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Birdfair’s extraordinary legacy to international conservation and 2020/21 Project Launch

Birdfair has been supporting international Bird Conservation for more than 30 years during which it has raised an incredible £5,000,000 + for conservation priorities. During this event Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International, looks back at some of the vital projects Birdfair has supported around the world, explaining their strategic importance, how they have kick-started BirdLife’s enduring global conservation programmes and sets a context for the huge conservation challenges that now lie ahead.

Richard Grimmett, BirdLife International’s Conservation Director, follows Patricia by introducing the 2020/21 Birdfair Project explaining the urgent need to stop illegal Bird Trade, how Birdfair’s support will help BirdLife International tackle one of the world’s greatest conservation challenges and save the Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill from extinction.


Patricia Zurita

Patricia Zurita is the Chief Executive Officer of BirdLife International.  Previously Patricia was the Executive Director of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International (CI), the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank in a global multi-donor fund enabling civil society to conserve the world’s most critical ecosystems.  During Patricia’s tenure CEPF granted more than $170 million in 23 hotspots around the world.  Prior to leading CEPF, Patricia managed the Conservation Stewards Program in CI, which provides incentives to local and indigenous communities in tropical countries in exchange for their commitment to protect biodiversity.  Before that, Patricia was the Policy and Economics Director of CI’s Andes Program, working on the development of economic initiatives and sound policy making for the five Andean countries (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú and Bolivia).  An Ecuadorian national, Patricia holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management and Natural Resource Economics from Duke University, and has worked with the Ecuadorian Park System, the World Bank and the World Resources Institute.  Patricia lives in Cambridge, UK with her husband and twin daughters.


Richard Grimmett

Richard Grimmett is Director for Conservation at the BirdLife International Secretariat, Cambridge UK. The Conservation Department is responsible for the development and co-ordination of conservation programmes for sites and species, with a particular focus on ‘Preventing Extinctions’, ‘Seabirds and Marine’, ‘Flyways’, ‘Forests of Hope’ and Invasive Alien Species’. Richard also oversees BirdLife work with the private sector, the development and oversight of the BirdLife workplan, and BirdLife’s work with the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund in the Mediterranean. Richard was previously Head of the BirdLife Asia Division (1994 – 2007) and Head of the BirdLife European Division (prior to 1994).

To find out more about the BirdLife International project we are raising money for this year, and some of the projects we have supported in the past, why not  have a look at the Birdlife International marquee

This recording will be available to watch at 11am on Friday 21st August and for 3 months afterwards




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