France - Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO)
Address: Fonderies Royales, 8 rue du Docteur Pujos, BP 90263
Mission of the organisation
Working to protect birds and wildlife for people, and to stop the decline in biodiversity, through knowledge, conservation, raising awareness amongst the public to engage their support.
- Coordination of a network of 43 financially independent LPO sections.
- With the network, management of 171 sites (23,219 hectares in metropolitan France. It manages 10 visitor centres, with a total of over 250,000 visitors per year.
- Coordination and/or application of action plans for nationally threatened species (Bearded vulture, Lesser Kestrel, Amsterdam Albatross)
Protection of breeding sites, identification of the causes of extinction, population monitoring, public awareness campaigns for globally threatened species.
- Active in Environment Ministry’s nature protection committees, at national and regional level.
- Development of education tools with schools for use in the classroom.
- Development and expansion of a network of Refuges on private land managed for the benefit of wildlife (15,500 covering 25,400 ha all over France).
- Media work and publications :2 magazines for members and general public, 1 for young people, 1 for specialists.
- Collaborative work with the local bird NGO in overseas departments and territories.
- Lobbying for the application of European policies in these overseas entities.
- Monitoring the application of Birds and Habitats Directives in metropolitan France, and the application of national laws. Court cases where necessary.