On 24-26 April 2012 in Bedfordshire (United Kingdom) annual European and Central Asian Partnership meeting of BirdLife International EPM 2012 took place. It was organized by one of the oldest conservation organization in the world - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Leaders of BirdLife's partner organizations from 32 countries of Europe and Central Asia participated in the meeting. Central Asia was presented by Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds and Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan. The main subjects were discussion of Global Strategy of BirdLife and Regional Programme 2013-2020, development of further cooperation of European and Central Asian Partners (ECA) and preparing for World Congress 2013.

On the first day of EPM 2012 after introductory presentation of Angelo Caserta, Regional Director of BirdLife, participants divided into 4 groups for discussion of structure and content of proposed program documents. Special attention was focused on Ecological Sustainability as a new part of the Strategy as well as on content of Global and Regional conservation programs, their correlation with national strategies of participating countries and possible contribution of partners in their realization. The session was finished by presentation of Werner Müller, Director of BirdLife Switzerland about 90 years' anniversary celebration plans. In historical excursus along with century-old photo materials photos of work of new partners such as UzSPB were presented.

Second day was dedicated to discussion of BirdLife's logo and started from speech of Marco Lambertini, Chief Executive Officer of BirdLife International. He noticed that for many years BirdLife's partners activity around the world was directed at conservation of all biodiversity and landscapes. Well-formed brand should strengthen BirdLife Partnership, promote new supporters attracting and reflect all real activity but not only protection of birds. After that participants divided into small groups and discussed 5 main directions of BirdLife's logo developing and opportunities for strengthen organization by new logo. Participants were also asked to answer the key question - are they ready to use BirdLife's logo near logo of their own organization. Recommendations and remarks about main questions of the meeting will be submited for consideration on World Congress 2013.

On the third day RSPB staff organized extremely interesting cultural program. Participants visited BirdLife Secretariat in Cambridge and RSPB office in Sandy as well as Lodge, Titchwell Marsh and Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserves.

Supported by: BirdLife International NABU

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