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Seabirds - Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation

Heimo Mikkola

University of Eastern Finland

Dr. Mikkola has traveled to 128 countries in the course of his 40-year research career working for several international organizations (FAO, World Bank, UNDP, African Development Bank, EU) and development agencies (DANIDA, NORAD, MFA of Finland). He authored/co-authored more than 240 journals. Due to his numerous scientific papers and international books he was given in 1988. a title: Adjunct Professor in Zoology, at the University of Kuopio (now part of the large Eastern Finland University).


Monitoring Ringing Plastic Waste Oil Spills Alien Predators Egg Collectors Overfishing Targeted Fishing Bioindicators Ecosystems New Conservation Ideas Challenges

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In this book, at least the following bird groups and families are included as seabirds, namely albatrosses, auks, boobies, cormorants, eiders, frigatebirds, fulmars, gannets, grebes, guillemots, gulls, jaegers, kittiwakes, loons, noddies, penguins, petrels, prions, puffins, razorbills, scoters, shags, shearwaters, skimmers, skuas, storm-petrels, terns and tropic-birds. After monitoring the populations on 162 species it was noted that the global seabirds have declined by 70% between 1950 and 2010 and that some families, like terns, have suffered an almost 90% decrease in numbers after 1950. Global climate change and the disappearance of food sources are often mentioned as the main causes of the decrease in seabird populations. And we know that the plastic waste and oil spills are also taking their toll in seabird numbers.

This book aims to find new technologies and bright ideas on how we can improve seabird conservation. Definitely, it requires changes in the fishing methods and better control of the human activities in and nearby the seabird colonies.

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Heimo Mikkola

University of Eastern Finland

Heimo Mikkola obtained his PhD from the University of Kuopio, Finland, where he has been teaching before and between his foreign assignments since 1972. Prior to that, he taught for two years at the University of Oulu, Finland, where he obtained his MSc in 1970. In 1988, he became an adjunct professor at the University of Eastern Finland. He has well more than 30 years of experience in development policy and cooperation through working with growing responsibilities in international organizations, including the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), the European Union, UN System, and World Bank. As Resident Representative of FAO and regularly acting Resident Coordinator of the entire UN System, he managed the daily operations and donor coordination in six countries in the period 1989–2007: Mozambique, Swaziland (now Eswatini ), Malawi, Gambia, Nigeria, and Uruguay. These regional and country-level activities included education management, food aid and food security, diplomatic representation as Head of the Mission, HIV/AIDS counseling, human rights, peacekeeping, refugee problems, and women in development.

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