Conserva Aves

A new framework for sustainable conservation at scale.

Well-managed protected areas are a proven way to safeguard birds and biodiversity, mitigate climate change, and support local communities’ efforts to thrive sustainably. Although protected area coverage has increased steadily over the past decade, major conservation gaps remain in Latin America and the Caribbean. Recent studies indicate that only about 40 percent of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) enjoy some form of protection, and that protected areas adequately cover the ranges of only nine percent of migratory bird species.

Conserva Aves strives to change this, via an innovative partnership among Audubon, BirdLife International, American Bird Conservancy, and the Network of Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Funds (RedLAC). Conserva Aves will catalyze the establishment of more than 80 new protected areas covering 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) and improve management of an additional 2 million hectares. Stretching from Mexico to Chile, the initiative targets sites where priority areas for migratory birds overlap with Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and climate strongholds.

Potential local partners will be identified via calls for proposals in each priority country. Committees of national experts will evaluate proposals for protected-area declaration, management, and sustainability, and select local partners to receive 1:1 matching funding as well as training, technical support, and mentorship throughout the duration of the projects. We are currently in the structuring phase and hope to make initial calls for proposals by April 2022.


193M h



Additional countries with

high-value landscapes

for priority species

83M ha



Expansion countries:

Argentina, Bahamas,

Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica,

Guatemala, Peru

40M ha



Core countries:

Chile, Colombia,

Mexico, Panama

10M ha



60M hectares

currently protected

(effectiveness of

protection is unknown)

*Needed to safeguard approximately

10 percent of 160 Nearctic-Neotropical

migratory bird populations




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