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31 March 2016
A review of illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean by BirdLife International has recently been published in the March 2016 edition of the journal ‘Bird Conservation International’. The full title of the scientific article is ‘Preliminary assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean’ and is available online. A press release was also published by BirdLife International regarding the publication of this important assessment, highlighting the key findings of the study.
31 March 2016
More than 50 NGOs active in farming, development, environment, climate, animal welfare, food systems and public health, have signed a joint letter, sent to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker on 22 March 2016, to demand a review of the European food and farming system.
29 February 2016
BirdLife Cyprus is organizing a workshop for IBA Caretakers on the weekend of 23 -24 April 2016 at Droushia Heights Hotel, in Pafos. IBA Caretakers have already been invited but if you haven’t expressed interest so far, please do so by contacting BirdLife Cyprus.
29 February 2016
BirdLife Cyprus and its contract partner, consultants IACO Environmental, have entered the second and final round of consultations with local communities over management plans for NATURA 2000 sites for birds. In total, 30 village meetings will take place across all districts over the 5 months from February to June 2016. The discussions aim at engaging local residents in the drawing up of management plans for the 30 Special Protection Areas (SPAs) designated for birds across Cyprus, a major project BirdLife Cyprus and IACO are tasked to complete before the end of this year.
29 February 2016
BirdLife Cyprus participated at the 3rd European Workshop on Environmental Crime, organised by SEO (BirdLife in Spain) and RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) on 26 February 2016 in Edinburgh, UK. The workshop focused on Habitat Destruction. SEO (BirdLife in Spain) and RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) are implementing a project to create a European Network against Environmental Crime among BirdLife Europe partners. The aim of this project is the implementation of Directive 2008/99/EC for the protection of the environment through criminal law and also the facilitation of the work of EU BirdLife Partners in fighting environmental crimes, using the Directive.
29 February 2016
On 2 February 2016, MEPs overwhelmingly approved a report prepared by the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the EU Parliament, which calls for the maintenance of the two Nature Directives: the Birds Directive and Habitats Directive. The report includes some very important provisions such as proposals at a European and National level on how to achieve the targets of the EU Biodiversity Strategy by 2020 and also gives a strong message against suggestions for the amendment of the EU Nature Directives. In addition, the report stresses the need for full implementation of these laws and adequate financing.
03 February 2016
The European Parliament stood up to defend key EU nature laws in a vote at its plenary session in Strasbourg yesterday. 
29 January 2016
BirdLife Cyprus will be undertaking over the following month a winter anti-trapping survey with the help of volunteers, checking various locations for trapping activity. Ιt is still early to have an overall picture of illegal bird trapping for this winter, however last winter 2014-15 we detected a large number of mist nets in situ, 48 mist nets in total after checking 90 locations. You may read the BirdLife Cyprus trapping reports here.
29 January 2016
The EU Commission has given its final and categorical opinion regarding the proposed derogation for the selective hunting of ambelopoulia, the so called ‘alternative plan’, which the Cyprus Government included unilaterally in the Strategic Plan against illegal bird trapping which was approved last May 2015. According to a newspaper article (2 January 2016), Mr Enrico Brivio, a press officer of the Commission, highlighted that ‘...the Commission is concerned about the inclusion of this ‘alternative plan’, which creates the possibility for granting derogations for bird trapping.This is a measure that cannot be accepted according to the EU legislation...’.
21 January 2016
The European Court of Justice has condemned Bulgaria on 14th January 2016 for failing to protect nature and putting threatened species at risk.

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