Nearly half of all IBAs lack legal protection. Some 2,400 IBAs with little or no protection have significant populations of one or more globally threatened bird species, and 10 are key sites for an exceptional 11 or more such species. These sites are therefore priorities for appropriate forms of statutory recognition and protection.
BirdLife International (2013) A high proportion of IBAs have no legal recognition or protection. Presented as part of the BirdLife State of the world's birds website. Available from: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/sowb/casestudy/544. Checked: 25/12/2014
|Key message: Protected area networks are vital for conservation, but have many gaps|