Welcome to the official homepage of SAVE International!

SAVE International is a project of Earth Island Institute.

Our mission:
To protect the critically endangered Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) and its habitat throughout its flyway by promoting alternative economic development and long-term sustainability of the ecosystems and local communities.

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Recent Activities:

  • Our work on Hwaseong Wetlands, Korea, has advanced with the release of the final report, “A Vision for Hwaseong Wetlands: World Heritage Site Proposal and Tourism Management Strategies (October 29, 2022)”, which is available for download by clicking on the title.  We released a draft report in late August 2022. For more info on this internationally important site, check out our Hwaseong campaign page.
  • Our Winter 2022 newsletter is out! Check out the latest issue of Spoonbills Speak. You can also download past issues from our Spoonbills Speak page.
  • The Spring 2021 issue of Earth Island Journal featured an article by SAVE Executive Committee members Fiona Cundy, Randy Hester, and Marcia McNally: “Spike in Birdwatching is a Conservation Boon”.
  • Another guest author has provided an update for the SAVE Blog: Mayu from Team SPOON in Japan, who is visiting Taiwan for several months and helped count the local Black-faced Spoonbills and other birds in two censuses in January 2021.
  • We had a guest author for the SAVE Blog: a US Army helicopter pilot who has been stationed in South Korea since 2015 and is also an avid bird-watcher. In 2019, he wrote about the Hwaseong Wetlands, which provide a stopover home to tens of thousands of migratory birds each year, including the Black-faced Spoonbill and other endangered species.
  • Our colleagues in Taiwan have produced a compelling 9-minute video about Taiwan’s “conflict of greens”, unfolding in the wetlands of the southwestern coast, where the government is building industrial-scale solar farms on former saltpans and fishponds, despite scientific evidence that these places support internationally important populations of Black-faced Spoonbills and other species, and support traditional fishing jobs.


Please click on the following links or the menu above to navigate our site:

  • About:  Read about SAVE’s mission, actions, and history, and who we are.
  • Research:  Learn more about the Black-faced Spoonbill, and access SAVE’s research and resources on the endangered bird.
  • SAVE in Action:  Read about SAVE’s past and current campaigns.
  • Media:  Access our media room to download SAVE’s newsletters, official press-kit, presentations and files, and related press coverage.
  • Get Involved:  Learn how you can get involved with our campaigns, donate to support our work, or contact us.
  • Blog:  Read news posts by SAVE members or our allies along the flyway.

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