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Focusing on species alone is not enough. To protect birds, we need to protect the places they live and travel through.

BirdLife has identified over 13,000 Important Bird & Biodiversity areas (IBAs) across the world, which we work to monitor and safeguard. This has led to a wider network of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs): vital habitats for nature, birds and all species. 

King Penguins © JohnDickens

This integrated approach addresses critical global issues that go beyond species conservation. BirdLife science has assessed that IBAs contain 300 gigatonnes of carbon – almost 9% of global carbon emissions – and so make a significant contribution to tackling the climate crisis.  

We are therefore committed to the ongoing identification and conservation of this network of integrated sites. We strive to ensure the connectedness, protection, management and restoration of IBAs and KBAs across priority landscapes, seascapes and migratory flyways – connecting nations, regions and continents, and the entire globe.  


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