Over a three year period, scientists and bird experts from A Rocha Lebanon
and SPNL (BirdLife’s national partner in Lebanon) conducted the most extensive
bird research project ever undertaken in Lebanon. Over 30 sites were surveyed
and 11 were found to satisfy BirdLife’s rigorous criteria for designation as
‘Important Bird Areas’. This more than trebled the IBAs identified in the
country from 4 to 15. More
A Rocha has been studying Asian Elephants in Bannerghatta National Park,
South India, since 2004, in order to better understand why conflicts between the
elephants and the farmers have been increasing. Research into the seasonal
movements of the animals and the pattern of conflicts has led to interventions
which are proving effective. See the video
|A Rocha Portugal has ringed more than 5,000 European Storm-petrels over 20 years as part of research into their survival strategies.
By providing eco-bursaries which enable local youngsters to have a secondary
school education, and involving their families in conservation activities, A
Rocha Kenya is persuading communities around the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest that this
site of outstanding conservation importance is worth protecting for themselves
and for future generations.
|Each year A Rocha Kenya organizes the planting of mangroves by community groups.
For the last ten years A Rocha France has been working with the communities
around Vallée des Baux in Provence to change attitudes to wetlands. Half the
valley has now changed from intensive farming to various forms of more
environmentally sensitive management, including wetland restoration.
Many A Rocha teams work with the church: educating future leaders about the
biblical mandate to care for creation, providing resources for church services
(eg A Rocha UK’s environment resource pack, and
in Brazil, running workshops which inspire churches to combine social action
with environmental responsibility. See the
Each year some 15,000 young people take part in A Rocha’s environmental
education programmes, including a huge range of hands-on activities through
regular wildlife clubs, summer camps and school visits to our centres.
|In Lebanon, school groups visit the Aammiq Wetland to learn about local wildlife in activities that tie in to the national curriculum.