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A high proportion of IBAs have no legal recognition or protection

© David Tipling

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.


IBAs with little or no protection

Source: Butchart et al. (2012) PLosONE 7(3): e32529 and analysis of BirdLife data (2013).



Compiled 2013

Recommended Citation:
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: 23/10/2014