Conserva Aves initiative gains support from Birds Canada

Birds Canada joins the Conserva Aves initiative

“On May 22, the International Day for Biological Diversity, the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, made an exciting announcement. An investment of 15 million Canadian dollars over three years will be given to Birds Canada to support biodiversity and ecosystems in Latin America and the Caribbean through the Conserva Aves Initiative. This funding will help protect migratory birds and their habitats, aligning with the goals of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. The partnership aims to create 100 new protected areas totaling at least 2 million hectares, a significant step towards conservation.

The Significance of Birds in Biodiversity

The health of migratory bird populations is a key indicator of biodiversity. With three billion birds lost in North America since 1970, the majority of which spend a significant amount of time in Latin America and the Caribbean, the importance of conservation efforts cannot be understated. Conserva Aves serves as a vital strategy for inclusive conservation and climate change mitigation, benefiting birds, biodiversity, and future generations.

United by Birds

Birds know no boundaries and bring us together in a shared responsibility to protect biodiversity. Birds Canada’s involvement in Conserva Aves brings a wealth of knowledge in migration ecology, Community Science monitoring, and collaboration with Indigenous Peoples. By working with local and national partners, the initiative aims to support gender-equitable conservation efforts focused on inclusive nature conservation.

Expanding Conservation Efforts

Amidst expanding wings from the Tropical Andes to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, Conserva Aves sees promising success. Working in eight countries currently, with 1,158,600 hectares in the process of being formally declared as protected areas, the initiative is making significant strides towards its goals. Partnerships with countries like Guatemala, Belize, and Caribbean nations aim to reach two million hectares of protected areas by 2028.

The Power of Partnership

Conserva Aves celebrates the addition of Birds Canada as a partner, emphasizing the importance of international collaboration. A hemispheric approach to bird conservation is essential, connecting territories, communities, resources, and authorities across the Americas. Together, through partnerships and shared goals, we can achieve conservation of our shared birds and biodiversity.

Conclusion: A Call for Collaboration

As we look ahead to the future of conservation efforts, collaboration remains key. Birds Canada’s partnership with Conserva Aves exemplifies the power of working together towards a common goal. By bridging knowledge, territories, and resources, we can protect biodiversity and the birds that connect us all. Let us continue to join forces, learn from one another, and strive towards a sustainable future for all species.”



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