Resourcing 9.4: IBAs as Providers of Ecosystem Services
IBAs are usually vital areas of natural or semi-natural habitat that provide – or have the potential to provide – a wide range of ecosystem services. These include water, soil nutrients, medicinal plants, etc. Such services have enormous economical value to society that is being increasingly recognised and thus creating fundraising opportunities for the conservation of these sites for the ecosystems they provide.
Increasingly the value of natural areas is being recognised for balancing the planet’s ecological processes such as climate, water and nutrient cycling and so on. This creates opportunities for IBAs to be conserved as part of carbon offsets, as sources of fresh water, etc.
- Livelihoods and the environment at Important Bird Areas: Listening to local voices(PDF, 2.58MB)
- Listening to Local Voices, World Birdwatch feature (March 2007) (PDF, 795KB)
- Conserving biodiversity, improving livelihoods (PDF, 1.5MB)
- BirdLife call for unified approach in tackling global poverty and conserving biodiversity (BirdLife news story)
- Guidelines for Participatory Poverty Assessment at IBAs and the identification of poverty reduction indicators (PDF, 113KB)
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