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The need for species conservation has never been greater. Despite notable successes in improving the fortunes of a number of bird species, more are being forced onto the list of those that need attention, both globally and in the UK. If we want to have a
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São Tomé - palm oil plantations threatening crucial habitat for 3 Critically Endangered species
[Alice Ward-Francis updates us on what is going on in São Tomé] The beautiful oceanic islands of São Tomé and Príncipe are biodiversity hotspots. These two volcanic islands in the Gulf of Guinea have never been physically connected to either the African mainland...
20 Nov 2012
São Tomé - positive changes afoot
[Posted on behalf of Norbert Schaffer, Head of International Policy and Species Recovery - and apologies for the delay, corrupted file stopped play!] What a contrast between the rain, heat, mud and sweat we experienced in the habitat of the dwarf olive ibis and the white-collared, air conditioned...
27 Jan 2012
São Tomé - standing up for those smaller than ourselves
[Posted on behalf of José Tavares] “You are certainly aware that an oil palm plantation is the tropical equivalent of a corn field – almost zero biodiversity?” Norbert’s directness in the long meeting with the Dutch manager of a Belgian-French palm oil multinational...
19 Jan 2012
São Tomé - not the best at football, but boy, just look at the biodiversity!
[Posted on behalf of José Tavares] São Tomé’s world ranking – 196th. About right, nodded Luis, as we stood in the exuberant crowd watching the São Tomé-Lesotho official qualifier for the next CAN (Africa’s nations cup). It was Sunday, our only day...
18 Jan 2012
São Tomé – a heart-felt report from the field
[Posted on behalf of Norbert Schaffer, Head of International Policy and Species Recovery] And brilliant it was! A day I will never forget. The most memorable thing was not the tropical rain forest (completely untouched primary forest, and secondary forest after re-growth). Not the torrential rain...
16 Jan 2012
São Tomé - gearing up to search for endemics
[Posted on behalf of José Tavares, Partner Development Officer] “Brilliant!” Norbert’s face lit up. We were sitting in the open air hotel lobby/breakfast room, and so I looked out to see if he had spotted one of the endemic birds – I had heard the common São Tomé...
14 Jan 2012
São Tomé - saving forests, saving species
[Posted on behalf of José Tavares, Partner Development Officer] Smack. No matter how many times I come to the tropics, when I step out of a plane there is always that sudden, startling feeling that enchants me. Smack. This what Norbert Schaffer, myself and Luis Costa (Director of Birdlife Portugal...
13 Jan 2012
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