Planning 3.2: Regional Plans
Regional IBA Conservation Strategies (or RIBACS) have a different purpose. These are documents designed primarily by and for the BirdLife Partnership in order to provide focus and guidance in the development of national strategies. However, they are useful for external audiences too, particularly for advocacy; and it can be helpful to involve other, regional, stakeholders in the development of RIBACS where relevant and feasible. RIBACS set out how the BirdLife Partnership will collectively attempt to ensure effective IBA conservation in particular regions. They thus provide the link between this global IBA strategy and individual NIBACS. Example RIBACS are available for Africa and for Asia.
IBA conservation strategies should be time-bound. Information, site status, threats and responses are constantly changing, as is, in most cases, the wider socio-economic and political landscape. Ideally, there should be a regular process of review and adjustment of existing plans. This should be based as far as possible on information from IBA monitoring. With a 4-year cycle for collating monitoring information, it makes sense to plan for a review of IBA conservation strategies on a similar time-scale.
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