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Our conservation efforts aren't just confined to the UK, they extend to many countries overseas.

The RSPB is part of BirdLife International, a network of passionate organisations, working together to save nature across the world. We’re proud of our partnerships and their ongoing successes, and dedicated to continuing our work together protecting nature across borders. 

International work in the 2020–2021 Annual Report

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We take a global approach to saving nature. See our latest on a new Marine Protection Zone in the waters around Tristan da Cunha, an update on our work with migratory birds, and the incredible impact of the Albatross Task Force in Namibia.

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Our international work

From pygmy hippos in Gola, to albatrosses off the African coast, we've been working on international projects for years.

The world is extraordinarily rich in wildlife, although human pressures are eroding that richness daily. We work internationally to preserve the wealth and diversity of nature for the well-being today of every one of us and as an inheritance for future generations.

The RSPB is proud to be the UK partner of BirdLife International – the global partnership of national conservation organisations. By working with the Birdlife Partnership we have a greater impact worldwide, helping to stem the loss of global biodiversity and achieve a more sustainable world.

We contribute to the preparation of BirdLife’s plans and their effective implementation is fundamental to the achievement of our aims.

Albatross Task Force instructor Meidad Goren from Cape Town assembling a tori or streamer line. The streamers made of flourescent tubing are suspened from the lines, creating a barrier to deter albatrosses from approaching fishing vessels too closely.
Albatross Task Force member with tori streamer deterrent.

In this together

Wildlife crosses borders, as do the things that threaten it – and so it’s important that conservation crosses borders too.

There is a wonderful collective of passionate, dedicated and determined conservation organisations all over the world. 

We believe that great conservation comes from working together, sharing knowledge and collectively taking responsibility. International work is a cornerstone of what we do, and something we continue to maintain, develop and nurture as we move into the future.  

We are fully committed to working with our global colleagues, ensuring that the world’s biodiversity will continue to flourish. We have supported the growth and work of many organisations in other countries and with them we have a brilliant record of achieving better protection for species and important homes for nature.

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Our aims

Our plans and the scope of our future international goals are ambitious, but some of our key aims include: 

  • Continue our research and work into the recovery of migrant birds such as swifts, turtle doves and wood warblers, with the Birds Without Borders project.
  • Push forward with our conservation and campaigning efforts to save nature on the UKs overseas territories (UKOTs), both on land and at sea.
  • Work towards hitting targets in the reduction of the majestic albatross and other seabirds becoming caught on the longlines and gillnets of trawlers and fisheries.
  • Work on the management of invasive species such as mice, on Gough island and other important seabird islands.
  • Working collectively on the continued conservation or globally threatened priority bird species and habitats.
  • Continuing our work in Gola's tropical forests in Sierra Leone. Undertaking projects working to reduce rainforest deforestation through sustainable collaborative management. 
King penguin Aptenodytes patagonicu staring out to sea, South Georgia, Antarctica
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International projects

Learn more about our international projects

Our partnership with BirdLife International

We carry out all our international work as part of the BirdLife International partnership.

Who are BirdLife International?

BirdLife International is a global partnership of national conservation organisations that share common objectives and work together in advocating and carrying out priority conservation actions.

BirdLife is the leading authority on the status of the world’s birds and issues and problems affecting them. The RSPB is the UK Partner of BirdLife International and supports both the BirdLife Secretariat, which co-ordinates the work of the partnership, and individual partner organisations around the world.

Working within BirdLife is fundamental to our international strategy and our contribution is important to the success of the BirdLife partnership.

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BirdLife partners

We work with and support BirdLife partners throughout the world.

We cannot work everywhere and therefore focus our efforts on working with partners in Europe, Africa, Asia and the UK Overseas Territories, supporting them to take practical conservation action, public awareness, education and advocacy.

By working with their governments, other local conservation organisations and local people, we help them to protect species, sites and ecosystems. When we campaign for changes in international policies, we do so as part of the collective voice of the BirdLife partnership.

With our partners, we identify bird conservation priorities through the collection, analysis, circulation and use of information. We need good data to guide our own actions and to inform conservationists, governments and others of the priorities for the conservation of birds, sites and habitats.

Having identified the priorities, we work with our BirdLife partners to undertake conservation action through better application of policies and by working on the ground with local partners, communities and governments.

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Albatross Task Force

The Albatross Task Force – an international team of seabird bycatch mitigation experts led by the RSPB and BirdLife International – is on a mission to reduce seabird bycatch by 80% in some of the deadliest fisheries for albatrosses.