Introduction 3: BirdLife's Objectives for Site Conservation
As the biggest worldwide nature conservation network, the BirdLife International Partnership share a vision of a world rich in biodiversity, with people and nature living in harmony, equitably and sustainably. The Partnership's collective mission is to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, by working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.
To achieve its mission the Partnership has adopted a shared plan - A Strategy for Birds and People - that sets out a series of conservation objectives covering the period 2004 to 2015 for saving species, protecting sites, conserving habitats and empowering people.
The BirdLife conservation objectives for protecting sites are:
- Identify and monitor a network of international Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
- Conserve, protect and restore the global network of IBAs
- Promote IBAs as key biodiversity areas
To measure progress towards achieving these objectives the BirdLife Strategy proposes the following indicators need to be regularly assessed:
- The condition and safeguard status of all IBAs
- The representation of key biodiversity areas, including IBAs, in national, regional and global policies, plans and agreements.
Through the implementation of these objectives and measuring these indicators the Birdlife Partnership will safeguard a worldwide network of IBAs as a major component of its Strategy by 2015.
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