10 Sep 2012

IUCN WCC Day 5: Where are the most important places on earth for seabirds?

By ali stattersfield

It’s Day 5 of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, the Republic of Korea. Over 8,000 delegates from around the world are meeting to explore many of our most pressing environmental and development challenges, and how nature is intricately linked to solving these issues. BirdLife is well represented at the meeting, with around 30 BirdLife Partners and several Secretariat staff attending and involved in over 20 events, including workshops and ‘knowledge cafes’. Much of what will be presented at this congress by BirdLife is already publicly available through our online Data Zone. To celebrate this fantastic resource, each day this week we are launching a postcard that explains what is available. Today’s postcard is about a new online tool and major addition to BirdLife’s data holdings—the marine e-Atlas—which provides information on all the world’s seabird species and marine Important Bird Areas. Many of the newly identified sites have already been used by the CBD to describe Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas in the marine environment which are in need of protection.

Download today's postcard   See all six posts from the World Conservation Congress BirdLife’s ‘State of the world’s birds’ work has been made possible through the generous support of the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation.