Strong partnership for a wild Polesia

A consortium of organisations and research institutions from five countries are working together to preserve Polesia as one of the last wilderness places of Europe.

APB–BirdLife Belarus

APB is the BirdLife partner in Belarus. Its mission is the conservation of biological diversity for the benefit of present and future generations and involvement of people in active nature protection activities. The organisation’s key activities include research and conservation of birds and their habitats and raising awareness of conservation.In this project, APB-Birdlife Belarus is responsible for the implementation of all activities in the Belarusian part of Polesia.

Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds

The Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds (USPB) is the BirdLife partner and one of the leading conservation organisations in Ukraine. USPB runs conservation projects throughout the country focusing mainly on the protection of birds and their habitats in Polesia and the Carpathians.USPB is responsible for the coordination and implementation of all project activities in the Ukrainian part of Polesia.

British Trust for Ornithology

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is a UK charity that focuses on understanding birds and, in particular, how and why bird populations are changing but also has great expertise in other taxa and environmental issues. BTO harnesses the skills and passion of thousands of volunteers to advance our understanding of ornithology.BTO leads the wildlife research of the project in Polesia in both countries.

Frankfurt Zoological Society

Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) is an international conservation organisation based in Germany that has been implementing conservation projects in outstanding natural places in Africa, South America, South-East Asia, and Europe for decades. The FZS European Programme safeguards large, biodiverse wilderness areas, mainly in Eastern Europe.FZS leads the overall coordination of the project. FZS also works with Conservation Capital to provide alternative business models in the Ukrainian part of Polesia.

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The project “Polesia – Wilderness without borders” is part of the Endangered Landscapes Programme and is funded by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The project is coordinated by Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and implemented in collaboration with APB-Birdlife Belarus, the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds (USPB) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).