New Caledonia (to France)
Société Calédonienne d’Ornithologie (SCO)
The Société Calédonienne d’Ornithologie contributes to improving knowledge about the birds of New Caledonia and is involved in the protection of both the birds and the habitats upon which they depend.
The SCO pays special attention to working with communities to promote better understanding and sustainable management of the island’s unique ornithological resources.
Of the 13,000 lmportant Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) identified by BirdLife worldwide, 277 are most severely under threat. Vital sites, such as Cambodia’s Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary, are home to globally threatened birds such as Giant Ibis and other IBA ‘trigger species’. They face the most intense pressures and need our urgent help.
Tehani Withers began her career as an intern at SOP Manu (BirdLife Partner in French Polynesia) through the Conservation Leadership Programme and worked her way up to become their Island Restoration Manager. For Tehani, there is no typical day in the office as tasks can range from camping out in the field surveying birds and plants, to engaging with local communities about conservation, or working on reports and data analysis.