January 2018: Updated Blueprint and 7th SAVE Report

By Irene Sabiniarz | 31st January 2018

Following the successful annual SAVE meeting in the Bangladesh Sundarbans, we are delighted to release the full SAVE report detailing the updated priorities, the full program, the transcript of the meeting, participants, photos, SAVE updates and highlights of 2017, as well as the main body of reporting all activities against each Blueprint activity. The most…

January 2018: South India Vulture Meeting urges State Govts to restrict supply of vet drugs unsafe for vultures.

By Irene Sabiniarz | 24th January 2018

An important vulture meeting for the Southern states of India was held in Ooty, Tamil Nadu last week. Hosted by the Government Arts College, and Dr B Ramakrishnan, with support from Raptor Research & Conservation Foundation. There was Government and NGO representation from five South Indian states. There will be published proceedings from the meeting…

December 2017: Asian vulture population estimates lower than previously thought

By Irene Sabiniarz | 19th December 2017

Blog by Dr Toby Galligan, Senior Conservation Scientist, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science South Asia’s vultures underwent catastrophic population declines in the 1990s and 2000s. The veterinary drug diclofenac, a cure-all for cattle, but a poison to vultures, was the cause of these crashes. Vultures were exposed to diclofenac while carrying out their ecosystem service…

November 2017: 7th Save Meeting and RSC held in Bangladesh

By Irene Sabiniarz | 28th November 2017

This year’s SAVE meeting hosted by Bangladesh Forest Department and IUCN Bangladesh, will always be remembered for the spectacular setting on two boats in the Sundarbans. 38 delegates assembled for the two days of continuous meetings, reporting the progress and challenges of the past year, and then updating the SAVE Blueprint and priorities. Delegates representing…

November 2017: First release of critically endangered vultures in Nepal

By Irene Sabiniarz | 10th November 2017

On the 9th of November 2017, the Government of Nepal and national and international conservation organisations released critically endangered white-rumped vultures Gyps bengalensis, in the first event of its kind in South Asia. The Secretary of the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, the Director General of Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and…

November 2017: Vulture Multi-species Action Plan Approved

By Irene Sabiniarz | 3rd November 2017

The Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), has given enthusiastic approval for adoption of the finalised draft Multi-species Action Plan (Vulture MsAP – note the link is to the summary). The meeting was held in Manila, Philippines during the week up to 28th…

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