Resourcing 9.2: 'External' Financing for IBA ConservationWhile BirdLife seeks to ensure all IBAs are conserved, it cannot possibly expect to raise all the finance needed to achieve this alone. Much effort is therefore needed to persuade other organisations (especially governments, other conservation NGOs, trusts, foundations, agencies, the Private Sector and civil society groups) to invest directly in the conservation of IBAs. This is a form of advocacy that is often overlooked, but ties in with getting IBAs recognised and designated by others. For example, if an IBA is designated as a Special Protection Area under the EU Birds/Habitats Directive, it may be eligible for additional EU funding, or if an IBA occurs within one of CI’s recognised ‘hotspots’ it may be supported through the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund. Similarly, designation as a World Heritage or RAMSAR site under their respective conventions opens up new funding opportunities. A more comprehensive analysis of financing opportunities for IBA conservation is required to enable the BirdLife Partnership to maximise the funding available from others for this purpose.
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