• Who we are

    The BirdLife Partnership in the Middle East is a network of nine national NGOs with headquarters in Amman, Jordan. We work to build conservation capacity in the region and promote the conservation of natural resources with an emphasis on human needs and nature. Read more about BirdLife Middle East


  • What we do

    The Partnership’s experience in working with long-standing national non-governmental organisations supports the development of newer organisations into independent, self-sustaining national NGOs. Read more about our programmes.


  • Where we work

    The BirdLife Middle East Partnership’s conservation work crosses national borders. Through conservation work that respects ancient traditions, the empowerment of local people in the Middle East is bringing benefits for nature and communities worldwide. Read more about our work.


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News Overview

Growing hope for plants in Lebanon

Sat, 17/05/2014 - 14:49

A collaborative team are on a data-collection mission to classify the extinction risk of rare and endemic Lebanese plants. Once determined, the team (funded by CEPF) can then target conservation and create Plant Micro-Reserves to protect these species.

Middle East Lebanon

CEPF grant to bring hunting in Lebanon under control

Thu, 20/02/2014 - 14:51

The Lebanese Environment Forum has received a CEPF large grant of over $180,000 to promote sustainable hunting practices in Lebanon, using a community-based approach.

Middle East Lebanon Migratory Birds and Flyways - Africa

New web tool to help migratory soaring birds gets lift-off

Mon, 10/02/2014 - 14:36

The BirdLife UNDP/GEF Migratory Soaring Birds project has launched a new web tool that will help protect migratory soaring birds along the Red Sea/Rift Valley Flyway.

Middle East Migratory Birds and Flyways - Africa

International gathering on saving drying lakes

Wed, 04/09/2013 - 10:58

Academics, NGO representatives and public officials from ten countries in the Middle East, Balkans and Africa are attending the International Gathering on Saving Drying Lakes in Burdur, Turkey, organised by Doğa Derneği (BirdLife in Turkey), next 17-18 September.

Middle East Turkey

Turkish Northern Bald Ibis fly south

Tue, 13/08/2013 - 08:25

Six Northern Bald Ibis that were released in Turkey as part of a trial re-introduction have begun their migration south

Middle East Syria Preventing Extinctions

The Migratory Soaring Birds project launches its brand new website!

Wed, 03/07/2013 - 09:29

The Migratory Soaring Birds project proudly announces the launch of its brand new website ! Easy to use and navigate, this website...

Middle East Migratory Birds and Flyways

New Chairman for BirdLife International

Wed, 19/06/2013 - 19:17

BirdLife’s incoming Chairman Khaled Anis Irani is President of The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN, BirdLife Partner in Jordan).

Middle East Jordan

Nature Iraq's Festival in the Marshes

Mon, 03/06/2013 - 10:49

Richard Porter, BirdLife's Middle East adviser, had the privilege of attending Nature Iraq's spring festival and his personal account was broadcast on BBC's From Our Own Correspondent and in their news magazine.

Middle East Iraq Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

Kuwait's new arabic-language field guide is testimony to work of dedicated field workers

Fri, 26/04/2013 - 11:19

The Kuwait Environment Protection Society have built a network of people to survey and monitor birds across their country.

Middle East Kuwait Capacity Development

Iraqi conservationist wins the Goldman Environmental Prize for restoring the 'Garden of Eden'

Wed, 17/04/2013 - 03:01

The Goldman Environmental Foundation has announced the six recipients of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize, a group of fearless leaders working against all odds to protect the environment and their communities. Amongst this year’s winners is Azzam Alwash, CEO of Nature Iraq, BirdLife’s Partner in the country.

Middle East Iraq Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

Hundreds of hikers walking through Lebanon for the conservation of birds

Tue, 02/04/2013 - 16:16

Wearing boots and armed with only the country's new hunting regulations, 150 hikers are trekking through Lebanon for bird conservation

Middle East Lebanon Migratory Birds and Flyways

Bird boxes Iraqi-style

Wed, 27/03/2013 - 10:59

An exciting project in Iraq is developing the next generation of young conservationists and also helping birds.

Middle East Iraq Local Empowerment - Middle East

SPNL receives “Best Practice” Award from the United Nations for improving the living environment through Hima system

Tue, 19/02/2013 - 07:30

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL – BirdLife in Lebanon) recently received an international ‘best practice’ award for their work at the Qolieleh Hima site, where they are preserving the coast and improving living conditions for local people.

Middle East Lebanon Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

CEPF Eastern Afromontane Hotspot launched in Arabian Peninsula

Thu, 14/02/2013 - 11:56

At an event hosted by the Saudi Wildlife Authority at the King Khalid University in Abha, Saudi Arabia, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) launched its plan to invest $9.8 million over five years in conserving the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot.

Middle East Saudi Arabia

Update: Small grants also available for Mediterranean hotspot conservation- apply now

Fri, 16/11/2012 - 11:37

BirdLife International invite new Letters of Inquiry from NGOs, Community Groups and other Civil Society organisations for small grants to conserve biodiversity in the Mediterranean Basin Hotspot.

Middle East