Science: Our Starting Point

Sound science underpins all of BirdLife’s programmes of work. Science helps to set priorities, inform action on the ground, and shape policy and advocacy. Through our commitment to rigorous data-gathering and analysis, we ensure that scarce resources are targeted effectively. We identify the species at greatest risk of extinction, the most important sites for their conservation, the most urgent threats to address, the policies that we can influence and use for better biodiversity conservation, and the most appropriate and effective responses.

BirdLife Partners carry out scientific research and priority-setting at the national level. These efforts are supported by the BirdLife Secretariat, working in close collaboration with a broad range of universities, academic institutes, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and other bodies. This work generates a vast array of data and information which the Secretariat manages in extensive global datasets (tabular, textual and spatial) on species, sites and other aspects of conservation. These are made freely available through the Data Zone, including case-studies, analyses and syntheses through State of the World’s Birds.