Middle East

State of Palestine - Palestine Wildlife Society (PWLS)

BirdLife Partner

Founded in 1998
Members: 120
Staff: 5
PO Box 89, Biet Sahour, PS

Mission of the organisation

"Conservation and enhancement of Palestine Biodiversity & Wildlife."

In order to achieve its goals, the following objectives are being established:

  • Conservation and management of species and habitats
  • Education and promotion of wildlife and nature
  • Active participation and involvement of local communities in conservation and sustainable development of resources


Key Activities

Nature Conservation Program

  • Research & monitoring of birds in Palestine, with an emphasis on:
  • Endangered, Endemic & Migratory Birds
  • Seabird and Wetlands Research Conservation Program


Capacity building

Training of local & regional ecologists in nature conversation & management
Establishment of Wildlife Monitoring & Ringing (Banding) Stations in three main locations - Beit Jala, Jericho & Gaza
Education and Promotion Program:

Education and promotion of wildlife and habitats through activities with school trips to nature reserves and similar activities
Production of printing materials including posters, magazines and videos etc.
Inclusion of Wildlife Conservation in National Curriculum for Schools
Introducing the concept of Eco-tourism to Palestinian society.


Controlling and decreasing the phenomenon that causes desertification through controlling overgrazing and forestation of the different areas with the native plants.
PWLS Departments


This department plays a major role in achieving the PWLS objectives.

Marketing Division

This division specialises in covering the process of finding funding agencies that help in covering the proposals that PWLS produce.

Nature Multimedia Division

This division specialises in preparing and producing environmental- and awareness-raising materials such as video films, informational CDs, TV documentaries, graphic design etc.


This department aims to enhance and spread environmental education and awareness among local communities all over the Palestinian Territories. It uses different methods, and applies different programs to achieve this, such as eco-schools, student environmental mail and other environmental publications.


This department conducts monitoring and wildlife surveys including bird ringing and mapping (GIS), giving a complete insight into endangered species and their migration routes and behaviour etc.