Important Bird Area directory is launched in Bolivia and Costa Rica
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) IBAs represent priority areas for biodiversity conservation and are designated on the presence of bird species meeting certain criteria. For further information on IBAs in the Americas, download the complete Americas IBA directory here.
Twenty-one IBAs have been identified in Costa Rica, covering over 3 million ha, or 52% of the country’s land area. The Costa Rica chapter of the directory provides a concise summary of these sites, including a section on the current opportunities for developing this site conservation initiative in the country. For Luis Sandoval, one of the authors of the Costa Rica chapter, “the IBA directory represents the results of a joint conservation effort by biologists and birdwatchers in the Americas”, adding that “we hope that the book will serve as a obligatory reference point in the development of conservation policies and projects in Costa Rica”. The directory contains introductory analysis sections on how IBAs interact with many other conservation initiatives, such as conservation hotspots and sites within the Alliance for Zero Extinction. This section also sets out how IBAs can be used to comply with different international environmental agreements, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and Ramsar. David Díaz, BirdLife’s IBA Conservation Officer for the Americas, adds, “IBAs are on the ground initiatives, where real conservation actions take place, but they also make up an international network of sites that can benefit from regionally coordinated efforts. And this is precisely what the directory has enabled us to do, present a hemispheric blueprint for biodiversity conservation to decision makers and institutions at regional level”.
At a separate event in Bolivia, the IBA directory launch took place at the IX International Congress on Wildlife Management in the Amazon and Latin America. More than 150 copies of the directory were given out on CD at this event, organized by the BirdLife partner in Bolivia, Asociación Armonía.
Photo: Asociación Armonía