BirdLife: The Magazine Apr-Jun 2018 - Page 7

bird bul l et in Middle East Fifty-eight conservation organisations across 30 countries supported an open letter to Lebanon’s President, urging him to honour his promise for stricter hunting law enforcement. Despite the efforts of SPNL (BirdLife in Lebanon), throughout 2017 hunting regulations were not fully respected or implemented, with illegal bird killing still rife. The letter, penned by Croatian conservationists, was sent on 20th February. Three forest defenders in Cambodia were killed after confronting illegal loggers in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary this January. A forest ranger, a military police officer and an employee of conservation group WCS Cambodia were shot by Government armed forces who back illegal logging. Two suspects have been apprehended, but this incident is part of a recent worrying trend. ASIA PACIFIC In February it was revealed that BirdFair 2017 had raised an incredible £333,000 for BirdLife’s work – the second largest amount in the event’s history. This will fund invasive species eradication on the remote but incredibly biodiverse Pacific island of Rapa Iti, French Polynesia, home to Endangered endemic species such as the Rapa Fruit-dove. Read about this year’s project on page 28. apr-jun 2018 • birdlife HBW checklist adopted by major European research body One of our foremost scientific publications has been chosen as the official taxonomic reference by the European Bird Census Council (EBCC), an association of expert ornithologists whose research informs the conservation of birds across Europe. The HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World has been described by the EBCC Board as “a classification system that is standardised, trustworthy and globally accepted, and is also likely to stand the test of time.” We are proud that our Checklist meets these high standards and will inform the EBCC’s important work, including the 2nd European Breeding Bird Atlas (www.ebba2. info), the pioneering citizen science project EuroBirdPortal (www. eurobirdportal.org), and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (www.ebcc.info/ pecbm.html). The Checklist has already been adopted as the official bird classification system by the European Union (Birds Directive), the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and the IUCN Red List. This latest development is a further accolade for the publication. 7