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BirdLife International

Conservation Partnership Fund – $3,300,000 2009-2018

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BirdLife International is a partnership of 120 conservation organizations, and a world-leader in bird conservation. The network operates in more than a hundred countries, collaborating on regional work programmes on every continent. It works with local partners to deliver long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

In 2009, we made a grant to set up the Arcadia-BirdLife Conservation Partnership Fund. The fund supports local conservation organizations to better protect endangered species, sites and habitats in their countries. It helps to develop a network of sustainable NGOs, providing them with technical and financial assistance at critical points in their development. To date, the fund has supported 17 NGOs in 17 countries to increase their sustainability and achieve long-term conservation goals.

Since 2014, the fund has focused on supporting organizations that work to protect major forest blocks in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. For example, it has supported the work of BirdLife partners – the Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL) and the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone in the Gola Rainforest. In Liberia, the SCNL played a critical advocacy role in achieving the designation of the Gola Forest National Park. This secures an area of 88,000 hectares of tropical rainforest and provides a wildlife corridor to an existing national park in Sierra Leone, which together form a transboundary peace-park of 164,100ha. The Gola rainforest harbours 60 globally threatened species such as the Pygmy Hippo, Yellow-casqued Hornbill and Diana Monkey.

  • Pygmy Hippo. Courtesy of BirdLife International
  • Gola Forest and the Mano River. Photo by David Zeller. Courtesy of BirdLife International
  • White-necked Rockfowl. Courtesy of BirdLife International