Scientific expertise for the benefit of society

Radiotracking in Greece by Victoria Saravia HOS (BirdLife Greece)

BirdLife has since the start developed solid scientific expertise for the protection of biodiversity that provides sustainable services to society. Our expertise allows us to realise achievements on the ground and bring about policy change.

Birds and the environment - Birds are central to our identity because they are the best indicators of the conservation status of any given area in the world.

We aim at protecting wildlife in general and based on data on the status of bird species we define the condition of an entire ecosystem and provide recommendations for how to improve the health of the environmental when needed.

Our international research centre, located in Cambridge, UK, is recognised worldwide. The scientific data produced by BirdLife’s experts is internationally acclaimed and provides a vital source of information for the scientific community, corporations, students and governments.     

IUCN Red List - As the referent authority for the conservation of birds in the world, BirdLife produces annually the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List for birds. The IUCN Red List is widely considered to be the most objective and authoritative system for classifying species in terms of the risk of extinction.

Worldwide scientific recognition - BirdLife Europe also engages with high-level international groups and forums to protect species and habitats. The conservation and science team supports the Bern Convention, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). It also assists the promotion and implementation of international programmes such as the Emerald Network of the Bern Convention or the Action Plan to Conserve Migratory Landbirds of the CMS.

Scientific staff - Our 49 national Partners in Europe and Central Asia are almost exclusively comprised of scientists and conservationists. Their main conservation activities, such as restoration of nature sites, site monitoring and data collection require a high level of expertise.

Science-based work - Our advocacy work targeting the European Institutions is always based on scientific facts; this gives us credibility and adds value to our participation in decision-making bodies. The reliability of our expertise also allows us to contribute to the legislative process in the field of biodiversity in the EU.

Local communities - Our national Partners run projects on the ground that always respect the local communities concerned.  Our activities are developed in such a way that they improve site protection without impacting on local traditions and ways of life. As sustainability is at the core of our work, local communities are involved in project activities, guaranteeing improvement of the environment and long-term conservation work.


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.


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