The BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme

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BirdLife International is the world’s largest partnership of national conservation organisations and the world leader in bird conservation.

The 112 conservation organisations that form the BirdLife International Partnership share the common goal of protecting birds and biodiversity. Working across borders and without politics BirdLife is the world’s leading authority on b

irds and their habitats. Our unique local to global structure and ten million supporters put us in a position to coordinate global conservation with significant benefit where it matters most – at a local grass-roots level. Today, one in eight bird species is threatened with extinction and destined to be lost forever unless targeted conservation action is put in place to protect them and reduce the threats they face.

Our response to the mounting threat is The BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme – a global conservation initiative designed to help turn the tide on the species extinction crisis. The programme is already making a significant difference: spearheading conservation action, awareness and funding that is helping to prevent the otherwise inevitable extinction of globally threatened species. Our priority is to focus conservation efforts on the species, like Sociable Lapwing, that we classify as Critically Endangered – the highest threat category in the IUCN Red list.

Central to The BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme is the development of two new communities:


BirdLife Species Guardians – local experts who take the lead in conserving threatened species in their country and…



BirdLife Species Champions – Organisations and individuals who raise awareness for and fund the the vital conservation that is so urgently required.

The programme has become established quickly and many new Species Champions – like Swarovski Optik and RSPB for the Sociable Lapwing – have already provided funds to help Species Guardians oversee conservation action for more than 60 of the worlds most threatened birds.


You can find out about our other BirdLife Species Champions here.

If you’d like to become a BirdLife Species Champion email