BirdLife is a global family of over 110 national conservation organizations who work both on a local level, and as part of the global BirdLife Partnership, forming a collaboration far greater than the sum of its parts.
Together we influence local, national and regional governments, work with international agreements, and engage with the private sector to bring about smarter and more sustainable decision-making. Our advocacy lays the groundwork for better environmental and social policies and practices. On the ground, we work alongside indigenous people, local communities and youth groups to power effective conservation action.
Together we strive to engage, educate and mobilise the general public to support and be champions of nature. We push for a just and equitable society where we acknowledge that nature is fundamental to our well-being.
We aim to make positive change to nature and society in four key areas:
- More people reached through awareness and engagement
- No net loss of nature commitments by sectors, commodity chains, and companies
- More people actively supporting nature conservation
- More of financial firms mainstreaming nature in their investments, and reporting/risk assessments
Giving the next generation of conservationists an effective voice is vital in the fight to save the planet, and their opinions, influence and role are being fully embraced by BirdLife through the creation of a new youth programme
The tropical forests of Asia and the Western Pacific are special. Their lush landscapes are havens to an astounding variety of life found nowhere else. These forests don’t just benefit nature, they benefit local people and all of us across the entire globe. However, these forests are in trouble. Human populations are growing rapidly, agriculture is expanding resulting in the clearing of vast swathes of forest, and illegal logging is rife.
Supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), BirdLife and our local partners are guiding conservation projects Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot – a series of coastal zones fabulously rich in biodiversity, yet threatened by unrestrained coastal development.
Have you heard about the Environmental Liability Directive? In a nutshell, it is a comprehensive EU-wide liability regime for environmental damage, which is based on the principle that the polluter pays, meaning that the one that caused the environmental damage is liable for its remediation. It entered into force in 2007. In an ideal world, this directive would prevent environmental damage to happen in the first place. But planet earth is far from utopic, and it turns out this piece of legislation is not as effective as we wished.
Only one day after world leaders agreed on a global deal to reverse the decline of biodiversity at COP15 in Montreal, environment ministers from across the EU are following suit to translate global ambition into strong regional policies. Today, at the European environment council, a majority of ministers expressed their support for a strong EU Nature Restoration Law in response to the climate and biodiversity emergencies.
Almost all EU Member States’ national strategic plans (CSPs) have now been submitted and approved by the European Commission, and the rollout of the EU’s new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), adopted in 2021, is underway.