Eight ways to unleash the potential of local organisations

By David Thomas, 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 the Equator Initiative, draws extensively on BirdLife’s work with Local Conservation Groups. Representatives of several of these groups, which combine conservation work with well-being and livelihoods improvements for their communities, took part in the workshop on which this briefing was based. Their experience shows that local organisations can be very effective at making the links between conservation and development. However, the policies of government, international NGOs and donors are critical to creating a favorable environment for local organisations to thrive, by for example including them in decision making, recognising and respecting traditional access and resource rights, giving local communities real responsibility for resource management, and supporting  local organisations to reach a ‘critical mass’ of size, capacity and influence.



Last December we visited Voidokoilia,s and, Yalova's welands, near Pylos, Greece, and were in awe at the sight of beautiful flamingos, egrets and numerous other birds. However, much to our astonishment and sadness, we also saw shotgun casings and realized it was hunting season. We do not understand why the local authorities do nothing to protect the birds. These magnificent creatures belong to no country, they belong to the world. We humbly ask Birdlife International to intevene and help save these lovely creatures not only for us but for the future generations. Respectfully, Sonia and Perry Callas Crystal Lake, IL, USA

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