BirdLife International is a global partnership of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to conserve birds, their habitats, and global biodiversity by working with people toward the sustainable use of natural resources. The BirdLife Africa Partnership is a growing network of organizations with more than 500 staff and 87,000 members.
The BirdLife Africa Partnership works to reduce and reverse biodiversity loss across Africa by conserving priority species, identifying and creating Important Bird Areas (IBAs), and establishing priority areas for bird and biodiversity conservation. They also work to empower local people to analyze threats to birds and their habitats and to use indigenous knowledge to develop safeguards to human use that suit local socio-economic contexts. The partnership is continuously developing alliances with both governments and NGOs to promote policies that address the most important threats to biodiversity.
In the Great Lakes region, the major BirdLife partner organizations are Nature Kenya, NatureUganda, Association pour la Conservation de la Nature a Rwanda (ACNR), Association Burundaise pour la protection de la Nature (ABN). Projects in this region focus on climate change, local engagement and empowerment, Important Bird Areas (IBAs), and migratory bird conservation.