BirdLife International: An outstanding global partnership
Nature Canada and Bird Studies Canada are the Canadian co-partners in BirdLife International, a global alliance of conservation organizations working together for the world's birds and people. As BirdLife in Canada, we deliver the Important Bird Areas Program, which aims to identify, conserve and monitor a network of sites that provides essential habitat for bird populations.
The partnership's headquarters are at an international secretariat located in Cambridge, UK, and there are regional BirdLife offices in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.
Because so many of Canada's bird species are migratory, bird conservation work is truly international and requires cooperation from many parties. BirdLife International partners work together to identify and protect key sites critical for the long-term survival of bird populations throughout their entire range. Using internationally agreed upon scientific criteria, BirdLife International has identified more than 10,000 IBAs around the world. It is anticipated that the final global total will exceed 14,000 IBAs. Nature Canada and Bird Studies Canada have identified 597 IBAs in Canada.
Nature Canada's southern partners
As a supporting partner organization within the BirdLife Americas partnership, Nature Canada facilitates access to resources in the North and shares skills, experiences and capacity with Southern BirdLife partners. Since 1999 it has been working with southern partners to advance the development of sustainable livelihoods and natural resource use strategies for communities living in or near areas of significant conservation value in the Americas. We are currently involved with the following projects: