News Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas

5 vital projects that will continue in 2020

Thu, 30/04/2020
The good thing about BirdLife is that, as a truly global organisation, we’re already great at staying connected, even when we’re thousands of miles apart. Here are just a few of the ways our work will carry on over the coming months, even if it’s from our living rooms…
The Marine Protected Area covers important Grey-headed Albatross colonies © John Dickens

New research shows sustainable fishing and...

Wed, 15/04/2020
In the sub-Antarctic, intrepid expeditions and satellite tracking data have allowed us to pinpoint important feeding and breeding zones for seabirds and seals. This valuable information helps planners to minimise the overlap between fisheries and wildlife.
Beaches, mangroves and reefs have all been contaminated © TV BrasilGov

Full impact of mysterious Brazil oil spill...

Thu, 20/02/2020
Last summer, an oil spill of unknown origin hit Brazil’s northeast coast – just as migrating shorebirds arrived in the area. Our Partner SAVE Brasil has been campaigning for action and striving to measure the impact on birds - but more support is urgently needed.
93% of the Black-breasted Puffleg's habitat has been altered or degraded © Murray Cooper

Growing flowers to save a Critically Endangered...

Mon, 27/01/2020
In Ecuador’s high Andean forests, the Black-breasted Puffleg is running out of habitat. A forest restoration programme offers hope, working with local people to plant the species’ favourite flowers.
Lake Kivu, Rwanda is a KBA © Tetyana Dotsenko / Shutterstock

How our network of vital bird habitats is...

Mon, 13/01/2020
The rock-solid criteria we use to identify Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) is now being used as the foundation for Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) – a new standard in site-based conservation which expands the concept beyond birds to all life on our planet.
© Richard Whitcombe

Explore the latest threatened bird habitats we...

Wed, 18/12/2019
Our list of Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas in Danger is so much more than a number. Each year we update this list and produce a Story Map, enabling you to immerse yourself in the unique tales of some of these areas. Find out what has happened to last year’s spotlight IBAs in Danger and discover new incredible but imperilled habitats in our latest instalment.
© Chaona Phiri

BirdWatch Zambia Celebrates a Conservation...

Wed, 11/09/2019
On 31st August and 1 September 2019, BirdWatch Zambia (BWZ) - BirdLife International partner in Zambia, marked a milestone, celebrating 50 years of conservation in the country.
The delta is home to 40,000 Snow Geese © Bird Studies Canada

Canada delta in danger from trading port expansion

Wed, 10/07/2019
Fraser River Delta is one of British Columbia’s most vital habitats for migratory shorebirds, and the site of a major discovery about how shorebirds feed. Two BirdLife Partners, Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada, are joining forces with BC Nature to halt plans for a huge trading port on-site.
Half a billion tweets are sent every day © Pixabay.com

Could social media help us save some of the world...

Thu, 23/05/2019
A ground-breaking new study analyses social media posts from visitors to key sites for nature across the world, providing insight into which sites are most popular, and highlighting opportunities and challenges for conserving them.

Thousands of birds at risk as wetland is...

Fri, 01/02/2019
Doñana National Park, in Spain, is a crucial stopover point for thousands of migrating birds. However, over-intensive irrigation is threatening these valuable wetlands.
Long-tailed Sylph © Ondrej Prosicky

5 ways Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas...

Wed, 24/10/2018
40 years ago, we set out to identify the most important sites for birds in Europe. This idea has since spread across the world, informing conservation decisions and setting the model for wider initiatives to follow suit. We recount our top successes in that time.

Vital Argentinan marshlands under threat from...

Mon, 24/09/2018
Valenzuela marsh, which we've identified as an Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (IBA) is being threatened by dredging and forest clearance. We're mobilising support and lobbying for another solution to the floods plaguing the region.
Papyrus products developed by the Weaver Group © Enock Kawira

Sustainable use of papyrus saves wetlands and...

Tue, 14/11/2017
The North and South Mara Water Users Association are harvesting the benefits papyrus to improve livelihoods and sustain the biodiversity of the Mara Wetlands.
Sokoke pipit © Steve Garvie

Local conservation action reducing poverty in...

Tue, 17/10/2017
The Dakatcha Woodland Conservation Group is working to preserve the forest resources and improve the livelihoods of the local population.
Part of the naturally zoned area under strict control © Romy Antrobus-Ruth

New Protected Environment Declared in South Africa

Wed, 19/07/2017
Legislation in South Africa makes provision for different categories of formal environmental protection. Nature Reserves and National Parks are the top category and activities in these parks are strictly controlled by legislation.
Surveying fiscal benefits pilot sites © Candice Stevens

South Africa gets first biodiversity tax...

Tue, 11/04/2017
BirdLife South Africa’s Fiscal Benefits Project is proud to announce that the very first biodiversity tax incentive has been placed in a landowner’s tax return.
Tree planting in Burkina Faso © Michiel van den Bergh

Trees for Life

Fri, 11/11/2016
Landmark research involving arduous work counting over 300 000 trees across the Sahel and searching for presence of migratory birds, has delivered a list of tree species that are preferred by birds.
South Africa's Grasslands IBA receiving tax benefits © C. Stevens

Can Tax Save Birds?

Tue, 09/08/2016
South Africa’s IBA Team are using key tax incentives in conjunction with the national Biodiversity Stewardship model, to conserve and better manage vital habitats for birds and other biodiversity.