BirdLife Global Partnership
The BirdLife Global Partnership has:
- More than 4,000 staff working for conservation
- Over 2,500,000 members worldwide
- 10,000,000 worldwide supporters
- Over 2 million children involved annually
- Over 1,000,000 hectares owned or managed
The BirdLife International Partnership strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.
BirdLife International is a global Partnership of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with a special focus on conservation and birds. Each NGO Partner represents a unique geographic territory.
Every four years the Partnership adopts strategies, programmes and policies and elects a global Council and regional committees. The Council appoints a Chief Executive Officer to head a decentralised international Secretariat that co-ordinates and supports the Partnership to achieve BirdLife International's aims and objectives.
Partners are grouped within geographic regions for the purposes of planning and implementing regional programmes, and may choose to elect regional committees to support staff and Partners in delivering regional programmes.
BirdLife Partners: membership-based NGOs who represent BirdLife in their own territory. Vote holders and key implementing bodies for BirdLife's Strategy and Regional Programmes in their own territories.
BirdLife Affiliates: Usually NGOs, but also individuals, foundations or governmental institutions when appropriate. Act as a BirdLife contact with the aim of developing into, or recruiting, a BirdLife Partner in their territory.
BirdLife Secretariat: The co-ordinating and servicing body of BirdLife International.
Main characteristics of a BirdLife Partner:
- independent, membership-based, grassroots, national non-governmental organisation governed by a democratic body
- clear bird conservation programme
- an ethic which fits well with that of BirdLife, and willingness and capacity to commit to the Mission, Vision, Strategy and Regional Programme of BirdLife
- financially self-sufficient and with qualified staff to run its affairs
- experience and capacity in the documentation and conservation of species, sites (Important Bird Areas) and habitats
- capacity and experience to promote interest in birds, conservation and the environment through public campaigning and education
- cover a geographical territory/country and work and have good relationships with relevant organisations and individuals within its own territory
- contribute to the regional activities of BirdLife and to the BirdLife Secretariat annual budget.
|Elected Officers and Global Council Members (2008-2013)|
Dr Gerard A Bertrand (USA)
Dr Andrés Bosso (Argentina)
Dr Marco Lambertini