Bringing People Together
Cranes are powerful ambassadors for international goodwill and collaboration. The International Crane Foundation draws on the strong cultural connections we share with cranes to bring together people from diverse backgrounds for conservation action.
Examples of how we bring people together to protect cranes include:
- Hosting the Wetlands International-IUCN Species Survival Commission Crane Specialist Group, which stimulates and coordinates activities involving over 250 experts from 50 countries.
- In the 1990s, the International Crane Foundation helped broker agreements between China and Russia to work together to protect and manage crane breeding grounds along the Amur and Ussuri Rivers that divide the two countries.
- In 2002, together, with the Endangered Wildlife Trust in South Africa, we were awarded the Rolex Award for Enterprise for creating a pan-African network of researchers and conservationists dedicated to saving Wattled Cranes and their wetlands.
- Through the Convention of Migratory Species, we brought together 11 diverse nations – including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, People’s Republic of China, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the conservation of Siberian Cranes.
- In the Korean peninsula, we are engaging both North and South Korea in protecting vital wintering grounds for threatened Red-crowned and White-naped Cranes, based on their shared reverence for cranes.