nature photographers and visitors of Akrotiri Marsh to present the plans for visitor facilities and listen to feedback from participants. During the meeting, BirdLife Cyprus gave an overview of the project’s aim and activities and then RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) which has extensive experience in nature reserve management and visitor facilities provided some details on the location of the birdwatching hides and the new habitat features the project is creating this autumn (2016).
29 April 2016
With parliamentary elections fast approaching BirdLife Cyprus has launched #WeNatureCy, an online campaign to engage the public and the candidates in matters related to the protection of Cyprus’ nature.
29 April 2016
Project partners of the Darwin project ‘Akrotiri Marsh Restoration: a flagship wetland in the Cyprus SBAs’, are organising an open discussion on the latest developments at Akrotiri Marsh. The discussion is mainly addressed to birdwatchers and wildlife photographers and will focus on birdwatching / nature watching infrastructure and access within the site. The aim of this open discussion is the dissemination of information on the facilities planned to be erected at Akrotiri Marsh as part of the Darwin project and also the exchange of ideas and suggestions on how to enhance visitors’ experience on site while meeting the project’s conservation objectives.

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