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.
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.
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).
Healthy economies and societies need a healthy environment, so conserving nature is good for people – but for it to be both equitable and effective, conservation has to be done with and for local people. Key to this is recognising and implementing the universal right to a healthy environment, including the rights and role of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and embedding these provisions in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Powerlines are a huge danger to birds when not located in proper places, killing hundreds of millions every year from collision and electrocution. In Kenya, the routing of a new power line just at the edge of an Important Bird & Biodiversity Area, home to thousands of waterbirds, will be a death trap for birds
They started out as three staff in a rented room, and have become a national institution with the country’s biggest citizen science database. Read about the journey of our Polish Partner OTOP, from hatchling to fully-fledged conservation organisation.