Nature Canada's BirdLife Partners in the Americas
The following organizations are our partners in current integrated conservation and development projects in the Americas.
Grupo Jaragua, Inc. is a registered charity in the Dominican Republic, created in 1987. Their head offices are in Santo Domingo and they have a small office in Oviedo, a village near Jaragua National Park. Major foundations like MacArthur, and multilateral and bilateral agencies such as the United Nations and USAID are currently supporting and/or have supported Grupo Jaragua. GJ's activities include a community outreach program that engages local communities in the sustainable development of protected areas in the southern Dominican Republic. GJ has worked closely with local communities around the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve since 1998, particularly through a community volunteer group. GJ has been working with BirdLife since 2002 to conserve priority areas for biodiversity. Within the BirdLife network in the Americas, GJ is one of the leading partners in the development of site support groups (local groups engaged in conservation).
The National Center of Protected Areas (Centro Nacional de Areas Protegidas-CNAP) is a Cuban government organization created in 1995 by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. CNAP is the maximum authority responsible for conservation in situ in Cuba and its mission is the planning and integral management of Cuba's National System of Protected Areas (SNAP), including Turquino and La Bayamesa National Parks and Delta del Cauto Wildlife Refuge. CNAP works in coordination with national institutions and organizations as well as the environmental agency office in each province of the country (15 Environmental Units). CNAP also has experience implementing conservation projects with international funding, including from UNEP-GEF, WWF Canada and CIDA. CNAP operates with a staff of 35 people and is based in Havana City.
The Société Audubon Haïti (SAH) is a registered foundation operating in Haiti since 2003. SAH operates with nine staff and over one hundred volunteers, based in Pétion Ville, Haiti, near Port-au-Prince. Its mission is to protect and restore biological diversity in the natural ecosystems of Haïti and its satellite islands, through research, environmental education programs and integrated conservation initiatives across Haiti. SAH carries out scientific expeditions in Haïti in partnership with many academic institutions and scientific bodies. In 2004, SAH started to engage in development work with the community of Formon in the buffer zone of Macaya National Park by financing the repair of the road into the community and by working with several community organizations in this area.
Place aux agricultrices : nourricieres du monde is a not-for-profit organization established in Gatineau, Quebec in October, 2007. The organization groups professionals from the region with experience on rural development that have adopted the mission of defending and promoting the interests of women farmers in developing countries, to improve their social and economic situation, their productivity and technology, and their ability to participate in local governance. The organization includes, among others, a rural sociologist and an agronomist, an expert on management of community organizations and an expert in gender equality. While this project is the organization's first, all its members have ample field experience in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Guyra Paraguay Conservación de Aves is a lead biodiversity conservation organization in Paraguay and the BirdLife Partner in Paraguay. Its mission is "to lead, promote and coordinate progress towards the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, with a special focus on birds, through advocacy, research, public awareness and active community participation." Guyra Paraguay was founded in November 1997 with initial support from the Swiss foundation AVINA. Guyra is a partner of The Nature Conservancy and a member of IUCN. The organization works in close cooperation with different ministries within the Paraguayan government, both in a technical capacity, for example, by using GIS technology to assist the General Attorney's Office in the identification and documentation of ecological crimes in the country, and in a political role supporting Paraguay's international obligations on biodiversity. Guyra also has a partnership with the Global Land Cover Facility at the University of Maryland, the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International and NASA to bring remote-sensing real-time monitoring technology to Paraguay.
Fortaleser is a social development organization in Paraguay with considerable experience in community organizing and rural development. It was created in August 1999 by a multidisciplinary group of professionals with the mission of contributing to social development in Paraguay. The organization has expertise in community organizing and social development. Its work has focused on promoting the rights of children and youth and on, capacity building in support of rural development, education and health.