The Amazing Journey – other partners

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International conservation requires the cooperation of a large number of partners.  In addition to BirdLife, RSPB and ACBK, and Swarovski, the following organisations are each an important part of the network to protect Sociable Lapwings.


The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) is an international treaty for the conservation of migratory waterbirds developed under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Amongst others, AEWA provides a framework for the development and implementation of the International Single Species Action Plan for the conservation of the Sociable Lapwing.


The British Birdwatching Fair or Birdfair as it is better known, is the world’s largest international Birdwatching event. More than 20,000 visitors attend this extraordinary three day festival every year which is held each August at The Eggleton Reserve, Rutland Water. Birdfair has supported BirdLife International conservation projects each of the twenty one years it has been in existence and has directly contributed an extraordinary £2,500,000 to conservation.  Every one of the annual projects supported by Birdfair is still in place today – representing a flagship model for sustainable conservation. In 2007 Birdfair became the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme’s first Global Programme Sponsor and have subsequently committed  proceeds from the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Birdfairs totalling more than £750,000.  Read more here.


Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is the BirdLife Partner in India and was established in 1883. BNHS is the largest NGO in the Indian sub-continent engaged in nature conservation research. In the 127 years of its existence, its commitment has been, and continues to be, the conservation of India’s natural wealth, protection of the environment and sustainable use of natural resources for a balanced and healthy development for future generations. The Society’s guiding principle has always been that conservation must be based on scientific research.


The Darwin Initiative was announced by the UK Government at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and has provided funding of around £80 million since. Darwin Initiative assists countries that are rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the three major biodiversity Conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES); and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), through the funding of collaborative projects which draw on UK biodiversity expertise. Darwin projects are diverse. Typically, they may address issues in the following areas: institutional capacity building, training, research, work to implement the Biodiversity Convention, environmental education or awareness.

Doğa Derneği (DD) is the BirdLife Partner in Turkey. Founded in 2002, DD’s mission is to protect Turkey’s bird species, Important Bird Areas, Key Biodiversity Areas and other priority habitats, through the development of its national grassroots network. DD achieves conservation success by undertaking local and direct action, carrying out research, running education and capacity building programmes and advocating for conservation through cooperative engagement, communications, campaigning and lobbying.


Nature Iraq is the BirdLife Partner in Iraq. They are involved in many wide ranging activities related to biological diversity, sustainable development and protecting Iraq’s water resources. Their activities include habitat mapping and remote sensing, key biodiversity areas (KBA) surveys, socio-economic projects such as an aquaculture pilot project and planning for national park development.
Nature Iraq maintains two laboratories and does extensive water quality and sediment analysis. They also provide training and consultative services to Iraqi government ministries and universities.


The Rufford Foundation is an independent grant-making trust based in the UK and has supported RSPB and ACBK with funding for the Sociable Lapwing Conservation project on the breeding grounds in Kazakhstan. The Rufford Foundation concentrates its funding on nature conservation projects in developing countries undertaken by small to medium-sized organisations.


Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds is the BirdLife Affiliate in Uzbekistan. UzSPB mission is the conservation birds as indicators of the environment, their habitats and other components of biodiversity of Uzbekistan by means of nature-conservation initiatives collaborating with state organisations, NGOs and local communities. UzSPB aims to increase the potential of ornithologists and train new specialists for nature conservation to help achieve this goal.


Other partners and individuals who play a key role in our Sociable Lapwing work who are not affiliated with any of the above organisations include: Viktor Fedosov, Johannes Kamp, Ahmad Khan, Maxim Koshkin, Eldar Rustamov, the Saiban Foundation, Rob Sheldon, the Sudanese Wildlife Society (SWS) and the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW).