Vogelbescherming Nederland (VBN)
“Together for Birds and People”.
Vogelbescherming Nederland is the Dutch Partner of BirdLife International. Our mission is to protect and conserve wild birds and the sites on which they depend. Together with people who share our passion for birds and nature. In this way, we contribute to conserving biodiversity and maintain the quality of our living environment.
- Vogelbescherming develops and executes targeted conservation programmes, collaborations, advocacy, legal action, awareness-raising activities and campaigns for the conservation of birds in The Netherlands and worldwide. We base our work on the best available scientific knowledge.
- Vogelbescherming advocates for the conservation of Important Bird Areas in The Netherlands, focusing on key sites such as the Waddensea, IJsselmeer and the southwestern Delta. We develop restoration projects with reserve managers, use dedicated volunteers as ears and eyes in the field, and develop targeted programmes for (groups of) species that are in trouble.
- Vogelbescherming works towards a nature-inclusive countryside. Of all our birds, those of agricultural areas show the most severe declines. This includes meadow-breeding waders such as Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher and Lapwing, but also once very common birds like Skylark and Tree Sparrow. We work on policy advocacy for nature-inclusive agriculture, and design alternative agricultural management and business cases together with farmers, to use as inspiring examples.
- Vogelbescherming promotes bird-friendly neighbourhoods and towns. We raise awareness stimulating people to turn their gardens into bird havens. We work with municipalities, construction companies and architects to ensure bird-inclusive design, construction, insulation and urban environments.
- In our international programme, Vogelbescherming supports BirdLife partners in the Dutch Caribbean and along the East-Atlantic Flyway. With institutional support, collaborative project development and fundraising, and joint advocacy and awareness-raising we aim to strengthen the BirdLife network and conserve migratory birds during their entire life cycle.
Press release – EU Nature Restoration Law: AGRI Committee votes against farmers’ future and food security
This afternoon, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) of the European Parliament voted for a full rejection of the Commission’s proposal for the EU Nature Restoration Law. With this opinion, the bulk of Members of Parliament is letting down their own constituency of farmers, who are facing the unprecedented impact of the collapse of our ecosystems and climate change.
BirdLife’s new position paper Winds of Change: Powering Healthy Seas through a Nature Positive Energy Transition presents a clear vision for our seas and outlines how the shift to renewable energy sources at sea can catalyse action to combat the interconnected nature and climate crises.
The beautiful Doñana National Park, located in the south of Spain, is under threat from, among others, illegal water irrigation practices. This park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, is home to an incredible array of plant and animal species, many of which are at risk of extinction. Unfortunately, the use of water illegally extracted from the already overexploited park’s aquifers is causing significant damage to the delicate ecosystem.