Habitats for migratory birds lost and degraded

Habitats for migratory birds are being lost and degraded as a result of human activities, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

"World Migratory Bird Day"

UNEP says that the annual migration of approximately 50 billion birds is one of nature’s great natural wonders. Charles Appel reports.

On their epic journeys, often spanning thousands of kilometres, migratory birds cross many borders, stopping in different countries and ecosystems.

However, the UN Environment Programme warns that each year, more and more of the habitats that birds need to complete their journeys are either diminishing or disappearing altogether.

This is mainly caused by the growing human population, rapid urbanization and unsustainable use of land.  Land is lost through deforestation, intensive agriculture, biofuel production, land reclamation, urbanization and mining.

To highlight this problem, “World Migratory Bird Day” is being observed on 14 and 15 May in more than 50 countries, under the theme “Land use changes from a bird’s-eye view”.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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