15 Mar 2012

‘State of the world’s birds’—more than just a report

By Tris Allinson

In 2004, when BirdLife published the report ‘State of the world’s birds’, it constituted the first summary overview of the status of the world’s birds, the threats they faced and the conservation actions underway, drawing on the knowledge and experience of the BirdLife Partnership. Since then, information on the ‘State of the world’s birds’ has grown considerably and broadened in scope. Today, there is a dedicated ‘State of the world’s birds’ website with a range of resources that includes national reports and tailored advocacy materials. The most recent development is a new Country Profile section presenting BirdLife’s information at a national level. Each profile presents a range of facts and figures on the country’s bird species. Information on Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and Endemic Bird Areas (EBAs) is displayed alongside interactive maps which allow users to explore areas of interest in detail. The profiles also include information on each country’s commitments under international environmental conventions, as well as links to key publications and useful resources, such as ‘State of the world’s birds’ case studies and recent BirdLife Community posts. 'State of the world's birds' website

The website holds over 280 case studies and attracts tens of thousands of visitors from across the world each year. Through the spotlights series , it provides a detailed overview of many of BirdLife’s key areas of engagement, such as Important Bird Areas (IBAs), climate change and local empowerment.
The information held within the ‘State of the world's birds’ website is used to develop publications that support BirdLife’s advocacy work based on scientific analyses . Most recently, a brochure has been produced introducing a toolkit for measuring and monitoring ecosystem services.
A recent development is the creation of online ‘Country Profiles’ that provide bird information at the national level and materials relevant to implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity .
The website showcases national reports produced by the BirdLife Partners drawing on the wealth of material held on the website, with ‘State of Nepal’s birds’ and ‘State of Palau’s birds’ published last year .

BirdLife’s ‘State of the world’s birds’ work has been made possible through the generous support of the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation.