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BirdLife’s Conservation Programmes in the Americas

The work of the BirdLife Americas Partnership is aligned to BirdLife International’s 2013-2020 Strategy, which sets the global Partnership’s objectives for saving species, conserving sites and habitats, encouraging ecological sustainability, and empowering people. The Strategy is translated into action through BirdLife’s nine global Programmes (Preventing Extinctions, Important Bird Areas, Seabird and Marine, Migratory Birds and Flyways, Forests of Hope, Local Empowerment, Capacity Development, Invasive Alien Species, and Climate Change), plus a number of regional programmes.

  • Keel-billed Toucan Photo: Murray Cooper

    Forests of Hope - Americas

    Forest covers or covered a vast area of the tropics from Mexico and the Caribbean to Paraguay, Argentina and Southern Brazil, including the vast forests of the Amazon Basin, Cerrado, Chaco and Andes. The region is estimated to hold around 48% of the world’s tropical rainforests. It also contains large areas of other tropical forest types, including moist deciduous forest, mountain forest, dry forest, shrubland and subtropical humid forest (which exists at higher but still tropical latitudes). On the coasts are extensive mangrove forests.
  • Plovers and cows on the grasslands in Uruguay

    Grasslands - Pastizales del Cono Sur

    The Pampas grasslands of southern South America provide some of the richest cattle grazing in the world, and are also of global importance for biodiversity conservation, with over 280 bird species. But only a tiny percentage of these grasslands remains in a natural state, and even this remnant is threatened by agricultural intensification.
  • Meseta Lago Buenos Aires. Photo: Aves Argentinas/Ambiente Sur

    High Andean wetlands

    The High Andean Wetlands are home to some of South America’s most threatened bird species, and are vital links in the chain of sites used by migratory birds which breed in North America.
  • Plate-billed Mountain-toucan, Andigena laminirostris.

    Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Americas

    To date, 2345 IBAs have been identified in the Americas, with almost 3000 expected when the process is complete. Important Bird Areas of the Americas: Priority Sites for Biodiversity Conservation, was the result of a collaborative effort in all 57 countries and territories across the hemisphere, including the 23 organisations of the BirdLife Americas Partnership.
  • Black-browed albatross.

    Marine - Americas

    All 22 of the world’s albatross species are of conservation concern, either Near Threatened or globally threatened. Five are considered Endangered, and three Critically Endangered. The primary cause of the recent precipitous declines in albatross populations is fatal interactions with large-scale industrial fisheries. I
  • Migratory Birds and Flyways - Americas

    Many of the 350 migrant species that breed in North America and winter in Central and South America and the Caribbean are in rapid decline. BirdLife in the Americas is working to advance bird conservation throughout the range used by these migrants, and is creating lasting partnerships across national borders.
  • Preventing Extinctions - Americas

    South America is the ‘bird continent’; with more species than anywhere else on earth. The extensive lowland forests and the Andean mountain chain have led to the evolution of a wealth of bird species. Of the 4,346 bird species recorded in the Americas, 559 are considered threatened; 87 bird species are categorised as Critically Endangered, in imminent danger of extinction.