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World’s largest tropical wetland ablaze: our statement

This year, the Pantanal – the world’s largest tropical wetland – has seen three times as many fires as 2019, exacerbated by climate change and likely started by humans. The BirdLife Partnership is calling on the Brazilian and international governments to urgently increase action.   Last summer, the news of the burning Amazon rainforest captured mass media attention and sparked worldwide outcry. But the worrying truth is that these fires never completely went out. In fact, this year, it seems that

‘Everything is burning’: Argentina’s delta fires rage out of control

Cattle ranching and drought have turned the Paraná River grasslands to tinder, threatening disaster for the area’s wildlife   A raging fire described as “completely out of control” is threatening one of South America’s major wetland ecosystems. The fire has been burning for months now, and is visible from the balconies of luxury apartments along the shoreline of the Paraná River in Argentina’s central city of Rosario.   Continue reading complete article

Earth Day 2020: Why global reforestation will restore the earth’s health

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It arrives during a global health crisis that scientists have long predicted. Suddenly, we find ourselves in a real nightmare scenario that science warned us about, with human and social tragedies unfolding globally. The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic will stay with us for years.   Science has of course also warned us about the unfolding climate and environmental crises. For example, we know that:   75% of terrestrial ecosystems are “severely

The Global Wetland Outlook

The Global Wetland Outlook provides a current overview of global wetlands: their extent, trends, drivers of change and the responses needed to reverse the historical decline in wetland area and quality.   THE GLOBAL WETLAND OUTLOOK – STATUS AND TRENDS 2018   The Ramsar Convention is the only international treaty focused on wetlands. It provides a platform of 170 Contracting Parties working together for wetland conservation and wise use, and to develop the best available data, advice and policy recommendations to

On the move to a safer world for migratory birds

Bonn, 12 May 2018 – The Earth’s great travellers – birds that sometimes trek thousands of miles between their breeding places and their wintering grounds – will be centre stage this World Migratory Bird Day, as the international community recognize their significance and vulnerabilities.    “Unifying Our Voices for Bird Conservation” is the theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2018, celebrated annually on 12 May. The UN-backed global awareness-raising and environmental education campaign focuses the need for international cooperation to conserve

Enhancing action on wetlands as a key strategy to reach Paris Agreement objectives

Addressing freshwater ambitions explicitly through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) provides a key entry-point for countries to emphasise the importance of freshwater strategies for adapting to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Including wetlands explicitly in the next round of their NDCs (to be communicated by 2020) will help countries to raise awareness of this in dialogues and political processes at all levels and discuss targets and set policies. This policy brief uses the three guiding questions of the Talanoa Dialogue:

Our new ten-year “Corredor Azul” programme in South America

We have launched a 10-year programme in the second largest wetland system in South America after the Amazon: La Plata Basin. Our programme will focus on mobilising efforts to implement alternative development paths for the region by bringing together civil society organisations, the private sector, academia and governments.   The programme will run pilot projects in three areas: the Pantanal in Brazil, the Ibera Marshes and the Paraná Delta in Argentina.   We want to prove that inclusive management practices, sustainable