BirdLife International Community Conservation Fund
Building a brighter future for all
Pacific birds are disappearing fast. Home to a staggering 120 threatened species, the region has the greatest number of birds on the brink of extinction in the world. In New Zealand alone, 70 beautiful birds require urgent action to save them for future generations to enjoy.
Facing growing threats such as invasive species, habitat loss and climate change, the BirdLife International Community Conservation Fund was established in 2007 to support locally-led, practical actions for birds.
“The BirdLife International Community Conservation Fund provides hope for threatened birds in New Zealand and across the Pacific. It empowers local people to work together and helps them to build a brighter future for all”. Anton Oliver - former New Zealand All Black Captain.
It’s a timely and vital lifeline. In its first five years the fund has helped communities to establish 23 successful projects in New Zealand and across the Pacific including: Fiji, the Cook Islands, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Palau and the Solomon Islands.
The value of success
Fiji – Fiji Petrel
Known from just one specimen collected in 1855 on Gau Island, Fiji, the Fiji Petrel was lost for the next 130 years. In recent years there have been a number of reports of birds being attracted to village lights on the remote island. The BirdLife International Community Conservation Fund supported NatureFiji-MareqetiViti to train local community members to search for the last breeding sites of their lost species. The search continues and momentum is building following renewed sightings and recent arrival of specially trained sniffer dogs from New Zealand.
New Zealand - Chatham Island Tui
For over 30 years the forests on main Chatham Island were eerily silent. The native Tui had been hit hard by invasive possums, leaving isolated populations on the outer islands. The BirdLife International Community Conservation Fund stepped in to help; supporting the Taiko Trust to control possums and reintroduce 54 Tuis back to the main island. Success was quick. The birds started nesting immediately, pairs producing three to four clutches in a single season and fledging over 100 chicks in total. They are now spreading back across the main island which has sparked a huge interest towards conservation within the local community.
New Zealand – Kokako
Your support will make a big difference
The fund is built on the generous support of individuals and organisations. It urgently requires your support today to continue its good work and deliver continued hope for threatened birds. Donations to the BirdLife International Community Conservation Fund go straight to local action to reverse the tide of bird extinctions in New Zealand and the Pacific.
Each year applications to the fund increases. We urgently require support from individuals and organisations willing to take a stand and make a difference for conservation. All levels of support is welcome, large or small.
Please act now and support us
To find out more about how to support or become involved with the BirdLife International Community Conservation Fund, please contact: Rebecca Scelly - Supporter Relations Manager – R.Scelly@forestandbird.nz
How to Apply
The Fund is administered by the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc. which is the Birdlife International Partner for New Zealand.
The Fund is available for community-based conservation projects with significant involvement of an incorporated society or charitable trust, or of a Forest & Bird Branch in New Zealand or a BirdLife International Partner, Partner Designate or Affiliate in the Pacific Islands region. The Fund does not make grants to individuals.
Criteria: The aim is to fund community projects which conserve or restore globally-threatened bird species and/or Important Bird Areas in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands region. The Fund therefore gives priority to practical projects that:
• Aim to restore or conserve one or more globally-threatened bird species (according to BirdLife on behalf of the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM) or their habitats in New Zealand or the Pacific Islands region.
• Will achieve a specific objective which will improve the viability of a species, rather than just making an annual contribution to an on-going project.