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  • Blog Post: Tana River Delta features in BBC 2 programme

    This blog has followed the intense campaign to save the Tana River Delta in Kenya from the biofuels-driven land grab that currently threatens natural environments, food crop lands and the ways of life of local communities. The issues will be featured in the BBC 2 series Indian Ocean with Simon Reeves...
  • Blog Post: Recognition of the Tana River Delta's world class status

    There is some very good news for the Tana River Delta. The global importance of the Delta has been recognised by its designation as a Ramsar site. In the world of wetland conservation the Ramsar designation is the Oscar, Nobel Prize and gold medal all rolled into one. In a statement from the Ramsar...
  • Blog Post: Communities shape the future of the Tana River Delta

    Helen Byron is just back from a trip to Tana River Delta - here's her guest blog, and if you want to catch up with the story, here's a previous post . Just before Easter I went to Kenya to get involved with the work on the Tana River Delta land use plan/strategic environmental assessment ...
  • Blog Post: Serah is stepping up for nature

    One of the nice things about working at the RSPB’s HQ is that you bump into so many great people. Serah Munguti was the latest, she has featured in these posts before as she fights to save the Tana River Delta and other vital places in Kenya. Serah visiting the Tana River I snatched a...
  • Blog Post: Stepping up from Tana River Delta

    My colleague Helen Byron has recently returned from Kenya with news about the Tana River Delta , where a lot has been happening, as she reports here. On the positive side, I am delighted to report that the land-use planning process for the Delta now firmly underway. I was one of around 65 participants...
  • Blog Post: Failure of land use planning hits local people hard in the Tana Delta

    The Tana River Delta has featured a lot in this blog, but not recently. I’ve received an update from Helen Byron who, as the RSPB’s Senior International Site Casework Officer, has been working closely with our partners, BirdLife Kenya in their campaign to save the Delta. I’ve reported...
  • Blog Post: Stepping Up for the Tana River Delta

    Helen Byron is a regular contributor to this blog, here she gives us the latest on her work to save the Tana River Delta in Kenya. I’ve got a unique job working closely with some of our BirdLife International Partners on their campaigns to save their special places. Our aim is always constructive...
  • Blog Post: Nature's Voice

    The latest edition of the RSPB's regular award winning podcast 'Nature's Voice' has just been released - you can find it here , and this is the blurb to tempt you to listen: The Severn and the Tana are two of the world's great rivers. This episode of Nature's Voice looks at...
  • Blog Post: England is a special place

    As followers of this blog will know, the RSPB is busy right now saving many special places, from Dungeness to the Tana River Delta in Kenya. While colleagues are immersed in the Lydd public inquiry and other forthcoming inquiries and cases around the country, we’re fighting a battle on another...
  • Blog Post: Where bad policy bites

    Now would be a good time to dump the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). This precipitate law was rushed through without the implications being fully understood (here’s a press release from 2008 setting out the story in more details). In the UK the RTFO is currently forcing 3.5 % inclusion...
  • Blog Post: Kenya’s Tana River Delta proves its worth for birds

    Here at the RSPB we are very proud of our role in the global alliance BirdLife International . Clearly our primary mission is here in the UK but we’ve always recognised the threats to birds, indeed all of nature, aren’t limited by national boundaries. Conservation is an international issue...
  • Blog Post: Land conflict leads to violence in the Tana River Delta

    We’ve been receiving tragic news from Kenya reporting that violent attacks have left villagers dead and communities devastated - here’s coverage on the BBC. The environmental challenges that the area faces have been documented on this blog – as has the close working relationship...
  • Blog Post: The future brightens for the Tana River Delta

    Here’s some great news from Kenya’s Tana River Delta – and a new chapter in a story we’ve following on this blog for three years - here's the beginning of the story. In a historic landmark ruling, the Kenyan judiciary have ruled in favour of the communities that had taken...
  • Blog Post: 2010, that was the year that was. Part 2

    Sandsculpture marking the campaign to stop Hunterston power station (picture courtesy of blueriverstudios ) Looking back through the year’s posts it’s clear that there’s been a focus on estuaries and coastal wetlands. While I’m happy to admit a personal bias towards these particular...
  • Blog Post: Setback in campaign to save Kenya’s Tana River Delta

    The thirst of new energy from plants grown for fuel is a new and ravenous pressure on land resources around the world. The rapidly developing biofuels industry is being driven by misguided policies in Europe and across the developed world. The impact is being felt in countries like Kenya where local...
  • Blog Post: That Was the Week that Was.

    Is it just me? There seems to be a lot going on at the moment, and it’s a mixed bag for the natural world. A lot of the big stories this week directly relate to some of the most special places on Earth – so it’s worth a quick review. First up – and quite new news – the...
  • Blog Post: Tana River Delta – a future in the balance.

    You can add your name to support campaigning in Kenya to challenge decisions to press ahead with planting for biofuels. This puts pressure on land for growing food crops, water resources, the lives of local people and a rich natural environment. Want to find out more? You can listen to our Helen Byron...
  • Blog Post: Delta blues lift slightly

    The Tana River Delta on Kenya’s coast is at cross-roads. The massive pressure to exploit the area for growing sugar and biofuel crops amongst other development pressure is forcing an intense campaign to ensure that the delta’s peerless natural environment. We’ve been following the story...
  • Blog Post: It’s World Wetlands Day, hooray!

    World Wetlands day falls today, Candlemas – 2 February. A day marked in Mediaeval weather-lore ‘If Candlemas Day be fair and clear, there’ll be five winters in the year’. Let’s hope not! February fill-dyke , the month of snow-melt, is an appropriate time to celebrate...
  • Blog Post: Out of Africa – a round up of stories

    From the high veldt in South Africa One of the attractions of spending a couple of weeks in South Africa was the chance to escape a bit of the British winter – so why was I wrapped up, wishing I had brought gloves, walking into a foggy dawn? Altitude. I was visiting the high grasslands...
  • Blog Post: Fuel Hunger

    There were 10 in the bed and the little one said ‘roll over’. So they all rolled over and one fell out. The UK is increasing demand for biofuels and this will lead to the destruction of more natural habitat and actually create more climate changing greenhouse gas emissions than previously...
  • Blog Post: Time to end the big green biofuels con

    The current biofuels policies in the UK and Europe are driving habitat destruction in places such as Kenya and are perversely contributing to the emissions of greenhouse gases and thus making climate change worse. This much we know – and we’ve been following the stories of the Tana...
  • Blog Post: Tana River Delta

    On World Wetlands Day we featured some of East Africa's most important (and threatened) wetlands. You can listen, here , to the voice of Fahad Mohamed Musa - the captain of a dhow sailing out of the of island of Lamu in the delta of the Tana River. The port development featured in this BBC audio...
  • Blog Post: Time running out for the Tana River Delta

    The race is on to stop Kenya’s Tana River Delta becoming another tragic example of the rush for short term gain crushing the interests of local people and destroying a vital natural environment. You can read about why the Tana River Delta is so special here and there’s an update published...
  • Blog Post: Stepping up for nature’s special places home and away

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