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.
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.
BirdLife’s ambitious island restoration work addresses this outsized impact on extinctions integrating the species, sites and society pillars of its new strategy. Working with local BirdLife partners and local communities around the globe, in the Pacific, off Latin America, or the California coast for example, we help restore island ecosystems by eradicating invasive alien species. The work improves livelihoods, food security, health and wellbeing.
Supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), BirdLife and our local partners are guiding conservation projects Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot – a series of coastal zones fabulously rich in biodiversity, yet threatened by unrestrained coastal development.
BirdLife protects birds by protecting the places they live and travel through. For almost 50 years, the BirdLife Partnership has worked together to identify and protect the places of greatest significance for the conservation of the world’s birds and the wildlife they need to thrive. We call them Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs).
It’s no secret that forests are disappearing at a devastating rate. And along with them the species that thrive under their canopy, the services they provide, and the awe and wonder they inspire. Whether it’s due to agricultural expansion, exploitation or weak governance, ultimately, deforestation is a symptom of a global system that does not value forests in their natural state.
Could you conduct your research from the bottom of a subterranean lake? This is the reality for scientists who wish to find out all they can about the remarkable cave-dwelling wildlife of Bosnia & Herzegovina – before it’s too late
Right now, 15 governments and the EU are working towards designating a Marine Protected Area approximately the same size of France in the North Atlantic. As it is in the high seas, this site is an area beyond national jurisdiction. A detailed management plan must be implemented and enforced to protect this area rich in marine biodiversity.
Fires. Storms. Floods. The climate crisis is here, and it’s making extreme weather events ever more frequent. As we fight the root causes of the crisis, it is just as important to protect ourselves against its devastating consequences. We must adapt. To do so, restoring our natural landscapes is essential.