Identification 1.3: When is an IBA 'identified'?
IBA information may sometimes be published separately in several places – including regional and national directories, and national update documents.
This could lead to confusion if the lists and other information do not agree with each other. For this reason, it is essential that one set of information is considered definitive. The definitive set is that held in the BirdLife World Bird Database (WBDB). The web-enabled WBDB will allow updates and revisions to IBA information to be entered directly by the designated national IBA co-ordinators.
It will also be possible to add new sites and downlist existing ones. Changes to the IBA list itself must follow the general rules of the IBA update process. They must also be checked by Secretariat staff to ensure consistency of standards. Once verified, these changes are incorporated into the ‘official’ WBDB and become the definitive data made available by BirdLife to the outside world.
IBAs may also sometimes be identified by organisations outside BirdLife, for example where the BirdLife network has no presence, or through collaborative work on Key Biodiversity Areas (e.g., with Conservation International). Where sites are identified as KBAs for other taxa as well as birds, there may also be issues regarding site delineation. Guidelines are being developed for handling such cases. Again, a basic rule is that no site may be identified as an IBA until it has been vetted by Secretariat staff and the data incorporated in the WBDB.
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