Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is Europe?s largest wildlife conservation organisation with over a million members, and is the UK partner of BirdLife International. The RSPB owns or manages 170 nature reserves in the UK and helps support BirdLife Partners internationally to conserve and manage Important Bird Areas (IBAs) globally. Through research, advocacy and land management, RSPB strives to link national and international policies for sustainability with local concerns, including poverty eradication, in both the South and the North.
Policy and advocacy:
i) Development and Environment Group (DEG) is a working group of BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development). DEG actively works for a powerful collective NGO voice, demonstrating critical evidence and workable solutions for poverty eradication, environmental management and sustainable development.
ii) REDD ? RSPB is actively engaged with current REDD discussions through the UNFCCC and linked to the World Bank?s proposed ?Forest carbon partnership Facility?.
iii) Ecosystem services and valuation ? RSPB leads a growing programme work (research and policy advocacy) linked to ecosystem services and valuing nature. In developing countries, this agenda is closely aligned to addressing poverty, livelihoods and vulnerability, including in the face of climate change.
Practical poverty and conservation related projects:
RSPB is currently supporting BirdLife Partners in three African countries (Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya) to deliver on poverty and conservation related projects funded through the DFID?s Civil Society Challenge Fund. Two project examples:
1) Enhancing the livelihoods of local communities dependent on Echuya Forest Reserve in South Western Uganda: This project aims to promote the sustainable management of Echuya?s forest and bamboo resources through a range of activities, like: i) empowering local communities to derive economic benefits from sustainable exploitation of ?parcels? of forest; ii) Agricultural and Income-Generating Activities (IGAs); iii) advocacy at a national and international level; iv) building capacity of local communities and local institutions to implement natural resource management.
2) Forests of Mambilla Plateau and Donga Basin, Taraba State, Nigeria: The project goal is that the biologically diverse forests of Taraba State are managed by communities and government in a way that is sustainable and contributes significantly to poverty alleviation. This is being achieved through: i) Mechanisms for community involvement in forest management being established in the form of Participatory Forest Management (PFM) programmes around four selected forests; ii) the capacity of forest-edge communities to engage in PFM, and of the state Forestry Department and NCF to support them, being increased; iii) income generation schemes being established; iv) Significant progress being made towards the revision of state laws and policies, where necessary, to take full account of the need for PFM.