(Author: Alex Dale; Photo Peter Steward; 15 March 2017)
Since the 1970s, BirdLife International and its Partners has worked to identify and protect the areas on our planet – over both land and sea – that are of great significance to the conservation of the world’s threatened birds.
The result is the largest global network of significant biodiversity sites in the world – to date, over 12,000 Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) have been documented. And that number continues to grow all the time as our reach and our knowledge expands.
Unfortunately, the future of some of these IBAs is far from secure. Many IBAs lack any form of formal protection, and whether it be deforestation, climate change, war, urbanization or whatever, many of these crucial sites and habitats – and those that live within them – face being lost forever.
But we’re working to save them. Our IBAs in Danger initiative provides an essential focus for governments, development agencies, the international environmental and conservation conventions, business and wider civil society to act to prevent the further damage or loss of these sites.