Partnering to protect bird habitat

Bird Studies Canada, Nature Canada and the Gosling Foundation are excited to announce a new partnership to advance conservation of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA).

The IBA Local Action Fund will provide local organizations with grants for projects that engage more people in protecting local IBAs and that coordinate local actions to help protect, restore or enhance biodiversity and ecosystem integrity within threatened IBAs. Funded projects could look and be quite different across Canada, but will all feature local groups implementing conservation action within priority IBAs. The range of projects qualifying for funding could include:

  • Science-based advocacy and targeted engagement organizing in support of long-term protection status for IBAs;
  • Local on-the-ground activities to reduce threats, raise awareness, and restore biodiversity;
  • Establishing and supporting Caretaker Groups to monitor and advocate for the conservation of IBAs;
  • Raising local voices with municipalities to recognize and conserve IBAs through land use planning, zoning and other municipal tools; and,
  • Partnering with indigenous communities to build support in, and gain protection for IBAs on their traditional lands.

Important Documents and Dates Winter 2017

  1. IBA Local Action Fund — full announcement and application guidelines (PDF)
  2. IBA Local Action Fund — Expression of Interest form (fillable PDF). Please email the completed template to no later than midnight February 19th 2017.

Organizations will be notified by February 24th 2017 if they are invited to submit a more detailed proposal. Proposals will be due on March 22nd 2017 with notification on funding by April 10th 2017.

The IBA Local Action Fund is run jointly by Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada. Questions should be directed to


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The IBA Program is an international conservation initiative coordinated by BirdLife International. The Canadian co-partners for the IBA Program are Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada.
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