BirdLife International is a global network of conservation organizations that works to protect birds and their habitats, while encouraging the sustainable use of natural resources. Birdlife partners work in over 100 countries around the world.
A 2021 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported BirdLife’s programs in Iraq and Brazil. With the grant, Nature Iraq expanded efforts to protect globally important marshes that were under severe threat due to increased human development in the area. Nature Iraq also helped rural Iraqi communities expand their outreach capacity, prepare and advocate pilot project ideas and concepts, and coordinate with decision-makers, national partners, and other communities. In South America’s Atlantic Forest, one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world, SAVE Brasil used the grant to restore corridors between fragmented forest parcels in Brazil’s Serra do Urubu Important Bird and Biodiversity Area, one of the highest priority sites in the Atlantic Forest, as well as to increase the site’s ecological integrity and create viable economic incentives so local communities could protect the forest and its unique biodiversity. SAVE Brasil also expanded forest protection in the region, elevated community awareness of the forest biodiversity’s value, and provided economic alternatives (e.g. ecotourism, production of sustainable forest products, etc.) to incentivize local residents to participate in reforestation, biodiversity monitoring, and long-term conservation efforts.
A 2018 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported BirdLife’s Spring Alive program, which connects school children and their teachers and parents along the Africa Eurasia Flyway. In over ten years, this program has reached forty-nine countries and over 500 schools, enabling teachers to provide environmental education materials to engage and excite children. They use the magic of migration as a conduit to recruit children as the conservationists of the future.
A 2016 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported projects in Iraq and Madagascar. In Iraq, BirdLife worked with widows and women in the marshes on reviving and keeping alive the traditional skills of weaving palm fronds and reed to make household items. The organization then helped them market the products locally and internationally. In Madagascar, the grant supported BirdLife’s project in the Tsitongambarika Forest, providing support to local development and enabling the creation of more sustainable livelihoods without destroying the forest.
A 2013 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network made it possible for two front-line conservationists from BirdLife partners in the Middle East—Nabegh Ghazal Asswad, of the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife, and Saeed Alkhuzai, of the Bahrain Natural History Society—to attend training workshops at the BirdLife World Congress in Ottawa.
A 2011 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported training programs for Iraqi biologists, with the goal of researching the birdlife of Iraq’s marshlands.