An inspiring network of dedicated organisations
We are inspired by high-impact civil society organisations operating on the front line of nature conservation and sustainable development. We support BirdLife Partners around the world to overcome the challenges constraining the scope and scale of their impact.
Hatching new civil society organisations
We create conservation capacity in the most important places for biodiversity on the planet. We help develop independent civil society organisations and hatch successful BirdLife Partners to safeguard the future of conservation where it matters most.
Supporting high impact national organisations
Harnessing the unique power of the BirdLife International Partnership, we provide customised support to national organisations around the world. We consolidate resources and expertise from over 100 Partners to encourage mutual exchange and peer support.
SAVE Brasil: from a site-based project to a strategic national organisation
We believe that local capacity and local engagement are key to tackling the loss of biodiversity and the climate crisis. This is what BirdLife is all about, and SAVE Brasil is an amazing example of what we are here to do. Evolving from a country programme into a national organisation with its own governance and its own priorities, SAVE is doing incredible work in Brazil. The Atlantic forest wouldn’t be what it is without them. – Patricia Zurita, CEO, BirdLife International
A core focus of BirdLife’s work is establishing national conservation organisations in countries rich in biodiversity where there are none present. So far, we’ve helped to develop highly successful independent NGOs in Madagascar, Indonesia, Fiji, Morocco and Brazil.
Brazil is considered the second most important country for bird conservation in the world, with more than 1,800 species, over 170 of which are globally threatened. In the absence of an existing NGO suitable to become a BirdLife Partner, in 2000 BirdLife established the Brazil Country Programme, thanks to a grant from the British Birdwatching Fair.
full-time staff members
Privately owned reserves
The programme had the clear purpose of protecting sites and species in need of urgent attention, as well as laying the foundations to ‘hatch’ a full BirdLife Partner. To begin with, we focused on the Atlantic forest, the priority habitat for threatened species. Very little information existed on much of this area, so we began by building our knowledge of the most important sites for birds and biodiversity. Early successes included declaring the Murici forest a strict ecological reserve, and developing a nature reserve in Serra das Lontras. Over time, the work of the programme grew beyond the Atlantic forest to the Amazon, Pantanal and Cerrado.
BirdLife also focused on strengthening the management and leadership skills of the programme staff. This long-term support allowed the programme to widen its focus to include advocacy and collaboration with the government. By this point, the leaders of the organisation were confident they had the skills and influence to operate independently.
In 2007, SAVE Brasil embarked on the second phase of its growth: developing a membership and expanding its public profile in order to raise funding from domestic sources. From 2009 to 2014, the organisation continued to build its capacity, and with the help of an Arcadia Foundation funded grant, strengthened its governance and created long-term development plans.
“The capacity development support from BirdLife has enhanced the stability of SAVE Brasil, allowing us to reform our governance system and engage with many more people. The result was that, between 2015 and 2019, our on-the-ground conservation impacts took a huge step up.” – Pedro Develey, CEO, SAVE Brasil
SAVE Brazil is now a full BirdLife Partner, with over 20 full-time staff members and 226 members. They are engaged in both national and international conservation, especially in the Atlantic Forests and the Southern cone grasslands, working on 400 species and 10 protected areas, including two privately-owned reserves.
Nature Mauritania: Protecting Mauritania’s biodiversity and its local economy
In my opinion, the strength of Hatch lies in the technical support of the BirdLife Partnership at all levels. For Nature Mauritanie, Hatch is the ONLY opportunity to move towards technical and financial empowerment. – Djibril Diallo, Executive Director of Nature Mauritanie
Bound by the Western Sahara and the Atlantic Ocean, Mauritania is home to critically important coastal biodiversity and hosts millions of migratory waterbirds during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months. The string of inland wetlands just south of the Sahara are crucial for the survival of tens of millions of migratory birds that rely on the resources they find in the Sahel before and after crossing the majestic desert. Both of these ecosystems are crucial for birds, but both are fragile and face big threats. Leading national conservation efforts with outstanding results is Nature Mauritanie, the country’s pioneering conservation organisation.
Nature Mauritanie works to protect places such as the Banc d’Arguin National Park, a World Heritage Site and a breeding haven for key species including flamingos, Broad-billed Sandpipers, pelicans and terns. The waters here are some of the richest fishing waters in Western Africa and serve as nesting grounds for the entire region.
Nature Mauritanie is also a great example of the amazing power of the BirdLife Partnership in supporting national conservation organisations in countries with rich biodiversity and emergent civil society. Working in close collaboration with Vogelbescherming Nederland (BirdLife in the Netherlands) as well as BirdLife Secretariat, in less than a decade Nature Mauritania has transformed from a one-person operation to a strong, effective national organisation.
‘VBN’s international strategy emphasises the conservation of migratory shorebirds and landbirds – two bird groups that are very important to our country – and Mauritania is a place where these groups converge. We have accompanied the development of Nature Mauritanie for several years now. We are convinced that it will become the lead organisation in the region in our quest to conserve and sustainably manage the critical sites that both birds and people need to survive’. Jaime Garcia Moreno, Vogelbescherming Nederland
Nature Mauritanie’s vision is to be ‘a credible NGO on the national and regional scene, able to give a scientific opinion to positively influence conservation policies and strategies in Mauritania and in the sub-region’. It works to protect critical wetland ecosystems, with the help of local communities who benefit from biodiversity through improved livelihoods.
key sites for biodiversity protected
Species benefiting from conservation action
local communities benefiting from improved livelihoods
The long-term support to Nature Mauritanie, including technical assistance as well as strengthening its management and leadership, has helped the organisation from its inception in 2004 to becoming a full BirdLife Partner organisation in 2016. Currently, Nature Mauritanie works at seven key wetland sites with seven full time staff, protecting over 200 species, including the Black-tailed Godwit and Lesser Flamingo.
In 2020, Nature Mauritanie is ready to embrace a new phase of growth. With a new, clear and ambitious strategy, it plans to become more engaged in regional and international conservation issues. The BirdLife Partnership stands united behind this ambition, connected by birds in global issues and solutions.
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