The Association Djibouti Nature –Djibouti Nature (formerly known as Wildlife Protection Organization -WPO) is an independent, membership-based and not-for-profit grassroots organization, legally established in Djibouti. Djibouti Nature was set up in 1999 and thus the most and oldest experienced civil society organization working on nature conservation in the country.
It has an important but short history of nature conservation mainly from birds’ species and natural habitats perspective. Besides, it has been working tirelessly with local communities, private sectors and government bodies for many years to raise awareness for both Djibouti’s extraordinary wildlife and precious habitats protection for the benefit of present and future generations.
Djibouti Nature is registered under the provisions of Act of July 1st, 1901, relating to the contract of association in Djibouti and certificate has been delivered (certificate number 63/DAGR/18/03/2001) by the Ministry of Interior and Decentralisation.
Djibouti Nature is a “young” organization that is striving to conservation of nature in Djibouti. It built its notoriety inside and outside of Djibouti as the leading authority on the avifauna of the country and constantly concentrates its works on the conservation of the Globally Threatened Species such as the Critically Endangered Djibouti Francolin “Francolinus ochropectus”, the Vulnerable Bankoualé palm “Livistona carinensis” and Key Biodiversity Sites such as Forêt du Day Ecosystem, Assamo-Guestir –Ali Addé triangle Ecosystem, Hanlé-Goba’ad- Lake Abhé Ecosystem, Bab el Mandeb Straits Ecosystem (IBA), etc….
Accordingly, Djibouti Nature as BirdLife International Partner shares and is sparing no efforts to meet the four core pillars of conservation objectives of BirdLife International Partnership: Saving species, protecting sites, conserving habitats and empowering and improving the livelihoods of people.
The Association represents the bird conservation of Djibouti nationally and across the world and has access to the many resources that the Partnership provides to its members, including scientific support and institutional development.
It is very much sparing no efforts in environmental education and larger public awareness raising promotional materials that focus on species, sites, habitats and site-adjacent communities. To that end, the Djibouti Nature has been successful in publishing and disseminating more than 5000 pedagogic booklets on Djibouti Birds to schools.
As the Association understands the importance of environmental awareness and love of nature amongst the younger generations who are destined to be the future caretakers of Djibouti’s natural inheritances and it works closely with local communities, individuals, schools, academia, government and non-government conservation bodies and private sectors through the implementation of the following specific objectives:
Trustful and be accountable to local communities, policy makers, partners, donors and the general public.