Local Empowerment - Pacific
BirdLife's Local Engagement & Empowerment Programme provides support to help individuals and local groups. We aim to promote sustainable livelihoods that directly benefit, or at least remove the pressure on,some of the highest priority sites for wildlife in the region.
Our "local-to-global" structure means that we are able to bring local voices to the the attention of national and international decision-makers. Experience shows the value of linking people and institutions across scales and geography, to share resources, practical knowledge and expertise.
We believe that BirdLife's 'local-to-global' approach is well suited to conservation measures in the Pacific. Land tenure rests within the jurisdiction of local communities. Natural resource management in the Pacific is heavily governed by traditional kinship. It seems only natural to work with those local communities that continue to maintain wildlife-rich areas within their jurisdication.
We would like to develop a programme to especially engage with young people through a region-wide Enviromental Education initiative, further strengthen the capacity of Local Conservation Groups and explore links between Birds and Culture.
Click to read more about Pacific Local Empowerment Programme projects.
- Saving Paradise – Protecting Pacific Island Forests by Empowering Community Action Projects
- Realising Fiji's Dream: working towards sustainable forest management for people, for nature, forever.
- Saving Globally Threatened birds at Fiji’s Mount Nabukelevu IBA through a Community-based reforestation and sustainable land management approach.
- Delivering sustainable forest management for Fiji’s people and wildlife.
BirdLife in the Pacific has released a new video about a community conservation project in Fiji.
The Pacific Local Empowerment Programme has been kindly supported by the Aage V. Jensen Foundation, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, UK Darwin Initiative and BirdLife Community Conservation Fund, Equator Prize, GEF-SGP.