Identification 1.6: Publication & Data Handling
IBA data are entered and stored in the World Bird Database (WBDB) This is a web-based tool that allows national IBA co-ordinators to enter, access and update data as they need to.
The information required for a full IBA description includes: geographical data on the site’s name, location and land ownership; details of the criteria under which it qualifies; ornithological data on the qualifying species; and monitoring data on the habitats, threats and conservation responses. Digitised boundary maps (and other geographical information) should also form part of a complete description, but are still lacking for many sites.
The WBDB is essential for data management and analysis, and makes information publicly available over the Data Zone of www.birdlife.org. For advocacy and routine reference, however, national and regional IBA directories are invaluable. These could be published in book or in CD form. By August 2007, 120 national directories had been published, most of them in national languages. Regional directories have also appeared for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Tropical Andes.
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