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Women at Oursi have every reason to smile as Site Support Group launches small business to alleviate poverty

Wed, 22/07/2015 - 08:26

As part of BirdLife’s Improving Livelihoods Project in Oursi village, Burkina Faso, together with Living on the Edge, a sustainable land use project in the Sahel region, a local community has launched a grinding mill. The aim is to generate income and to alleviate hardships faced by both women and children in processing food for consumption at the household level.

Africa Burkina Faso Local Engagement and Empowerment - Africa

Community empowerment in Ruyigi through local-led conservation

Tue, 26/05/2015 - 16:40

The community of Ruyigi in the East of Burundi, represented by the association Serukubeze, a Site Support Group (SSG), is engaged in protecting the Mpungwe Mountain Chain, the country’s largest ecosystem.

Africa Burundi

SSG institutional capacity building crucial to biodiversity conservation

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 10:31

Site Support Groups in Kenya continue to gain strength in capacity to help conserve great biodiversity in the Lake Victoria Basin.

Africa Kenya Capacity Development

Empowering Local Communities in Fiji

Thu, 28/02/2013 - 23:05

Fiji's Sisi Initiative Site Support Group was recently celebrated with an award ceremony in the Natewa Tunuloa IBA for winning their Equator Prize 2012. During the ceremony Sisi announced how their community protected forest is benefiting their fisheries, and how they are also starting an ambitious new project in their IBA...


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

Sustainable utilization of wetland resources by a Local Conservation Group: Case of Nyabarongo Wetlands, Rwanda.

Thu, 13/12/2012 - 13:48

Wetlands, birds and people benefit from each other in Rwanda


Una Introducción a la Conservación y a los Derechos Humanos Para los Socios de BirdLife International

Thu, 08/11/2012 - 11:44

Una Introducción a la Conservación y a los Derechos Humanos Para los Socios de BirdLife International brinda una visión general de algunos de los derechos humanos relevantes en el contexto de la conservación.


Petrels fuel Fijian exchange programme

Fri, 02/11/2012 - 02:58

Community members from two BirdLife Fiji Programme Site Support Groups recently visited a NatureFiji-MareqetiViti project on Gau Island to learn about petrel conservation techniques...


Empowering the Grassroots Megaposter

Wed, 17/10/2012 - 11:09

BirdLife has won the COP 11 Jury Choice Award for the “Mega-poster” exhibition and competition organised by the CBD Secretariat’s Biodiversity for Development Unit.


Children's Festival in Lebanon celebrates the "Secrets of Bird Migration and Forests of Hope"

Wed, 17/10/2012 - 10:33

A day full of environmental activities attracted more than 150 students aged between 8 and 12 from Aanjar and its neighboring villages in Lebanon under the theme of “The Secrets of Bird Migration and Forests of Hope”.

Middle East Lebanon Forests of Hope

Eight ways to unleash the potential of local organisations

Sun, 16/09/2012 - 10:43

Eight ways to unleash the potential of local organisations, a policy brief authored jointly with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and t


Gaining recognition for community-based organisations at Zambales Mountains IBA, the Philippines

Sun, 16/09/2012 - 10:39

Sales of tree seedlings from communal nurseries set up by forest dependent families in the municipality of Mangatarem, in the east of the island of Luzon, The Philippines, have provided enough income to meet daily needs, while helping with the reforestation of the Zambales Mountains Important Bird Area.

Asia Philippines Local Engagement and Empowerment Programme

Living on the Edge: protecting and restoring ecosystems in the Sahel

Sun, 16/09/2012 - 10:29

Birds and people depend on natural resources for their survival. The intricate link between people and their environment is especially apparent in the Sahel, with its millions of people (and hundreds of millions of goats), its unpredictable rainfall, and the increasing pressure on wetlands, trees and grasslands which are also used by billions of migratory and Afrotropical birds.

Africa Burkina Faso Local Engagement and Empowerment - Africa

Livelihoods and conservation in the Philippines

Sun, 16/09/2012 - 10:25

The Mount Hilong-hilong Important Bird Area (IBA), one of the last tracts of lowland rainforest in the northeast of mainland Mindanao in the Philippines, is the home of the globally threatened Philippine Eagle, and of the indigenous Mamanwas and Manobos.

Asia Philippines Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Asia

School attendance rises and disease falls in the Bagyeli/Bakola communities

Sun, 16/09/2012 - 10:18

Indigenous Bagyeli and Bakola communities in Cameroon are highly marginalised, and most live in poverty.

Africa Cameroon

Micro-loans and a voice for women around the Gola Rainforest National Park

Sun, 16/09/2012 - 10:09

As part of the “Across The River” Trans-boundary Peace Park project in the Gola forest between Sierra Leone and Liberia, BirdLife Partners are making sure that local people benefit from the conservation and sustainable use of the forest.


Securing tenure and livelihoods in Paraguay’s Atlantic Forest

Sun, 16/09/2012 - 09:51

BirdLife Partner Guyra Paraguay is working with local communities at Important Bird Areas to demonstrate how conserving biodiversity can improve the quality of life and livelihoods, and alleviate poverty.

Americas Paraguay Local Engagement and Empowerment Programme - Americas

Conservation, community benefits and a new Ramsar site: Ten years of conservation in western Madagascar.

Mon, 30/07/2012 - 09:37

A decade working on wetlands in Madagascar has lead to a Ramsar designation and a host of community benefits.

Africa Madagascar Local Engagement and Empowerment - Africa