State of the World’s Birds: Indicators of our changing world (2013)
Over the last decade, the BirdLife Partnership has worked to assess the condition and trends of the world’s birds, thereby gaining invaluable insight into the wider state of biodiversity. Drawing on a uniquely deep and broad data set and using innovative analysis, State of the world’s birds is designed to make science-based evidence available to national and international policy and decision‑makers.
This publication presents a summary of the results of this remarkable collaborative enterprise. The full results are available in hundreds of detailed case studies, accessible via a dedicated website, organised under 27 themes within a State-Pressure-Response framework.
State of the World’s Birds is BirdLife International’s flagship science publication, using birds to assess the condition of our ecosystems as a whole. Five years in the making, this latest analysis of the scientific literature pinpoints the major trends and changes in bird populations, exploring the causes and identifying conservation solutions.
Africa is rich in biodiversity. It is home to a quarter of the global biodiversity and hosts the world’s largest intact mammal population. Of the 2,477 bird species in Africa, 1,400 (57%) are endemic to the continent. A network of 1,248 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) has been identified in Africa, covering a combined area of two million km2, roughly seven per cent of the continent