Identification 1.7: Updating the listThe web-enabled WBDB allows the information on individual sites to be updated at any time. The results of IBA monitoring will also feed into this.
New information, and changes in the taxonomy, threat and range status and population levels that underlie application of the IBA criteria, may alter which sites qualify for IBA designation. New sites may now qualify, or existing sites may cease to. It is not straightforward to find the best frequency with which such changes should be implemented. This is because the stability of the list, and the credibility of the underlying biology, are both important but may pull in opposite directions.
The update process is under active discussion within BirdLife. Interim recommendations are that:
- New sites that meet the IBA criteria may (following vetting and confirmation by the Secretariat) be added to global and regional IBA lists at any time.
- Monitoring data on sites should be collected routinely, and the implications of taxonomic and Red List shifts among species tracked.
- Using this information, the entire global IBA list should be reviewed and updated every 10 years with the first such review in 2010.
- Sites should only be removed from the list during such a major review, and then only when they have failed to meet the IBA criteria for at least four consecutive years.
- Such sites should not be removed from the list when it is viable to restore them to their former value for birds (though their current failure to meet the criteria must be noted).
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