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 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.