About BirdLife International

Who is BirdLife International?

BirdLife International is a global partnership of conservation organisations (NGOs) that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. Together we are 121 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country or territory – and growing. 

We are driven by our belief that local people, working for nature in their own places but connected nationally and internationally through our global Partnership, are the key to sustaining all life on this planet. This unique local-to-global approach delivers high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

BirdLife is widely recognised as the world leader in bird conservation. Rigorous science informed by practical feedback from projects on the ground in important sites and habitats enables us to implement successful conservation programmes for birds and all nature. Our actions are providing both practical and sustainable solutions significantly benefiting nature and people. 

 

“In our several intriguing years with BirdLife, we have been both astonished and inspired by what can be accomplished by a dedicated group with the passion, outreach, and professionalism of the BirdLife Partnerships. It is an amazing organisation.”
Margaret Atwood & Graeme Gibson, BirdLife Rare Bird Club members

 

How does BirdLife International work?

Each BirdLife Partner is an independent environmental or wildlife not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO). Most Partners are best known outside of the Partnership by their organisation’s name. This allows each Partner to maintain its individual national identity within the Global PartnershipPerhaps you might recognise some of the 121 BirdLife International Environmental NGOs Partners from their logos below.

BirdLife Partners work together in a collaborative, coordinated fashion across national boundaries to build a global Partnership of national conservation organisations.

The BirdLife partnership has 6 Regional BirdLife Coordination Offices throughout the world and a Global Office in Cambridge, UK – together known as “The BirdLife International Secretariat”. The Secretariat co-ordinate and facilitate the BirdLife International strategies, programmes and policies.

 

BirdLife International in numbers

  • As the world’s largest Nature Conservation partnership BirdLife International has more than 10 million members and supporters.

  • This comprises 2.72 million members and 7.2 million people who supported BirdLife Partners in 2015 without being members.

  • BirdLife Partner Environmental NGOs worked with over 4,000 local groups, including action at more than 1,000 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas; and our work involved 1.9 million young people (under 18).

  • The BirdLife Partnership employs nearly 8,000 staff supported by 5,000 volunteers.

  • The BirdLife partnership has a combined budget of US$ 636 million as of the end of 2014.

 


 

Our Board

 

Honorary President

 

Her Imperial Highness

Princess Takamado of Japan

Honorary Vice-Presidents:

 

Baroness Barbara Young of Old Scone (UK)

Dr Gerard A Bertrand (USA)

Mr A P Leventis (UK)

Mr Ben Olewine IV (USA)

Mr Peter Johan Schei (Norway)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Executive

Patricia Zurita

Chairman

Braulio Dias

Treasurer

Nick Prentice

 

 

Council of BirdLife International

 

Africa
Mark Anderson - BirdLife South Africa
Achilles Byaruhanga - Nature Uganda
Claudia Feltrup-Azafzaf - AAO-Tunisia

Americas
Rosabel Miro - Audubon Panama
David O’Neill - National Audubon Society -USA
Alberto Yanosky - Guyra Paraguay

Asia
Shawn Lum - NSS - Singapore
Sarath Kotagama - FOGSL -Sri Lanka

Europe
Gergö Halmos - MME -Hungary
Philippe Funcken -Natagora - Belgium
Vera Voronova - ACBK - Kazakhstan

Middle East
Yehya Khaled - RSCN -Jordan
Assad Serhal - SPNL - Lebanon

Pacific
Kevin Hague -Forest and Bird -New Zealand
Paul Sullivan - BirdLife Australia

Co-opted officials
Mike Clarke -RSPB - UK
Simon Rye - Norway
 

 

BirdLife International Advisory Group

 

Chair

 

Susan Orr  

 

Members

 

Alfred D. Chandler III

Kurt Vogt

Barbara Young 

Nathalie Boulle  

Ben Olewine

Nick Butcher  

Christie Constantine

Nick Prentice

Daniel Gauthier

Pamela Isdell  

Deb Rivel

Piyush Gupta

Geoff Ball

Richard Hale  

Hector Morales

Scott Dresser  

James Kushlan 

Sean Dennis

Jane Alexander 

Tasso Leventis  

Joe Ellis 

Terry Townshend 

John Gregory 

Warren Evans 

John S Adams 

Wendy Paulson

 

 

 

 Our Executive Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director Partnership & Regions

Julius Arinaitwe

Director of Science, Policy & Information 

Melanie Heath

Interim Chief Operating Officer

Marcela Soler

Director of Conservation

Richard Grimmett

 

 Our Regional Directors

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Director for Africa

Ademola Ajagbe

Regional Director for Americas

Esteban Lasso

Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia

Angelo Caserta

Regional Director for Middle East

Ibrahim Al-Khader

 

 

 

 

Regional Director for Asia

Vinayagan Dharmarajah

Regional Director for Pacific

Margaret West

 

     

    See also: 

    Our Partners - where do we work?

    BirdLife's Honorary President

    BirdLife Secretariat Finances

     

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