Europe and Central Asia

About BirdLife Europe and Central Asia

Stichting BirdLife Europe (also referred to as BirdLife Europe) is the European and Central Asian Division of BirdLife International, and is one of the six regional offices, or secretariats, of BirdLife International, a global Partnership of autonomous, national non-governmental conservation organisations, with a large grassroots membership in 122 countries and territories.

BirdLife International’s mission is to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, by working with people in their communities towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

Stichting BirdLife Europe is a Dutch foundation, which operates in Belgium, and is the legal entity responsible for the European & Central Asian secretariat. Stichting means ‘foundation’ in Dutch.

Stichting BirdLife Europe has an international team of permanent staff responsible for conservation, science, policy, advocacy, capacity building, fundraising, communications, and finance and administration supporting the 49 European and Central Asian Birdlife Partners.

Stichting BirdLife Europe gratefully receives funds from different sources including, but not limited to,  the European Commission which provides a core grant for some of its operational budget. For a variety of different project grants and tenders, Stichting BirdLife is also supported by the European Commission, and foundations, among others,  such as the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the Mava Foundation, and the Oak Foundation, not to mention corporations such as Heidelberg Cement and contributions from its European Partners.


Why does EU policy matter?


Key facts

  • We are active in 48 countries
  • We have over 4,100 staff working on nature conservation
  • We have more than two million members
  • We own or manage over 6,000 nature sites covering over 320,000 hectares


Our focus

Through our unique local to global approach and partnership of national conservation organizations, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia delivers long-term conservation solutions for the benefit of nature and people. 

We use evidence-based science to inform our conservation action on the ground, and to influence the policy and decision making of governments and business leaders.

Our Work programmes

Our EU Policy Work

2016 Highlights




Contact information

Stichting BirdLife Europe

Avenue de la Toison d'Or 67,
B-1060 Bruxelles, BELGIUM
Tel: +32 2 280 08 30
Fax: +32 2 230 38 02
Twitter: @BirdLifeEurope
VAT number: BE0823675597

    Stichting BirdLife Europe gratefully acknowledges financial support from the European Commission. All content and opinions expressed on these pages are solely those of Stichting BirdLife Europe.