Governments, citizens and private actors all participate in conservation of nature.
From saving threatened and endangered plants and animals, to establishing and managing biosphere reserves and protected areas, conservation is about protecting species and ecosystems - natural resources upon which humans depend. DW presents an automated compilation of content touching on conservation.
France has lost a third of its songbirds over the past 15 years. According to two recent studies, finches and larks, warblers and yellowhammers are all disappearing fast. For game birds like quail and partridge, the picture is even more alarming. John Laurenson traveled to rural western France to find out why.
Why, indeed? It's a good question for hunters who use lead shot or bullets. Tens of thousands of tons of lead ammunition are still sold in Europe every year. David Scallan, a senior conservation manager with the European Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation, talks about his position on the banning of lead shot to protect wetland birds.
Migratory birds face a lot of hazards on the way to their breeding grounds, including hunters. And when lead shot or bullets are used, it becomes a problem for the rest of us as well. Ruth Cromie, of the UK-based Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, spoke with DW about the problems with lead ammunition and why it should be eliminated.
Colombia is one of the world's richest countries when it comes to birdlife. But until recently much of this wildlife was inaccessible to visitors due to violence in the countryside. As Colombia's civil war winds down, former conflict zones are becoming world renowned birdwatching spots. And conservations hope that this hobby will help to preserve the country's forests.
On this week's show, Colombia's impressive birdlife has survived civil war. Can it now help save the country's forests? Alien iguanas are invading the US state of Florida with dramatic results. Plus, why South-East Asia's longest river could be destroyed in just a few decades.
In a bid to halt environmental damage, Thai authorities have ordered the temporary closure of one of the country’s most famous beaches. Maya Bay, which is best known from Leonardo di Caprio’s movie, The Beach, has been visited by millions. Now the beach will be closed for four months every year.
As water temperatures rise and ocean acidity levels increase, corals are dying off at record rates. Now, researchers believe they may be able to prevent coral bleaching in parts of the world's largest coral reef system.