The White-bellied Heron is one of the world’s most threatened vertebrate species, with as few as 60 known individuals left in the wild. Synchronicity Earth acts as the fiscal sponsor for the IUCN White-bellied Heron Working Group, gives in-kind support with staff time, provides the International Coordinator for the Working Group, and raises funds to carry out essential components of the species conservation strategy. The Coordinator supports people working in the field in a mentorship role, helping to develop the capacity of individuals and organisations working to conserve the species, as well as to improve information-sharing and cross-range support.
Despite being the world’s most endangered heron, until 2014, there was no strategic plan to protect this species. In that year, Synchronicity Earth co-hosted and funded a species conservation planning workshop in India, leading to the creation of the first official conservation strategy for the species and the IUCN SSC White-bellied Heron Working Group. The aim of this group is to ensure an active and strategic approach to conserving Earth’s second largest heron.