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.
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.
On the eve of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15), the EU must prioritize the health of our ocean in its fight against the climate and biodiversity crises and accept that as part of this, a radical change of our fisheries is crucial.
Thousands of marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, sharks, and rays are killed in fishing gear every year in European waters. This bycatch is one of the main causes of the declines seen in many of these species’ population. But marine species are not the only ones to suffer. For fishers, bycatch means damaged equipment, lost bait, lost fish, and precious time wasted removing bycaught animals from nets, lines, and hooks.