<![CDATA[BirdLife case study of the day]]> en 11th Jul 2014 11th Jul 2014 <![CDATA[BirdLife case study of the day - BirdLife Partners use IBAs to inform an ecologically representative network of protected areas]]> Establishing a comprehensive, ecologically representative network of protected areas is critically importance to safeguarding global biodiversity. Countries are obligated through the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) to identify gaps in their national protected area systems. Comparing the locations of Important Bird Areas (IBA) with those of existing protected areas is a simple yet effective way of finding where key species are left unprotected and can greatly assist countries in meeting their PoWPA commitments.