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Climate change is happening, it is largely caused by human activities, and it presents a catastrophic threat to nature and people now, and in the future.
Without ambitious and immediate mitigation efforts, global average temperature rise this century will exceed the globally agreed goal of pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Climate change and global warming have profound implications for BirdLife International’s conservation priorities and approaches. It affects the populations and distributions of species, the composition of ecological communities, and nature’s provision of goods and services for people – such as food, fuel and clean water. Climate change also compounds other major threats to biodiversity, such as invasive alien species, habitat fragmentation and overexploitation.
BirdLife International’s Climate Change programme work combines cutting-edge science, policy analysis and practical experience to advocate and deliver appropriate climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions for nature and people and to ensure an equitable, carbon neutral and nature-positive future.
- BirdLife International delivers ground-breaking research on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, to inform better decisions on the ground.
- By working to conserve and manage forests, peatlands, grasslands, wetlands and other habitats, through Nature Based Solutions (NbS), BirdLife’s Partnership of 115 national organisations is helping to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and support climate-smart Partner projects.
- BirdLife supports nature-sensitive renewable energy deployment and delivers solutions to governments, investors and developers to ensure these do not negatively impact biodiversity.
- BirdLife advocates for nature-sensitive and climate-smart safeguards in Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
- Our work shows that supporting community engagement and action can build the resilience of natural and societal systems.
- BirdLife advocates for the importance of healthy ecosystems to be recognised in national, regional and international climate change and development policy.
We work across every level; from grassroots projects through to national level decision-making and to regional and global policy processes, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This means the actions for which we advocate are well informed by local experiences, and ensures that the voices of local communities are heard in national and international decision-making forums.
BirdLife continues to engage with and seek to inform financial institutions and developers on suitable nature-sensitive and climate-smart safeguards and investment activities that will ensure that biodiversity and ecosystem considerations are incorporated in lending decisions and implemented on the ground.
BirdLife International’s Position on Climate Change
BirdLife International Climate Change Programme Brief
Nature-based solutions for an equitable, carbon-neutral, nature-positive world: insights into the BirdLife International Partnership’s impact on the ground
Nature restoration for green recovery and beyond: principles and best practice from BirdLife’s experience
How we are fighting climate change
It’s no secret that our natural world is in terrible shape. Our unsustainable system is causing climate chaos, putting over one million species at risk of extinction, and threatening human lives, livelihoods and wellbeing. BirdLife is mobilising people around the world to call for the UN to recognise the universal right to a healthy environment, as a basis for a nature-positive world for all.
BirdLife protects birds by protecting the places they live and travel through. For almost 50 years, the BirdLife Partnership has worked together to identify and protect the places of greatest significance for the conservation of the world’s birds and the wildlife they need to thrive. We call them Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs).
Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing people and biodiversity. And while renewable energy is among the best tools in our arsenal for addressing climate change and achieving the targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement, it can harm species and ecosystems if placed in wildlife sensitive areas.
BirdLife Africa is developing relationships with various universities to share knowledge and expose African students to the real world of conservation and policy. Read more on the experiences of 3 PhD students who participated in the last UNEA session held in Kenya, from 28th February – 2nd March 2022.
“Humanity and nature are at a tipping point – we must act now”: after many late nights, disappointments, a demonstration calling for greater ambition, pleas, (and lots of brackets), BirdLife’s policy team reacts to the latest UN biodiversity talks and calls for ambition to match the severity of the crisis
From Nairobi, Abuja, Lagos, Calabar, and elsewhere, African conservationist leaders participating in the 19th Chief S.L Edu Memorial Lecture joined the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF – BirdLife Partner) on 12th August 2021 to advocate for ecosystem restoration, challenging Nigerian youths to help save the planet.
Today’s IPCC global climate change report shows that extinctions are accelerating and vulnerable communities are already at risk – but there is still hope. By protecting nature, we can increase our resilience to the worst impacts of climate change.
Birds and Biodiversity Targets
What do birds tell us about progress to the Aichi Targets and requirements for the post-2020 biodiversity framework?