German non-governmental conservation organisation NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) reported that almost 20% of European bird species are threatened with extinction, based on BirdLife International’s data. Their survey put 110 of the 544 species examined on BirdLife International’s Red List and a further 166 species were shown to be declining. The most at risk are songbirds, such as larks and shrikes, due to habitat loss and the use of agricultural chemicals.
More than 100 nations sign the Kunming Declaration to protect global biodiversity. The historic pledge calls for “urgent and integrated action” to prevent our planet from losing its biodiversity. The pact was adopted during the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15).
BirdLife International has announced the launch of a $3 billion wetland conservation project for birds, nature and people. In partnership with the Asian Development Bank and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership, the Regional Flyways Initiative aims to preserve wetlands along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway migration route that extends across more than 20 countries.
Water voles are thriving after a riverbank project in Hertfordshire sparks hope. The endangered species has declined by 90% in population since the 1970s and is now threatened with extinction. The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust assessed an area around the River Ver and, after finding no trace of American mink, began releasing water voles, hoping to re-establish the once widespread population in Hertfordshire.