BirdLife is the International Thematic Focal Point for birds to the CBD Clearing-House Mechanism which aims to share knowledge and exchange information.
The World Bird Database, maintained by BirdLife, is an authoritative source of high-quality data, amassed by a global conservation partnership of over 115 leading national organisations.
This information is made freely available for Governments and other non-commercial users through the BirdLife Data Zone.
CBD Parties can draw on this resource, for example, when
Published October 2012
In October 2010, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020. The plan provides a comprehensive global framework for achieving the vision of ‘Living in Harmony with Nature’, including the 20 headline Aichi Targets for 2015 or 2020.
An essential next step is to translate the Strategic Plan to the national level—through new or revised National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).
This booklet—launched at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Hyderabad, India—provides examples for 18 of the Aichi Targets of how birds can help to set targets at the national level, focus actions to meet these targets, and provide data to monitor success.
CASE STUDIES: The booklet provides links to detailed case studies that demonstrate how each target can be successfully achieved. To view the full list of case studies included in the booklet click here.
National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans: How birds and BirdLife can help set, meet and monitor national biodiversity targets
A detailed PowerPoint presentation illustrating how birds and BirdLife can help set, meet and monitor national biodiversity targets.
Meeting the 2020 biodiversity targets: action and monitoring based on birds was launched at CBD COP10 in Nagoya, and outlines in detail how the wealth of data available for birds can be used to set conservation priorities and track success.
A guide to BirdLife's online resources
Civil Society Engagement
Implementing the CBD Strategic Plan will require concerted efforts from Government, business and civil society.
BirdLife Partners are grassroots conservation organisations, many with extensive expertise in communication, education and public awareness, community conservation, research and monitoring, conservation planning and reserve management. BirdLife Partners collect and analyse large amounts of biodiversity data and are working closely with Governments around the world to support CBD implementation. To find and contact BirdLife in your country, click here.
Strengthening Protected Area systems
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) represent a core set of the most important sites for biodiversity conservation across the globe. The Data zone provides comprehensive accounts for over 10,000 sites, with information on;
Identifying gaps in protection
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. To access currently available gap analysis maps click here.
The Data Zone provides comprehensive accounts of the world’s 10,024 recognised bird species—with detailed and up-to-date information on their biology, distribution, threats and the latest IUCN Red List categories. Governments can access distribution maps of all threatened and near threatened species for use with GIS mapping software.
The Country Profile section presents BirdLife’s information at a national level. Each profile presents a range of facts and figures on a country’s bird species. Information on Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and Endemic Bird Areas (EBAs) is displayed alongside interactive maps which allow users to explore areas of interest in detail. The profiles also include information on each country’s commitments under international environmental conventions, as well as links to key publications and useful resources.
BirdLife has just completed the first global inventory of marine Important Bird Areas—the most important sites for seabirds. These areas are vital for other oceanic life too & so are key priorities for conservation in the marine realm. You can explore these sites in details through a new online tool—the marine e-Atlas.
Africa Climate exChange maps
Bird information helps to develop adaptive management responses to the impacts of climate change. A suite of maps, showing how the ranges of the majority of bird species breeding in sub-Saharan Africa could be impacted by climate change, is made available on the Africa Climate Exchange website. The maps have been developed collaboratively by BirdLife International and Durham University with data provided by the Zoological Museum of the University of Copenhagen.
In-depth case studies
State of the world’s birds on the Data Zone shows in detail how bird data can be used to monitor change and set conservation priorities, and highlights successful conservation approaches. Birds are an ideal indicator group because they are widespread, well studied, and highly responsive to environmental change.
Some useful case studies
The State of the world’s birds spotlight series provides more detailed information on these topics and links to an array of related case studies.