Introduction to Hatch: Boosting Conservation from the Ground Up

Today it is almost unimaginable that once there were no BirdLife partners in countries like Madagascar, Brazil, Indonesia, Fiji, Morocco. To think of these countries without the vital work of these independent national conservation organizations is staggering, and in just a few decades the difference they have made to birds, habitats and the local population is remarkable.

What do they have in common? The BirdLife partnership has helped them grow from small businesses to highly successful organizations that qualify as BirdLife partners. For example, SAVE Brasil started in 2000 as a BirdLife country program with a focus on the Atlantic Forest. Now it has grown into a fantastic, independent, national NGO with its own members, public profile and 20 full-time employees.

To protect nature, you always have to work with people. That is why BirdLife puts the local population and civil society at the center of nature conservation. It may have faded into the background at times in our communications, but this work is crucial; A global network of effective environmental organizations and trained professionals is an important force for the protection and preservation of nature and people in the world.

One focus of BirdLife’s work is the establishment of national conservation organizations in countries (especially those rich in biodiversity) where none exist. Although there are over 100 BirdLife partners worldwide, much remains to be done. Or – if you will – more NGOs …

However, the problem isn’t just the lack of organizations. Often there is very little money spent on environmental protection beyond projects that encompass the lifeline required to support the growth and sustainability of existing organizations and leaders, let alone give them room to be creative and find new solutions.

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Now the world needs conservationists more than ever: With at least one million species of plants and animals threatened with extinction, the challenge is increasing day by day. In order to answer, they need our support. So we have increased the ambition of our previous work behind the scenes with people and organizations and we call it Hatch.

Imagine the change that would be possible if BirdLife partners and local groups were even stronger. What if they could expand their efforts to protect more species and landscapes? What if they could work with more local communities and constituencies?

“We believe that networks of qualified, committed and entrepreneurial individuals and organizations are key to bringing about the change necessary for a sustainable future for our planet,” says Lenke Balint, Head of Communities & Capacity Development at BirdLife. “However, the resources needed to tackle complex conservation problems are limited, especially in some of the world’s most biologically rich areas. Hatch harnesses the power of partnership to fill this resource gap by investing in the people and organizations that make conservation possible. “

Nature Mauritanie is a great example of the amazing power of the BirdLife partnership in supporting national conservation organizations in countries with rich biodiversity and an emerging civil society. In close cooperation with Vogelbescherming Nederland (BirdLife in the Netherlands) and the BirdLife Secretariat, Nature Mauritanie has developed from a one-person operation into a pioneering, effective national organization in less than a decade, which becomes a BirdLife partner in 2016. They are currently working on seven biodiversity-rich wetlands with seven full-time employees and have a new, clear and ambitious strategy that plans engagement and positive influence on regional and international issues.

“The strength of Hatch lies in the monitoring and technical support of the BirdLife partnership at all levels,” says Djibril Diallo, founder and Executive Director of Nature Mauritanie. “We see Hatch as the ONLY opportunity to get technical and financial support.”

The Hatch website shows previous successes from across the BirdLife partnership and exemplifies our work in the three core areas of Hatch. Go there today to find out how we are strengthening the BirdLife partnership, developing future conservation officers, and mobilizing grassroots civil society.

More information is available at hatch.birdlife.org

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