New Caledonia (to France) - Société Calédonienne d’Ornithologie (SCO)

BirdLife Partner Designate


Founded in: 1965
Members: 81
Staff: 4
Address: 41 rue du 18 juin, Nouméa, NC
Tel/Fax: +687 233342
Email: president@sco.asso.nc
Web: www.sco.asso.nc

Mission of the organisation

The Société Calédonienne d’Ornithologie contributes to improving knowledge about the birds of New Caledonia and is involved in the protection of both the birds and the habitats upon which they depend.

The SCO pays special attention to working with communities to promote better understanding and sustainable management of the island’s unique ornithological resources.

Key Activities

  • The Société Calédonienne d’Ornithologie works in liaison with many local and international organisations to improve and promote the knowledge of New Caledonian birds
  • The SCO pays special attention to working with communities to promote better understanding and sustainable management of the island’s unique ornithological resources
  • The Société Calédonienne d’Ornithologie works in liaison with many local and international organisations to improve and promote the knowledge of New Caledonian birds
  • The SCO is involved in environmental impact assessment and acts as an environmental watchdog where necessary
  • The SCO organizes a wide range of fieldtrips, participates in special events about the environment and gives presentations in schools or for community groups so as to increase public awareness
  • The SCO publishes a quarterly newsletter, called “Le Cagou”, for its members and partners

Recent Achievements

  • The office of the Société Calédonienne d’Ornithologie, which is open to public, contains the most complete range of birds-related documentation in the Territory
  • An office in the North Province was opened in 2007
  • The SCO has completed the IBA identification process, funded by the European Commission as part of a Pacific regional project to implement the IBA programme
  • In partnership with a steering committee composed of government, customary, scientific and non-governmental stakeholders, the SCO has identified and published a network of sites important for birds and, more generally, for biodiversity
  • Management plans for two IBAs are being discussed with the local communities and other local and national stakeholders
  • A bird monitoring scheme for these two IBAs has been initiated in 2008
  • SCO participates in the Packard Foundation-funded BirdLife programme aimed at restoring seabird colonies in the Pacific and has  completed baiting of three islets (for rats) in the Northern Lagoon IBA of New Caledonia’s Grande Terre. The removal of rats from these islets will help protect important breeding habitats for a number of seabird species including the nationally highly threatened Fairy Tern
  • SCO is monitoring seabird species outside IBAs, carries out new surveys, and implements a rescue project on Petrels and Shearwaters
  • Since April 2009, SCO hosts the Kagu Recovery Plan (KRP) and its coordinator. KRP is a partnership between local institutions and NGOs working together to protect this Endangered emblem of New Caledonia