On this page you will find some important and valuable documents about the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Programme. Please feel free to download and share.
Dale Wright, IBA Conservation Implementation Manager, has recently completed a detailed review of the various challenges facing the biodiversity stewardship sector, and the opportunities which exist to overcome these challenges and enhance the sector. Biodiversity stewardship is a novel tool which assists private landowners to gain formal protection status and conservation support for their properties. With much of the remaining habitat critical for birds and other biodiversity occurring on private land, this has become an essential tool for the IBA Programme. However, as with any conservation programme it is essential to regularly step back and take stock of the situation.
The printed version of the directory can be ordered by completing the form at this link (right click on link and select "Save Link As")
and then email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org:
The revised Important Bird and Biodiveristy Areas Directory (published 2015) can be downloaded in PDF format by selecting the link below:
A poster about the Important Bird and Biodiveristy Areas in South Africa can be downloaded by selecting the link below:
IBA Poster in PDF format (14mb)
The brochures below contain information about Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. Please download and distribute to land owners, government agencies or anyone else who might benefit.
The GIS shapefile can be downloaded at the link below (right click and select "Save link as...":
The KML file can be downloaded at the link below (right click and select "Save link as..."):
These practical guidelines have been developed to promote habitat management interventions which will support the eight Fynbos endemic bird species. They will be of interest to private landowners and various conservation organisations across the Fynbos Biome.
These practical guidelines have been developed to promote waterbird habitat rehabilitation and watercourse conservation and management for farm dams and other agricultural water sources. They also provide a detailed “How to” guide for landowners wanting to build small artificial “floating wetlands” of their own. Although developed in the Western Cape, they will be of interest to private landowners and various conservation organisations across South Africa. We thank the Table Mountain Fund for funding this project.
BirdLife South Africa registers, on a regular basis, as an Interested and Affected Party for developments that might affect areas which are important for birds. Although some Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports contain sufficient information, most EIA reports do not provide an accurate reflection of the avifauna that occurs in the proposed area of development.
There are numerous avian data sources available in South Africa that can be used by EIA specialists. These data sources are also available to the general public. However, not all EIA practitioners might be aware how to access these data sources. As it is of extreme importance to BirdLife South Africa that these data sources be used to their fullest, a short guideline document has been drawn up and can be downloaded below.