Focusing on species alone is not enough. To protect birds, we need to protect the places they live and travel through.
Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are the most important sites for the conservation of birds identified using standard scientific criteria. BirdLife has documented over 13,000 IBAs across the world, which are the focus of the IBA programme coordinated by the Secretariat and implemented by Partners.
IBAs are also Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs): vital habitats for nature, birds and all species. BirdLife is a founding member of the KBA Partnership, an alliance of the 13 largest conservation organizations of the world, who are working to identify, document and promote KBAs globally.
Less than half of all IBAs are protected and many are facing a wide range of issues that threaten their very survival.
We are therefore committed to the ongoing monitoring 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. For this work, we rely on thousands of local conservation groups made up of volunteers and communities committed to safeguard these sites for future generations.
Considered the most biodiverse region in the world, the Tropical Andes covers less than 1% of the world’s land surface, yet it is home to nearly one-sixth of all plant species on the planet, and more amphibian, bird, and mammal species than any other equivalent area.
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.
The tropical forests of Asia and the Western Pacific are special. Their lush landscapes are havens to an astounding variety of life found nowhere else. These forests don’t just benefit nature, they benefit local people and all of us across the entire globe. However, these forests are in trouble. Human populations are growing rapidly, agriculture is expanding resulting in the clearing of vast swathes of forest, and illegal logging is rife.
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.
With a helping hand, restoring nature across our planet is entirely possible. From mountains to oceans, forests to wetlands, when exploitative activities end and barriers to recovery are removed, degraded landscapes can recover – providing benefits for both nature and people.
Sherilyn Bos, Capacity Development Officer at BirdLife International works with the Conservation Leadership Programme to support early career conservationists to overcome threats to nature in places where capacity and access to resources is limited. Here, she tells us about the Programme, her career journey and shares her tips for breaking into the sector.